Pineapple Salsa

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Pineapple Salsa

One of my favorite fixin’s to serve on taco night is Pineapple Salsa. While you’re flipping through the menu at Cafe Red Onion, they bring out bowls of red salsa and pineapple salsa and a basket of tortilla chips. One bite of the pineapple salsa and I was hooked.

It’s sweet. It’s hot (or at least can be, if you get the right jalapeno). And incredibly addicting. It has almost a crushed pineapple texture so it’s perfect for dipping chips or spooning over tacos.

Fresh pineapple is a must. My first attempt to make the salsa at home with canned pineapple ended in serious disappointment many years ago. The canned stuff just doesn’t do the job in this recipe.

Pineapple Salsa

Fresh pineapple is the star in this sweet & spicy cold salsa.


  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple (1/4-inch dice)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • Salt


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse 2 or 3 times. This will give you the crushed pineapple texture. For a chunkier salsa, stir all ingredients together and salt to taste.
  2. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.


    Yields: ~2 cups

    Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

    Estimated time: 10 minutes

    16 comments… add one

    • Oh yum! Whole Foods has an awesome pineapple salsa that they sell from the salad bar, and I’ve always wanted to recreate it at home. this looks really similar, so I can’t wait to try it!

    • ummm pineapple in salsa must hve been yum.

    • I think the only sweet salsa I’ve ever had is mango (which I love) but pineapples are my other favorite tropical fruit. This is a must-try for me!

    • Mmmm, I MUST try this soon! I bet it’ll be a hit at our house : )

    • Wow, this look DELISH! I’m wishing there were more pineapple lovers in my life right about now….

    • What a fast and refreshing dish! I get tired of just tomatoes!
      Congratulations on making the top 9!

    • Can’t believe I’ve never tried pineapple salsa after 35 years of Texas living. But I won’t go another year without now that I have your recipe.

    • That is gorgeous! I buy a similar salsa at Central Market in Dallas, but I am glad to finally have my own recipe!

      Just wanted to let you know I linked to your chicken fried steak in my most recent post! Thanks for so many great recipes!

    • This recipe looks fabulous! Mango salsa has been one of my favorite standbys for years but this looks just as good. I think grilling the pinneapple first may add even more flavor, I will have to try it both ways.

      Thank you!

    • Cheryl

      I made this tonight with my Lime Chicken Soft Tacos. It was pretty good! The only thing I think it needs is some onion. I’m not a huge raw onion fan, but I think it’s almost required in salsa. Thanks for the recipe!!

      • @Cheryl, Hmmm, maybe a little red onion or shallot? I’ll give that a try this weekend – I have half a pineapple left in the fridge :)

        • Cheryl

          @foodiebride, Red onion is what I was thinking…but oh, how I love shallots! Sounds delish!!

    • Melissa

      I just made this!!!!!! So good! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow night with chips and pizza. Yum!!! Thanks for the recipe. I took note of the above comments and added about 1 TBL of chopped red onion.

    • Karen

      Do you know why Red Onion closed? I plan on making this recipe and I hope it is as good as theirs was.

      • We drove up to the west location one day for lunch and it was closed. Sad day, had my heart set on pineapple salsa. I know Kirby shut down, too, at some point but 290 was open last I heard.

    • poncho

      Hate to break it to you , but, Café Red Onion uses canned pineapple , and a touch of artificial sweetener…..who cares, it is still fabulous !

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