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Recipe Friday – Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

March 11, 2017
Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

Pineapple salsa

Spring is almost here and fresh pineapples are available again! We are always trying to find some balance in our lives, and pineapples help us to do just that! Eating fresh pineapple has a plethora of health benefits. It helps with with healing, detoxing, metabolizing, tissue building, synthesizing collagen and improving digestion. It feels so great to put our bodies back in sync again after the recent few months of crazy hot/cold/rainy/dry weather. Plus, pineapples are an effective way to get smooth and glowing skin, which is an added bonus, since our skin has been a little stressed and dehydrated lately.

Health Benefits

Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain and in Vitamin C, which are both important in healing. Bromelain helps reduce inflammation, tenderness and pain from bruising, sprains, and strains. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to fight colds and infections plus it is vital in repairing body tissues and in synthesizing amino acids and collagen. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be.

Grilled Pineapple and Salsa


Grilled Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Potato Boat

Pineapple salsa and sweet potato boat

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Two Sweet Potato Boats with Pineapple Salsa


Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats

Add a little sweet sunshine to your salsa!

We recommend eating fresh pineapple at least once a week. This recipe is a delicious way to add pineapple into your diet.

Potato Prep 

  • Use any variety of potato, we recommend sweet potatoes.
  • Thoroughly clean and wash potatoes.
  • Lay out aluminium to wrap your potato for baking
  • Coat each potato with Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle Salt and Pepper around the whole potato
  • Wrap in aluminum foil and bake at high temperature until soft in the center

Salsa Prep 

  • 1-2 Large Tomatoes
  • Handful of cilantro
  • 1/3 onion
  • 2-3 Pineapple rings
  • Optional: Jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, corn nibblets



Grill pineapple rings on the BBQ, a stove top grilling plate or a grilling pan. Let cool and then dice into small chunks. Next chop the tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Cut slightly cooled sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a fork to loosen the potato from the skin. Add a generous amount of pineapple salsa to the sweet potato boat. Enjoy!


Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv


Food & Drink Skin Care


May 13, 2016

Salmon Salad with Mango Avocado Salsa


Lately, it’s hard to escape the sweet smell of mangoes at the spa. We’re not complaining either because nothing reminds us of summers more than like the smell of a freshly cut mango!

Today on Recipe Friday, we’d like to share one of our favorite recipes. And, yes, it includes mangoes! For those of you who know Willow Spa’s philosophy, you know that we believe that our skin is affected as much by what you eat as what products you put on your skin. So, today, we’d like to touch a little upon the amazing mango!

Amazing? Yes, we think the mango is amazing. This fruit boasts some real power for your skin both externally and internally. Used topically, the mango helps skin to glow, treats blackheads and dark spots, and is great for sensitive skin. Mangoes are high in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins A and C. Therefore, mangoes are great at fighting cancer, boosting your immune system, and improving your digestive system. Mangoes also decrease cholesterol, boost your metabolic rate and help to balance your body’s alkaline environment. So, this will help prevent disease, especially diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.

Did we mention how yummy the mango is? But you already know that! So it’s no wonder that we’ve been craving mangoes these days. Plus, summer isn’t quite here yet and this recipe gets us in the mood for the hot summer days and balmy nights yet to come!

Mango Salsa Lime CilantroLime


Marinade & Dressing:
  • 1 lb salmon cut into 6 oz filets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic
Mango Salsa:
  • 1 large diced mango
  • 1 large sliced avocado
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
First, make up the marinade/dressing | Pour one third out into a shallow dish | Marinade the salmon in that sweet, tangy, cilantro marinade | Reserve the untouched marinade to use as a dressing later.

Next, pan fry or grill your salmon until cooked through. The honey in the marinade will char these slightly

Lastly prepare the best salsa you’ve ever tried in your life with a couple tablespoons of the reserved dressing. Enjoy!

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