Pineapples are the most recognizable fruit in the market. Just one look at a pineapple and you can be transported to places filled with sunshine, tropical breezes and fruity drinks with umbrellas in them. Pineapples are sweet and so versatile. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. While you may be more familiar with eating pineapple raw or drinking its juice, it also tastes incredible cooked. Check out Love Pineapple? Here’s How to Cook With It for tips on selection, storage, and how to use pineapple for beverages, desserts and savory dishes.
Pineapples are also very healthy with benefits for our digestion, immunity, lymphatic system, and more. Read Not Just a Tropical Fruit: Pineapple’s Healing Benefits for Your Whole Body to find out all the ways that pineapple can improve your health.
Get ready to add a little sunshine into your meals. Here are 20 sweet and savory pineapple recipes to make this summer.
1. Grilled Pineapple and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal
Turn your breakfast into an indulgent, tropical delight. This Grilled Pineapple and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal has flavors and textures like you’ve never had in oatmeal before. Morning never looked so delicious.
2. Chili Lime Lentil Tacos with Spicy Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Everyone loves tacos but these Chili Lime Lentil Tacos are a whole new way to love them. The lentils are cooked with chili and lime for amazing flavor but the star of the show is the grilled pineapple salsa with spicy jalapeno.
3. Vegan Pineapple Honey
Vegan honey … is that even possible? Yes it is! All it takes is two simple ingredients that combine into a sweet and gooey, thick syrup that will fill any honey void you may have as a vegan. This is a tasty Vegan Pineapple Honey alternative that kids and adults all love.
4. Pineapple and Cinnamon Tea Cookies
These Pineapple Cinnamon Tea Cookies are a real crowd pleaser and you don’t even need a lot of ingredients to make them. You’ll taste the fresh pineapple running all through them.
5. Rich Pineapple Curry (Pineapple Lemak for my Malaysians in the House)
The inspiration for this Rich Pineapple Curry hails from Malaysia. Traditionally served with prawns and made with plenty of oil, this version is oil-free and uses tofu. Any dish in Malaysia that has the word “Lemak” in it is guaranteed to be rich and delicious. This is no exception.
6. Healthy Pina Colada (Hallelujah!)
If you like Pina Coladas…and getting caught in the rain…then you totally need to make this Healthy Pina Colada. Say no to pre-made mixes and make this drink with real banana, coconut and pineapple
7. Malibu Rum Cupcakes with Pineapple and Jalapeno Filling
You may think the combination of pineapple and jalapeno is strange but one you try these Malibu Rum Cupcakes, you’ll be a believer. The jalapeno adds complexity to the pineapple for a light and fluffy cupcake that’s perfection.
8. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Go retro with this Pineapple Upside Down Cake. This version is vegan-friendly but is full of nostalgia nonetheless. If you’ve never tried it, you’ll love this twist on the classic dessert.
9. Sweet and Sour Cauliflower
This Sweet and Sour Cauliflower is a vegan version of the traditional Chinese dish using all vegetables. The cauliflower takes on all the delicious flavors and has a crisp texture without any breading or frying.
10. Pineapple Sorbet
This Pineapple Sorbet is a plant-based, healthy version that is creamy, refreshing, and satisfying. Made with fresh pineapple, this is going to be your new favorite dessert.
11. Pineapple and Peanut Stir-Fry
Try a new flavor combination with this Pineapple and Peanut Stir-Fry. This dish is so satisfying with refreshing pineapple, crunchy peppers and earthy ground nuts coated in a sticky-sweet sauce. Serve it up with some brown rice or other grain to complete the meal.
12. Pineapple Guacamole
This Pineapple Guacamole is a nice change from traditional guacamole. It has a slightly sweet taste from the pineapple mixed in with a little heat from the jalapeno.
13. Pineapple Island Vegan Kebabs
These Pineapple Island Kebabs will transport you to the land of sunshine and cool breezes. They have tofu and veggies marinated in a sweet and spicy blend plus pineapples for an added tangy tropical flavor.
14. Mango Sorbet with Banana and Pineapple
Create the perfect sorbet. This Mango Sorbet with Banana and Pineapple is creamy, cold, sweet and luscious. Who needs added sugar when you have the sweetness of the fruit!?
15. Cool Pineapple-Basil Pops
These vegan Pineapple-Basil Pops are a great alternative to store bought pops. These pops only take two ingredients to make and they are absolutely delicious.
16. Vegan Pineapple and Strawberry Bread/Cake
This Pineapple Bread is indulgence personified and, if the soft whipped sweetened coconut cream doesn’t send you into spirals, nothing will. It’s sweet, moist, and super easy to make.
17. Pineapple Crush Smoothie
Not only is this Pineapple Crush Smoothie healthy and refreshing but it’s kid-friendly too. The sweetness of the pineapple is irresistible to the little ones as well as the adults.
18. Raw Vegan Pineapple and Goji Berry Tart
This Raw Vegan Pineapple and Goji Berry Tart is packed with healthy, wholesome ingredients. It is raw, flourless, gluten-free and wheat-free for an awesome dessert that just happens to also taste delicious.
19. Pineapple Fried Quinoa
Change up a classic favorite with just a few swap-outs. Instead of rice, use quinoa to make this Pineapple Fried Quinoa. It’s sweet, spicy, and everyone will love it.
20. Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches and a Beer
Whether you choose tofu, tempeh or seitan, use this amazing sauce to make Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches. Crushed pineapple gives the sauce a slightly tangy sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the whiskey. The sauce freezes well, so double the batch for easy summer eating.
Pineapples are the perfect summer fruit. Add them to your sweet and savory dishes for a tropical flair.
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