Pineapple carpaccio with a mint & lime dressing

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This recipe for pineapple carpaccio with ginger, mint and lime dressing is a delicious and refreshing summer salad. On hte savoury side it will pair with grilled chicken or fish, and on the sweet side, it makes a light dessert or addition to a brunch table

I came home from a TV shoot last week armed with a box of the most incredible pineapples. The client required a specific Costa Rican pineapple, but since Cayenne and Queen pineapples are the only varieties grown in South Africa, I scoured Cape Town to find the biggest and greenest Cayennes on offer which was the closest I could get to matching the brief. As it turned out they had shipped a few cases of the said Costa Ricans which fortunately arrived in the nick of time on set.

When I have a lot of excess produce around, I like to develop recipes.

So over the last few days, I’ve whipped up frozen pineapple daiquiris, made loads of pineapple juice and I assembled this salad of pineapple carpaccio with spicy ginger, mint, lime and chilli dressing. It was delectable. I have a few other pineapple recipes up my sleeves so watch this space.

pineapple-carpaccio

The inspiration for this dish came from Gordon Ramsay who just happened to make it on an episode of ‘Ultimate Home Cooking‘ which I watched last week. His version was served with a vanilla-infused salt which I think sounds amazing, but I wanted a little more.

I adapted my favourite dressing for a fruit salad, adding chilli to the infusion to give it a kick. Pineapple and chilli go so very well together. I garnished it with finely shredded fresh mint, pomegranate seeds and a smattering of Maldon salt flakes. The salt really does add value here.

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pineapple carpaccio with a ginger, mint, lime and chilli dressing

Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes

Ingredients

  • I medium pineapple very thinly sliced

dressing

  • 50 ml water
  • 20 g sugar
  • 1/2 red chilli sliced
  • small bunch of mint
  • 5 cm piece of ginger peeled and sliced
  • juice from half a lime
  • 6 - 8 mint leaves very finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • pinch or two of sea salt flakes

Instructions

  • Make the dressing in advance.
  • Bring the water, sugar and chilli to a boil in a small pit and cook it for about 5 minutes until it starts to thicken into a syrup. Remove the chill.
  • Pour the hot sauce over the ginger, mint and lime juice and allow it to cool. Strain and store in the fridge until required. Overnight is good.
  • Finely slice the pineapple as thin as you can and arrange the pieces in a fanned out shape on a platter.
  • Drizzle the dressing evenly over the pineapple and scatter the mint and pomegranate to garnish.
  • Sprinkle the salt - optional

Notes

The prep time does not factor in the time the dressing takes to chill

 

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17 Comments

  1. Beautiful – summer on a plate

  2. Oh My Word Sam this looks stunning, i just love pineapple and often eat it with a sprinkling of chilli powder and crushed cumin

  3. Thanks Ushay, I love the sound of that. sweet and spicy combo.

  4. Looks very delicious and super healthy. What a very good idea and what a palatable looking snacks. By the look alone, my kids will love this. I will go easy with the chili. Thanks.

  5. Beautiful pics! Looks and sounds delicious.

  6. Congrats on the big score Sam! This dish looks absolutely delicious. Pineapples are my favorite summer treat. I love grilling it with cinnamon and sea salt…. So good! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  7. Hi Shay, I love the idea of cinnamon and sea salt, and just discovering so much about pineapples lately. A few friends recommended grilled pineapples with a few drops of tabasco to chase a tequila. I like the sound of that very much too 🙂

  8. Thanks Cheri 🙂

  9. Someone on Facebook is using your photo!! PRIVATE CATERING BY VINCE POTTER

  10. Thanks for letting me know Eric

  11. Annice MacLeod says:

    A kind of geeky question. What was the focal length of the lens used for the cut pomegranate, please?

  12. Hi – I shot those on F3.5 except the one thats slightly more side-on was shot at F2.8. Pom on F3.5

  13. Annice MacLeod says:

    Thanks for the reply. I really do sound geeky. i was expecting an answer like 85mm or 100mm . You have kindly provided me with the the aperture size…which is useful too.

  14. Hi I used a 100mm macro lens for the shot.

  15. Annice MacLeod says:

    Thanks. It is a great image.

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