Frozen burritos and taquitos no more! Get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with simple recipes that are also heart-healthy and possibly kid-friendly.
(Note: Look for the entree recipes tomorrow)
The celebration of Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the United States. In 1862, the Mexican army was victorious over the French army in the battle over Puebla. According to Wikipedia, Cinco de Mayo is an American Civil War holiday and not a Mexican holiday. Learn more about Cinco de Mayo.
I hope that you find these recipes refreshing, quick and worthy of the celebration.
Pineapple & Red Pear Salsa
- 1 whole pineapple, diced (for added flavor.. put it on the grill)
- 2 red pears, diced
- Half of red onion, minced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 TBSP fresh cilantro, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- (Optional) 1 jalapeno, minced
The idea for this salsa came from my friend, Danielle, who originally suggested grilling the pineapple. The flavor from the grill will add depth to the salsa. We decided to use pineapple to steer away from the typical mango salsa. If you are do not enjoy pineapple... give the mango a try.
Tips for making this salsa:
1) If you want some heat, be sure to add the jalapeno without the seeds. Remove the seeds and be careful not to touch your eyes or face. I know plenty of people that wear gloves when handling hot peppers too. The jalapeno is entirely optional though.
2) Children would love this because there is sweet fruit in it. Do not add the jalapeno if you are serving this to kids.
3) If you prefer less "chunky" salsa, then add it to a food processor and blend until the consistency is to your preference. There is no oil in this salsa so it will not become completely smooth.