Friday, June 9, 2017

Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa

Pineapple Salsa is the perfect blend of sweet and heat. With an added special addition to really take this simple recipe up a notch, your guests will be guessing what the secret ingredient is all night long.  Truly an addictive dip you will be making this recipe again and again.

I know I have been talking about Chad's birthday party all week. I really love planning and hosting parties. I was offered a job working with a fabulous party planner once, but to be honest my passion is in party planning for my loved ones.

For Chad's birthday party we were simple.  It was all about family, friends and food. I wanted to make sure it was mostly make ahead easy so I had time to hang out and enjoy the party. Trust me this is important. I have spent many a party hosting and I prefer to have fun.

To keep everything super simple, I prepared some burgers, Crockpot Brats, Crockpot Corn on the Cob and a salsa bar.

The salsa bar was my favorite. I wish I took pictures.  It featured 3 heat varieties of our Lazy Day Salsa, Best Ever Chipotle's Copycat Guacamole, Strawberry Habanero Everything Spread and this Pineapple Salsa. Also, set out different chips to go with all of the dips.

The Pineapple Salsa stole the show. We started off with the salsa bar as our appetizers, if you will. By the time dinner began, several guests were still eating pineapple salsa with dinner. Then the cake came out and many of our guests headed back for the pineapple salsa again.  Let's just say the pineapple salsa was devoured!

The salsa features fresh pineapple and serrano peppers (although you could use jalapeno too) for the perfect combination of sweet and heat. Cilantro adds a coolness to the dip, red onion gives it a hint of pungent spiciness and the addition of a special ingredient (ginger) warms it up. It is truly a party for your senses and you will be eating this all year long!


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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Lazy Day Salsa is perfectly scoopable, classic tomato salsa that is whipped up in a flash (no chopping required). It is speckled with bits of onion, garlic, and cilantro for extra freshness. This salsa is so easy you can make it in 10 minutes (it takes me 5) .  The best part is, you can add it to left over chicken, burgers, casseroles and viola you have the perfect dinner.

Strawberry Habanero Everything Spread is our latest obsession. A sweet strawberry spread with a fantastic citrusy flavor and a little bite at the end. Perfect, just perfect! This simple recipe comes together with just 4 ingredients and you will be making it all year long!

Best Ever Chipotle's Copycat Guacamole recipe.  Featuring bits of jalapeno, red onion and fresh herbs that speckle the creamy chunks of avocado.  Citrus juices and salt complete this simple and fresh guacamole.  Trust me this is the last guacamole you will ever need to to sample.


Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
MAKES 4 Cups  |  ACTIVE TIME 15 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 15 Min

1 whole medium pineapple diced (about 4 cups)
1/4 medium red onion, diced
2 jalapeno peppers (seeded and deveined), diced (to taste)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon fresh ginger paste (I used Gourmet Garden)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Mix to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES: Use peppers to suit your palate. Less peppers for less heat. The recipe is mild heat as written.

I recommend wearing gloves when working with hot peppers.

If you do not have ginger paste, you can use finely diced fresh ginger or ground ginger to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon).

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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  1. Thanks for the recipe. I made Roasted Pineapple with Mango Salsa, and Tomatillo with green olive salsa for our last get-together, and the pineapple mango was the favorite. I quickly roasted the pineapple slices in a very hot oven, so they would get a little brown without loosing their juiciness. I like the ginger idea; I'll try it next time.

  2. I love pineapple salsa on shredded pork tacos, yum!


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