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!!!
Cucumber Pineapple Salsa
Yield – 4 servings
Preparation Time – 10 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes grill time
- 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)
- 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.
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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!