Pineapple Salsa

Quick Summary

This fresh and simple Pineapple Salsa goes great with fish, chicken, tacos, or tortilla chips! It is easy to make and a summertime favorite!

Pineapple Salsa in bowl.

You can’t beat a fresh, juicy pineapple. Well, maybe if you were eating that fresh, juicy pineapple in Hawaii. The pineapple in Hawaii is by far the best. Since I can’t go to Hawaii right now, I will just enjoy all of the Pineapple Salsa.

This simple pineapple salsa only takes a few minutes to make and is the perfect salsa for spring and summertime. This tropical salsa is sweet, colorful, and refreshing.

This salsa only takes about 10 minutes to make and can be served with chips, tacos, grilled meats, shrimp, salads, and more! You are going to LOVE it!

Salsa Ingredients

  • Pineapple- the star of the salsa. Make sure you pick a ripe, juicy pineapple.
  • Red pepper- it pairs well with the sweet pineapple.
  • Cilantro- a must for salsa!
  • Red onion- for color and flavor!
  • Jalapeño pepper- to give the salsa a little kick.
  • Garlic- I love adding a little garlic to this recipe.
  • Lime juice- fresh lime juice brightens up the salsa!

How to Cut Pineapple

  • First, make sure you have a sharp knife and a stable cutting board.
  • Lay the pineapple on it’s side (on the cutting board) and slice off the crown (the green part) and the bottom of the pineapple, about ½-inch from the bottom of the fruit.
  • Stand the pineapple up on the bottom side and carefully trim the thick skin, starting from the top to the bottom. Cut carefully so you only remove the skin and not the fruit.
  • Remove the brown spots (eyes) left in the pineapple flesh with a small pairing knife.
  • Cut the pineapple in half through the center and cut the pineapple into 4 pieces lengthwise.
  • Cut the thick, tough core from the center of each wedge.
  • Cut the pineapple into desired size pieces. For this salsa, you will want to dice the pineapple so the pieces are super small.

How to Make Pineapple Salsa

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

What To Serve With Pineapple Salsa

This pineapple salsa is the perfect recipe for summertime because it is SO easy. If you need an easy recipe to take to a summer BBQ, picnic, or potluck, you should make this salsa. It is always a crowd pleaser. You can serve the salsa with:

Fresh is Best

For best results, use fresh pineapple for this salsa recipe. If you are in a pinch you can use canned pineapple, but fresh really is best. You will love the mix of sweet and spicy in this salsa. The flavors are SO good and the colors are so vibrant. It is a pretty salsa to serve and a delicious salsa to eat!

How to Store

Place the salsa in a container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir before serving. I don’t recommend freezing this salsa.

fresh pineapple salsa in bowl with chips.

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Pineapple Salsa

This fresh and simple Pineapple Salsa goes great with fish, chicken, tacos, or tortilla chips! It is easy to make and a summertime favorite!
5 from 8 votes


  • 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.


Calories: 41kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 147mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 980IU, Vitamin C: 67.9mg, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. 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. What a bummer to be allergic to pineapple! Glad the allergy seems to have disappeared. Looks great!

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 🙁

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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! 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 😀

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

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

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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?!

  23. 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 🙂

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. Pregnancy does amazing things that way. I hated pineapple until I was pregnant with my 3rd and then I couldn’t get enough of it! Now I love pineapple and this salsa is going on my “to make” list!

  28. Hopefully you’ll continue to be able to eat it. We love it at our house too. Looks great.

  29. this looks so tasty! I too get weird sensations sometimes when I eat pineapple. Did you know this can be linked to a latex allergy/irritation? True story. I found that out the hard way when I got braces and they gave me latex bands. Yowsers! 🙁

  30. Pregnancy is an amazing thing. It cured my migraines and my eye sight got better with both pregnancies – how awesome is that?

    The pineapple salsa also looks awesome – I love everything about it!

  31. Yay for cured allergies! I developed quite a few in my early-mid 20’s, and then 5 years later, poof! They were gone! I’m so happy I can eat whatever I want now 🙂 I hope you have the same freedom with pineapple, the salsa looks great!

  32. I’ve had that happen with pineapple before. I wonder if different varieties have different affects, or if it’s pesticide residue or something. I cannot eat kiwis anymore and I’m soooo sad. Hopefully you’re safe now from allergic reactions. 🙂 The salsa looks so refreshing. I’m craving fresh stuff like this right now.

  33. Fresh fruit salsas are one of my favorite ways to brighten summer food. The other flavors that you’ve paired it with look like gret companions.
    Enjoy your renewed ability to enjoy pineapple – it’s such a great taste.

  34. I love fruit salsas! They are perfect for summer too.
    I couldn’t imagine being allergic to pineapple. So crossing my fingers that after the pregancy you can still eat pineapple. 🙂

  35. Wow! Glad you didn’t react to the pineapple. As an RN, though, I would not advise to test yourself anymore with foods you’ve been reactive with…especially while pregnant!! Hoping you carry an epi-pen with you, just in case. This might be something you’ll want to run by your OB, since you’ve been allergic to it before. We don’t want anything to happen to that darling 3rd pea in the pod!! Love you site, love your amazing recipes! :))

  36. What a great thing to discover that you are no longer allergic to pineapple! I bet you’ll have a lot of fun catching up on what you’ve missed 🙂

  37. allergies in generally have me completely frustrated right now. Although my little guy ha been tested for some things… every time I introduce a new food to him, he breaks out. No answers gah! but Pineapple is on my list of foods I’m allergic to, as well as strawberries, apples, some nut, carrots…but the weird thing is that the reaction is only sometimes, which makes me think it has more to do with how the food is processed v. the actual food itself. I HATE ALLERGIES!

  38. I’ve had this recipe saved since you posted it and finally made it today! I made it for our 4th of July cookout and everyone loved it! The combination seems strange when you first hear it… but once I took that first bite… the taste was oh so right!!! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  39. I know I’m late but I just recently found out your allergies can change every 10 years. Hopefully yours stay changed!

  40. Awesome salsa! My “son” who works in a resturant said “ma, this is on the point!” have it bookmarked! Thanks for sharing

  41. LOVE IT! Made it for an island themed party I hosted, and served some for an Easter appetizer the next day. Both days they ate it all! It’s so refreshing and delicious! This recipe is definitely a keeper!(I did use yellow instead of red onion though because that is what I had on hand.)

  42. Found your recipe when googling pineapple sales recipes and made it right away! The whole family loved it on our bbq steak tacos even our 2 year old. Thank you, this will be a new go to recipe for us!

  43. This looks delicious! I have to say, I had that same problem with pineapple and I can now eat it. I never thought that it might have been since pregnancy since I could. Thanks for the enlightenment 🙂

  44. I had the same reaction but its more of a nuisance when I eat it vs a danger. I am, however, highly allergic to mangoes. They are part of the sumac family and it gives me the same reaction as poison sumac would. Rash and face swelling. No fun. 🙁

  45. I made this tonight to go with pulled pork tacos and it is SO GOOD! My hubby really liked it. Thank you for this yummy recipe! Also good just with tortilla chips!

  46. We love pineapple, and I’m really looking forward to trying this salsa recipe tonight. So glad you’re able to enjoy it, too!

  47. The core of a fresh pineapple is very acidic. If you eat a fresh one that has not been properly cut, the enzymes in the pineapple (especially the core), combined with the high acidity of the fruit, will begin to break down the tissue in your mouth. This can lead to mild irritation in the form of swelling, a “raw” feeling, and a tingling sensation.

  48. Hormones can do crazy things, my niece developed an allergy to cats after her first child and had to find new home for her three lovely felines. I love fresh pineapple. This looks delicious.

  49. Try fresh pineapple in chillie salt and vinegar. You can also add green mangoes to the salad.let it dry for ten mins in the sun et get a tropical delightful salad

  50. Hey,

    I completely love your blog and come back to it whenever you post something new. A huge lover of pineapples myself, I was lusting after this salsa ever since I first set my eyes on it. So perfect for the hot and humid Indian summer. I made it a couple of days back, albeit with some modifications, and it turned out wonderful. Thought of dropping by and saying thanks. 🙂

    You can check out my pineapple salsa. Will love your feedback on it.

  51. Just made this in Maui to accompany some Wild Ono on the grill, basted with some Maui onion and macadamia nut butter! Thanks for the salsa recipe! It’s delish!

  52. Just made this and ate it with fish and everyone loved, loved, loved it!!! Thanks for such a yummy refreshing salsa!

  53. If you are over acid a pineapple will do that. Get your ph balanced and it will not. It’s like when your solid gold ring turns your finger black. Over acid!!!

  54. The same thing happened to my college roommate/best friend. The whole time we lived together she was allergic to pineapple. But then after she got married and had her first kid the allergy went away. She was thrilled. Pregnancy does weird things!

  55. 5 stars
    Oh it is tasty! I used 2 cans of pineapple slices and cut then diwn, and left out the cilantro, since my family doesn’t care for it at all. It was perfect with tacos el pastor!! I will uae this as a base for summertume fruit salsa qith cinnamon chips!! Refreshing!!

  56. I thought I was developing allergy to pineapple too (same things started happening with my tongue), but haven’t had those happen since pregnancy either- so weird!! I’m grateful though! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to try it today!!!!

  57. 5 stars
    Flavorfully fresh pineapple salsa was perfect for a 92 degree hot day.  I used a large can of chunk pineapple instead of fresh and also left out the jalapeño since I can’t take the heat.

  58. 5 stars
    I made this – I grilled / roasted the fresh pineapple & red pepper – omg great flavor – I served it over pan seared halibut w/ brown butter…..simply awesome.

  59. 5 stars
    This salsa is amazing, can’t wait to try it with your Insta-Pot carnitas recipe we are making for dinner tonight!