Recipe: Zucchini, Pineapple, and Black Bean Salsa

Are you in the mood to try a tasty new black bean salsa with no additives? Try this nutritious side from Lisa Suriano at Veggiecation® today.

September 13, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

U.S. dietary guidelines recommend having around three cups of legumes per week, so why not add this tasty side dish of black bean salsa to your dinner?

Check out the quick recipe below for a nutritious, heart-healthy alternative to traditional store-bought salsa.


Recipe: Zucchini, Pineapple, and Black Bean Salsa

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 medium zucchini, diced into ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ cup pineapple, diced into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 15- oz . can of black beans
  • 1 tbsp . chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 3 tbsp . olive oil
  • 2 tbsp . pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp . lime juice
  • ¼ tsp . ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp . garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, pineapple juice, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk.

  2. In a large bowl, combine diced zucchini, diced pineapple, and black beans.
  3. Pour the liquid in the small bowl over the produce in the large bowl. Toss thoroughly.
  4. Add chopped cilantro. Toss again.

Recipe Notes

Tip: You can substitute fresh pineapple with canned pineapple in juice. Use the juice from the can to make the salsa dressing to save money on ingredients.

Enjoy this nutritious snack as a side dish or add it as a topping for fish, chicken, or pork.

Lisa Suriano
About Lisa Suriano
Lisa Suriano is a certified nutritionist who holds a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science and specializes in school food service as the Director of Operations for J.C. Food, a premier school food service consulting company for independent schools. Lisa founded the evidence-based, culinary-nutrition education program Veggiecation®, which introduces thousands of children and families to the delicious world of vegetables. She is thrilled to partner with Healthfirst to help introduce practical and palate-pleasing ideas for incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into the lives of the community!

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“Dietary Guidelines,” Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Accessed July 11, 2017.

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