The BEST Pineapple Salsa Recipe

There’s nothing like summer, but add in the best pineapple salsa recipe and you’re about to enjoy chips and salsa to the max. Fresh pineapple, cilantro and peppers!


a white pineapple dish with fresh pineapple salsa, peppers and cilantro and red onions


The BEST Pineapple Salsa is one of my husband’s favorite summertime snacks. We aren’t huge chip eaters unless there’s salsa involved. We are pretty big fresh salsa fans, but the key word is FRESH. We honestly never buy jarred salsa. Wait, not true. We really like that mango salsa from Costco, but who doesn’t? Compared to this pineapple salsa it’s just another dip.

We never used to make salsa. It was, in our minds, too much effort and it never turned out like we wanted it. That was such a mistake. We just needed to practice a few times, and in fact we needed to have one successful recipe to give ourselves a little self esteem boost. The more you play around in the kitchen the better you get.


a white pineapple dish with fresh pineapple salsa, peppers and cilantro and red onions


How to Use Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple salsa is a great addition to many meals or snacks. We like to eat pineapple salsa with plain tortilla chips, served with steak tacos , alongside or on top of carne asada  or on any fresh salad.

You could make our CrockPotCafe Rio Chicken Copycat and serve up this salsa in the salad instead of or along with a salad dressing and it’s so good!


How to Make Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple salsa is really easy to make, but the key is in the pineapple.

You need to find a perfectly ripe pineapple or let it get ripe on your counter.

Once you’ve got your pineapple diced up, just throw in red onion, diced red pepper, plenty of cilantro, lime juice and before serving, a dash of salt. If you add the salt too early it will pull extra liquid out of the pineapple.


Can You Freeze Pineapple Salsa?

I haven’t had horrible results freezing salsa, but it definitely changes the salsa as it will be more watery and mushy after being frozen.


When Pineapple Burns Your Tongue

Let’s talk pineapple really quick. Have you ever had it happen when pineapple burns your tongue or makes it tingle?

What is the deal with that? Pineapple contains bromelain, this is a mixture of digesting enzymes so think of how digestion breaks things down and then your poor tongue is like meat.

The good news is now you know that pineapple is an amazing meat tenderizer so we should for sure make a pineapple marinade this summer. Noted.


a white pineapple dish with fresh pineapple salsa, peppers and cilantro and red onions


How to Keep Your Tongue From Burning When Eating Pineapple

The best thing you can do is to cook the pineapple or grill it. Which is also cooking, not sure why I said it like that, but you get the point.

Cooking the pineapple will get rid of most of those enzymes for you.

How to Pick a Ripe Pineapple

  1. Check the Color– Pineapple starts out a greyish green and turns more and more yellow on the outside as it ripens. The first thing to watch in the store is that outside color. However, the outside color doesn’t always prove a ripe pineapple, so this is a great start but number 2 is the MOST IMPORTANT.
  2. Check the Smell– A ripe pineapple gives a slightly sweet, fruity fragrance, but don’t just smell the top, try the very bottom of the fruit.
  3. Check the Feel– A ripe pineapple is slightly softer than an underripe pineapple. However, this isn’t like a peach, avocado or plum, you’re not going to be pressing clear into the fruit so the feel is the last thing you should test.


What Goes with The Best Pineapple Salsa Recipe

All meats pair really well with the best pineapple salsa recipe but especially those that pack a more umami flavor like beef or even pork along with all seafood. Mahi mahi, shrimp, and salmon are great examples or what goes with pineapple salsa.


The BEST Pineapple Salsa Recipe


Homemade Salsa RECIPES

Looking for more homemade salsa recipes? Who wouldn’t?!  Try our Fresh Homemade SalsaCowboy Caviar Salsa,  Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Sugar Chips or our Secret Ingredient Mango Salsa.



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the best Pineapple Salsa

There's nothing like summer, but add in the best pineapple salsa recipe and you're about to enjoy chips and salsa to the max. Fresh pineapple, cilantro and peppers!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: 200+ Easy Appetizers Recipes
Keyword: APPETIZER, pineapple, salsa, side, summer, tacos
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 2 1/2 Cups Pineapple Chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Red Onion Diced Fine
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Green Pepper diced
  • 1/4 Cup Red Pepper diced
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1 Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Lime juiced


  • Mix everything together, and enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.6g | Protein: 3.5g | Sodium: 64.6mg | Fiber: 8.8g | Sugar: 45.1g
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a white pineapple dish with fresh pineapple salsa, peppers and cilantro and red onions

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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13 comments on “The BEST Pineapple Salsa Recipe”

  1. Love pineapple salsa! It’s delicious on so many things 🙂

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  4. Stumbled across this recipe doing a google search…..lucky me….this is VERY simple….and more important VERY tasty. Its 6AM here and Im up early to make another batch…the last batch disappeared almost like magic.

  5. Hi, got here through your Super Bowl round up post, found you on food gawker. 😉
    I had to say, I’ve had repeatedly bad experiences at corner bakery also. There was a time in my life that I lived in coffee shops/ cafes for 2 week furiously job hunting. Corner bakery and Panera bread were the two places I went most often because the power outlets were plentiful. Corner bakery consistently got my order wrong, charged me the wrong amount, was dirty, it seemed like there was always something off about the place. I definitely prefer panera now, their soups are delicious and coffee is usually fresh.

    On another note, I love pineapple and will probably be taking this to a super bowl party on sunday! Do you think it would be ok to add some chopped roma tomatoes?

  6. Yep… making this again… miss your face. Hopefully we will see you when we’re in Utah for Christmas!

  7. Thanks carrian… I just made this for a bbq. Wish you guys were coming. Miss everyone.

  8. Hi Carrian!
    Pineapple Salsa is my favorite with Fish tacos.
    Yours looks yummy.
    The CB incident? The part about the waitress going through your salad with a knife is unbelievable. The rest, yes, unfortunately, it happens. Hopefully you talked to the manager!

  9. That's too bad about Corner Bakery. I've had good meals there. I have never had pineapple salsa. Looks like I've been missing out.