This fresh Pineapple Salsa is sweet, spicy and simply addictive. Make a batch of this easy summer recipe and I can basically guarantee you'll be eating it with every meal. This fruity pico de gallo-style salsa is perfect for dipping tortilla chips into, and great for serving with your favorite burritos, tacos, grilled meats or fish.
Why You Should Try This Salsa
Summer is in full swing, which leaves me wanting all the fruits and vegetables. This delicious fruit salsa combines juicy, sweet pineapple with spicy jalapeño, piquant red onions and peak season tomatoes for a crowd pleasing, salad-like salsa.
This gluten free and vegan appetizer is perfect for bringing to your backyard barbecues and potlucks. While it is delicious served as a dip, it can also pull double duty as a fresh accompaniment to any of your favorite grilled meats or fish.
So much better than store bought, my fresh pineapple salsa is sure to become a family favorite. It can stand at room temperature for several hours, making it a perfect packable back-to-school snack. It is also easily customizable, meaning you get to control the level of heat to make it just right for your family.
Similar to my fruit salsa with, Strawberries, Peach and Mango, this salsa also just happens to be a super easy recipe, requiring just 15 minutes of your time to throw together. As an added bonus, there is no cooking involved, which means you get to keep your house nice and cool while the sun is blazing. Hooray!
This bright and beautiful fruit salsa requires just 8 easy-to-find ingredients. Here's everything you'll need:
- Pineapple - If you're in the midst of peak pineapple season (which runs from late March through July), you may be able to find whole pineapple on sale. You can also opt to use pre-cut pineapple to save time, though I don't recommend using frozen for this fresh application.
- Tomato - Choose sweet, ripe and fragrant tomatoes of any color for the best tasting salsa. If tomatoes aren't in season, I recommend opting for cherry tomatoes.
- Jalapeño - For a more mild salsa, remove the ribs and seeds prior to chopping. To increase the heat, add another pepper!
- Bell Pepper - Choose red, orange or yellow bell pepper for the best flavor.
- Red Onion - To make the flavor more mild, soak chopped onions in cool water for 5-10 minutes, then drain and pat dry before adding to the salsa.
- Lime Juice - Fresh is always best, if possible. To get the most juice from your limes, give them a firm roll on the countertop for 10-15 seconds prior to cutting in half.
- Cilantro - Don't forget to use the tender stems, too! They have all the yummy flavor of the leaves and are perfectly tender when minced.
- Salt - Add to taste.
How to Make Pineapple Salsa
In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, onion, tomato, bell pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, lime sand salt.
Stir well, check and adjust only if it requires seasoning with salt and/or lime juice.
Let rest for 10 minutes. Serve pineapple salsa at room temperature or chilled, with chips or your favorite grilled meats. Enjoy!
FAQs + Serving
Fresh pineapples are fragrant, especially near the base. Choose one that smells sweet, and that will yield to gentle pressure from your thumb.
When it comes to ripe fruits, fresh is always the best. That said, feel free to prep the ingredients up to a day ahead and toss when you're ready to serve. It will keep well at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
Any leftovers should be stored in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow the salsa to come to room temperature prior to eating for best flavor.
I don't recommend freezing this salsa, as the consistency will change and become rather mealy. That said, it's very delicious and I don't think you'll have any trouble finishing a batch within 5 days. 😉
While this pineapple salsa recipe is pretty perfect as is, there is plenty of room to customize it to your liking. Here are some of my favorite add-ins to spur your creativity:
- habanero (start with half of one - they're very spicy!)
- fresh or roasted corn (or just toss some diced sweet pineapple to this Corn Salsa)
- black beans
If you come up with any winning combinations, let me know in the comments below!
If you're wondering what to serve with pineapple salsa, the answer is almost anything!
Serve salsa as an appetizer with tortilla chips (or any chips, really); spoon over grilled salmon, halibut or shrimp; serve with barbecued chicken or steak; add to your favorite tacos, burritos or grain bowls; or add more veggies to make it a salad. I told you it was versatile!
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Pineapple Salsa Recipe
- 1 ½ cups Pineapple (diced)
- ¼ Onion (diced)
- ¼ Tomato (diced)
- 3 tablespoons Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
- 1 medium Jalapeño (seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped)
- ¼ cup Cilantro (chopped)
- 1 ½ tablespoons Lime Juice
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, onion, tomato, bell pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, lime sand salt.
- Stir well, check and adjust only if it requires seasoning with salt and/or lime juice.
- Let it rest for 10 minutes. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
- Any leftovers should be stored in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow the salsa to come to room temperature prior to eating for best flavor.
- For best results, do not freeze.