Award-Winning Peach and Pineapple Salsa



This peach and pineapple salsa is my family’s all-time favorite fruit salsa recipe. Make this as an easy way to add some flair to your weeknight meals. It works with a variety of chicken, fish, and pork dishes, or use it as a taco topping. You’ll love this tomato-free salsa alternative that offers tropical flavor and just a hint of heat.

Award-Winning Peach and Pineapple Salsa with fresh peaches and jalapenos on a white bakcground

I had planned to enter my sweet and spicy cherry peach salsa in a local salsa contest at the end of September. Unfortunately, I was no longer able to find fresh cherries, so I needed to come up with something else. My husband suggested a peach and pineapple combo, and this delicious peach and pineapple salsa is the result.

I was lucky that our local farms were still selling fresh peaches that I could put to use in this recipe. Using the best quality ingredients that you can afford matters greatly in simple recipes such as this one. The flavors of the fruits you use will shine through.

As much as I like the convenience of canned pineapples and peaches, this recipe is best with fresh fruits. I can’t get local pineapples here in Connecticut, but I was able to find some ripe fresh pineapple to use.


Of all of my homemade fruit salsa combinations, this one is currently my family’s favorite. (I still favor the cherry peach salsa, but I’ll have to go without it until it is cherry season again.)

I have one more salsa recipe coming this Friday, so stay tuned. The next salsa coming up incorporates delicious autumn fruits. I guess you could say I’ve been on a bit of a salsa kick lately!

Update – This salsa placed first at the fair!
peach and pineapple salsa fair set up (left); blue ribbon for the salsa (middle); chocolate hazelnut granola with raspberries with a yellow ribbon (right)

My family members are not the only ones who love this salsa. A fair judge agreed that this was a great recipe and awarded me a blue ribbon! My chocolate hazelnut granola with raspberries earned an honorable mention (and I love the autumn display they created to showcase it).

I appreciated that the judge noticed that I took the time to cut the fruit into uniform cubes. The chef in the dining hall kitchen I worked at in college (in the late 90s) would notice details like that. Honestly, it’s not something that I bother with in my home cooking, but I went the extra mile here.

Since the salsa took first, it was displayed (unrefrigerated) at the fair for the rest of the week. I learned that they spray it with hairspray and insect spray to keep it looking fresh. Keep that in mind the next time you see the showcase of award-winning fresh foods at your local fair. Haha

A few other food-related fun things…

I tend to be drawn towards the creative arts exhibits at fairs. In keeping with the food theme of this site, here is some amazing giant pumpkin art that was on display.


Giant intricately carved pumpkin showing children riding carousel animals

I found this display on the different cuts of beef to be really informative. I tend to stick to a few favorite cuts but I may be missing out! You will probably have to zoom in to read this one.

Signs on a wall naming cuts of beef and the parts of the cow they come from

One more photo before I get to the peach and pineapple salsa recipe. This one comes with a PSA. It’s not a good idea to use quotes to indicate emphasis. It can be misconstrued as sarcasm.

Sign on a building that reads "real" soft serve ice cream

I know someone that used to do this regularly and it resulted in some rather funny communications. Say no to “real” food. Haha

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Cup of award-winning peach and pineapple salsa with a jalapeno

Award-Winning Peach and Pineapple Salsa

summer yule ms rdn - Award-Winning Peach and Pineapple SalsaSummer Yule
This sunny fruit salsa is a delicious accompaniment for chicken, pork, or fish. The combination of peach and pineapple is a great option to mix things up if you are feeling bored with traditional tomato salsa.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 55 kcal

Ingredients

  • c fresh pineapple, finely chopped
  • c fresh peaches, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 T cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced

Instructions

  • Combine the pineapple, peaches, jalapeno, and cilantro in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Sprinkle with the lime juice. Chill until ready to serve.

Notes


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). I’m categorizing this salsa as a snack but incorporating it into a meal is more likely to be supportive of a weight loss goal. The first time I made this, I served it over chicken with a side salad and sorghum (a type of grain). If you don’t like chicken, try serving this salsa over fish or pork instead.
Plate of peach and pineapple salsa over chicken with sorghum and salsa on the side (square image)
I don’t find corn chips and salsa to be very satisfying, so that is not a snack I choose often. Putting this salsa over a source of protein in my meal is a far more satiating way to enjoy similar flavors. If I added a glass of milk to the meal shown above, I’d have all of the food groups covered.
Don’t forget that you can turn up the heat by leaving the seeds in the jalapeno or adding another jalapeno to the recipe. Spicy!

Nutrition

Calories: 55kcal
Keywords award-winning, fruit, fruit salsa, healthy recipe, low-calorie, peach and pineapple salsa, peaches, pineapple, salsa, whole food
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Summer Yule, MS, RDN is the face behind Summer Yule Nutrition, a resource for those looking for recipes with no added sugars and no refined grains. As a registered dietitian as well as a person who sustained a 70-pound weight loss, Summer understands both the science and the struggle involved in healthy weight management after age 30. Let her show you how to create nutritious meals that will keep you feeling satisfied!

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