With a sweet caramelization from the light char on the pineapple, this grilled pineapple salsa recipe satisfies a sweet tooth while also bringing the heat.
This easy grilled pineapple salsa is great because it has the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. It starts with the sweet caramelization of the acidic lime-juice soaked grilled pineapple, but finishes with a slight burn from the habaneros. No matter how you plan to serve this fruit salsa, it will be gone before you know it!
How To Grill Pineapple
It is far easier to grill pineapple slices than it is to grill pineapple wedges.
With the rings, you’re more likely to get the light char on each piece of pineapple in your salsa. If you do wedges, it becomes a bit more hit and miss. Additionally, if your wedges are too thick, some may end up grilled through, while others are undercooked.
Just because you should grill slices doesn’t mean you have to core the pineapple though. If you don’t have a fancy tool to help remove the core, it is really easy to work around it with your knife. (See below.)
How To Grill Pineapple:
- Preheat your grill to a medium high heat.
- Lightly brush the fresh pineapple slices with olive oil and grill for one to two minutes per side. You want the pineapple to have a light char with grill marks, but you don’t want them to get too soggy.
- Remove the pineapple and place them on a plate in a single layer. Once they are cool enough to handle, proceed to make this easy pineapple salsa recipe.
What To Serve Grilled Pineapple Salsa With
As far as fruit salsas go, pineapple salsa is one of my favorites. Primarily because it goes well with so many things and doesn’t have a specific “season”.
This salsa is wonderful with tacos, chicken, pork, salmon, grilled meats, teriyaki, or simply served with tortilla chips.
Once this grilled pineapple salsa is made, keep it refrigerated in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for 3-5 days. For some inspiration on different things this easy pineapple salsa recipe goes with, see below.
How To Make Grilled Pineapple Salsa Even Better
This fruit salsa is quite simple, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it even better. If you would like to take this recipe to the next level, try some of the tips below.
- How To Grill. This explains why should brush the fresh pineapple with the olive oil before grilling, and how fat helps with grilling.
- Citrus 101. Grilling season and citrus season don’t usually line up. If you’re buying your limes out of season, this explains how to choose one that produces plenty of lime juice.
- How To Keep Cilantro Fresh. Different types of fresh herbs need different care. Unless you’re picking the cilantro fresh from the garden, you want to keep it crisp and happy between when you buy it and use it. Find out the best way here.
- Homemade Corn Tortillas. For epically delicious tortilla chips, fry these homemade tortillas.
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Grilled Pineapple Salsa Recipe
You don’t have to grill the tomatoes if you don’t want to, but I highly recommend it. It gives the pineapple salsa an even better smoky flavor, which helps round out the sweetness. If you choose to use raw tomatoes, you may no need as many of them, but you may need to add an extra habanero or two to get the spice just right.
Use this grocery list to help simplify shopping. Everything is listed in standard grocery store amounts. If no size is specified, even the smallest package will provide more than enough.
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Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Charred Tomatoes
- 1 Small pineapple, peel removed and cut into 1/4" thick slices
- 8 Roma tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 6 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
- 3 habeneros, seeds removed and minced
- 1 small red onion, diced small
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cumin
- 1/4 Cup Loosely packed cilantro, minced
- 2 Limes, zested and juiced
- Lightly coat the pineapple slices and tomatoes with oil. Grill over high heat until the pineapple has developed lightly charred grilled marks and the tomatoes are charred. Remove and let cool and cut into a small dice.
- In a large bowl, combine the grilled pineapple, charred tomatoes, and the rest of the ingredients. Season with salt, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.