Easy 5 Ingredient Grilled Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This easy 5 ingredient grilled pineapple salsa recipe is perfect for your summer get togethers!

It’s fresh, delicious and so easy to make.

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how can you tell when a pineapple is ripe?

When a pineapple is ripe, it should feel firm, but give just a little when squeezed.
If it feels too soft, that is a sign of an over ripe pineapple.
You should be able to smell the distinct pineapple scent when you smell at the base of the fruit.
Also, when you tug at the fronds (leaves) on the pineapple, they should pull out easily if the pineapple is ripe.

why does grilled pineapple taste better?

Grilling fruit brings out it’s natural sugars and sweetness which will enhance the flavor.

There is just nothing like the taste of a sweet pineapple when it’s grilled!

how do you cut a pineapple for grilling?

You can cut into pineapple slices or in spears for grilling.

Using a cutting board and a sharp knife, cut the top off of the whole pineapple.

Then, remove the skin from the pineapple and core it.

If you cut into spears, you will need to grill a few minutes longer since most likely they will be thicker pieces than the slices.

I like to use a sharp knife to remove the skin, then a pineapple corer to core and slice all at once.

how to grill pineapple

​Brush or spray olive oil or vegetable oil on the grill grates of your charcoal or gas grill.

Place your pineapple rings or spears onto a hot grill rack.

Grill 2-3 minutes per side, or until grill marks appear on both sides of the pineapple.

You may need to grill a bit longer if you cut your pineapple into spears instead of slices

grilled fresh pineapple salsa – simple ingredients

First of all, using fresh ingredients will insure THE best pineapple salsa!

ingredients for pineapple salsa pineapple catalina dressing green onions green pepper cilantro

2 1/2 cups finely chopped grilled pineapple
1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 T. chopped green onions
2 T. minced fresh cilantro
1/3 cup Catalina salad dressing
dash of hot pepper sauce or chopped jalapeno peppers, if you want a spicier salsa
fresh lime juice, optional

directions for easy grilled pineapple salsa

grilled pineapple salsa pineapple catalina dressing green onions green pepper

Grill pineapple (see instructions above), and chop into small pieces, or larger pieces if you prefer a chunky salsa.
Finely chop bell peppers, green onions, and fresh cilantro.
Mix pineapple, chopped green pepper, chopped green onions and cilantro in a medium bowl.
Stir in Catalina dressing, and hot pepper sauce or jalapeño pepper, if desired.
Finish off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Cover and store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Serve with tortilla chips.

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5 Ingredient Grilled Pineapple Salsa

This easy and delicious fresh grilled pineapple salsa is perfect for your summer get togethers.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip,, grilled appetizer, pineapple salsa,, salsa recipe
Servings: 4 cups
Cost: 10


  • 2 1/2 cups grilled pineapple, finely chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/3 cup Catalina dressing
  • dash hot pepper sauce, optional
  • squeeze fresh lime juice


  • Remove skin and core pineapple. Cut into slices and grill 2-3 minutes per side until it has grill char marks.
  • Finely chop pineapple.
  • Combine grilled pineapple, bell pepper, green onion and cilantro.
  • Stir in Catalina dressing and hot pepper sauce, if desired, and mix well.
  • Finish off with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  • Cover and refrigerate.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.

grilled pineapple salsa in white bowl with tortilla chips beside

variations and tips for pineapple homemade salsa

This roasted pineapple salsa is delicious served with your favorite chips or on top of grilled chicken breasts, grilled fish tacos, pulled pork tacos or pulled pork sandwiches. It will take some of your favorite dishes to the next level!!

If you enjoy fruit salsas, you might like my Strawberry Salsa. Use this same recipe proportions, but substitute the fresh grilled pineapple with fresh chopped strawberries, and substitute the cilantro with fresh parsley. The strawberry and parsley or the pineapple and cilantro are the perfect combination for fresh fruit salsa.

You can use finely chopped red onion in place of green onion, or red bell pepper for the green bell pepper.

This 5 ingredient grilled pineapple salsa recipe is so easy to make, and it’s sure to be a family favorite.

It’s perfect to take to a barbeque, picnic or any summer event.

I hope you give this easy pineapple salsa a try and love it as much as I do!


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  1. This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Hugs to you.

  2. Hi Michele – I love grilled pineapple! Definitely going to make this recipe this summer. I was surprised your used Catalina dressing – what a great idea!

  3. Wow grilled pineapple! How can I not have heard of that before?! But I’m going to try it asap. Your recipe sounds great. And that coring/slicing tool looks fabulous. Thanks for what I can tell will be a new family favorite!

  4. This recipe sounds so good and perfect for a summer BBQ!

    1. Thanks Stacy! It’s pretty tasty!

  5. Yum! This looks so refreshing, Michel. Nothing better than pineapple salsa. Perfect for a summer cookout!

    1. It’s really tasty! Hope you like it.

  6. This looks so good Michele!! I had no idea grilling fruits makes them sweeter!!!

    1. Thanks Pasha! It’s really yummy!

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