Pineapple And Cucumber Salad

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Pineapple and cucumber salad

Pineapple and cucumber salad

I love pineapples very much. I love eating it just as it is with a little sprinkle of salt. Sometimes I make pineapple juice out of it. But what if the pineapples are not sweet. That happens here very often because pineapples are imported and they are rarely fresh and sweet like back home in Malaysia. The best way is to make a salad out of it. One of my best is pineapple and cucumber salad.

This salad is very popular in Malaysia. It’s very refreshing and delicious. A lot of Malaysian foods are very spicy and oily. This pineapple and cucumber salad helps to cut the heat and oiliness. I even love it as it is, especially chilled. It goes well with almost anything. You can make more and keep for the next day.

Pineapples are very easy to cut. Just in case you are not sure or want to minimise wastage, check out at How To Cut A Pineapple.

This recipe is very simple. In fact there’s no fixed recipe. You just adjust according to your taste. The amount of seasoning added fully depends on the sweetness of the pineapple and also the amount of lime or lemon added.

Ingredients A
1/2 pineapple
1 cucumber
1 red chili
1/2 red onion

Salad ingredients

Salad ingredients

Peel the pineapple and cut into small pieces. Cut the cucumber length wise in half. Scoop out the centre and slice the rest into small pieces. Peel and cut the red onions into small pieces and lastly, de-seed the red chili and cut into small pieces, too. Put all into a mixing bowl and add Ingredients B. Mix well and chill for about 1 hour before serving.

Ingredients B
1/2T sea salt
2T sugar
juice of 1 lemon or lime

Mix salad

Mix salad

Have you ever tried this salad? What is your favourite salad to go with spicy food? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other pineapple recipes that you may be interested in:
Popular Pineapple Tarts
Pineapple Char Siu Chicken
Pineapple And Tofu Stir Fry In Spicy sauce

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Angie's Recipes  on May 3rd, 2010

A very pleasing salad! What would be my favourite salad…mmm…maybe cucumber.

kristy  on May 3rd, 2010

Once I saw something regarding pineapple salad. I’ll go desperate…no explanation, just love it! haha….
Have a great day!
Regards, Kristy

sushma mallya  on May 3rd, 2010

Healthy and so easy …looks delicious as well mary

the lacquer spoon  on May 3rd, 2010

Just learned pineapples are used in Malaysian salads, thanks! I really like to eat them in savoury dishes such Hawaiian pizza and Chinese sweet and sour pork. Your recipe is so refreshing, just right for early summer :)

Priya  on May 3rd, 2010

Thats a beautiful and refreshing salad..

Love2cook  on May 3rd, 2010

It has been quite sometime since I made this salad! Definitely a yummy dish! ;)

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DG  on May 3rd, 2010

Great salad and very refreshing.

Cheah  on May 3rd, 2010

This salad will pair very well with nasi lemak. I’m salivating already, perhaps may get nasi lemak and this ‘pickle’ for dinner since I’m not cooking tonite.

SathyaSridhar  on May 3rd, 2010

Healthy n very nice salad dear..

Bakericious  on May 3rd, 2010

the salad looks refreshing, i love pineapples too… but only apply to sweet pineapples cos afraid that might cut my tongue hee hee hee..

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anncoo  on May 3rd, 2010

hehee…I love pineapple too! Especially the pineapple from Philippine and Sarawak. So sweet and juicy!

tigerfish  on May 3rd, 2010

Such a combination usually reminds me of Achar but this salad is definitely more refreshing and light without the peanuts.

Bethany  on May 3rd, 2010

I just checked out your blog via the UKFBA site and it looks superb. I love idea of pairing pineapple with cucumber…I woulda never thought the two would pair nicely!

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Vinolia  on May 3rd, 2010

Mmmm, nice refreshing salad; I like the combination of hot chillies with sweet pineapple taste;

my favourite is a mixture of canned tuna fish/apple chunks/corns with a tbsp of vinaigrette on it…:)

Trisha  on May 3rd, 2010

I first tasted this at a party hosted by Ellie of Almost Bourdain and I couldn’t stop munching on this!!!!

Drick  on May 3rd, 2010

now this sounds like a refreshing salad for our summer days ahead

Angie  on May 3rd, 2010

That’s a perfect salad combination!

MarkSpizer  on May 3rd, 2010

great post as usual!

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 3rd, 2010

I love all the ingredients in this salad Mary, very refreshing. Such wonderful combinations of sweet, sour and spiciness :-P
I really like pineapples but cannot eat too many. For some reason my tongue gets numb if I do. Maybe I’m allergic? My parents and I love to dip fruits in salt mixed with some chili sauce. Have you ever tried that? If not give it a try, I think you may like it. I bet this recipe would work well with mangoes for me instead of pineapples. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful magic.

lequan@luvtoeat  on May 3rd, 2010

Oh and thank you for the advice about the chili oil. My mom makes her own too and we definitely always have a jar of that at home. I almost panic when the jar is almost gone lol. Have a super week Mary! :-D

nisha  on May 3rd, 2010

Perfect summer salad. Never tried this combo but i’m sure going to try it.

theUngourmet  on May 3rd, 2010

This salad looks so refreshing! Perfect salad for summertime along side something or other from the grill. Yummy!

Jeannie  on May 3rd, 2010

Wow! that salad looks so fresh and crunchy! I like eating pineapples and cucumbers with rojak sauce too!

5 Star Foodie  on May 3rd, 2010

What a refreshing salad, I like the combo of pineapple and cucumber!

Mary  on May 3rd, 2010

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much for sharing, Angie! :D

@kristy - Haha….you sound like you will just dive into the dish! :D You are always so funny….makes me smile :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much for adding! :D Now I remember about the Hawaiian pizza. I like that. Chinese sweet and sour pork…always my favourite…mmm.

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@Love2cook - Awww…thanks very much for the award! That’s so sweet of you! Really appreciate very much :D

@DG - Thanks very much, DG! :D

@Cheah - You are very right….so good with nasi lemak. Hey, I cooked nasi lemak over the weekend to share with friends…so delicious! :D

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D

@Bakericious - Thanks very much! I really miss the sweet pineapples. I can’t wait to go home and eat lots & lots of them. The last trip I went back, we ate pineapples and young coconut almost everyday! We were so happy :D By the way, eating it with salt helps to minimise the ‘cutting’ effect on the tongue.

@anncoo - You are very right. The Sarawak pineapples are so, so sweet…very delicious! Now I’m craving for them and missing home :(

@tigerfish - Oooh… love achar….so good with keropok….mmm. Makes me happy just to think of it :D

@Bethany - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Bethany! :D Give this salad a try. It’s very refreshing and delicious. Thanks very much for letting me know about the Food Blogger Conference. I would really love to join. I know there’s going to be so much fun but sadly I had some family matter to attend to and won’t be able to make it. If only it had been this month! But please share with me after you attend it.

@Vinolia - Thanks very much for sharing, Vinolia! :D Love your salad, especially with apple and corn. I love the natural sweetness there…mmm

@Trisha - When I serve to my friends here, they also cannot stop munching…haha. I think it’s good for those who are on diet :D I’m sure you don’t need to lose weight. You are already so slim!

@Drick - Indeed, it’s very refreshing for the hot summer. But we don’t have many hot days here. Wish the hot days are longer! But very thankful it’s not freezing cold like the winter :D

@Angie - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@MarkSpizer - Thanks very much, Mark! :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Thanks very much, LeQuan! :D Oh, so sorry to hear you are probably allergic to pineapples. I know of a friend who sweats profusely when he eats pineapple! Salt and chili sauce as dip? Oh…I would love to try that. Must be very delicious…mmm. Thanks very much for sharing. I bet it’s very delicious with mangoes, too.

Haha…you must be a chili oil queen. A friend of mine adds chili oil to almost everything!

@nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha! Have fun making this salad :D

@theUngourmet - Thanks very much! :D I’ll surely be making lots of this salad when we have BBQ this summer. Can’t wait for the hot weather to be here.

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! :D Oh…now you have just started my craving for rojak. I have to go and hunt for rojak paste.

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

Arnold  on May 3rd, 2010

This is my kind of salad, quick, easy and very appealing.

AmandaSunshine  on May 3rd, 2010

i love love LOVE pineapple too! can’t wait to try out these recipes! :) ~amanda~

Yummy Team  on May 3rd, 2010

Fantastic salad, Mary..So colorful and delicious!!

XiaoYen  on May 3rd, 2010

I like this version of cucumber salad. I’ve never tried it with pineapple but I can already imagine how this mixture will go hand in hand.

Mimi  on May 3rd, 2010

So perfect for the warm weather.

nisha  on May 3rd, 2010

An award waiting for you Mary

nithu bala  on May 3rd, 2010

Very refreshing as well colorful salad..I too love pineapple..

Sook  on May 3rd, 2010

What a great combo! Pineapple and cucumbers.. sounds really refreshing!

Mary  on May 3rd, 2010

@Arnold - Thanks very much, Arnold! :D

@AmandaSunshine - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Amanda! :D You must be a super pineapple queen!

@Yummy Team - Thanks very much! :D

@XiaoYen - Thanks very much, XiaoYen! :D Give a try. It’s very simple and easy to make.

@Mimi - Indeed it is! Just can’t wait for the summer to be here. I’m going to eat a lot…haha :D

@nisha - Awww…thanks very much, Nisha! That’s very sweet of you. Really appreciate very much! :D

@nithu bala - Thanks very much, Nithu! :D

@Sook - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

grace  on May 3rd, 2010

i often order a dish in a restaurant simply because it contains pineapple. this salad is great, mary–full of crunch and sweetness!

Lyndsey  on May 3rd, 2010

I haven’t had this salad yet. It looks so healthy and a great combo. I have a pineapple now, just waiting to be used. I never knew what to do with it if it wasn’t sweet. Thanks!

Juliana  on May 3rd, 2010

Love the mix of pineapple and cucumber and of course the spices in it…look so pretty and healthy :-)

Faith  on May 3rd, 2010

The sweet and savory flavors in this dish sound so refreshing! I love all the gorgeous colors in there too!

Mary  on May 3rd, 2010

@grace - Thanks very much, Grace! Now you can make this at home and add in lots of pineapple :D

@Lyndsey - Now you can try this salad with your sour pineapples, like what I always do :D Have fun making it!

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! :D

Michelle  on May 3rd, 2010

What a gorgeous salad, the color are so bright. I like pineapple but I’m the only one here that does…darn it!

teresa  on May 3rd, 2010

oh my goodness, what a gorgeous salad indeed!

Carolyn Jung  on May 3rd, 2010

This is one of my favorite combos of flavors — sweet, fresh and a little spicy. This is a salad that I could happily eat every day.

noobcook  on May 3rd, 2010

This is a really nice appetizer that is sure to whet my appetite b4 the main course!

Roti n Rice  on May 3rd, 2010

That’s a very refreshing salad which will definitely go well with curries. I also like them cooked in curries. Cooking it kind of reduces the acidity and somewhat blunts the sharpness.

3hungrytummies  on May 3rd, 2010

Nice refreshing dish to go with any curry!

Mary  on May 4th, 2010

@Michelle - Oh…you are very lucky then…no one to fight with you over pineapples…haha :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@Carolyn Jung - Thanks very much, Carolyn! :D

@noobcook - Indeed it is. Sometimes I even eat it early in the morning :D

@Roti n Rice - That’s new to me, cooked in curries. I would love to try. I have tried pineapples in curry but not the salad in curry yet. Thanks very much for sharing, Biren! :D

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much, Suresh! :D

peteformation  on May 4th, 2010

I love this type of salad, very crunchy. Good if eaten with spicy food like Indian curry!

Rosebelle  on May 4th, 2010

I love these side salad! It’s typically served in Thai restaurants here in my city. I like the sweet and sourness of the it.

Simply Life  on May 4th, 2010

I love pineapples too -this looks great!

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joylicious  on May 4th, 2010

Man pineapples are one of my favorite fruits — I eat it with EVERYTHING. This salad looks really refreshing — with the crunch of the cucumbers paired with the nice sweet pineapples…MMMmmm

I can definitely have this salad and not feel bad RIGHT?! :)

sweetlife  on May 4th, 2010

I really like this salad, pineapples with cucumbers, I bet my little sis would even eat this. I think I would skip the chili, great recipe.


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Julie Lynn  on May 4th, 2010

Mary, this reminds me of the lovely fresh salads we had when we lived in China. Oh, how I’ve missed them. I’ll have to make this one. It looks so good! =)

Mary  on May 4th, 2010

@peteformation - Exactly….I love that too! :D

@Rosebelle - It is indeed great as a side salad. I love it with anything :D

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

@joylicious - Haha…you should be a pineapple queen :D Exactly, you can eat as much as you want without feeling guilty…haha. I’m sure this is good for those who want to lose weight….keeps the stomach full :D

@sweetlife - Would be so wonderful if your little sister would eat this…healthy and delicious. Agree with you…need to skip the chili, otherwise she will be mad with you…haha :D

@Julie Lynn - Wow….looks like you ate a lot of Chinese or Oriental food when you were in China. I can imagine how you miss all the food there. I was in South Korea for sometime and I still miss the Korean food very much. Have fun making this salad :D

mycookinghut  on May 4th, 2010

This is one of my favourite salad! Simple yet delicious!

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Erica  on May 4th, 2010

Simple, but delicious and full of flavor!

tasteofbeirut  on May 4th, 2010

Thanks so much for teaching me new ways to use pineapple; this salad sure looks refreshing!

Joanne  on May 4th, 2010

You are SO making me wish I weren’t allergic to pineapples! This looks amazing.

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog  on May 4th, 2010

Really a charming Malaysian salad - I understand why mmm!



Mary  on May 5th, 2010

@mycookinghut - Yeah…we share similar favourite :D

@Erica - Thanks very much, Erica! :D

@tasteofbeirut - You are most welcome. Hope you like this one :D

@Joanne - Oh no…so sorry to hear that you are allergic to pineapples. Maybe you can try with mangoes or even oranges. I think they would be delicious too. I haven’t tried it but would love to one day. Thanks very much for sharing, Joanne! :D

@Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog - Thanks very much, Gera! :D

Hungry Gal  on May 9th, 2010

Mary - this looks so delish and fresh tasting. I can imagine eating this on a lazy summer afternoon. Thanks for the recipe.

Mary  on May 10th, 2010

@Hungry Gal - Thanks very much! :D It’s definitely very refreshing to eat during summer. Great for picnics.

Chaya  on May 10th, 2010

This is a colorful salad with contrasting tastes. It must be delicious. Thanks for sharing, Mary. You have great recipes.

Mary  on May 10th, 2010

@Chaya - Thanks very much, Chaya! :D

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