Thanks to my friend Liz, I think I may have found a new favorite go-to spin on a classic summer-fresh salsa!

One that can be made any time of year and doesn’t depend on a ripe, fresh vine-ripened tomato <— even though that does make my mouth is waterrrrr 😉

We all know how ridiculous my obsession w/ fresh summer tomatoes can be!

Favorite summer food by far. I’m gonna just go ahead and say it 😛

But back to this salsa.  Which doesn’t use tomatoes at all, but instead, sweet crushed pineapple and savory black beans.

How fun is that?!

I picked up this crushed pineapple at Whole Foods.

Really liked the simplicity of the ingredient list.


Pineapple, pineapple juice.

Alright then.

Now all that’s left to do is combine the pineapple, black beans, onion, jalapeno and cilantro then let the salsa hang out for a few…

Sweet pineapple. Spicy jalapeno. Clean, fresh cilantro. Tangy lime.

Yep. Think we’ve pretty much summed up warm weather flavors with that!


But lucky enough for us, it can be enjoyed even before that first leaf appears on the tomato vine 🙂

How’s that for delicious?

I served this salsa atop a new go-to frozen favorite of mine: Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Potato Pancakes.

Once broiled in the oven these get perfectly crispy on the outside with a sweet, warm center. I might be in love 😉

Piled atop a bed of fresh greens, this salsa tops the warm sweet potato pancakes just wonderfully.

And makes the perfect easy lunch or dinner option!

Thanks Liz ,for this great recipe idea… I just may have to call you my “salsa hero” from now on! Watch out 😛


  1. Lets discuss how well pineapple and black beans pair…they’re just awesome together! Great fresh dish. And…you can never go wrong with Mexican

  2. That meal makes me want to go to the Caribbean. Okay, I always want to do that, but it looks awesome!

  3. Yum! I absolutely love the black bean/pineapple combo – so refreshing!

  4. I’m so excited you enjoyed it!!!! I love it because fresh tomatoes aren’t always available, and canned pineapple > canned tomatoes in my opinion.

    Hope you’re having a great week!

  5. Aww, I love Liz! Glad this recipe worked out for you so well! 🙂

  6. This sounds delic! Perfect for a spring or summer BBQ! I need to pick-up a pineapple from the store soon, and I guess I also need another can of black beans since I literally just ate the last of them [hello lunch] 😛

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