Pineapple Salsa


This sweet and fresh pineapple salsa is so easy to make! Pair it with tortilla chips for a flavorful appetizer or use as a topping for tacos, grilled chicken or fish.

I’m a sucker for salsa. I love pretty much all salsa, but really love unique salsas that mix in fruit! Mango, peach, watermelon, pineapple… the options are endless. I decided to go with pineapple for this salsa, but let me know if you’re craving a different fruit and I’ll have to experiment!

Pineapple salsa in a serving bowl with chips scattered around.

Pineapple Benefits

Pineapple is loaded with nutrients and isn’t high in calories, so it’s what we would call a “nutrient-dense” food. It provides over 130% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immune system.

Pineapple also contains a mixture of digestive enzymes (called bromelain) that help break down proteins. Some people (those with digestive issues or those looking for muscle recovery) take bromelain supplements to help with digestion, inflammation and recovery time after exercise, but you can get the same benefit just by eating pineapple. It really is a powerhouse fruit!

Ingredients measured out to make pineapple salsa: pineapple, bell pepper, lime juice, jalapeño, red onion, sea salt, garlic and cilantro

Ingredients Needed

  • pineapple fresh pineapple is best, but you can use canned pineapple in a pinch. You can also use fresh mango instead of pineapple if you prefer to make a mango salsa.
  • red onion – adds a little zest, crunch and a ton of flavor to the salad. If raw red onion feels too pungent you can soak the onion slices in bowl of ice cold water for a 10-15 minutes before using. After soaking, just drain and use! This will mellow out the flavor a bit.
  • bell pepper – I used red bell pepper, but any color will work.
  • jalapeño pepper – to add a little kick! You can omit or swap for more bell pepper if you don’t like spice.
  • garlic – adds a ton of flavor!
  • cilantro – the perfect herb accompaniment to pineapple and a key ingredient in this salsa. You can use the stems and the leaves here. The stems pack in a ton of flavor.
  • lime juice – I recommend using fresh lime juice as opposed to the lime juice you can buy at the store.
  • sea salt – to bring all the flavors together!
Side by side photos of ingredients in a bowl to make pineapple salsa, before and after being mixed.

How to Make Pineapple Salsa

This recipe pretty much just involves a lot of chopping! Once everything is diced, simply add your pineapple, onion, bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, garlic, and cilantro in a small bowl and toss with lime juice. Let all of the flavors marinate in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.

A hand scooping a bite of pineapple salsa onto a chip.

How to Serve Pineapple Salsa

A closeup of pineapple salsa in a serving bowl.

How to Store Pineapple Salsa

Leftovers should stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. Any longer and the pineapple will release its juices and the salsa will get mushy and watery.

More Mexican-Inspired Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out all the appetizer recipes as well as the full collection of healthy Mexican recipes on EBF!

Pineapple Salsa

5 from 5 votes
This sweet and fresh pineapple salsa is so easy to make! Pair it with tortilla chips for a flavorful appetizer or use as a topping for tacos, grilled chicken or fish.
Bowl of pineapple salsa next to a bowl of plantain chips, cilantro sprigs and a slice of lime.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 cup finely diced pineapple*
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup finely diced bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice + more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • Add pineapple, onion, bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, garlic and cilantro in a small bowl.
    Ingredients for pineapple salsa in a mixing bowl.
  • Toss with lime juice. Taste and add more lime juice if needed. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to let the flavors marinate before serving.
    Pineapple salsa in a mixing bowl.
  • Serve with tortilla chips as an appetizer or as a topping for fish.



Serving: 1/8 of recipe Calories: 15kcal Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g
Course: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pineapple salsa


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    1. Erica
      July 12, 2020 AT 3:14 pm

      5 stars
      Yuuummmmm!!! The sweet, the spicy, the crunch, the freshness…Ooolala!! This will probably have to be my meal until the bowl is gone😉

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 1:17 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this salsa, Erica!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Lauren
      July 8, 2020 AT 7:53 pm

      5 stars
      Love this salsa! It’s perfect with chips, on top of salmon, in tacos, eaten with a spoon – you name it! Best pineapple salsa recipe ever I make it all the time

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