White Bean Salad with Native Tamarind, Lilly Pilly & Ooray Plum

When you get the opportunity to try some native Australian fruits, DO IT. Fresh, wholesome, and nutrient-packed, the lilly pillies and Ooray plum give this dish a uniquely Australian flavour.

Preparation time Prep: 15 mins
Skill level Easy Peasy

You will need:

  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 ripe truss tomatoes, diced
  • 2 long red chillies, finely sliced
  • 20 lilly pillies (or can sub 20 grapes)
  • 2 Ooray plums (or can sub 2 plums)
  • 1 tamarind
  • 1 can white beans
  • 30ml white wine vinegar
  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 shallot, finely diced


  • 1Add the vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sugar, and shallot to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • 2Then add the cucumber, tomatoes and chilli.
  • 3Take the seeds out of the native fruits and dice up the flesh. Add them to the bowl, along with the beans, and mix everything together very well to incorporate not only flavour but colour.
  • 4Portion out into bowls, or serve on a big ol' serving plate, and relish the special flavours of Oz!

Variation: If you're loving the Aussie theme of this dish, why not take it even further? Apple berries, warrigal greens, and pepperberry (as a seasoning) are some other complementary bushfoods you could throw into the mix :)

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