Cindy’s Recipes, Caribbean Treats, & Delicious Drinks

Aboard ARAVILLA we pride ourselves on having some of the best cuisine available in the industry. Not surprisingly, many clients often find the meals, snacks, and drinks so delicious they want to take the recipes home with them. Below is a collection of some of our favourite recipes from Cindy’s Kitchen and Bar – give your favourite a click and leave any feedback or ratings! And of course, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us and pass them along!
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Main Courses & Lunches

Steak and Avocado Salad with Caesar Dressing

This is a gratifying alternative to traditional chicken, shrimp or steak caesar salad. Avocado, tomato and hard-boiled eggs make it a hearty lunch or light dinner. A real crowd pleaser with my Caesar Salad Dressing recipe (on my recipe page)!

Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and Sesame

This tasty salad with Japanese buckwheat noodles is both quick and healthy. Great for lunch or a light dinner! 

Fish Tacos

A non-fishy meal that everyone will love! I use tilapia, but any white fish is perfect.

Grilled Honey Chicken Kebabs with Pineapple

Juicy grilled pineapple, tangy red onion, tender mushroom, along with sweet and salty honey-soy chicken are a winning combination!

Vegetarian Lasagna

Very tasty – even the meat lovers will enjoy this!

Apple and Brie Pizza with Caramelized Onions

You’ll love this French-style pizza packed with brie, caramelized onions, and apple slices.

Brie, Prosciutto and Caramelized Onion Pizza

The perfect combination of salty prosciutto, sweet caramelized onion and melty brie.

Feta and Chicken Salad Wraps

An easy lunch that satisfies any crowd. I usually serve as wraps. Also great on French bread or over lettuce leaves or tomato slices, with fresh bread on the side.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Veggie Burger

These amazing sweet and spicy veggie burgers are both vegan and gluten free. Can be served as traditional burgers, or on their own with toppings like guacamole, salsa etc. 

Open-Faced Turkey and Brie Sandwich with Pear (or Nectarine)

This is a refreshing lunch idea, served on crusty bread along side a leafy, green salad. I prefer using pears, but nectarines can be tasty if ripe enough. 

Thai Crunch Salad with Chicken

This is always a hit, whether served as a side or as a lunch main. I eliminate the chicken if using as a side dish.

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms

A decadent and delicious seafood dish. Very easy to prepare!

Grilled Soy Ginger Mahi

This is an Asian-inspired marinade that compliments the mild flavour of Mahi Mahi. Great summer dish, and would be good on any white fish. 

Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa

Super easy and salsa may be made a day ahead. Strawberries can be substituted for mango if preferred – both are excellent! 

Appetizers & Snacks

Chicken Satay

These delectable Thai-style chicken satay are marinated in a peanuty sauce, and then grilled. Rich and delicious!

Tomato Basil Skewers

These skewers combine the flavours of caprese salad for a delightful snack. Fresh basil at it’s best!

Best Ever Bruschetta

Fail safe bruschetta as an appetizer, or served with Italian mains. They never stay on the plate long!

Tuna and Avocado Tartare with Ginger and Sesame

Fresh ginger, citrus and sesame are a lovely marinade for this tuna tartare, served as an appetizer or main.

Crostini with Cucumber, Smoked Salmon and Dill

Elegant and simple appetizer or snack.


Spicy, cheesy, creamy, the ultimate appetizer. These antojitos are loaded with cream cheese and peppers and are baked to perfection. 

Asiago Artichoke Dip

Great served heated or cold, with pita, crackers or veggies. Always a crowd favourite!

Sante Fe Quesadillas

A quick and colourful appetizer for happy hour. Serve with fresh salsa, guacamole or sour cream as dipping sauces-or by itself. I often double the recipe as they go fast!

Breakfast Specialties

Cindy’s Smoothie or Smoothie Bowl

Cindy’s favourite breakfast – delicious and healthy to get your day started properly!

Crustless Mini Quiche

Healthy, easy, and tasty for breakfast or lunch.

Baked French Toast

The ultimate French toast breakfast indulgence!

Salads & Soups

Tomato Avocado Salad

This flavourful salad is healthy, colourful and delicious. The avocado, tomato and red onion, along with zesty lime dressing are a match made in heaven!

Avocado Quinoa Salad

A fresh, flavourful salad that is quite filling as is, but add chicken if you’d really like to make a meal of it. Parts of this salad can be made ahead of time, but it is best enjoyed shortly after being dressed and assembled. You can prep all the veggies (minus the avocado), quinoa, and […]

Spinach Mango Salad with Candied Pecans

This salad can be made with spinach or mixed greens. The candied pecans make it awesome!

Spicy Chicken Thai Soup

A seriously delicious Thai treat! Serve with rice or rice noodles if desired. One of my favourite soups!

Cindy’s Family Caesar Salad Dressing

Countless Saturday nights at my family cottage included steak and caesar salad while watching  our beautiful sunsets over Lake Huron. My Mom, sister and I fine-tuned this recipe over the years, and while I’ll do my best to convey the amounts, it’s mostly a lot of tasting and adjusting until you get it just right!

Scrumptious Red Potato Salad with Dill Pickles

The secret to this is the dill pickles. Adds that little something extra!

Chilled Avocado Soup

The summery flavours in this soup are lovely. Adjust tabasco, chili and paprika according to taste.

Mojito Fruit Salad

This refreshing salad is mojito-inspired, but there’s no rum. That being said, adding a splash or two would be a fun way to jazz up the recipe for an adults-only gathering. Leftovers are fabulous when added to sparkling wine! 

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

A classic salad with poppy seed dressing, which has a tangy-sweet flavour that brings everything together so nicely. Making the dressing yourself is surprisingly easy – recipe included, or feel free to substitute a favourite store bought brand.

Decadent Desserts

Decadent Double Chocolate Brownies

Melt-in-your mouth chocolate goodness! For extra decadence, spoon Rene’s Sinful Toblerone Chocolate Fondue Sauce (on our recipe page) over these with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Rene’s Sinful Toblerone Chocolate Fondue

Courtesy of our good Canadian boating friend and guru of many things here on the island (especially chocolate fondue) – thanks Rene!

Rum Caramel Topping (for Ginger Cake)

This decadence can be served over ginger cake or any type of cake, ice cream etc.

Spicy Island Ginger Cake

This will tantalize your tastebuds while baking in the oven! Compliments of my fellow charter chef, Karen. Best served with my Rum Caramel Sauce (on our recipe page).

Delicious Drinks


Affectionately named as such by one of our early charter groups, this is a thirst-quenching cocktail made with a Jamaican grapefruit sparkling beverage, commonly found in the Caribbean. Jam-packed with the refreshing taste of paradise! Also great with vodka instead of rum.


Thanks for this creation, straight from the Soggy Dollar in the British Virgin Islands. Now a favourite throughout the Caribbean and especially on ARAVILLA!


A decadent mix of Vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream

Strawberry Gin and Tonic with Lime

Credit for this treat goes to one of our favourite Yacht Club bartenders, Keith. A tall, cool, delectable drink (Keith and the beverage that is!)

Caribbean Rum Punch

Signature island beverage to welcome guests aboard ARAVILLA! A new twist to this Caribbean favourite was introduced to us by Elvis, at Elvis’s Beach Bar in Road Bay, Anguilla – add a splash of amaretto in place of grenadine. Adds extra punch to the punch!

Frozen Traditional Margarita

Refreshing on a hot day!

Cindy is always cooking up more new recipes so stop by again and check for updates!