I had a beautiful fresh pineapple on my kitchen counter that was begging to made into something fabulous. I was thinking about what to do with it when I remembered a lovely salad I had that someone brought to a potluck at my house years ago. It was made with fresh pineapple, mango, jicama, lime juice, red onion and cilantro. I recreated it for one of our weight loss classes and everyone loved it. I couldn’t find where I had written down how to make it so I just tossed all the ingredients together in quantities that seemed to make sense and guess what? It turned out wonderful, it is delicious and so refreshing.
I decided to call it Tropical Sunshine Salad because it is so bright and sunny looking. Sometimes we just need a little sunshine in our lives. There was a serious lack of sunshine here today and I was struggling to get a good photo with our smoky skies above.
Fresh Jicama, pineapple, mango, Persian Cucumbers, cilantro and fresh lime juice. Perfection.
I found a photo of the first time I made this salad. I made enough for 16 people that day.
I bought a whole Jicama at Whole Foods. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have Jicama already peeled and sliced into sticks so that can be an easier alternative. I wash the jicama and then peel it with a vegetable peeler, slice it and then dice the slices. Our grandson was intrigued with this vegetable until he tasted it. It doesn’t have a lot of flavor even so, he spit it out!
Having a pineapple corer/cutter tool makes cutting a fresh pineapple such a breeze!
Fresh mango – use frozen mango – or peeled ripe peaches
Fresh pineapple – use frozen or canned in it’s own juice
Red onion – use thinly sliced green onions
Cilantro – use Italian parsley or mint
Persian Cucumbers – use English cucumbers
Jicama – leave it out and use more fruit
Feel free to change up the recipe, use all pineapple or all mango instead of a mix of the two.
Tropical Sunshine Salad
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, chunks
- 2 cups mango, diced
- 1 cup jicama – diced
- 2 Persian cucumbers, cut in half moons Or an English cucumber
- 2 -3 fresh limes, juiced – about 1/4 – 13/ cup or more to taste
- 1/3 cup red onion, diced
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Mix everything together in a medium size bowl and chill until ready to serve. Stir gently before serving.
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