This pineapple salsa recipe has a delicious combination of sweet and spicy. It can be served with grilled chicken or fish or as an appetizer with chips.
Summertime calls for bright colors and bright flavors! This Pineapple Salsa definitely fits the bill.
I remember when I first heard about fruit salsa, I wondered why anyone would want to put fruit in their salsa (even though tomatoes are technically a fruit).
When making this recipe, I remembered a fruit salad in a pineapple bowl from my friend Becky over at The Cookie Rookie and I knew that this salsa would look gorgeous in a pineapple bowl as well.
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How To Make Pineapple Salsa
To make the pineapple bowl, cut about 1/3 of the pineapple off, leaving the stem attached to the larger piece of the pineapple.
Make a cut around the outer edge of the pineapple fruit.
Make cuts through the center.
Use a metal spoon to loosen and scoop out the pineapple chunks.
Pour the extra juice out of the pineapple bowl so that it is empty.
Dice enough of the pineapple to measure one cup.
Save the rest for another purpose.
Transfer the salsa to the pineapple bowl.
Store in the fridge or add a small bamboo serving spoon and enjoy!
This pineapple salsa is delicious on everything from tacos to nachos and chicken to fish. Or just scoop it up with some of your favorite tortilla chips.
Pineapple Salsa Recipe Tips and FAQs
1. If you like your salsa spicy, add diced jalapenos.
2. When using freshly squeezed lime juice instead of the bottled kind, warm the limes in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to get the most juice out of them.
3. For the one cup of diced bell peppers, use any mix of red, yellow, orange and green peppers. The more colorful the better!
4. Serving Suggestions: Serve with chicken, pork, fish, or shrimp, add to rice, spoon on top of tacos. Serve as a side dish salad or as an appetizer with tortilla chips.
5. If you want to double the recipe but only have one pineapple to use for a bowl, you can double the recipe and just keep refilling the pineapple bowl. Or try cutting the pineapple in half so that you have two bowls.
5. What can we use instead of cilantro? Some of my readers have used parsley in place of the cilantro. Or you can skip the cilantro. If you are missing the green color, try adding diced green peppers.
7. Can this recipe be made ahead of time? You can let the salsa sit in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight to let the flavors mingle, but keep in mind that the pineapple serving bowl won’t be quite as fresh looking the next day.
8. What kind of onions should I use? I used red onions in this recipe but you can swap it out with your favorite onion.
9. What else could I add to this pineapple salsa? Try adding minced garlic, diced mangos, diced cucumbers, black beans, diced green onions or corn.
10. Is this recipe gluten free? I’m not sure if a bottled lime juice is gluten free but if you use freshly squeezed lime juice it should be since everything else is fresh except the salt and pepper.
Watch my video to see the Pineapple Salsa recipe in motion.
Pineapple Salsa Recipe
- Whole pineapple (to use as the bowl)
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1 cup diced bell peppers (any combination of red, orange, yellow or green peppers)
- 1 cup diced Roma tomatoes
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 4 tbsp lime juice (about 2 limes or use bottled lime juice)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Optional: 1 tbsp diced jalapenos
- To make the pineapple bowl, cut about 1/3 of the pineapple off, leaving the stem attached to the larger piece of the pineapple. Make a cut around the outer edge of the pineapple fruit and make cuts across the middle too. Use a metal spoon to loosen and scoop out the pineapple chunks. Pour the extra juice out of the pineapple bowl so that it is empty.
- Dice enough of the pineapple chunks to make one cup of diced pineapple to be used for the salsa and save the rest for another use.
- In a small bowl, mix together diced pineapple, diced tomatoes, diced peppers, minced onions, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
- Transfer the salsa to the pineapple bowl for serving.
- Store in the fridge.
- You can let the pineapple salsa sit for a few hours, or overnight, in the fridge to let the flavors mingle but remember that the pineapple bowl won't look as fresh the next day.
- This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups. Serving size is 1/4 cup.
Updated from original shared July 2015.
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