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Fresh Pineapple Salsa screams summertime! Made with fresh pineapple, bell pepper, cilantro, and lime juice, it pairs perfectly with your favorite taco recipe and tortilla chips.
This salsa uses just 7 ingredients, and can be prepped in about 10 minutes. It’s the perfect thing to make for a summer pool party or get together. You can even make it ahead of time or enjoy it for delicious leftovers at lunch or an afternoon snack.
- It’s light and fresh -- delicious with chips, in a rice bowl or on tacos
- Made with easy-to-find ingredients like bell pepper and cilantro
- An easy way to utilize fresh pineapple
- The ultimate summertime snack that can be made a few days ahead of time.
- Pineapple - Fresh is best! Frozen pineapple won’t work; instead, buy a whole pineapple (or even pre-cut) so you can easily dice it up.
- Bell pepper - For added texture and savoriness. The recipe calls for red bell pepper, but you can sub a different kind if that’s what you have on hand.
- Red onion - A must for all salsa recipes! I don’t recommend subbing yellow/sweet onion though -- red onion is best.
- Cilantro - Again, a must for almost all salsa recipes. No substitution!
- Jalapeño - For an added kick. Feel free to omit if you don’t want this to be spicy, or double the amount you use for more spice.
- Garlic - Adding garlic to this is a game-changer. If you HAVE to omit 1 thing though, you can omit the garlic.
- Lime juice - The lime juice pulls everything together! The recipe needs an acid, and lime juice is best.
Step 1: Dice the pineapple. Start by slicing off the skin of the pineapple, then slicing it into rounds and finally dicing it up into bite-size pieces. Then, place the pineapple into a large bowl.
Step 2: Add remaining ingredients. Next, add the bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and garlic to that same bowl, then drizzle lime juice overtop of everything.
Step 3 Serve. Stir everything together and viola! Serve the salsa alongside your favorite tortilla chips or on top of tacos (like these vegan walnut tacos).
Expert tips and FAQs
- Do NOT use canned or frozen pineapple -- they’re both too watery and won’t yield the same texture and overall quality.
- Instead, use fresh pineapple! Here are a few tips on how to tell if a pineapple is ripe.
- Give the flavors time to mingle by leaving the salsa in the fridge for 2 to 4 hours after it’s made.
Is there anything else I could add to this salsa?
Probably! The one thing that comes to mind is fresh tomatoes. I didn’t include them, but you absolutely can. Along with the lime juice, you could also add a little lime zest to make this even more ZESTY.
What does pineapple salsa pair well with?
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes! Prep the salsa 1 day in advance and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The flavors will actually be more prominent if you prep it a bit in advance (even just an hour or two!).
- Refrigerator: Store any leftover salsa in a container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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- Add the diced pineapple to a large bowl. Then, add the remaining ingredients. Drizzle the lime juice over top and stir everything together. Enjoy!