In honor of spring finally arriving, I've got a definite warm weather recipe to share today. Conveniently enough, this month's Recipe ReDux theme also completely fits the springy bill.
Inspired by both the rising temperatures and the Recipe Redux theme of "Green with Herb Envy", I give you Basil Mint Pineapple Salsa. Yes, it is as good as it sounds.
If you're part of the Recipe ReDux youself, you may know how I sort of cheated on the creativity for this recipe. You see, the challenge was to use herbs in an unconventional way, - and don't get me wrong, I was super excited to do so - but then when I sat down to brainstorm some ideas, every single interesting, creative, and delicious thought flew right out of my head.
And you know what I was left with? NOTHING.
Soooo, I turned to the examples left by the folks at the Recipe ReDux, and, as ashamed as I am to say it, I decided to use one. The mint salsa one to be exact.
But don't get super mad at me, because I did put my creative juices to work a bit after I had the basic idea of the dish I wanted to make down. I decided to make a pineapple salsa, and add basil as well as mint. I threw in some red pepper, cucumber, and lime juice, too, and the result was just fantastic!
Can I just say: I'm sorry I wasn't creative and stole your idea this month, Recipe ReDux people. May I please repay you with some delicious Basil Mint Pineapple Salsa?
- 1/2 of a large pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 small Persian cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Mix together lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Add bell pepper, cucumber, pineapple pieces, basil, and mint. Recipe makes about 1 1/2 - 2 cups salsa. Serve over chicken, fish, or even as a side dish. Enjoy!
P.S. It's totally OK to eat this salsa by the bowlful. I promise.
Revisited Recipe of the Day:
Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie -> welcome warmer weather!