Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Favorite Restaurant Salad

Flatbread Pizza Co. UGH, this place ALWAYS temps us when we're passing through Paia Town. Half the time we stop in, I'm wet, sandy and crispy from way too many hours spent at Ho'okipa Beach Park. Thankfully, this is Maui, and being make-up free with wet salty hair is the norm. Where shoes are replaced by rubber slippers and my 4 yr old Acacia pareo will pass as clothing. Ha! Gotta love this lil' island I call home.
Anyway, this restaurant is usually broiling hot thanks to the large open Kiawe pizza oven in the center of the dining area so instead we like to sit near the entrance at the bar. A glass ( or 2 ) of Rose, a vegan pizza, a custom made salad and I couldn't think of a better way to spend lazy afternoon.
Now, speaking of that salad. Flatbread Pizza Co. makes one of my favorite salads of all time! Starting with tender local greens, Ono Farms shredded green papaya, local shredded carrots, Kahanu Aina organic sprouts, sesame seeds and a housemade local pineapple vinaigrette, you are free to add as many "extra" toppings as you like. I personally like adding blackened Bell peppers, Kalamata olives and a creamy local avocado when available. My husband adds even more ( mushrooms + local Surfing Goat Dairy cheese ) For years I've been trying to come up with the recipe for this incredible dressing and I think I've finally figured it out? Or at least close enough to now replicate this delicious salad at home.

Maui Pineapple and Sesame Vinaigrette
-makes about 2 cups-

1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sunflower or any neutral flavored oil
2 TB sesame oil
1 clove garlic
3 TB tamari or soy sauce 
1/2 tsp ginger juice**
1 small Maui onion or any sweet onion like a Vidalia
Blend everything ( except oil ) until very smooth in a highspeed blender. Slowly add oil until completely emulsified.

**I like to juice a bunch of fresh local ginger at once and keep it in a small glass spice jar in the fridge to add to drinks and dressings. Keeps for a week or more.



  1. Mandy! I found your site through The Blonde Vegan. Ahhh I love Flatbread's salads soo much!! Plus the environment is super fun. That and Maka are my go-to out to eat spaces on the North shore. I actually developed the Maka drink menu :) It was so much fun! I can't wait to be back on the islands in the winter. We'll have to meet up sometime! Sending much aloha ~Kristen

    1. I love Maka!! Wow that is so cool that you were able to work with them! The hubs and I love that place ( and he's a carnivore! unfortunately....still working on that ). I'm actually already one of your followers on Instagram. So you're only on island part time? Anyway, I don't personally know any other vegans on Maui which has been quite lonely. Luckily thanks to social media I'm finally meeting some on Insta and you-tube. I love the northshore! I've been living on the westside for the last 17 yrs ( because of work ) but I am dying to move over there eventually. Thinking Haiku, maybe Paia. I have 2-3 days off a week and I spend most of it on the NS. I do most of my grocery shopping at Manas and I like to surf Ho'okipa ( when it's small obvis! ). I would love to meet you when you return to the islands! Much Aloha!