Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa is easy to make and tastes great with grilled foods, tacos and tortilla chips. You only need 6 ingredients for this healthy Mexican-inspired fresh fruit salsa. Make it festive by serving it in a pineapple bowl!
All about pineapple
But I admit, I didn't know a lot about this tropical fruit until I did a little research.
For example, did you know it takes about three years for a pineapple to mature? And once harvested, they don't continue to ripen. What?!
I recommend reading 17 Mind-Boggling Facts About Pineapples to learn more.
How to cut a pineapple
And before we make our tropical Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa, we need to know How to Cut Up a Whole Pineapple.
But if you want to take a short cut and don't plan on serving the fruit salsa in a hollowed out pineapple shell, most supermarkets sell fresh pineapple cut in chunks or spears which will work great in this recipe.
Why Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa?
Fruit-based salsas like this one and Mango Avocado Salsa are a change of pace from the usual tomato-based sauces. The sweet-tart flavors compliment a wide range of savory dishes.
These are some of my favorite meals to eat with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa:
- Cilantro Lime Rice & Black Beans
- Jackfruit & Black Bean Taco Filling
- Quinoa Burrito Bowls
- Chickpea Avocado Salad with Mango
- Vegan Fajitas
Or enjoy it with tortilla chips and any of your Mexican favorites. You can even top your avocado toast with it.
Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa ingredients
All you need to make this fresh pineapple salsa are the following ingredients:
- fresh pineapple
- red onion
- fresh garlic
- jalapeno pepper
- lime juice
How to make fresh pineapple salsa
As you probably guessed, making this pineapple salsa is really easy. Simply chop the ingredients and combine them together.
You can make this salsa in advance and refrigerate it, but it should be consumed within a day or two. Otherwise it will get watery as the pineapple starts to break down. In fact, once fresh pineapple is cut, it doesn't last long.
Is Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa healthy?
This fresh salsa is very healthy. And all the ingredients work well with a plant-based Mediterranean diet which emphasizes consuming fresh fruit and vegetables and herbs and spices.
So even if you are following vegan Mediterranean diet guidelines like I do, don't feel you have to limit yourself to only traditional foods from Greece, Italy, France, and the surrounding areas. Even Mexican-inspired foods can fit with this healthy lifestyle.
Plus pineapple is very nutritious and loaded with antioxidants. It also aids in digestion and reduces inflammation.
Learn more in the article 8 Impressive Health Benefits of Pineapple.
15 minutes to make
This fresh salsa recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make. Simply chop the ingredients and mix them together.
Serve it right away or refrigerate it until you're ready to eat. But it tastes best if you consume it within a day or two.
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Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
- ½ red onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, minced
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- salt, to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Toss well to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.