Pineapple salsa - the ingredients
I love fresh homemade pineapple salsa - it's just sooo different than what you get when you buy pre-made salsa at the store. It took me a while to realize that preservatives really do take away from the flavor of food.
Now, this might look complicated but I promise, it really isn't.
There are six simple ingredients (plus salt and pepper): pineapple (fresh is best, but canned or frozen will work in a pinch), red or orange bell pepper, jalapeno (for a bit of spice), red onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper - that's it!
The hardest part of this recipe is the chopping, but really - it isn't so bad...and if you want to check out an easy way to cut a pineapple check out this article by Good Housekeeping.
My favorite ways to enjoy this salsa are with chips (as a dip) or as a topping for grilled fish or even chicken. Other ideas might be over fish tacos, over scrambled eggs, as a burger topping, or even in lettuce wraps.
Also instead of pineapple, try other fruits like peach, nectarine, or even mango!
Tips for making salsa
- Use fresh ingredients
- finely chop ingredients
- Use fresh herbs
- Test the seasoning (ie, salt, pepper) and adjust as you taste
- Let the salsa sit for a few hours to let the flavors marry
- If adding spice, use just a little at first, and add slowly after tasting
- 1 large pineapple (or 2 small pineapples)
- 1 small red or orange bell pepper (or ½ medium pepper)
- ½ medium red onion
- 1 small jalepeno (seeded)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small bunch cilantro
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Cut a fresh pineapple (core and then cut off the rind)
- Chop the pineapple into small pieces and place into a large bowl
- Clean and chop the remaining ingredients (peppers [bell and jalapeno], garlic, onion, cilantro
- After chopping, add all the ingredients to the pineapple
- Add salt and pepper or season to taste