This salsa certainly surprised me! I thought the combination was certainly a recipe for disaster. I did learn how to tell if a pineapple is ripe. First of all, if it is fully green, it will never ripen - it should reflect a golden yellow color. It should smell sweet, if it has NO scent, it is not ripe. It should be firm to a gently press and only yield slightly. I thought if a leaf removed easily it was ripe... not true! I have never tasted a ripe pineapple before, only tasted from the DOLE can... and how unfortunate as I now love pineapple and can't believe what I have been missing! Another tip is to turn the pineapple upside down to allow all the juices to run through it (for 20-30 minutes).
The following recipe is from 5 a day - the better health cookbook. I changed it slightly by using a vidalia onion and used a very mild pepper (above). The store was out of jalapeno peppers. My son thought it needed a spicier kick and added medium peppers to it.
2 cups watermelon, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped - (I used vidalia)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 oz orange juice (I used fresh squeeze)
1 Tbspn jalapeno peppers, chopped
Simply mix all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for one hour in order for all the flavors to mix and blend.
Enjoy this taste explosion!
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