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Pineapple Pico de Gallo

This tropical twist on pico de gallo is my obsession this summer! This Pineapple Pico de Gallo is amazing as a dip for tortilla chips, as a topping for tacos, as a topping for rice, chicken, or fish, or simply as a substitute for salad when you want to spice up a meal.

Make this pineapple pico de gallo using a fresh pineapple or canned pineapple!

Pico de gallo with pineapple and a tortilla chip
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Pico de gallo with pineapple

I love traditional pico de gallo, but I sometimes wish it was just a little less sharp. So here's my solution: Pineapple Pico de Gallo! All the traditional pico de gallo ingredients, plus a little bit of fresh pineapple mixed in there. The sweetness and juiciness of the pineapple balances out the tang from the lime juice and tomatoes, and makes for a super addictive combination!

I also make mango pico de gallo on the regular, and it has the same vibe as this pineapple one, with the sweet mango balancing out the rest of the flavors.

Hand holding tortilla chip with a scoop of pineapple pico de gallo

I love this recipe because:

  • It can be made with fresh or canned pineapples, so you can make it any time!
  • It's very versatile and easy to adjust to your liking. Make sure to read the ingredient notes and recipe tips below for the best results.
  • It is TOTALLY healthy, low-calorie, and loaded with fresh veggies. It takes the place of a veggie side dish or a salad in our dinner, and our taste buds thank us for it!!

Related recipe: Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

Ingredients for pineapple pico de gallo

Ingredients

  • 1 lb tomatoes, such as ~4-6 plum or Roma tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion (purple onion)
  • ¾ - 1¼ cups finely diced pineapple, to taste (fresh or canned, see recipe tips below)
  • ¼ - ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, diced (to taste)
  • ½ - 1 jalapeño pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1.5 - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Related recipe: Charred Corn Salad

Special equipment needed

Related recipe: Apricot Tomato Relish

Ingredient notes and recipe tips

→ Pineapple: Using canned pineapple rings is the easiest way to dice pineapple for this pico de gallo because the rings are already the correct thickness. If using canned pineapple, make sure to get some that is packed in water or pineapple juices, NOT in syrup. Canned pineapple is typically pretty sweet so you might want to start with ¾ cup diced pineapple and then add more as needed. If using fresh pineapple, take the time to dice it finely, about the size of a small chickpea. I typically use a full rounded cup when using fresh pineapple because it is not as sweet.

→ Jalapeños: I like to use a whole jalapeño to add some spice and balance out the sweetness of this pico de gallo, but start with half of a jalapeño pepper just in case yours is a spicy one. And please use disposable gloves when handling jalapeños! There is nothing worse than forgetting you chopped jalapeños and rubbing your eyes later.

If you bought a bag of jalapeños for this recipe, you can use the rest to make Fried Jalapeños!

→ Cilantro: If you're not into cilantro, cut the amount down to just a couple of tablespoons. You can add finely diced parsley or scallions in its place.

→ Lime juice: I highly recommend using fresh lime juice here for the best flavor! This citrus juicer or this citrus squeezer is super easy to use and the extra few seconds of work are so worth it! I usually end up using a full 2 tablespoons of lime juice, but start with 1.5 tablespoons just in case your lime is super tart.

→ Storing pico de gallo: Pico de gallo will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 days (use a nonreactive bowl so it doesn't absorb the metal taste!), though the tomatoes do get a little mushier as they sit in the acidic juices (it acts like a marinade, after all!). If serving pico de gallo after keeping it in the fridge, I recommend using a slotted spoon to transfer the pico de gallo to another bowl, or to strain the whole thing through a colander.

More fresh pineapple recipes: Easy Pineapple Jam

Instructions

Step 1: Dice the tomatoes into small pieces, about the size of a chickpea. Optional, but helpful step: set up a colander over a small bowl and place to diced tomato in the colander to strain the extra juices. 

Diced tomatoes straining in a colander

Step 2: Prepare the rest of the ingredients: Dice the onion into small pieces, dice the pineapple, dice the cilantro leaves. Remove the seeds and pith from the jalapeño and finely dice the jalapeño (make it smaller than chickpea sized).

Bowl with diced ingredients for pineapple pico de gallo

Step 3: Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Adjust the flavor with additional salt, jalapeños, and/or lime juice, as needed. Serve immediately, or chill for up to 24 hours before serving. The pico de gallo will release juices as it sits, this is normal. Simple strain out the juice, or use a slotted spoon to transfer the pico de gallo to another bowl for serving. The cilantro and lime-flavored juices would be a great addition to a chicken marinade, if you want to reduce food waste!

Overhead shot of pineapple pico de gallo

How to serve pico de gallo

A lot of recipes specify to let the finished pico de gallo sit for a few hours to let the flavors meld, but I really don't think it's necessary. I think it is fantastic served immediately, before the tomatoes get a chance to get a little mushy and before it releases too much juices. 

We always have tortilla chips for dipping and scooping the pico de gallo, but my favorite way to use it is with other recipes. It kind of takes the place of a vegetable side dish because this healthy appetizer is already loaded with vegetables! This pineapple pico de gallo is particularly amazing on:

How would you serve it??

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Bowl of pineapple pico de gallo with a tortilla chip on top
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Pineapple Pico de Gallo

A tropical twist on pico de gallo! This Pineapple Pico de Gallo has a hint of sweetness from the juicy pineapple. It can be made with fresh or canned pineapple (read the notes below for tips!), and is amazing as a dip for tortilla chips, on top of tacos, over rice or rice bowls, or over grilled chicken or fish.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 appetizer servings (or 4 side dish servings)
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1 lb tomatoes such as ~4-6 plum or Roma tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion (purple onion)
  • ¾ - 1¼ cups finely diced pineapple to taste (fresh or canned, see recipe tips below)
  • ¼ - ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves diced (to taste)
  • ½ - 1 jalapeño pepper (or to taste)
  • 1.5 - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoon salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Special equipment

Instructions

  • Dice the tomatoes into small pieces, about the size of a chickpea. Optional, but helpful step: set up a colander over a small bowl and place to diced tomato in the colander to strain the extra juices.
    Diced tomatoes straining in a colander
  • Prepare the rest of the ingredients: Dice the onion into small pieces, dice the pineapple, dice the cilantro leaves. Remove the seeds and pith from the jalapeño and finely dice the jalapeño (make it smaller than chickpea sized).
    Bowl with diced ingredients for pineapple pico de gallo
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Adjust the flavor with additional salt, jalapeños, and/or lime juice, as needed. Serve immediately, or chill for up to 24 hours before serving.

Notes

Ingredient notes and recipe tips:
→ Pineapple: If using canned pineapple, make sure to get some that is packed in water or pineapple juices, NOT in syrup. Canned pineapple is typically pretty sweet so start with ¾ cup diced pineapple and then add more as needed. If using fresh pineapple, take the time to dice it finely. I typically use a full rounded cup when using fresh pineapple because it is not as sweet.
→ Jalapeños: Start with half of a jalapeño pepper just in case yours is a spicy one, then add more if needed. Please use disposable gloves when handling jalapeños! 
→ Cilantro: If you're not into cilantro, cut the amount down to just a couple of tablespoons. You can add finely diced parsley or scallions in its place.
→ Lime juice: Use fresh lime juice here for the best flavor! I usually end up using a full 2 tablespoons of lime juice, but start with 1.5 tablespoons just in case your lime is super tart.
→ Storing pico de gallo: Pico de gallo will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 days, though the tomatoes do get a little mushier as they sit in the juices. If serving pico de gallo after keeping it in the fridge, use a slotted spoon to transfer the pico de gallo to another bowl, or strain the whole thing through a colander.
Serve with tortilla chips, on tacos, over grilled or blackened fish or chicken, over rice or burrito bowls.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal (2%) | Carbohydrates: 8g (3%) | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 149mg (6%) | Potassium: 190mg (5%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 5g (6%) | Vitamin A: 533IU (11%) | Vitamin C: 27mg (33%) | Calcium: 14mg (1%) | Iron: 0.4mg (2%)

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