This fantastic grilled pineapple salsa recipe is a wonderfully fruity and flavorful dish! You can use this fresh fruit salsa as a dip or a topping.
Grilling the fruit brings out the natural sugars and adds a delicious crispy char to the pineapple, red onion, and peppers.
The sweet pineapple, grilled onion, spicy jalapeno, and fresh herbs combine for a deeply flavorful and fruity salsa recipe.
You can make this recipe on a gas grill, charcoal grill, or in a grill pan.
This is similar to a pico de Gallo recipe - a common type of salsa in Mexican cuisine, that's made of chopped tomatoes, onion, peppers, lime juice, and cilantro. This recipe has similar ingredients with a little twist.
You'll need several fresh ingredients to make this easy grilled pineapple salsa.
- Ripe Pineapple
- Red Onion
- Fresh Cilantro
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
*Swap for bell peppers if you want a less spicy salsa.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Heat a grill to medium-high heat.
Cut the skin off the pineapple and cut it into 1-inch thick rounds.
Place the pineapple slices, red onion halves, whole jalapeños, and halved limes on the grill.
Grill for 5 minutes, then flip everything. Grill for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until char lines have formed.
Remove all items from the grill and allow them to cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
Dice the pineapple slices into small pieces. Remove the core from each slice and discard it. Place the pineapple in a large bowl.
Dice the red onion and add it to the bowl.
Allow the jalapenos to come to room temperature before slicing them in half and removing the seeds. Dice the jalapeño and add it to the bowl.
Squeeze the juice from the limes into the bowl.
Add the chopped cilantro, olive oil, honey, and sea salt to the bowl. Stir to fully combine.
More Grilled Fruit Recipes
Grilling fruit is a great way to enjoy fruit! Getting a light char on fruit is not only pretty but it brings out the flavors and sweetness of the fruit.
- Grilled Apricots - topped with honey, yogurt, and hazelnuts - a delicious dessert
- Grilled Cantaloupe - served with some chili lime seasoning for a little kick
- Grilled Peach and Tomato Salad - the freshest summer salad recipe
- Grilled Pineapple with Lime Mint Sauce - a wonderful dessert with a fruity chutney
Substitutions & Variations
Here are some possible changes and substitutions you can make to this fresh pineapple salsa.
- Pepper - if you'd prefer a less spicy salsa, swap the jalapenos for red bell pepper.
- Onions - you can swap the red onion for six green onions. Grill them as well.
- Vegetarian - the beef hamburger can be replaced with a plant-based burger to make this vegetarian
How to Use Pineapple Salsa
You can use this salsa as a topping or a dip. Here are some options for pairing:
- Grilled Flank Steak - top a grilled steak (or any other grilled meat) or pulled pork sandwiches with this salsa!
- Tortilla Chips - serve this salsa with some chips and guacamole for a fantastic appetizer or snack.
- Seafood - this salsa tastes great with any seafood, but it's especially great with salmon and shrimp tacos.
- Rice - serve this salsa on top of cilantro lime rice.
You can save this salsa for up to 4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Cooking Tips - If grill marks are not forming on your pineapple and it's drying out, you can flip it and turn up the heat for a few minutes. Just heating the pineapple will bring out its natural sweetness.
Spiciness - for a spicier salsa, use an additional jalapeno pepper. If you aren't a fan of spicy flavors, swap out the jalapenos for bell peppers.
Recommended Tools - I highly recommend using a pair of long tongs - these will keep your hands from getting burned.
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- 1 pineapple
- 1 red onion, skin removed and halved
- 2 jalapeños
- 2 limes, halved
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Heat a grill to medium-high heat.
- Cut the skin off the pineapple and cut it into 1-inch thick rounds.
- Place the pineapple slices, red onion halves, whole jalapeños, and halved limes on the grill.
- Grill for 5 minutes, then flip everything. Grill for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until char lines have formed.
- Remove all items from the grill and allow them to cool for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Dice the pineapple slices into small pieces. Remove the core from each slice and discard it. Place the pineapple in a mixing bowl.
- Dice the red onion and add it to the bowl
- Slice the jalapeños in half and remove the seeds. Dice the jalapeño and add it to the bowl.
- Squeeze the juice from the limes into the bowl.
- Add the chopped cilantro, olive oil, honey, and sea salt to the bowl. Stir to fully combine.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 354mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g