• Melissa Genee, RD

Rainbow Pineapple Salsa

The snowfall has (hopefully) stopped and summer is on it’s way! What says summer more than a delicious bowl of refreshing pineapple salsa, used as a topping for your favourite warm-weather dishes! With tasks for even your littlest ones, this recipe is easy and fun for the entire family.

This salsa is incredibly versatile. Feel free to add or omit ingredients based on food preferences and what’s in your fridge! Other great additions include:

  • Mango

  • Strawberries

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Corn niblets

  • Black beans

This salsa is perfect along baked or grilled fish, chicken or pork or on top of fish tacos. You can also serve this salsa with your favourite Mexican dish like quesadillas, burritos or even as a side for tortilla chips. Pineapple salsa for dessert? Try this salsa with baked cinnamon and sugar whole-wheat pita chips!

Photo by Melissa Genee - FLIP team

Rainbow Pineapple Salsa

The perfect topping for your favourite warm weather dishes!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6


  • 2 cups diced pineapple (fresh or canned)

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • ½ cucumber, diced

  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

  • ¼ red onion, diced

  • 1 tbsp finely diced jalapeno, stem and seeds removed (more or less depending on spice tolerance)

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

  • Juice of 1 large lime

Tools Required:

  • Cutting board

  • Age appropriate knives

  • Gloves

  • Optional: food-chopper, scissors, garlic press, lime juicer, can-opener


  1. Have your children wash the bell pepper, cucumber, cilantro and jalapeno.

  2. Tasks for adults. Wearing gloves, cut the jalapeno, remove seeds and finely dice. If using fresh pineapple, peel and core the pineapple. Cut the pineapple into slices for your kids to dice. If using canned pineapple, drain the excess pineapple juice.

  3. Tasks for children. Depending on the age and skill level of the children, they can chop the remaining ingredients. A butter knife can be used to cut the pineapple, bell pepper and cucumber. The cilantro can be torn into small pieces or cut with safety scissors. Older children can help dice the red onion and garlic clove.*

  4. Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Cut the lime cross-wise and squeeze using a lime juicer or just squeeze with your hands (a fork can sometimes help to get the remaining juice out of a lime).

  5. Mix well, serve and enjoy!

*Note: if you have a food-chopper, most of the ingredients can be chopped with it. Very young children may require assistance from an adult (children can put their hands on top of an adults hand to chop).

This recipe was adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod: Pineapple Salsa.

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