Grilled Pineapple tossed with fresh mango salsa including red pepper and cilantro is the healthy dip for a warm Spring day.
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Salsa is a healthy eaters dream. Oh yes, salsa is almost always low calorie, low-fat and full of healthy ingredients. Plus it is so versatile. You can put so many different fruits and vegetables into it. Add some fresh lemon juice and a little cilantro, and you have the perfect snack. Ok, if cilantro tastes like soap to you, you might want to substitute cilantro with parsley. I recently made Grilled Pineapple Mango Salsa for Ladies night, but forgot that one of the ladies doesn’t like cilantro. Did you know that some people have a gene that makes cilantro taste like soap? It really is true.
My family all adore cilantro. We love it so much that if a recipe calls for parsley, I use cilantro. We always have it in the refrigerator, so it was just second nature for me to put it in the salsa. I felt so bad that I had forgotten a friend did not like it. I always try to remember any allergies or food aversions my guests have. Bad host moment. At least the cocktail, I had whipped up made up for it.
I especially love grilling pineapple. It is the one fruit that I cannot for the life of me pick a ripe one. I love to buy the whole pineapple with it’s pretty, leafy top. I have read what you are supposed to look for in a ripe pineapple, but every time I think my pineapple has passed all the tests for ripeness, it is still not ripe. What the heck? It is very frustrating. I should buy the precut pineapple instead and just forget having that pretty top for pictures or food styling.
It is about the taste of the food after all. Even if you are like me and totally unable to pick a good pineapple, smearing a little honey onto the pineapple rings and grilling the rings will make the pineapple sweet. This little trick is a lifesaver for those of us that lack the ability to pick a ripe pineapple.
I have, however, gotten very good at picking out a ripe mango. That is why I added some to this salsa. We eat a lot of mango in the Spring and Summer. The natural sweetness of a mango is the perfect accompaniment to pineapple. Adding a little onion and red pepper provides delicious crunch. The fresh lemon juice brings it all together. Oh, I cannot forget avocado. It is there just because we love it. I used part of an avocado in the recipe and my daughter ate the rest. Just give her a spoon and a half of an avocado, and she is one happy camper. Come back on Sunday and I’ll give you the recipe for the Homemade Baked Cinnamon Pita Chips I served with it. What a perfect combination.
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Grilled Pineapple and Mango Salsa
- 8 1/2 inch rings of pineapple (About 3/4 of a whole pineapple)
- 1 tsp . honey
- 1 tsp . oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
- 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped mango
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp . chopped fresh mint
- juice of one lemon
- 1/2 tsp . kosher salt
- 1/4 avocado , finely chopped
Heat a grill pan over high heat.
In a small bowl, whisk together oil and honey.
Brush onto both sides of the pineapple.
Place pineapple onto grill pan. Cook for 2 minutes, flip over and cook for another 2 minutes.
Chop the pineapple and place into a large bowl.
Add all the ingredients except for the avocado. Toss well to incorporate all ingredients.
Add the avocado and gently stir in.
Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
I calculated 1 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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