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Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole (Guacamole Con Piña y Pepino)

Posted in Appetizers, Favourites by janet @ the taste space on March 9, 2012

There are many differences between Canadians and Americans. One definitely is due to the Mexican influence on Americans.

Despite posting a few Mexican recipes, I don’t really know much about Mexican cuisine.

Like hummus, everyone has their favourite guac recipe. I haven’t experimented much but I loved this creamy guacamole with edamame.  You see, I don’t buy avocados that often. They are expensive in Canada. I know they are ridiculously cheaper in the US, especially in the Southern states. But for some reason, they have been on sale recently so when Rob went grocery shopping, he came home with over 10 avocados. We were obviously making guacamole for his party!

While the brisket and BBQ jackfruit tacos received high praises, I think this guacamole stole the show. It was the winner of the night.

I want to call this a nontraditional guacamole because it is stuffed with pineapple and cucumber. However, since it is adapted from Truly Mexican, it is probably more authentic than you think. Mexicans know how to accentuate the already delicious avocados into a sweet and spicy salad.

Chunkier than your mashed guacamoles, you have a mingling of sweet pineapple chunks, cool chopped cucumber and chunks of avocado bathed in a lime-chile marinade. Due to the acidity from both the lime juice and the pineapple, this is a guacamole you can make in advance and not worry about it turning an ugly brown.

Make sure you have large chips to scoop up this guac, or if you’re like me, make it into a wrap!

Load a Romaine leaf with guacamole, and top with your favourite toppings – I chose julienned cabbage and carrots, chopped cilantro, pickled red onions, alfalfa sprouts and sunflower seeds.

Don’t have any fixings? It paired beautifully with the BBQ jackfruit as well.


This is being submitted to this month’s Simple and In Season, to this month’s Herbs on Saturday bloghop, to this week’s Weekend Wellness, to this month’s Ingredient Challenge Monday for pineapple and to this month’s Gimme Green event.

Pineapple and Cucumber Guacamole (Guacamole con piña y pepino)

1 (10- to 12-ounce) cucumber, seeded, and diced (1 cm)
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
2 fresh serrano or jalapeño chiles, minced, including seeds, or more to taste (I used 1 fresh green chile and it wasn’t spicy in the slightest)
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 lime), or more to taste
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 large or 4 small ripe Mexican Hass avocados, halved and pitted
1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, and diced (1 cm) (around 2 cups)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, divided

1. In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, onion, chiles, lime juice, and salt. Score the flesh in the avocado halves in a cross-hatch pattern (not through the skin) with a knife and then scoop it with a spoon into the bowl and gently stir together, being careful not to mash the avocado. Stir in half the cilantro and the pineapple last so the fresh acidity is distinct from the avocado. Season to taste with additional chile, lime juice, and salt. Transfer the guacamole to a wide dish and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on top.

2. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours with a piece of plastic wrap pressed against the surface. Let it come to room temperature before you serve it.

Serves 10.

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  1. sprint2thetable said, on March 9, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I bet it was amazing with the jackfruit! I’ve done something similar but didn’t even think about adding cucumbers. What a great, refreshing addition. Isn’t cilantro the best? I may have to make this for lunch!

  2. Rosh said, on March 9, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    wow! What an interesting combination of flavors!! Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe on my space.

    Chef Al dente On going event: Gimme GREEN!

  3. Ricki said, on March 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!

    (That is all.). ;-)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on March 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      :D
      It was truly a surprise how wonderful it was with the sweet pineapple, cooling cucumber with the creamy avocado.. so good. :)

  4. Paulette of Girl + Fire said, on March 9, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Never thought of putting pineapple in guac, though I make mine with peaches. Yum yum. I need to blog about that. Thanks for the reminder!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on March 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Peaches sound great, too.. but their season is so short!

      • Paulette of Girl + Fire said, on March 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        True, it’s mostly a summer dish. And I mis-wrote. I actually use nectarines because they seem more readily available at my local grocer. The end result is the same: people think it’s odd, and yet it disappears immediately!

  5. chefconnie said, on March 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I can see where you are going with this…very yummy combo.

  6. Karen said, on March 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    This is a FABULOUS post! My linky is UP and RUNNING for the Herbs on Saturday event now!
    Karen :-)

  7. Joanne said, on March 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Yeah Mexican food obsession is definitely an American thing…I think it has something to do with how many Mexicans immigrated here. But honestly, I can’t imagine life without guac! It’s my hands-down favorite dip. And I’m thinking it’s probably even better with pineapple in it!

  8. Flavors of the Sun said, on March 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    What a lovely interpretation of guacamole–pineapple, cucumber, avocado…yum. And the wrap looks like perfect hot-weather food.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on March 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      This would be perfect in the summer… or during our “spring heat wave” next week. :) I can’t wait for the unseasonably warm weather! :)

  9. Katerina said, on March 12, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Although I live on the other side of the Atlantic, in Greece, I love guacamole and Mexican kitchen very much! This is a very original and I am sure very tasty guacamole! No wonder why everyone liked it so much! I am copying this to try. You have a beautiful collection of recipes in your blog!

  10. Ashley said, on March 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I’m obsessed with avocados and LOOOOOOOOOVE the sound of this. I must try it!

  11. Genevieve said, on March 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    I’ve made a similar salsa with pineapple, avocado and lime and I LOVE the combination! I never thought to add cucumbers, but that sounds like a great addition – a nice way to add crunch, since I don’t like to put red onions in my guacamole

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    You have some really nice flavour and texture combinations going on here!

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    I have everything we need to make this in my kitchen right now. We are having mexican food tonight, too…I cannot wait to give this a try! Thank you for sharing over at Ingredient Challenge Monday. xoxo

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