This Fresh Pineapple Mango Tropical Salsa with Rum is perfect for summer meals. Fresh tropical fruit with a splash of rum, combine to make a great side for grilled pork, chicken or seafood. The perfect topping for fish tacos.
A chunky tropical salsa recipe that is easy to make. Caribbean flavours from the mango and grilled pineapple work well on pancakes, waffles and ice cream too. A little taste of the tropics in your backyard.
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!!
This simple tropical fruit salsa recipe is the closest I can get to exotic island flavours. With the added hit of Jamaican rum, my family thinks this the best salsa ever. Great as a topping for watermelon pizza.
TROPICAL FRUIT EXPERIENCE
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 aisle in the grocery store, other than to get some bananas.
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 aisles she would shop in, and visit aisles 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.
TROPICAL SALSA INGREDIENTS
This fruit salsa only requires a few delicious ingredients:
- grilled pineapple
- red pepper
- ginger juice
- lime juice
Have you ever grilled fruit before? OMG, it is THE BEST! Grilling fruit brings out the natural sweetness. One of our favourite summer desserts is Grilled Balsamic Strawberries. A great bbq party dessert. I think I need to try making Strawberry Bruschetta with them next time.
You DON’T have to grill the pineapple. Some people prefer it RAW. Unfortunately, hubby is sensitive to eating raw pineapple. Grilling it solves the issue.
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.
HOW TO MAKE PINEAPPLE MANGO TROPICAL SALSA
This chunky salsa is SO easy, and SO delicious. The hardest part is prepping the fruit (if you call that hard).
- Peel and core the pineapple, cutting it into spears, grill, and dice. (Read the recipe for easy grilling instructions.)
- Dice the mango (now I finally know the right way).
- Dice the peppers.
- Place all the ingredients into a bowl, and combine with the rum, salt, lime and ginger juice.
What is ginger juice? Another little trick I learned at the cooking glass. Super easy to make. All you have to do is grate fresh ginger using a *Microplane. Collect the pulp and squeeze. Ginger juice!!
For the rum, the choice is yours. White rum. Amber rum. I used Jamaican rum. I wanted this tropical salsa to be as authentic as possible.
As you can see, this really is an easy homemade salsa recipe. It’s like you are on vacation.
Can you freeze fruit salsa? YES, you can (if you have any leftover). Place it in an airtight container in the freezer (for up to 2 months). To use, thaw in the fridge. The texture will be softer than the original chunky version. The flavours will be milder as well. Perfect for adding to yogurt, pancakes, waffles and ice cream.
We never seem to have any leftovers. I can actually eat this with a spoon as dessert!
I love the tastes of the tropics! 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!!
If you think this tropical salsa recipe sounds delicious, here are a few other fruit salsas you might like:
Do you have a favourite fruit salsa recipe?
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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
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 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.ENJOY!!