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Pineapple Salsa

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When I moved to Austin, I discovered how fantastic fresh salsa could be. Whether made with tomatoes, tomatillos, chiles, or fruit, fresh salsas were always tangier, juicier, and more flavorful than their jarred counterparts. Of course, it wasn’t long before I started making my own at home, and this easy pineapple salsa recipe is one of my favorites. With just 7 ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler to make. Delectably sweet, spicy & juicy, it’s the perfect topping for grilled veggies (or grilled meats, if you’re not vegetarian) and all sorts of Mexican-inspired dishes. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Pineapple Salsa Recipe Tips

Want to make the best pineapple salsa out there? Check out these tips before diving into the recipe!

  • Small pieces are your friends. Be sure to chop all the fruit and veggies in this recipe finely – it may seem time-consuming, but it has a huge payoff, as it really allows their flavors to mix & meld, and you get a little of everything in each bite.
  • Using leftover (or pre-cut) pineapple will save you time. This recipe calls for just 2 cups of pineapple, so it’s a great one to make when you have leftover pineapple in the fridge. If you don’t, buy pre-cut pineapple to make this recipe quick & easy. Or break down a whole pineapple and freeze the leftovers to make avocado smoothies for breakfast!
  • Make it to your taste! This recipe is fun & flexible, so make it how you like it! Add more jalapeño if you want it spicier or extra lime if it’s not tangy enough. Try adding red bell peppers for crunch, or stir some mango into the mix. Alternatively, check out my mango salsa, my peach salsa, or my kiwi salsa verde for more fruity salsa ideas!


Pineapple Salsa Recipe Ingredients


What to Serve with Pineapple Salsa

I first made pineapple salsa for these stuffed peppers, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. You can find it in the recipe for these nachos or this burrito bowl, but it would also be excellent with any of these dishes:

Even better, top it onto a DIY-burrito bowl with cilantro lime rice, veggies, black beans, and guacamole or serve it on its own with plenty of tortilla chips and margaritas to drink!

The salsa will keep well in the fridge for up to a week, so prep it ahead and top it onto salads, bowls, tacos, and more all week long!

If you love this pineapple salsa recipe…

Make sure to try my tomatillo salsa, pico de gallo, or cilantro lime dressing next!

Pineapple Salsa

Author: Jeanine Donofrio

Recipe type: Appetizer

  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ jalapeno, diced
  • Juice and zest of lime
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • tortilla chips, for serving
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple, red onion, jalapeño, lime juice and zest, cilantro, garlic, and sea salt. Season to taste and chill until ready to use.

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CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.

CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
parmesan
fresh, torn basil

Directions

In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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