Two Peas and Their Pod

Pineapple Salsa

I am allergic to pineapple, well I thought I was. A few years ago I took a bite of pineapple and my tongue swelled up and got all tingly. I love pineapple so I was devastated. I have tried to eat it numerous times since then and the same thing happens. Last month, Josh bought a fresh pineapple for a party we were hosting. While he was cutting it up, I snuck a piece. Nothing happened. So I had another piece and another piece. Nothing. I wonder if pregnancy cured my allergic reaction to pineapple? I don’t know why I can eat pineapple now, but I am certainly glad I can. This week I bought a fresh pineapple and made pineapple salsa to go with our dinner.

Pineapple Salsa Recipe on This salsa is so easy to make! Great with chips, fish, pork, or chicken!

This tropical salsa is sweet, colorful, and refreshing. We served the pineapple salsa over Mexican Rice Bowls and saved a little for dipping. I am a sucker for chips and salsa:) This salsa would also go well with grilled fish, pork, chicken, or spooned over tacos. It is also easy to make and would be a great appetizer for any summer party. Make sure you use fresh pineapple for best results.

If you are looking for a new salsa to try this summer, make a bowl of fresh Pineapple Salsa. I know we will be making this salsa all summer long-as long as my tongue allows me to eat it:)

Pineapple Salsa

Yield: Makes about 2 1/2 cups salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes


2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1 large lime
Salt, to taste


In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, red pepper, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, garlic, and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

If you like this Pineapple Salsa, you might also like:

Pineapple, Mango, & Avocado Salsa from Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Pineapple Salsa from Serious Eats
Pineapple Peach Salsa from How Sweet It Is
Peach Salsa from Two Peas and Their Pod

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114 Responses to “Pineapple Salsa”

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  1. Erica — June 22, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    So colorful! SO awesome that you can eat pineapple again! Its amazing and would be such a shame if you couldn’t enjoy it.

  2. Maria, your salsa is RIGHT up my alley! It looks soooo good! I love pineapple or mango in salsas.

    I was also reading over my comments for my Adobe Lightroom giveaway and I read you said you dont edit your pics?! How is that possible?! They are PERFECT and you shoot them just like this? Ok I am super impressed! You have mad skills as a photographer if these are all un-edited images. You rock :)

  3. Blog is the New Black — June 22, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    What a bummer to be allergic to pineapple! Glad the allergy seems to have disappeared. Looks great!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — June 22, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    Love this! It looks so fresh and delicious.

  5. Marilyn — June 22, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    That is so strange about your allergy to pineapple. I used to get a rash all over my chest when I ate raw pineapple, but now I can eat it without any reaction. My son used to throw up when he ate pineapple, even canned, but now he can eat it without any reaction. There’s something special about pineapples. Yeah! They are delicious!

    The Salsa looks yummy, and I have a lot of cilantro in my garden right now. I’ll have to try it.

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 22, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    pineapple salsa is my absolute favorite!

  7. Mrs. Fish — June 22, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    This dish is so perfect for summer!

  8. DessertForTwo — June 22, 2011 @ 9:19 am

    The same thing happened to my mom–ate pineapple her whole life, then one day, she took a bite had this horrible reaction! She avoided it for a year or so, and now she can eat it again. Strange, huh?

    I’m glad you can eat it again because that little growing baby needs plenty of fresh fruit :)

  9. Oh how I love fruit salsas. This looks fantastic!

  10. Marcia (123 blog) — June 22, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Oh, I’m so glad you can eat pineapple again.

    When I started reading your post, i pitied you because pineapple is one of my most favourite fruits ever :)

    Thanks for the recipe – I will definitely try it.

  11. Andrea the Kitchen Witch — June 22, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Fruit salsas are among my favorites, pineapple topping that list! It looks amazing, all the colors & flavors, YUM!! Glad your pineapple allergy seems to have fixed itself, I tend to get the same reaction from too much citrus fruit and pineapple as well. :(

  12. The Café Sucré Farine — June 22, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    This looks insanely good! I did a blog post last winter for a roasted pineapple salsa which was really good but this one looks so summery. They sell something like this at Whole Foods and it is amazing but so….expensive. Can’t wait to try this one, it sounds like it would also be so good on grilled meats- Thanks, Chris

  13. brandi — June 22, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    lucky for you the pineapple doesn’t do that anymore! I love pineapple salsas – they are so sweet and a great mix with spicy peppers and bright cilantro.

  14. Kim in MD — June 22, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I had a sudden severe allergic reaction to crabmeat several years ago, and tested positive allergic to shellfish. I have not eaten crab, shrimp or lobster ever since because I am so scared! You are very brave to sneak a piece of pineapple to see what happened! I’m glad your allergy is gone! The salsa looks incredible, and I’m glad you could enjoy it! :-)

  15. Alicia P — June 22, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    Some pineapples do the same thing to me! Not all, just some! It makes me wonder if I am reacting not to the pineapple but to whatever chemicals they used on it? I don’t know.

  16. cindy — June 22, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    We have a yummy pineapple in the fridge. Last night I told hubby I could see this as yummy salsa–thanks for creating a recipe for me. Looks like I’ll make it for lunch.

  17. Kalyn — June 22, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    The same thing happened to me with fresh pineapple. For years I didn’t dare eat it, and when I did my mouth felt funny. Then a few years ago I could suddenly eat it again (so it can’t be pregnancy that cured it for me, lol!) This looks so good; pineapple is one of my favorite fruits now.

  18. thehealthyapron — June 22, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    I will have to try this at my next potluck! So refreshing!! Great recipe!

  19. Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 22, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    That looks delicious! I’ve been seeing so many salasa made with fruit but have yet to try it. I have a pineapple on the counter so I might just try this one out. It looks so good 😀

  20. Urban Wife — June 22, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    I love fresh pineapple and in salsa form, it’s so much better! So glad you are able to enjoy pineapples again. :)

  21. Great looking salsa! I love pineapple and I’m glad you are able to eat it again.

  22. Georgia Pellegrini — June 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    I love this combination of flavors, and perfect for summer!

  23. Lucy Lean — June 22, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Yummy – so fresh and delicious!

  24. Cookin' Canuck — June 22, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    So many odd things can happen during pregnancy! So glad you can eat pineapple again because this salsa looks so good.

  25. Katrina — June 22, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    Great idea! This is so fresh for summer.

  26. Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen — June 22, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Mmm this would be so good over salmon! Love the fun colors of it too! Yum :)

  27. MommyLisa — June 22, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    Pineapple is one of my favorite things in salsa. I do one with pineapple, mango, chili garlic sauce, cilantro, lime and use it for fish…I may or may not grate a little onion in it or add chive. Depends on what I have

  28. Paula — June 22, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

    Wow! Red bell peppers and pineapple are on sale at the store this week. Guess what I’m making. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  29. Joanne — June 22, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    I usually have a GI response to pineapple where my stomach will hurt for HOURS after eating it. But I love it so much, I eat it anyway. This salsa looks so good! Glad your allergy has disappeared!

  30. Jenny Flake — June 22, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    Delicious!! Love a good salsa for the summer….well anytime for that matter!

  31. Sara — June 22, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Trader Joe’s makes an excellent pineapple salsa, but I’ve never tried making it from scratch. Looks delish! Great recipe. :)

  32. Brittnee — June 22, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    Actually this happened to my sister-in-law. It has something to do with you and your baby’s hormones and stuff (not a technical term). My sister-in-law is able to eat cinnamon now even after having her bundle of joy a few years ago.

  33. Donna — June 22, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    I love fruit salsas! Yours look so pretty ~

  34. susan — June 22, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    love salsa of any kind!

  35. marla — June 22, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    Maria, I love pineapple too but the same thing happens to me. It hurts so much when I eat it. I want to try your salsa so maybe I should try again?!

  36. Aggie — June 22, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

    That is so odd! My friends migraines were cured during pregnancy…we couldn’t figure it out.

    My friend always makes pineapple salsa and I love it! This looks so fresh Maria. SO happy got to enjoy it :)

  37. Rose @ The BMK — June 22, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    Yowch! That makes my tongue hurt just thinking about your allergy! Glad it’s gone :) This looks fantastic!!! We’ve been in a mango-salsa making routine, but I think this is just the ticket to mix it up. Sounds wonderful!

  38. Marisa — June 22, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    Such an inviting salad, I never thought about using pineapple that way. I’m so sorry to hear about your allergies, they are, and can be such a pain to deal with.

  39. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — June 22, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    This is my type of appetizer

  40. Jan — June 22, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    Love it~ So glad you can eat it again… at least for now. I have Spicy Red Snapper with Mango Salsa recipe that I love. I’ll add or substitute pineapple if I don’t have enough mango. Larrapin!

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