Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa is a quick and easy way to take your snacking to the next level. Deliciously sweet and spicy this goes great with chips and is the perfect upgrade to your favorite protein for dinner!

A bowl of pineapple salsa with chips around it.


Check out some other tasty salsa recipes like Greek Salsa, Avocado Salsa and Shrimp Salsa.

Pineapple Salsa Recipe

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Sure, salsa is good. But pineapple salsa is better. I said what I said. But seriously, I’m always on board with the opportunity to add fruit into traditionally savory recipes. I think the delicious sweetness of the pineapple lends itself perfectly to the other flavors of a salsa (my only regret was not also adding mango, because pineapple mango salsa also sounds amazing to me!).

I also love that this fruit salsa recipe lends itself beautifully to a variety of uses. I love it over a piece of grilled chicken or fish. Or over tacos (hint, hint…stay tuned for this!). But I also won’t discount this with tortilla chips and a glass of sangria or sprinkled over your salad!

An overhead image of pineapple salsa and chips.

Tips for how to make pineapple salsa

  • I personally prefer a chunky salsa, but I encourage you to make sure you don’t cut the chunks too big, because it makes it harder to scoop up with a chip.
  • I kept this super simple in terms of seasonings because I really wanted the flavors of the fruits and vegetables to shine through.
  • I left the salt and pepper measurements to taste- be sure you taste it as you go and adjust those to what you like.
  • If you don’t want it to be as spicy, make sure you remove the seeds from the pepper, as they make it much spicier.
  • If you prefer a more subdued onion flavor, soak the chopped onions in cold water for 10-15 minutes before draining well and adding to the salsa.

A hand holding a chip with pineapple salsa on it.

How to tell if a pineapple is ripe?

Look for nice green leaves, for the outside of the fruit to be more yellow than green, no mushy spots and a slightly sweet smell. If your pineapple needs to ripen, let it sit on your counter for a few days. If it’s right where you want it but you aren’t planning on cutting for a few days, store in your fridge.

How to cut a pineapple?

When cutting a pineapple, you want to remove the outside skin as well as the core. The easiest way to do this is as follows:

  1. Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple.
  2. Stand the pineapple up on one of the cut sides and carefully use a sharp knife to shave the skin down of the sides of the pineapple until it’s all gone.
  3. With the pineapple still standing up, look at the flat top. You’ll see a circle in the very middle, this is core. It’s very fibrous and not ideal for eating. Use your knife to remove the meat of the pineapple around the core by slicing down, all the way around the core so that you are left with big slices of pineapple and the core which you can dispose of.
  4. Chop the pineapple meat to whatever size you prefer.

Can I make this with precut pineapple?

Totally- precut fresh pineapple can usually be found in your grocer’s produce section. I do not recommend using canned or frozen pineapple.

Can you make pineapple salsa in a blender or food processor?

You can but keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t fully puree.

Can I make pineapple salsa ahead of time?

Yes! This lasts up to a week in an airtight container in your refrigerator, although it’s best within the first few days.

Do I have to use cilantro?

No, you can omit it if you prefer.

What should I serve with this salsa?

This makes a great topper for your favorite proteins or sandwiches. It’s a great condiment for salads, sandwiches and tacos. And it makes a killer dip with chips for a snack or get-together.

Chips and pineapple salsa with a pineapple and lines in the background.

Ingredients for making easy pineapple salsa

  • Fresh pineapple
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

Ingredients to prep ahead:

  • Dice pineapple
  • Dice onion
  • Mince jalapeno

Helpful tools

  1. Mixing bowl
  2. Wooden spoon
  3. Chef’s knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Measuring spoons
  7. Citrus reamer
Pineapple Salsa
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Pineapple Salsa is a quick and easy way to take your snacking to the next level. Deliciously sweet and spicy this goes great with chips and is the perfect upgrade to your favorite protein for dinner!

Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pineapple salsa
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Les Muñiz
  • 3 cups diced pineapple
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 limes
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In a large bowl combine pineapple, tomato, onion, peppers and cilantro.

  2. Squeeze in juice from 1-2 limes and season to taste with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

  3. Refrigerate until serving.

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