Fresh Pineapple Salsa Recipe (Quick + Easy)

This Easy Pineapple Salsa is light and fresh with just a hint of heat. It makes an amazing dip for chips but is also amazing as a topping for grilled fish or pork tacos!

I’ve been making this pineapple salsa for years now, but I’m finally just getting around to sharing the recipe with you guys!

It makes a great topping for these mojo pork tacos, is amazing over some grilled salmon, or simply as a healthy snack with these baked tortilla chips or air fryer tortilla chips.

I’ve seen many pineapple salsa recipes that call for tomatoes, but my version (similar to my mango salsa) is tomato-free. I like to let the flavor of the pineapple really shine through. It’s simply dressed with just a little bit of red onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. So, so good and amazingly simple.

I took a shortcut here by using the pineapple that you can find in the produce section already peeled and cored. You can also use frozen pineapple that’s been thawed, or you can use canned pineapple, just be sure to drain it well first, even letting it sit in a colander over your sink for a few minutes before using it.

Bowl of ingredients for pineapple salsa ready to be mixed together.

Can I make this Pineapple Salsa more mild?


To make MILD Pineapple Salsa

  • Leave out the jalapeno entirely, or just use ½ a jalapeno. Be sure to remove the ribs and seeds from the pepper before dicing it.

To make MEDIUM Pineapple Salsa

  • Prepare the recipe as stated below. You’ll want to remove the ribs and seeds from the jalapeno before dicing it.

To make SPICY Pineapple Salsa

  • Dice the jalapeno pepper up as is, no need to remove the seeds. Or, you can try using a habanero pepper, but be extra careful – a little will go a long way!

I don’t like cilantro? Can I leave it out?

Feel free to leave it out, or substitute in some fresh minced parsley.

Side view of bowl of pineapple salsa.


  • Bell Peppers – Add 1 cup diced red or green peppers to give the salsa some extra color and crunch.
  • Black Beans – Drain and rinse 1 can of black beans and add them to the salsa to bulk it up and add healthy fiber. Or, make instant pot black beans.
  • Mango – Cube up a fresh mango and add it to the salsa to give it even more tropical flavor.

Can I make it ahead of time?

Definitely! It will keep for up to three days in your refrigerator.

What to serve with pineapple salsa

Wine Pairing with Pineapple Salsa

  • A chilled glass of Pinot Gris is amazing with the acidity and fruit in this tropical salsa.

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Overhead shot of bowl of pineapple salsa next to bowl of tortilla chips.

Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This Easy Pineapple Salsa is light and fresh with just a hint of heat. It makes an amazing dip for chips but is also amazing as a topping for grilled fish or pork tacos! 
4.47 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple (***)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (minced )
  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • Juice of 1 large lime
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt (to taste)


  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and stir to combine. Season with salt, to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled. It will last in your refrigerator up to three days.


*** Or one 20-ounce can pineapple chunks packed in juice, drained.
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Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 29.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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15 thoughts on “Fresh Pineapple Salsa Recipe (Quick + Easy)”

  1. This sounds delicious. I love salsa that’s just a little bit sweet with fruit. Thanks for the heat options- I am a spice wimp and this helps me a lot!

  2. 5 stars
    This is literally so perfect because I have a salsa competition for a birthday party I am attending next week. I am going to try this one. Would you recommend charring the pineapple or just leaving it fresh? I am so excited to try it. Fruit salsas are really my fave! Thanks Erin!

    • How fun! I think that charring the pineapple would give it a wonderful, smoky quality! You should do it and report back to me!! I want to know if you win 🙂

  3. I tried this with curry powder (we didn’t have cumin where I was in the NC mountains). It was amazing! We’re going to try the cumin today.

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this this weekend and my family loved it. My husband always goes for the French onion chip dip but he couldn’t leave this alone! My daughter wants it over chicken and my mom wants to eat it by the spoonfuls! Thanks for a fabulous recipe! I will obviously be making this again.


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