#YUinPRINT Finalist: Tropical Plantain Salad

Entrant: Sarah O’Toole

Sarah says:
This salad is light and fresh perfect for warm weather, but it could easily be eaten as a main dish. I wanted to submit this one because I LOVE YUMUNIVERSE. And love that your recipes are not only plant-based but use whole foods, i.e. no imitation meats and processed ingredients. I think readers will love this salad—its fresh, fast, fun and fabulous… Just like your recipes. YumUniverse has served as such an inspiration. I love all of your recipes and that you have very high standards when it comes to ingredients— and your pictures are beautiful.

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Servings: 4
Time: 25 minutes

4 zucchini
1 cob of organic corn
1 tomato
1/2 pineapple
1 cup cilantro
3 plantains
2 limes
2 avocados
1 tsp. garlic powder
sea salt
coconut oil

Use a spiralizer and “spiralize” your zucchini. (If you don’t have one, dice into small cubes or shave zucchini into ribbons with a veggie peeler.) Place zucchini into a large bowl.

Next, juice limes into bowl over the zucchini. Massage lime juice into the zucchini.

Then, cut corn off cob and add that to the bowl. Chop tomato, pineapple and cilantro. Add that to the bowl.

Next, turn oven to broil. Lightly oil large baking sheet with coconut oil. Peel plantains and cut lengthwise in long strips. Lay flat and place in oven on broil for 3-6 minutes. Flip plantains, broil on the other side for 3-6 minutes.

Next, scoop out avocado flesh. Place on cutting board and mash with the back of a fork. Add salt and garlic powder. Mix well.

Then, chop cooled plantains into small chunks. Add plantains to salad. Mix well.

Serve salad topped with salsa and homemade guacamole.

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  1. Stacy

    YES! This is the most original recipe of the finalists. I already make similar recipes to the other four finalists and when I buy a cookbook, I want to new recipes to inspire me. Also the picture just looks beautiful and fresh and the ingredients sound delicious. Now off to the store to get ingredients.

  2. Nicole

    Yes! YU should include this recipe in the cookbook because plantains are so fun and delicious. Typically fried, people don’t realize you can bake them as well. They might not be the most nutrient dense food (I’m not sure really what their nutritional value is), but are a whole food nonetheless that really spice up a plant-based diet. Plus, the textures in this recipes are to die for. And so simple to boot!

  3. Lauren

    This looks insanely delicious. I’m making this next week. 🙂

  4. Yes! What a creative recipe. This is a must for the cookbook.

  5. YES. This is creative, and incorporates mostly raw components which is awesome! its perfectly sweet for summer.

  6. Nadina Khalil

    Yes!!! Because the pickest of eaters will love it!!!!

  7. Adrian Preciado

    Yes!! I think the anyone can make this!!

  8. Peter Hagstrom


    This recipe should win big because it utilizes seasonal/fresh ingredients that will keep YU hydrated for these HOT summer days 🙂

  9. Zhivka Dabbs

    Looks delicious!

  10. Struggled to make a decision- it was between this one and the mung bean curry but this one just pulled into 1st place for me. It looks fabulous and I always forget to use plantain! I think I might add some black beans to the mix too 🙂

  11. Rachel

    Yes! I love fresh summer recipes like this. Plus, it has a great new use for my spiralizer.

  12. Sharon

    Yes! I just picked up many of these ingredients from my weekly CSA. My kids also love avocados and plantains. I can’t wait yo try it!

  13. Kerri Schulte

    This recipe sounds delish!!!! it should def win!! 😀

  14. Michael Warren

    my mouth is waterin’ just thinking about this salad!

  15. Phyllis Schulte

    Ooooh yummy!!

  16. Christina

    All around perfection! Can’t wait to taste this beautiful recipe. Def deserves the win!

  17. Nan from Pa

    Extremely colorful presentation. I like the combinations and the health benefits from each ingredient. You got a winner! Though I think all the recipes on your site are winners. Congratulations on your book Heather ! 🙂

  18. Peter Hagstrom

    What piece of kitchen equipment is more fun to use than a spiralizer!?

    YES! this needs to be in the Yum Universe Cookbook!!

  19. Brenda peterman

    So glad to get such a refreshing recipe for plantains. I never can find enough good ones. Thanks for sharing. This is perfect and easy for the summer.

  20. Absolutely! I love plaintain and pineapples, and avocado. This looks like a yummy way to eat zucchini. (FInally! LOL!)

  21. I don’t think I am suppose to vote for myself, but I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely comments. I hope you all make this salad because it really is Delicious, a real party pleaser also:)

  22. Peter Hagstrom

    YES! this needs to be in the Ultimate Plant-Powerful Book!

    I think Sarah summed it up well, this recipe is great for YU because it’s fresh, fast, fun AND fabulous 🙂

  23. Michelle Khalil

    Yes! What a creative recipe. This is a must for the cookbook.

  24. Fadl Khalil

    Yes! looks insanely delicious

  25. Anna Allen

    This combination sounds amazing. Like other comments have stated, this is the most original out of the others and I love seeing such a unique idea. Can’t wait to make it!

  26. Bruce

    It is easy to make and makes use of plantains that are often overlooked source of sustained energy.

  27. Alex

    Wow. I feel like I just died and went to heaven. This salad is AMAZING! So many delicious flavors — the plantains go along perfectly with the cilantro and lime. I had everything on hand except for the pineapple and corn so I can only imagine how those flavors would add to the mix (when I make this again in the future, of course!)

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