Turn a simple salad into an original and tasty dish by adding fruit. Today we offer you pineapple.
In general, fruit salads, or fruit salads, are prepared as a dessert, but have you ever tried to add fruit to your mixed salad side dish?
Lettuce, songino, iceberg and endive go very well with some fruits.
We therefore want to offer you some unusual recipes for a tasty side dish based on vegetables and … pineapple.
Why eat pineapple
Pineapple is a sweet tropical fruit with a sour aftertaste, rich in vitamins and minerals.
Known for its remarkable diuretic properties, it is perfect this season because it helps keep the body hydrated and expel toxins. Has few calories, about 45 per 100 gr, and is therefore a fruit recommended for those who follow a low-calorie diet.
Pineapple is also able to facilitate fat metabolism thanks to fibers contained in the pulp that counteract the absorption of lipids in the intestine and is a excellent digestive at the end of the meal.
How to choose a good pineapple
A pineapple at the right point of ripeness is recognized first of all from the scent. So the first step is to smell it.
Then check the base which must be firm and yellow in color.
Switch to peel which must not have dents and must be firm and homogeneous.
Finally check the leaves. If you can detach some of them from the center, it means that the pineapple is ripe, otherwise not. If the leaves are soft and have lost their characteristic bright green color, it means that the fruit has gone bad.
Pineapple in the kitchen
Pineapple can be used in many ways.
you can whip at breakfast to get a juice rich in properties which will make you feel energetic for suit in the morning.
you can centrifuge to obtain a super thirst quenching juice and diuretic properties.
you can cut it into thin slices and serve it as dessert with a little maraschino.
You can also grigliarlo and season it with honey and cinnamon or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
you can freeze the pulp and then blend it to obtain a delicious sorbet.
But you know that with pineapple they can also be prepared tasty seconds like sweet and sour pork stew and chicken curry?
Finally, as we said, the pineapple is perfectly fine in the salad and we prove it to you 5 fresh and light proposals perfect for a summer lunch break.
Pineapple and chicken salad
Grill the chicken after letting it macerate in an emulsion of oil, rosemary and lemon juice.
Cut it into strips and place it on a bed of lettuce. Complete with cubes of pineapple, oil, salt and pepper. You can enrich with parmesan flakes and yogurt and mint sauce.
Pineapple, mango and avocado salad
It looks like a fruit salad, but it is not. In fact, avocado is a non-fruit, not sweet fruit with a very particular consistency.
Cut all the fruit into cubes after removing the peel and then add the rocket, salt oil and lemon juice. The protein part could be represented by fresh tuna cubes macerated in oil and lemon.
Rice and pineapple salad
Instead of the usual rice salad with pickles, cheese and tuna try this version with pineapple, green beans and shrimp. Blanch the prawns and green beans separately and then cut them into small pieces and season the rice adding a few pineapple cubes. If you want you can use Venere rice or even couscous or bulgur instead of classic rice.
Mixed salad with pineapple
It is also called cuba salad and is prepared with iceberg salad, diced pineapple and avocado, sliced cucumbers and abundant red onion.
You can use your favorite legumes to prepare this dish. We suggest you soy beans.
After cooking (or washing, if you use the pre-cooked ones), add slices of grilled pineapple, diced celery, diced onion and feta. You can garnish with fresh coriander or mint.