This sweet and savory pineapple salsa is a bright and fresh combination of ripe pineapple, peppers, onions and cilantro, all tossed together and seasoned with lime juice. Pineapple salsa is perfect served as a dip for chips, or a topping for tacos or grilled meats.

When I’m looking for a light appetizer for a hot summer day, I turn to this super easy pineapple salsa. It takes just minutes to put together, and once you try it, you won’t be able to stop eating it!

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A pineapple boat filled with pineapple salsa.

When you think about summer, having a barbecue usually comes to mind. This pineapple salsa is my favorite appetizer to serve when it comes to warmer weather parties. Delicious and full of flavor, yet light, which pairs well with hot weather.


This salsa recipe is easier to make than most appetizers. Begin by dicing your pineapple, peppers, onions, and cilantro. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl to make the best sweet and savory salsa. This fruit salsa is best served with chips as a dip or as a topping for tacos, chicken, steak, or fish.

A bowl of pineapple, jalapeno, red onion, red bell pepper and cilantro.

Be sure to dice your pineapple small enough in order to easily scoop it with a tortilla chip. If you aren’t feeling the red bell pepper, you can use poblano peppers in their place. The recipe as written makes a mild salsa. If you prefer, you can leave some of the seeds and ribs in the jalapenos which will bump up the spice level.

A bowl of pineapple salsa garnished with fresh cilantro.

This salsa can be made in advance if desired. However, I advise that it only be made one day in advance for optimal taste and overall freshness. You can serve the pineapple salsa in a bowl or use a hollowed out pineapple which adds a fun and festive look when served at a party or event.

Pineapple salsa served inside a pineapple with tortilla chips.


Of course! There’s not one set way to make pineapple salsa. Other vegetables or herbs can be added if that’s what you desire for your recipe. Tomatoes always go well with salsa because of their fresh and flavorful taste. Just dice them as small as the pineapple when adding them.


Homemade salsa is often made in the blender. However, this type of salsa isn’t usually made that way although there’s no universal rule. If you enjoy the thinner salsa like the kind that is served at Mexican restaurants, go ahead and blend away.

Pineapple salsa with a chip scooping some out.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to have an easy and quick appetizer up your sleeve for any get together. This pineapple salsa is one of my go-to recipes and it goes over extremely well every time it’s served. I have no doubt I’ll be making it time and again this summer.


5 from 13 votes

Pineapple Salsa

AuthorSara Welch
A pineapple boat filled with pineapple salsa.
This sweet and savory pineapple salsa is a bright and fresh combination of ripe pineapple, peppers, onions and cilantro, all tossed together and seasoned with lime juice. Pineapple salsa is perfect served as a dip for chips, or a topping for tacos or grilled meats.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time11 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 6


  • 3 cups finely diced pineapple
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 1 large jalapeno seeds and ribs removed, then minced
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt to taste


  • Place the pineapple, red onion, jalapeno, bell pepper and cilantro in a bowl.
  • Stir in the lime juice and salt;
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day before serving.
  • Serve in a bowl, or in a hollowed out pineapple.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 67.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg


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  1. 5 stars
    So easy and simple! I made this for the first time and we were blown away. A Food Ballet in our mouths. We used 2 freshly squeezed limes for the juice, and I cooked my jalapeno peppers skin on the stove, removed most of the seeds but kept a few for a little kick. 10/10! Voila… Magic… Thank you so much.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks so pretty and delicious!! Seems like the perfect dish for summer too! Will definitely have to try this out!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks delish! I have a recipe for mango salsa that I use and it is really good with blue corn chips. I will have to try this!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh what a beautiful salsa! I think I’m going to try this for 4th of July. So much fun and it looks amazing!

  5. 5 stars
    The presentation on this looks soooo good! I def want to try this recipe out!! Summer time is perfect!

  6. I used to love pineapple, however, i am now allergic. I think this would be an amazing salsa though. YUM!

  7. 5 stars
    This is such a great idea. I love how you put the salsa inside a pineapple for that extra touch! This is definitely something to try and would make a lovely addition to a summer garden party.

  8. Oh my goodness this recipe sounds freaking AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait to give it a try! I. Going to make this for a BBQ this weekend!

  9. 5 stars
    OMGoodness your Pineapple Salsa looks so fresh and lite I could eat some right now with tortilla chips as a late night snack – yum! I see it is low in carbs as I expected but also very high in vitamin c which isn’t just for sick season!

  10. 5 stars
    We are having tacos tonight for dinner, it is Taco Tuesday after all πŸ˜‰ I am SO glad I stumbled across this post this afternoon! I just cut up a pineapple earlier today, and I have all the other ingredients to throw this together. I can’t wait to try this out!

  11. 5 stars
    Pineapple salsa is my jam! I love to eat it on chicken and fish to brighten them up but just with chips is so yummy too.