Mexican food! Who doesn’t love a delicious side of freshly made chilled salsa on a hot summer day. This recipe takes the plain old salsa dish and adds a modern healthy spin to it. When you think about making salsa for a family party, a dish to bring to a gathering, or just for your personal enjoyment, you wouldn’t normally think of adding fruit, would you? My absolute favorite thing about this is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors that radiate from this bowl. It truly does leave you with a light, yet full feeling of satisfaction.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- 1 1/2 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 medium mango, diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded & diced
- 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
- 3 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 limes, juiced
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut, chop, and dice all ingredients as instructed. I used the bullet to chop each ingredient instead of doing it by hand, this cuts the time spent on prepping in half and is a great idea if you are limited on time.
2. In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients together, mix, and serve immediately with your choice of whole grain chips.
The 3 jalapenos I used may be too much for some, I can handle a spicy dish, so if your tongue is sensitive to spice you might want to try only 1 jalapeno first. I also, added them last because I separated the recipe into two halves, one with jalapenos and one without. (Some people in my circle prefer without, so of course I had to accommodate to their request! ;).) I chilled the salsa for about 20 minutes before serving to give the recipe an extra refreshing taste, especially because it was such a hot day. My choice of chip was roasted garlic and black bean tortilla chips.
Before this, I truly did not think I ate that much mexican food, but now after looking back on many of my food choices, I have come to realize I indulge in my ethnic food more than I originally thought. The most important factor here is that I make subtle changes to create a healthier dish. This mango-pineapple salsa is only one way to change a popular staple such as salsa into a, just as delicious, healthy side dish.
This salsa is vegan friendly, naturally gluten free, dairy-free, and all organic. I know I have mentioned this before, but I have so many people in my family, close group of friends, and clients that are vegan, which pushes me to be inspired to make recipes that everyone can enjoy. If you try this recipe, please tag #brnutritionvision and let me know how you liked it! I always love hearing feedback!
Thanks for living MyNutritionVision with me!
❤ Rebecca Raymundo, RD, LDN
Per serving: Calories: 41; Total Fat: 0.2 g (Saturated Fat: 0 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 2.9 mg; Potassium: 98 mg; Total Carbs: 10.4 g; Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g; Protein: 0.6 g.