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

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 [3])
  • 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 ($2.50)
  • Side salad (free from Kroger this week [3])
  • Dressing ($.20)


  • Dice the cucumber. Dice the fresh pineapple [4]. 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

If you’d like to learn more about Square Foot Gardening, please check out the Square Foot Gardening books [5] by Mel Bartholemew.

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!