Tropical Salad with Zespri® Kiwifruit Honey Dressing

​Serves 4


  • 200 g bacon, rind removed (optional)
  • 200 g asparagus
  • 2 firm bananas
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 buttercrunch lettuce, washed and dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  • Half pawpaw, peeled, seeds removed and sliced into wedges
  • 1 double smoked chicken breast (about 300 g), skinned and sliced
  • 1 large ripe but firm avocado, halved and sliced

Zespri® Kiwifruit Honey Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon salad oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon runny honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  •  4 Zespri® Green Kiwifruit


  1. If using bacon, grill it until crisp, then cut into large pieces
  2. Trim the asparagus and blanch 3 minutes in boiling water. Drain, refresh with cold water and pat dry. Cut into short lengths
  3. Peel the bananas, slice thinly lengthwise and put them on a plate. Squeeze over the lemon juice and toss gently
  4. To make the dressing, whisk the oil with the lemon juice, honey, salt and a little black pepper. Peel the Zespri® Kiwifruit. Slice one into rounds for garnishing and purée the rest. Add the puréed Zespri® Kiwifruit to the bowl of dressing and blend together.
  5. Arrange the asparagus, bananas, lettuce, pawpaw, chicken breast and avocado on a platter. Garnish with sliced Zespri® Kiwifruit, and the bacon if using, and spoon over the dressing. Serve immediately
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