Learn how to make Fruit and Vegetable Siesta Salad, one of Rita's recipes to help prevent gestational diabetes.

Fruit and Vegetable Siesta Salad


  • 2 cups light-packed canned pineapple chunks, drained with liquid reserved
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder  
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste


  1. In large bowl gently stir together pineapple, peppers, onions, cucumber, celery and tomatoes. 
  2. In small bowl, whisk together ½ cup reserved pineapple juice, lime and chili powder. Whisk in olive oil and black pepper. Add hot sauce as desired.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.