May 24, 2013

Pineapple–mango summer salad!

This week was incredibly busy. Many things to do and some unplanned things came up that needed to be taken care of. Plus, the weather was terrible: cloudy, rainy and there were crazy changes in temperatures.  To oppose this week and its weather, I decided to prepare this summerish salad. It was delicious! Even my boyfriend liked it and he is not a fan of pineapple. He says that pineapple makes little cuts on his tongue. I might be losing him to the crazies, but has that ever happened to you?  

Anyways, pineapple is a great fruit and here’s why*:
-1 cup of chopped pineapple provides almost 100% of the daily requirement of manganese, an essential mineral that helps maintain a healthy skin, bones, and cartilage formation.
-It has a relatively low impact on blood’s sugar.
-Contains bromelain, which helps in digestion and reduces inflammation.
-It can also act as a blood thinner.

Also, salads don’t have to be boring. I always try adding some fruits, nuts and/or cheese. The dressing also plays an important role; otherwise eating a bunch of lettuce doesn’t seem too appealing.

I didn’t take any pictures of the procedure or ingredients because it is really simple:
-Mixture of lettuce
-Some pineapples slides
-Mango (cut in cubes)                                                                                  
-Cherry tomatoes (cut in half)


First broil the pineapple a little. Then just add all ingredients together in the quantities you prefer. None of the ingredients require a limit (unless you add like 50 mangoes and 100 cherry tomatoes per portion!).

For the dressing, here’s a low calorie recipe:

-2 tablespoon orange marmalade (low in sugar preferably)
-1/4 tablespoon balsamic-raspberry vinegar
-1/2 tablespoon basil
-2 tablespoons olive oil

Stir together and enjoy it!

PS: I’ll be away for the weekend. I’ll tell you about it next week! :)

*Pineapple information: The 150 healthiest food on earth by Jonny Bowden.


  1. A mi tambien el anana me hace pequenos cortes en la lengua...pero me gusta mucho igual, lo como siempre que puedo...una consulta respecto al que color tiene que estar para que este maduro?? el qu eveo aca en Canada esta siempre verde, y en mi pais (Uruguay) no hay mango asi que no lo conocia antes de vivir aca!!! gracias!!!

    1. Hola Natalia,
      Qué bueno saber que alguien más siente las cortaditas en la lengua! Para saber si el mango está listo, tiene que tener un color entre anaranjado, rojo y rosado. También es importante la textura, tiene que estar un poco blando pero no demasiado. Intenta ir a otros supermercados y quizás los encuentres. Sino cómpralo verde y espera a que madure en la casa. Gracias por tu pregunta!

  2. A mi la piña me deja la lengua inflamada, no la puedo comer :'( Pero en jugo si y en almibar tambien. La piña es la medicina que usamos en mi casa cuando tenemos dolor de garganta porque desinflama, desinfecta y anestesia! La proxima vez que tengas mal la garganta, come piña en trozos unas tres veces al dia y veras.

    1. Nunca había oído eso! Cuando tenga dolor de garganta lo probare segurísimo!