This Fresh Pineapple Mango Tropical Salsa with Rum is perfect for summer meals. Fresh fruit with a splash of rum, combine to make the perfect side for grilled pork, chicken or seafood. A little taste of the tropics in your backyard. This is the perfect topping for watermelon pizza.
If you have been to the Caribbean, you know all the wonderful flavours the islands have to offer. That fresh, juicy, sweet fruit is so inviting. Oh to have such delicious delights available here too.
I know we can get some of these in the grocery stores (if you are lucky). What is so disappointing is the difference in taste between island fresh, and fruit that is shipped thousands of miles to us. If only I could grow pineapples in my backyard!!
Growing up as a kid, my aunt had an orchard. Every year we would have our share of cherries, pears, peaches, and plums. Yes, Ontario fruit is delicious too. Mom never ventured into the fruit isle in the grocery store, other than to get some bananas.
TROPICAL FRUIT EXPERIENCE
One day, a friend brought some cantaloupe to school, and I was so eager to give this a try. I immediately fell in love with the taste of tropical fruit. The smell, taste, and texture enticed my taste buds. Taking some home to mom, I was hoping to get her to venture a little further into the fruit section next time she went grocery shopping. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Let’s fast forward to growing up, getting married and doing my own shopping. My grocery shopping is totally different than what mom did. I skip isles she would shop in, and visit isles that didn’t even exist back then.
Always on the lookout for new and exciting fruits and veggies to try, the produce section gets lots of traffic from me. I do love the farmer’s market in the growing season, but for exotic things, the grocery store or specialty market is the place to look.
Mangos have always been sort of a mystery to me. I know they come in different varieties, and from some of my Jamaican friends I am told some are way better than others. Even they miss island fresh. The mystery to me has been “how do you get the pit out”? Using frozen mango solves that issue, but fresh is still best.
Recently, hubby and I attended a Barbecue U cooking class. I was so excited to see we would be working with fresh mango. With a professional chef guiding us through a wonderful evening of cooking, picking up some tips was the name of the game for me, along with eating all the delicious food.
When it came to working with the mango, I left that to hubby. I wanted to see how he was going to handle the situation, as I was certain he would not get that pit out. I was right! Thank goodness Chef Rene came to the rescue and saved the day (and the mango). He easily showed us how this is done. Yahoo, fresh mangos are now in my shopping cart all the time.
Since that class was so inspiring, fun and totally delicious, this Fresh Pineapple Mango Tropical Salsa with Rum is my way of saying YES, I finally know how to get that darn pit out of a mango!!
Do you have a favourite tropical salsa recipe?
Fresh Pineapple Mango Tropical Salsa with Rum
- 1 pound fresh pineapple (grilled & diced)
- 8 ounces fresh mango (diced)
- 3 ounces sweet red pepper (diced)
- 1 tbsp rum (your choice)
- 1 tsp ginger juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
Peel and core the pineapple, leaving it in spears. Set aside.
Cut the mango, remove the pit and dice. Place in a bowl and set aside.
Cut and dice the red pepper and place in the bowl with the mango.
Heat the grill to medium heat, brush pineapple with a bit of oil.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side (depending on the size of the spears).
Remove from grill, dice and place in bowl with mango and pepper.
Using a microplane, grate the ginger, collect the pulp in your fingers and squeeze the juice into the bowl.
Add the rum, lime juice and salt.
Mix everything until combined, and set aside so the flavours combine nicely.
Perfect as a side dish to many BBQ meals.
You don't have to grill the pineapple for this recipe, you can use as is. Grilling brings out the sweetness. Also grilling works for people who are sensitive to eating raw pineapple (like my husband).