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This Salad Says Aloha With Each Bite

Olena Heu and I have been friends for a long time, having met while working at the radio station. I had just started as a DJ on Island 98.5 and she was doing promotions with our sister station. She has this great smile and outgoing personality everyone loves. Originally from Kauai, she and I connected with our “country” living mentality. The former Miss Hawaii and KHON2 anchor now runs her own business, Olena Heu Communications.


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Olena Heu and Lanai prep the salad vegetables RYAN SAKAMOTO PHOTO


For Salad:

• 1 head romaine lettuce
• 1 tomato, sliced
• 1 cucumber, sliced
• 1/2 package fresh mushrooms, sliced
• 1 each red and yellow bell pepper, slivered
• 4 sprigs cilantro
• 1 stalk celery, sliced
goat cheese chevre
wonton chips (optional)
cashews or macadamia nuts (optional)

Cut all vegetables for salad and place in bowl. Add seared poke on top of salad and garnish, as you prefer, with nuts, wonton chips, cheese, etc.

For Lilikoi Vinaigrette:

• 1/2 cup Aunty Lilikoi Unsweetened Passion Fruit Juice
• 1 cup rice wine vinegar
• 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons Hawaiian honey
• pinch salt
• 1 Hawaiian chili pepper

Add all ingredients to blender and blend well. Chill until ready to use.

For Seared Poke:

• 1/2 pound ahi, cubed
• 1 package Noh poke seasoning
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Prepare poke mix by soaking ogo in water as instructed. Cut ahi into 1-inch cubes, mix ingredients, heat skillet and flash-fry poke for 1-2 minutes.

Be sure to watch Cooking Hawaiian Style on OC16 channels 12 and 1012. Visit CookingHawaiianStyle.com for thousands of free recipes. You also can purchase our Cooking Hawaiian Style cookbook at MutualPublishing.com.