Pineapple Salsa | Sweet + Spicy Appetizer for Cinco de Mayo

I have a confession. I am obsessed with…



Their taste, smell, look, and versatility make them one of my favorite food and style accessories. Their presence can be seen in the drinks and snacks I serve to the clothes I wear and decorations in my home. This week our neighbor to the south celebrates Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French army of Napoleon III. Americans have coopted this holiday as day to celebrate their favorite Mexican-inspired cuisine: tacos, carnitas, and tequila.

Today I’m sharing a Mexican-inspired pineapple salsa to add to your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. You may associate pineapples more with the Hawaii, but pineapples have historically grown along the tropical coasts of Veracruz and Oaxaca in Mexico. (Pineapples weren’t introduced to Hawaii until the 1800’s). They are high in vitamin C, manganese, and the plant compound bromelain. Bromelain has ben associated with enhancing immune function, improved wound healing, and better gut health.




1 pineapple
1/2 red onion
1 jalapeño
1 lime
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt


Cut pineapples in half. Carve out each side so that both become a bowl. Chop the cut out pineapples into small pieces. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. The amount of onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and salt you add to the mixture are all up to your taste buds. You may want to add more or less based on what you like and how large a pineapple you are working with.

Cover and chill until you are ready to serve. Spoon the mixture into the pineapple bowls and garnish with cilantro.

Serve as traditional salsa with chips and cut vegetables, or as a topping on tacos or your favorite protein. No fiesta is complete without a margarita. Try our Frozen Watermelon Margaritas or our healthy-ish twist on the drink – Apple Cider Vinegar Margarita.


Try more of our Mexican-inspired recipes for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta:

Tostada Fiesta Dip

Fire Roasted Guacamole

5 Cactus Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Zucchini and Chipotle Stewed Lentil Tacos

Roasted Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos with Spicy Vegan Mayo

AMANDA GOODFRIED is a Digital Media veteran beginning her career producing the hit web series lonelygirl15. She was Head of Marketing at the online entertainment company EQAL and held a senior position in Online Video at Disney. Amanda is passionate about women’s issues, is a mother of two, and currently works as the Editor-in-Chief of