I mentioned in a previous post that I made Pepper Steak in the Slow Cooker for Paul’s birthday dinner last week. The two requests he made were the Pepper Steak over rice and Pecan Pie. Well, I wanted to add a light appetizer to it and decided on a new addictive favorite of ours. This Pineapple Pear Salsa!
This recipe was inspired by a Mexican restaurant near us. They had a “Salsa Bar” with everything from the traditional tomato salsas to tomatillo salsa and a pineapple salsa that I fell in love with. I do have a traditional tomato base Salsa that I make and it’s my favorite of it’s kind. Well, when I discovered making salsa using canned crushed pineapple and fresh, simple yet flavorful ingredients, I was hooked! Now if I could just get the tortilla chips they serve too! Maybe that’ll be an experiment down the road. For now, I just purchase a good quality brand from the store and focus on making this salsa!
Here’s how I make it.
Pineapple Pear Salsa
This is soooo easy to make! In a medium size bowl, combine the drained crushed pineapple with some chopped red bell pepper and pear. You can use either fresh or canned pears, I’ve done it both ways depending on what I have on hand at the time the craving hits me. We have a pear tree that produces the most juicy sweet pears you can imagine. My Mom cans them for us and I keep them in my cupboard for anything from eating them right out of the jar to adding it to this salsa.
Add the zest, fresh squeeze lime juice and salt, stir.
If by some chance I don’t have fresh limes on hand, I do keep lime zest in the freezer. Check out how I Freeze Lemon Lime and Orange Zest! I also freeze lime juice when I feel like the limes in my refrigerator are on it’s last leg and I have no plans to use them soon. Just saying…
Throw in some fresh chopped cilantro and stir one last time and you’re ready to serve!
Just a note about chopping the red bell pepper and pear. I try to make them near the size of the crushed pineapple. I just think the flavor balances better when you scoop it on a chip and eat it. Just saying…
Add a bunch of tortilla chips and you have one seriously delicious salsa fit for any snack! And I think it’s healthy too! Think about it, it’s fruit and vegetables all in one bowl!
Tell me about your favorite salsa!
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