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Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa

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Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Chill 1 hr
  • Grill 6 mins

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Grill the pineapple, then top it with the vanilla-seasoned fruit salsa to make a sweet and simple dessert for summer meals.


  • 1 recipe Vanilla Syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 cup chopped, seeded watermelon
  • 1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut into quarters
  • 4 teaspoons snipped fresh basil
  • 4 teaspoons snipped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon saba or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 medium fresh pineapple, cored and peeled, if desired, and cut crosswise into 3/4- to 1-inch thick slices
  • Fresh basil and mint sprigs (optional)


  1. Prepare and chill Vanilla syrup.
  2. For salsa: In a medium bowl, combine watermelon, grapes, chilled Vanilla Syrup, basil, mint, and saba. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. For a charcoal grill, grill pineapple slices on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 6 to 8 minutes or until pineapple is heated through, turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce to medium heat. Place pineapple on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above).
  4. To serve, cut pineapple slices into quarters and arrange on plates. Use a slotted spoon to ladle watermelon salsa over the grilled pineapple. If you like, garnish with sprigs of basil and mint. Makes 4 servings.

Vanilla Syrup


  • 1/4 vanilla bean
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean, if using. In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and vanilla seeds. Bring to boiling; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, if using; cool. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes. Makes 1/3 cup.

Nutrition Facts

(Pineapple with Watermelon Salsa)

Servings Per Recipe 4, vit. A (IU) 292, iron (mg) 1, calcium (mg) 20, fiber (g) 2, sodium (mg) 8, cal. (kcal) 151, carb. (g) 37, vit. C (mg) 24, pro. (g) 1

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