Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Pineapple Salsa – Grow. Eat. $ave.

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 10, 2011

Up next on the Grow. Eat. $ave. calendar for this year is cucumbers. I’ve had more cucumbers in my kitchen in the last 2 weeks than I know what to do with…both from my garden, and from a friend’s garden. I’ve been enjoying them on salads, as well as soaked in balsamic vinegar with some kosher salt and pepper (nom, nom, nom!).

And last night I tried this cucumber pineapple salsa. To mix things up a bit!

Think….burst of sweet and sour citrus flavors…as the cucumber takes on a little lime flavor and the pineapple adds the perfect sweet balance…plus a little kick and heat from the jalapeno. A fabulously tasteful and simple dinner!

Perfect atop grilled chicken, and also tasted great on the salad too!!!

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Cucumber Pineapple Salsa

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes grill time

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber, about 2 cups (free from friend’s garden)
  • 1/2 pineapple, diced ($1.50) Half of $2.99 pineapple
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped (free from my garden)
  • 3 sprigs cilantro,  (free from my garden)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice ($.25)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Served with…
  • Grilled chicken ($2.50)
  • Side salad (free from Kroger this week)
  • Dressing ($.20)

Directions

  • Dice the cucumber. Dice the fresh pineapple. Finely chop the jalapeno. (And wash hands well. And don’t touch your eyes. or lip. or pick your nose! *burn*) Run your knife through the cilantro.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss together the cucumber, pineapple, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice and some salt and pepper.
  • The salsa can be made ahead and refrigerated up to a day in advance.
  • Grill the chicken until cooked through. Spread the cucumber-pineapple salsa over the top.
  • Serve Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Pineapple Salsa and small side salad.

Cost $4.45

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What fun cucumber recipes, meals or ideas do you have to share with us?!? I’d love some more ideas…as I still have a few cucumbers to use up!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen August 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

This looks good, and I happen to have an abundance of cucumbers right now too, so I will add it to my list for this week!

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mary w August 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Erin – Make some refrigerator pickles with your excess cucumbers. 1/2 waterm 1/2 vinegar, some spices (dill seed, celery seed, hot peppers, garlic cloves,whatever you like) and a tablespoon of kosher salt. They will keep for months in the frig.

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Kim August 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Macaroni Salad

This makes a lot, but we eat it as a main dish.

16 oz. elbow macaroni, cook and drain, cooled ($.75 at Publix, BOGO last week)
2 med cucumbers, chopped, (free from my garden)
2 med tomatoes, diced, (free from my garden)
2 tbsp bacon bites, (Foodland, approx. $.50)
1/2 cup Miracle Whip, more if needed, (approx. $1.00)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all in a large bowl. Serve.

$2.25 if used as main dish.

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Tina Miles August 10, 2011 at 8:18 pm

This one is so simple it doesn’t deserve its own post: Chop up cooked chicken, cut grapes in quarters, chop up a seeded cucumber, and throw in some chopped nuts (I love almonds). Mix it with poppy seed dressing and you have the ONLY way I like chicken salad. I love it on buns or pitas.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Sounds lovely Tina! I’m due for a good chicken salad…haven’t made it in a while!

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