Cool Salsa for a Hot Summer

I like the title of this post because in addition to literally being about salsa it gives a nod to the book “Cool Salsa,” which I recommend to young readers wanting to dive into bilingual reading.

On to my main topic, though – yummy salsa! Here in Northern California, some of our hottest summer days are arriving now. August and September call for refreshing food and drinks. I’ve been on the lookout for easy recipes I can make with the English-language class I’ve been teaching this summer, and a friend recently shared this lovely book of salsa recipes with me. I like the recipes in this book because of the unique ingredients such as mango, jicama, garlic or oranges. Here’s a refreshing recipe in English and en español that would be perfect for a summer snack.


  • 4 rebanadas de piña fresca
  • ¼ cebolla (puede ser blanca o morada)
  • ¼ taza de hojas de cilantro
  • 4 chiles serranos
  • Jugo de un limón
  • Sal al gusto


1. LIMPIA la piña, elimina el centro y corta en cubos pequeños.

2. PICA la cebolla, el cilantro y los chiles serranos.

3. MEZCLA los ingredientes en una salsera, finalmente sazona con el jugo de limón y sal.

4. REFRIGERA mínimo por 10 minutos.

  • 4 fresh pineapples slices
  • ¼ onion (it can be white or red)
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 4 serrano chiles
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


1. CLEAN the pineapple, taking the center out and cutting it into small cubes.

2. CHOP the onion, cilantro and serrano chiles.

3. MIX the ingredients in a small bowl, lastly adding in the lemon juice and salt.

4. REFRIGERATE for at least 10 minutes.

For a slightly different version, you can add fresh mango cubes.

¡Buen provecho! – Enjoy!

Photo thanks to iStock.

Published by Alison Trujillo

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