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Caribbean Spice Grilled Salsa

Posted by on July 10, 2012

Fresh pineapple tastes of a wild summer, its tropical sweetness tempered by raucous acidity. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a ripe one and some folks can be overwhelmed by the tartness. My favorite way to tame pineapple is to cook it slowly until the pale yellow becomes a rich gold and the sugars take center stage, as in this grilled salsa. Make sure to place your pineapple slices away from the hottest parts of the grill; caramelized pineapple requires time (20-30 minutes) and indirect heat. Our Caribbean Spice, with the richness of allspice berries, is the perfect blend for this salsa. A bit of extra cumin adds an intense savory note that’s perfect for grilling. While I broke everything down in a food processor for the smoother texture and ease of preparation, fans of chunky salsa can chop everything together by hand. The smoky flavor from the grill counterpoints the sweetness of the pineapple and tomato perfectly, leaving you with a well balanced and delicious side for tortilla or plantain chips, chicken, and fish.



Caribbean Spice Grilled Salsa


1 lb. ripe pineapple, peeled, sliced and cored (you can also use ripe mango or papaya, too)
1 medium red onion, peeled and sliced thick
4 roma tomatoes, halved
5 cloves garlic, peeled
2 oz. ginger, peeled and sliced (about a 2-3 inch piece)
1/2 large orange, juiced
2 lemons, juiced
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
2 Tbl. Caribbean Spice, ground
1-1/2 tsp. Cumin, ground
1 tsp. honey
(optional) 2 Tbl. beer, rum or tequila


  1. Lightly oil the pineapple, tomato and onion, so that they won't stick to the hot grill (or grill pan). Place on the grill and cook on both sides, until almost done. (You mostly want to get good grill marks on them - that's flavor! You can also grill your citrus, too. It will make them easier to juice, and give you a little more flavor, but you might want to let them cool before you juice them.) After you take them off the grill, cut them into smaller pieces for the food processor.
  2. In a food processor, add the garlic and ginger and process. (This will just break them down a little bit.) Now put in the rest of the ingredients the food processor and puree. Taste for seasoning - you might want to add more salt, lime juice or Caribbean Spice, depending on your taste. Depending on how sweet your fruit is, you might want to add more honey, too.
  3. This is a great topping for grilled meats or fish, but is also just as good with chips.

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