The first time I had grilled pineapple, I was sold. The balance of the juicy, caramelized fruit, against the light char from the grill was such an elegant and refreshing treat on a warm night. It’s become a popular addition to our summer dessert rotation, usually drizzled with Nocciolata (the chocolate hazelnut spread to which I have such devotion, we should probably be taking vows). Pairing grilled fruit with more savory flavors, such as in my Grilled Pineapple Salsa, is a great way to enjoy the best of the season’s sweet produce beyond dessert. Tossed with a touch of extra virgin olive oil, grilled lime juice, honey, and ground cumin, this sweet, smoky salsa is a fun variation on the summer salsa theme.
Grilled pineapple is quick and easy, needing only a few minutes per side to caramelize. Since it cooks fast, you’ll want to keep a close eye on it, so the natural sugars don’t overdevelop (read: burn). The pineapple is ready when lightly-charred and tender, but still slightly crisp in the center. You can grill cored pineapple rings or wedges; I tend to gravitate toward the former, as I find they cook just a little bit more evenly. For this vibrant salsa, I also grill the red bell peppers, jalapeño, and limes, leaving the red onions raw for a fresh bite and contrast of textures. The somewhat unexpected combination of sweet and savory flavors really allows the grilled fruit and peppers to shine in a unique way.
We love to enjoy a bowl of this salsa with lightly-salted tortilla chips (blue corn are my favorite here, both visually and for their slightly nuttier flavor). It’s a great option for patio or poolside entertaining, with a margarita, an ice cold Corona, or your favorite mocktail. Grilled Pineapple Salsa is also an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats; chicken and pork chops being the favorites in our house. Cheers to the start of grilling season!
More easy recipes to kick off summer entertaining:
Warm Crab and Artichoke Dip
A Trio of Deviled Eggs
French Potato Salad with Baby Arugula
Bacon Cheddar Potato Salad
Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Grilled Meatball Subs
Grilled Shrimp Scampi
Strawberry Basil Soda
Peach Mint Lemonade