Like other nations in the Caribbean, Dominican cuisine is built upon a Creole cooking tradition. It's a fusion of Spanish and African influences with indigenous ingredients. Starch-based foods form a major part of the Dominican diet, with ingredients such as cassava, rice, potatoes and bananas used in a vast selection of sweet and savoury dishes. For something on the lighter side, try this recipe for carrot, raisin and cabbage salad as a side dish or barbecue accompaniment.