Pineapple Salsa

By Polly Conner
January 20, 2022

Pineapple Salsa is a fun, fresh, colorful condiment or appetizer that’s not only healthy but absolutely delicious! Serve as a dip with chips or on top of recipes like our Hawaiian Grilled Pork Tenderloin.

Pineapple Salsa in a serving bowl

Ingredients in Pineapple Salsa

There are many variations of Pineapple Salsa out there. You’ll see a lot of the same main players in most of the recipes. After testing out a few different variations, we landed on these outstanding ingredients:

  • Pineapple – Fresh is best. Please avoid canned!
  • Red bell pepper – Adds color and crunch.
  • Jalapeno – Don’t worry it won’t be too spicy. You will seed, devein, and mince the pepper.
  • Green onions – Brings a mild onion note and fresh pops of green color.
  • Chopped cilantro – You can sub fresh parsley if you don’t cilantro.
  • Lime Juice – Use fresh limes if possible!
  • Salt – Just a touch.
  • Sriracha sauce, or cayenne pepper, to taste – Add as much heat as you want.
  • Optional: Rip avocado – We found adding in some chopped avocado at the end lends creaminess, but it also means the salsa doesn’t last as long before oxidizing (turning brownish). So, we leave this option up to you.
Overhead shot of Pineapple Salsa

How Long Can Pineapple Salsa Stay in the Fridge?

Like most fresh salsa recipes, it will be good for 3-5 days in the fridge. That being said, Pineapple Salsa is best when served really fresh. It has the most texture and fresh flavor this way. Ideally, you’d prep it ahead a few hours in advance instead of days in advance.

Don’t try to freeze this one. Because of the high water content in the ingredients, the texture will end up mushy and watery on the other end of its freezer stay.

Pineapple salsa in a white bowl surrounded by grilled pork tenderloin

Best Ways to Use Pineapple Salsa

Need some ideas of ways to use Pineapple Salsa?

Pork Tenderloin – Pair with this Grilled Pork Tenderloin Marinade. The flavors of our Hawaiian-flavored grilled pork and this Pineapple Salsa were created to go together!

Grilled Chicken – It would be delicious with this Asian Chicken Marinade or our Southwest Chicken Marinade.

Serve with Slow Cooker Carnitas – Add this to the line-up of toppings for Carnitas.

DIY Burrito Bowl –  Serve in a Burrito Bowl with Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice, veggies, black beans, and guacamole.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs – A perfect pairing!

Tortilla Chips – Entertaining a crowd? Just set out some tortilla chips and your people will be good to go.

Closeup of pineapple salsa

Pro Tips:

How to Pick the BEST Pineapple

According to Healthline, “A ripe pineapple should have a firm shell but be slightly soft with a bit of give when you squeeze it. Pineapples that are completely solid or hard when squeezed are unlikely to be fully ripe.” We’ve also found that once they start to turn a little darker brown (and smell ripe when you sniff the bottom), they are just right!

Buy Pre-Cut Fresh Pineapple Spears

Since this recipe involves a lot of chopping, don’t be afraid to cut some corners. For example, you can buy a package of fresh pineapple spears, already peeled and sliced. You’ll still need to dice the pineapple up, but it saves quite a bit of time to have some of that grunt work done for you.

Sharpen Your Knife Before Starting

You’d be amazed at the difference between chopping with a freshly sharpened knife vs. a dull one. Since this recipe requires a lot of chopping, taking the extra minute to sharpen your knife will really pay off.

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Pineapple Salsa

  • Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
  • Total Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: No cook
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Pineapple Salsa is a fun, fresh, colorful condiment or appetizer that’s not only healthy but absolutely delicious! Serve as a dip with chips or on top of recipes like our Hawaiian Grilled Pork Tenderloin.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium fresh pineapple, cored and finely diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium to large jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and minced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro (sub: fresh parsley)
  • Juice of 2 limes (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Sriracha sauce or cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 1-2 ripe avocados, chopped

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Let it sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving so the flavors start to combine. 



Notes

Using fresh, ripe pineapple is the key to this recipe. We strongly urge you not to use canned or frozen pineapple. 

This salsa is best served fresh but keeps well in the fridge for 3-5 days.

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