PELE’S LAVA SALAD
This is perfect for the August heat and is a stunning array of Summer flavours that honour the goddess Pele. Below you will find the excerpt from the book ‘Soar On Raw!’ with both the recipe and how Pele has ignited this volcanic salad.
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes grated
½ cup pineapple (or pandanus) cubed
½ red pepper cubed
¼ white onion chopped finely
15 cranberries (or ohelo berries)
3 tablespoon fresh pineapple juice
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon honey
Mix all four of the main ingredients in a bowl. Once well-combined, place the salad on a serving plate and shape into a volcano using your hands or utensils.
To make the dressing, place the cranberries, pineapple juice and honey in a blender and process until a smooth, sauce-like consistency is formed.
Add in the chilli flakes and pinch of salt. Blend again for a few more seconds.
Pour the scarlet dressing over the salad, starting from the top and ensuring the berry lava trickles evenly over all sides.
This explosively fiery salad is for Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes and fire. She also represents the Awakening Creative Spark so be imaginative in the way you present the ingredients of this salad.
Interestingly the pineapple is native to South America, not Hawaii, but it has become so affiliated with the latter, that I have used it here. If you wish to be true to the spirit of Pele and have access to it, use the pandanus, otherwise known as tourist pineapple. In this salad though, the ‘berry lava’ is the star attraction. Its main constituent is the Ohelo berry, a close cousin of the cranberry and indigenous to Hawaii. The Ohelo berry actually grows best in Pele’s volcanic ashes or old lava flows. Of course, if you aren’t able to find these where you live, fresh, frozen or dried cranberries work just as gorgeously. Cranberries possess proanthocyanidins which fight tooth bacteria and prevent plaque building up whilst the chilli flakes in the dressing capture the goddess’ fire.
See what awakens within you as you enjoy every morsel of this salad of sweet heat.
© Erini Loucaides ‘Soar On Raw!’