Pineapple Salsa

  • By KJ

Pineapple Salsa is like a tropical vacation in a bowl!

Bursting with juicy pineapple, zesty lime juice, and an array of other fresh ingredients, this tropical salsa is a perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

Pineapple salsa is not only delicious — it’s also super flexible. You can serve it as a refreshing dip with tortilla chips or as a vibrant topping for your favorite tacos, grilled fish, chicken, or flank steak.

Let’s take your traditional salsa on a tropical escapade! 🌴

Pineapple Salsa in a white serving bowl with chips.

Pineapple Salsa is like a tropical vacation in a bowl! 

Bursting with juicy pineapple, zesty lime juice, and an array of other fresh ingredients, this tropical salsa is a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. 

Pineapple salsa is not only delicious — it’s also super flexible. You can serve it as a refreshing dip with tortilla chips or as a vibrant topping for your favorite tacos, grilled fish, chicken, or flank steak

Let’s take your traditional salsa on a tropical escapade! 🌴

Pineapple Salsa in a white serving bowl with chips.

Why KJ Loves

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

I love how fruity and vibrant this pineapple salsa is! My favorite way to serve it is over some juicy grilled steak, pork chops, chicken or seafood. But, it’s also perfect with a chip!

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT INGREDIE

Ingredient Spotlight: Pineapple

It may sound weird to add pineapple to salsa. But trust me. It’s a seriously delicious twist. 🍍

If you don’t want to hassle with cutting your pineapple, you can grab some pre-cut pineapple at the grocery store. 

Fresh is key to the flavor of this salsa recipe, so avoid canned pineapple. 

You’ll also want to avoid frozen pineapple, as it can result in an overly wet salsa. (No drippy chips here!) If you have to go with frozen pineapple, make sure to defrost it and drain it in advance. 

All of the ingredients for Pineapple Salsa in bowls.

Choosing a Ripe Pineapple

A ripe pineapple will have a golden yellow color, sweet and fragrant spell, and a firm feel that yields slightly to pressure. (If it’s too soft or smells fermented or vinegary, it’s overripe.)

Pro tip: Try to pluck one of the leaves from the top of the pineapple. If it comes out easily, it’s likely ripe.

All of the pineapple salsa ingredients being combined in a bowl.

How to Cut a Pineapple

01) Lay the pineapple down on its side and grab a sharp knife. Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple, creating a flat surface on both ends.

02) Stand the pineapple upright and carefully slice off the peel, working your way from top to bottom. Don’t worry if you leave a few little spikes behind. We’ll deal with those in the next step.

(Fun fact: Those spikes on the pineapple are called “eyes.”)

03) Now, it’s time to remove those remaining pineapple eyes. Angle your knife slightly and make diagonal cuts tto remove the small brown spots.

04) Once your pineapple is all smooth, cut the pineapple in half lengthwise, then cut each half into spears. Cut the core off the spears, and finally dice those spears into tiny pieces.

Pineapple salsa tossed together in a glass bowl.

Pineapple Salsa Ingredients

Diced, Fresh Pineapple

It’s important to use fresh pineapple for this recipe, as it is the star ingredient. Use pre-cut pineapple from the grocery store as a shortcut

Cherry/grape tomatoes

The perfect pop of red color and natural sweetness. It sounds weird to mix with pineapple, but you’ll love this combo once you try it! 

Red onion

Fresh Cilantro

Fresh Lime juice

Pineapple Salsa in a white serving bowl with chips.

How to Make Pineapple Salsa

1

Prep the ingredients

The finer you dice everything, the better the flavors will blend.

2

Combine all the ingredients

In a bowl and stir together. Season lightly with salt to taste.

3

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator

Store in refrigerator up to 2-3 days in advance.

4

Wash the dishes. How sad.

How to Serve Pineapple Salsa

The tropical + Mexican fusion tastes delicious in tons of dishes. 

You could go simple and serve pineapple salsa with tortilla chips. 

Or, serve on top of your favorite protein, like grilled fish, chicken, or this Asian flank steak. 

Pineapple salsa is a great topping for tacos or salad…or even a fun filling for a burrito.

A plated Grilled Asian Flank Steak that has been sliced and topped with Pineapple Salsa in the sunlight.

Recipe Variations

Need a little more spice? Dice up some jalapeños for a kick. Or chop up some red bell peppers for an added boost of veggies.

A close-up photo of pineapple salsa.

Pineapple Salsa FAQ

How long does pineapple salsa last in the fridge?

Pineapple salsa can last for up to 5 days in the fridge, if stored properly in an airtight container. 

Where did pineapple salsa come from?

Pineapple salsa is a fusion food that incorporates flavors from different culinary traditions. Adding pineapple to salsa is a modern trend, but it fits well with traditional salsa, pairing nicely with the savory or even spicy flavors typically found in these sauces. 

Can I use frozen pineapple?

I would not recommend using frozen pineapple for this pineapple salsa recipe. Frozen pineapple can make your salsa too watery. Fresh is the way to go! If you need to use frozen pineapple, be sure to defrost it and drain it in advance.

What other ingredients could I add to this pineapple salsa recipe?

Try adding some diced bell peppers or a diced jalapeño pepper for an extra kick. 

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Pineapple Salsa in a white serving bowl with chips.

Pineapple Salsa


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Pineapple Salsa is like a tropical vacation in a bowl! 

Bursting with juicy pineapple, zesty lime juice, and an array of other fresh ingredients, this tropical salsa is a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. 

Pineapple salsa is not only delicious — it’s also super flexible. You can serve it as a refreshing dip with tortilla chips or as a vibrant topping for your favorite tacos, grilled fish, chicken, or flank steak

Let’s take your traditional salsa on a tropical escapade! 🌴


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir together. 
  2. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days in advance.

Notes

  • Serve with chips as a dip or serve as a topping over your favorite grilled protein ( I love seafood, steak, pork or chicken!).
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 42
  • Sugar: 7.4g
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Protein: 0.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
Pineapple Salsa in a white serving bowl with chips.

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