This is my all-time favourite summer salad. It’s amazing how much savoury flavour your grill can add to a simple pineapple and some red onion. Next time you fire up the works try this salad and you’ll have a new favourite for your repertoire too!

Yield: Serves 4


1 whole pineapple, skinned (uncored), cut into thick rings
2 red onions, sliced into a few very thick rings
a few generous splashes olive oil
a sprinkle or two sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, zest and juice
few handfuls fresh whole basil leaves


Preheat your barbecue or grill.

Evenly brush or drizzle the pineapple and onion rings with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Try to keep the onion rings intact as you do.

Grill the pineapple until golden grill marks appear and the fruit softens, about 5 minutes per side. Meanwhile, grill the onion until soft and lightly charred.

Quarter the grilled pineapple slices into wedges and roughly chop the onion rings. Toss everything with the lemon zest and juice and as many whole basil leaves as you can get your hands on.


This salad is very good tossed with a grilled chicken breast or two. Try tossing in some shredded coconut or sliced green onions as well.