Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado

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Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Zippy Pineapple Salsa is no ordinary salsa, it’s not even an ordinary Pineapple Salsa.  Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has pineapple, red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado.  It’s the perfect topping for just about anything grilled.  It’s also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it’s own!

Here are a few more of my favorite homemade condiment or topping recipes for grilled foods!

  • Mind-Blowing Remoulade is a Mayonnaise based sauce that is sweet, savory, and tangy with some crunch to it.  Its great on burgers, hotdogs, grilled fish or even dipping french fries.
  • Easy Homemade Ketchup is made with honey instead of refined sugar so that you can feel good about you and your kids slurping it up!
  • Super Sidekick Sesame Coleslaw goes great on just about anything!  Add it on top of burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, steaks, fish tacos, etc.

What sets this Zippy Pineapple Salsa apart?

Well, first, it combines the sweet, savory, and creamy ingredients from different salsas all into one super-recipe giving you tons of contrasting flavors and textures for a truly ZIPPY bite.  Second, rather than the sometimes-harsh raw red onions that you find in many salsas, this recipe swaps red onion with scallion, which has a milder taste and texture, but still gives you all of that wonderful oniony flavor.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PINEAPPLE SALSA ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

You can cut and dice all of the ingredients in advance, but do not add the lime juice, salt, pepper, or avocado until the day you are ready to eat it.

  • Dice the red pepper and pineapple to roughly the same size.  Finely slice the scallion. Chop the cilantro. Cut the Jalapeño in half the long way, then using a spoon, scrape out the seeds. Finely dice the Jalapeño. Add all ingredients to a bowl for either mixing or storing at this stage.
  • Note, if you are sensitive to heat, at this stage you can keep the jalapeño separate if you like so that you can add it little bits at a time to the final salsa to moderate the heat level.  However, I will say that I love heat and really do not find this recipe to be “hot”, just the perfectly level of kick or Zippiness!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

 

FINISH YOUR PINEAPPLE SALSA:

  • Add the juice of a lime. NOTE: I like to roll the lime pressing down to loosen the fibers and get the juices flowing so it is easier to juice. Cut the lime in half and then squeeze making sure that no seeds get in.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix and taste for seasoning.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Dice half of an avocado.  TIP: here is the simplest way to perfectly dice an avocado.  First, cut the avocado in half the long way.  Then twist apart.  Next, whack the pit with a large knife and then with the knife stuck in the pit, twist the pit out.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Then peel the skin off!  That’s right, if you are like I have been for years, you probably scoop the avocado out, which is totally fine.  But to maintain the integrity of the avocado in its prettiest form, you can peel the skin off.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • Last, slice, then dice!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

  • When you are ready to eat the salsa, fold the avocado in gently. Taste again for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Note: You can store the salsa in the fridge for a few hours with the avocado by placing plastic wrap directly pressed against the salsa inside the bowl and then adding a second cover on top of the bowl to prevent any oxygen from getting in.

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Put it on Grilled Chicken or Steak or potato or Fish.  Or eat with chips or as a salad in an avocado!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado

Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has pineapple, red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado.  It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled.  It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Caribbean, Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and finely diced approx. 3 tsp, but reduce to half for milder
  • 1 Tbls Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1/2 Avocado, diced
  • Salt, to taste start with just a pinch
  • 1/8 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice the red pepper and pineapple to roughly the same size.  Place both in a bowl.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  2. Finely slice the scallion.  Add to the bowl.

  3. Chop the cilantro.  Add to the bowl.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  4. Cut the Jalapeño in half the long way, then using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and discard.  Finely dice the Jalapeño.  Add to the bowl.  NOTE: if you are concerned about the heat, add half and then taste at the end.  Add more as desired.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  5. If you are preparing these ingredients a day or more in advance, then stop here.  Do not add the lime juice, salt, pepper, or avocado until the day you are ready to eat.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Put it all together

  1. Add the juice of a lime.  NOTE: I like to roll the lime pressing down to loosen the fibers and get the juices flowing so it is easier to juice.  Cut the lime in half and then squeeze making sure that no seeds get in.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Mix and taste for seasoning.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!
  3. Dice half of an avocado.  When you are ready to eat the salsa, fold it in gently.  Taste again for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

    Fresh, bright, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and bursting with flavor, this Zippy Pineapple Salsa has red pepper, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, lime, and avocado. It's the perfect topping for just about anything grilled. It's also just perfect for eating with chips or as a salad on it's own!

Recipe Notes

You can make this salsa a day prior, but wait to fold in the avocado until you are ready to eat.  You can store the salsa in the fridge for a few hours with the avocado by placing plastic wrap directly pressed against the salsa inside the bowl and then adding a second cover on top of the bowl to prevent any oxygen from getting in.

Mexican Chicken & Jalapeño Corn Polenta

This dish is tangy, smoky, and slightly spicy Mexican Chicken and Jalapeno Polenta.  It was created one night with whatever I had on hand in the fridge and pantry, but it was so easy and delicious I thought it worthy to share.

The chili and cumin spices, along with the jalapeno are a nod to Mexican cuisine, which I can never get enough of.  And the ingredients can all be swapped for others that you may have on hand in your kitchen.  For example, use scallions or onion instead of chives.  Use cherry tomatoes instead of grape.  I started to use Coconut Oil in my dishes, but you can certainly use Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

TIP: There is no need to pay 4x as much for a box of Polenta when you can get cornmeal to make polenta.  Save some $$!

For other favorite Mexican Recipes, try the Chicken & Chorizo Enchilada Casserole or the Pork Carnitas Tacos!

Enjoy!

Carrie

Mexi-Chicken & Jalapeño Corn Polenta

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbls Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbls Cumin
  • Salt & Ground Pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 Cup Grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tbls chopped Chives
  • 1 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbls Chili Powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Jalapeño Corn Polenta:

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbls Butter
  • 1 tsp finely chopped jalapeño without the seeds
  • 2 Tbls corn

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Rub the chicken breasts with coconut oil, then season with Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt & Pepper. Rub seasoning all over to ensure chicken is fully coated. Place on a backing sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. In a medium pot, add 2 cups water and ½ cup milk plus 1 tsp salt. Bring to a bowl. Turn down heat to low and whisk in the cornmeal slowly whisking constantly so it doesn’t clump. Keep whisking for about 2 minutes until it starts to thicken slightly. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to ensure no clumping.
  4. Once the polenta is thick and creamy, stir in the butter, jalapeño, and corn.
  5. Slice the grape tomatoes in half lengthwise and add to a pre-heated sauté pan with 1 tsp coconut oil. Add salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add add ½ cup chicken broth and cook for another 5 minutes. Whisk in ½ cup sour cream and turn off heat.
  6. After 20 minutes in the oven, remove the chicken and let sit for a few minutes.
  7. Plate the polenta, Chicken, then top with the sauce.