So now that Spring has, at least officially, “sprung” – I am already dreaming of all the gatherings that will soon appear on our calendar. Morning lake walks and bike rides, followed by milkshakes and ice-cream treats. Lunches with friends, while the kids play on the trampoline and splash around the wading pool. Afternoon teas, that more often than not turn into impromptu dinners, as we chat and laugh our way into the evening.
Our BBQ is inevitably a star of the warmer months – allowing for dinners to be thrown together easily and with minimal fuss (not to mention avoiding a hot kitchen with the oven turned on). But what BBQ dinner would be complete without a few tasty side dishes to serve alongside. These too ought to be fuss-free and quick to prepare – for who wants to be trapped in the kitchen when all the fun is happening outside.
One of my favourite side dishes would have to be this easy pineapple and ginger salsa. I often serve it alongside grilled pork, but it would easily work with chicken or fish too.
Packed with fresh pineapple and herbs, balanced with lime juice and given a hit of heat with some red chilli – it really is a versatile addition to the dinner table. The added bonus being that you can make it in advance before guests arrive – leaving more time for fun!
people as a side dish
- 1 pineapple peeled and small diced
- 1 red onion finely diced
- 1/4 cup coriander chopped
- 1/4 cup mint chopped
- 1 tbs minced ginger
- 1 tbs lime juice
- 1 red chilli finely sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Season to taste.