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Monday, July 18, 2011



As much as I try to stay local, seasonal, and organic, there are a few items that come during the summer time that I can’t resist. Unless you live somewhere tropical, you probably don’t have local pineapples. Fortunately, you can get them at the grocery store just about any time you like. It’s not a fruit that appeals to me in the winter. The juxtaposition of a roaring fire, rain or snow and pineapple don’t really work for me.

However, a hot summer day and ice cold pineapple as a snack or used in a salad or a salsa is at the top of my list.

Not only is this juicy and sweet fruit delicious, it has 128% of the recommended daily dose of manganese, a trace mineral important in energy production and is a great anti-inflammatory. Pineapple also has 40% of our daily recommended dose of vitamin C.

This week I have been enjoying a pineapple salsa that I made as a topping for everything from quail to fish to pork chops to quesadillas. It is simple to make, it holds for 4-5 days, and it will make over the most boring dinner.

Pineapple Salsa


2 cups of fresh pineapple cut into tiny pieces (you can do bigger chunks if you like)

1 Tablespoon -1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno, fresno or thai chili (more if you like it spicy)

2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup finely chopped shallot or red onion

½ cup fresh chopped cilantro

Salt to taste


Mix all ingredients together and serve — with favorite protein, or as a topping on a quesadilla.

Another great use of pineapple is to freeze larger chunks and serve them in a glass of sparkling water with fresh lime and mint. This is super refreshing and the pineapple will work like ice cubes at first, and then you can enjoy them as a snack after your drink is done.

Until next time, stay fresh and delicious!

~ Chef Domenica

Posted by: Chef Domenica Catelli at 4:48 pm

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