I have lost track of the number of pineapples we’ve grilled in the last two months. But that number shot up last week when they were .99 each. Because you know me and how I love to hoard a good produce sale.
If you’ve never grilled a pineapple, let me tell you what you’re missing out on. First, a fresh pineapple is so much more flavorful, vibrantly-colored, and crisper than canned pineapple. Give a sweet, yellow round to the grill and you get back a round of caramelized, lightly charred, smokey perfection that you can do anything with.
Sweet, smokey pineapple. Spicy salmon and weapons-grade jalapenos. Crunchy kale and red onions. A supposed-to-be-cooling-but-not-really-because-that-jalapeno-was-just-way-too-&^%$#@!-hot dollop of Greek yogurt.
A healthy, satisfying lunch… or at least it will be when my face stops burning.
Spicy Salmon and Grilled Pineapple Wrap
Leftover salmon goes lunch with smokey, grilled pineapple and cool, crunchy veggies.
You can do a lot of amazing things with zucchini. You can bread it and bake it for the faux-fry treatment. And then dip in ranch. Because the answer is always ranch (when it’s not margarita).
You can caramelize it in some bacon grease [swoon] and toss it into a peppery, velvety smooth carbonara for what is quite possibly the best pasta dish you’ll make all summer.
But my all-time favorite for the last few years? Grilling it with red onions and topping with a simple, insanely versatile, you-have-all-these-ingredients-already vinaigrette.
I make the grilled zucchini twice a week and eat it most nights as our veggie side. And most days, I pile the leftovers onto a chunk of baguette with a smear of mayo and a dizzle of vinaigrette, pop it under the broiler with some cheese, and call it lunch.
It’s my favorite summer lunch. My favorite summer sandwich.
And it’s pretty close to the best thing that could ever happen to zucchini.
Grilled Zucchini & Red Onion Sandwich
Summery sandwich made with grilled zucchini and red onions, topped with a lemon basil vinaigrette.
You know what beats a weekend bowl of ice-cold ceviche, crunchy tortilla chips, and a frosty-mug margarita by the pool?
A few years ago, Jason & I dumped our not-even-a-year-old little girl in my aunt’s lap, ran away laughing maniacally, and then spent the better part of the next week sustaining on the world’s most fabulous ceviches, guacamole, and margaritas in Mexico.
Octopus (shockingly Jason’s favorite), sea bass, snapper… whatever they had literally caught that morning, was ceviche by our 2pm Margarita Break. It does not get any fresher than that.
Ceviche is simply fresh raw fish that is “cooked” in an acidic citrus marinade and then mixed with… well, any variety of things: capers, onions, spicy peppers (a must!), olives, tomatoes, avocado, etc. Don’t be weirded out by the “raw” aspect. Ceviche is phenomenal. Cold, fresh, tangy, and crunchy.
We make a simplified version of that beach-side staple at home a few times each summer, mixing the fish with pico de gallo, avocado, a drizzle of olive oil, and the perfect crunchy vehicle: corn tortilla chips. And all for substantially less than 2 roundtrips to the Riviera Maya and a babysitter.
We have this ceviche on our menu again for this weekend’s Cinco (Cuatro) de Mayo bash. I hope our guests aren’t so weirded out by it that I’m forced to eat it all by myself.*
*That would be a total lie.
A simple ceviche served with pico de gallo and avocado.
For the marinade:
1 lb of the freshest fish you can get (I use sea bass or halibut; scallops and snapper are also internet-recommended), skinned and diced into 1/2-inch or smaller cubes
1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
For the pico de gallo:
3 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/3 cup diced red onion
Juice of 1/2 lime
1-2 jalapeno or serrano, finely diced
Small handful of cilantro, chopped
1 large avocado, diced
Corn tortilla chips
Place the fish and lime juice in a small-to-medium glass bowl (size matters - giggle - so all of the fish is in contact with the juice but not overcrowded), cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 hours, stirring once or twice.
Just before serving, assemble the pico de gallo and pace it in a medium bowl with the chopped avocado.
Drain the fish, discarding the lime juice, and add to the avocado mixture.
When I look at The Four Year Old and tell her that we’re having salmon for dinner, she gets this hopeful look on her face and asks: Cooked salmon?
The disappointment is instantaneous when I tell her yes, I will in fact be cooking the salmon first. I was 22 when I had sushi for the first time. Landry? Wielding chopsticks since around 2.
When April’s HEB Primo Picks arrived, I made a beeline for the Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade, a flavorful sauce studded with chunks of red peppers. I knew exactly what I was going to do with it: pour it into a small ramekin, top with a some goat cheese rounds, pop it into the oven until it was bubbly perfection, and call it mine.
(Disclosure: I also made a beeline for the Multigrain Smoked Gouda Chips. Total domination. Those guys didn’t stand a smokey, crunchy chance against me and that bowl of Strawberry Salsa.)
Instead, I opted to share. A cold slab of salmon and crumbly, tangy goat cheese were calling. A 7-minute trip through the broiler was all it took to transform 3 ingredients into a fabulous main dish.
It’s hard for even The Four Year Old to be disappointed in dinner when it’s that delicious.
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Salmon With Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade & Goat Cheese
Broiled salmon topped with red pepper tapenade and tangy goat cheese - dinner is on the table in 15 minutes.
4 6-oz salmon filets
HEB Red Pepper Tapenade
Crumbled goat cheese
Preheat broiler and line a pan with foil.
Lightly spray/drizzle olive oil onto the foil.
Place the salmon filets on the pan and season with salt and pepper.
Lightly spray/drizzle with olive oil.
Broil for 5-6 minutes.
Top each filet with a generous spoonful of tapenade and some goat cheese.
Return to broiler for 1-2 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.
This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and baby-Elmo-clogged-toilets are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 3 locations within a 5 mile radius.