Simple Dessert: Pineapple with Lemon-Lime Zest & Mint

Pineapple makes a great dessert. It is sweet without being too sweet and has a nice presentation on its own without the need to dress it up. This tropical fruit has digestive properties which makes it a healthy and simple option to serve after a meal. Pineapples contain “bromelain” which is an enzyme that helps break down protein and aid with digestion. It is also a great source of soluble fiber which helps improve digestion by slowing down absorption and allowing your body to absorb the nutrients from your meal. Pinapples are rich in Vitamin C (providing 130% of the daily value per cup serving) and manganese (75% of the daily value per cup serving). However, be cautious that too much of a good thing can have the opposite effect and lead to gastrointestinal distress; so eat in moderation and don’t go overboard with the good news about this fruit.

About this recipe
It is very common in Brazil to eat pinapple slices with lime zest after a meal. This recipe is a simple way to serve this wonderful fruit as a dessert. I usually have both lime and lemons at home and decided to use the zest of both; since they offer different flavors and the lemon balances the lime with a sweet touch. I also like to add mint since its flavor is long known to have a great relationship with pineapples. You can sprinkle the mint on top or just add it to the side to eat with the pineapple slices. This is a fast dessert to make and its effortless presentation is quite beautiful.

Pineapple with Lemon-Lime Zest & Mint
Serving: ½ to 1 slice per person
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: none


  • Pineapple slices (1/2 to 1 slice per person)
  • 1 lemon (zest only)
  • 1 lime (zest only)
  • Fresh mint


  1. Cut the pineapple in slices. You may quarter the slices (as pictured) for a more delicate presentation and smaller servings. Plate the slices.
  2. Zest a bit of the lemon and lime over the pineapple slices.
  3. Chop fresh mint leaves and sprinkle on top.
  4. Serve immediately or leave in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve as a healthy dessert or a light and refreshing snack.  I hope you enjoy!


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Alessandra - food blogger at Food Cookture ( Passion for cooking, inspired by cultures and travels.
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