This refreshing Pineapple Cucumber Salad is ideal side that goes so well with any dinner or BBQ. It's packed with vitamins and so much crunchiness. It's HEALTHY, all natural and super easy to make! Great for potluck, parties and picnics.
I really enjoy having a salad with each of my meal no matter what season. But summer salads are somehow more special... more juicy, colorful, crunchy... and I don't know... seems like more refreshing.
It's because of all that wonderful summer veggies. And probably because our bodies naturally crave for more refreshment during hot summer days and salads are the perfect way to cool down and nourish the body at the same time.
When temperatures hit 95F+ (35C+), the best salads are the ones that are super easy to make. Like Arugula Beans Salad or Black Bean Avocado Salad. Or this lovely Pineapple Cucumber Salad that I'm sharing with you today. It's bright and bursting with fresh summer flavors. It's a bit addictive too, well at least to me... because of crunchiness.
You may think this is one CRAZY combo, having having a fruit in your veggie salad. But actually, flavors in this salad are well balanced. PERFECT. The sweetness of the pineapple is balanced with the acidity of the lime, and the crunchy sweet red bell pepper goes so well with refreshing cucumber. The addition of aromatic red onion and cilantro are just amazing. This salad just screams SUMMER!
This salad goes perfectly as a side dish with chicken or fish. Especially with grilled chicken or fish which makes this Pineapple Cucumber Salad perfect addition to any sort of BBQ or picnic you have planned. If you're planning bigger family/friends gatherings just make sure you make a double bunch of this salad because believe me it will seduce your guests and disappear quickly from the dinner table. It’s also perfect for those of us who don’t have a lot of time but craves those fresh, sweet flavors of summer.
To make this salad, you'll only need few ingredients, a good knife and few minutes of your time. That's why I love this salad so much. Also, this salad will not only refresh you but it will nourish your body nicely. Pineapple Cucumber Salad may seems like some fruity fun salad, but it's quite nutritious. It's rich in dietary fibers and loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, pineapple is known for its superpowers. It's full of antioxidants, boosts our metabolism, helps with weight loss and has anti-inflammatory properties.
In fact, this salad is so addictive and delicious that you might forget that there's a grilled meat or fish served with it... Or maybe not! ;)
For those who are skeptical about this fruity-onion-veggie combo, like my husband, you'll just have to believe me on this one and just go for it. You gonna LOVE this salad... trust me! Actually, I'm pretty sure that this Pineapple Cucumber Salad WILL become one of your favorite summer salad. Like it did to me... and my skeptical husband who doesn't even like pineapple. :)
Pineapple Cucumber Salad
- 1 medium pineapple chopped
- 1 large cucumber or 2 small, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- ½ red onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 limes zested and juiced
- ⅓ cup cilantro roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper optional
- Combine all ingredients in large salad bowl and toss lightly to distribute the lime juice and zest evenly.
- Season with salt and pepper if desired.
- Serve immediately or keep chilled until ready to serve.
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