12 Transportive Pineapple Recipes, from Drinks to Dessert

Cook, Recipe Roundup

Like its tropical cousins, mango and passionfruit, pineapple has the unique ability to transport you to sun-soaked beach with just one bite. From drinks to salads to main dishes and desserts, here are 10 fresh recipes using pineapple.


Blackened Salmon Tacos


These tacos are topped with spicy cabbage and a pineapple-jicama salsa. The salsa’s fruitiness is a nice foil to the blackened salmon.

It’s Easy Being Green Smoothie


It’s easy to eat your greens when you have a smoothie like this, filled with pineapple, orange and banana to give the drink loads of bright flavor.

Tropical Fruit Pudding


Whenever Mark Bittman, author of VB6, serves tofu pudding—and with so many variations he can make it frequently—everyone is shocked to find there’s no dairy involved. Creamy and sweet with fresh mango, crunchy with toasted coconut and bright with pineapple, this version is a great way to make tofu converts of your friends and family.

Pineapple-Lavender Juice


If you like lavender lemonade, you’ll be wowed by the aromatic flavor of pineapple-lavender juice.

Bryan Voltaggio’s Meat Loaf


Chef Bryan Voltaggio makes meatloaf with a twist: His is topped with a garam masala-scented pineapple glaze.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


The most classic of pineapple desserts is unquestionably pineapple upside-down cake. If you don’t have a specially-designed upside-down cake pan, any 9″ nonstick round cake pan would work just as well.

Get Ur Green On


In this kid-friendly juice recipe, nutrient-packed kale and spinach are sweetened with apple and pineapple and brightened by mint. 

Grilled Fruit Salad


When pineapple is grilled, the flesh softens and some of the natural sugars caramelize, creating an added layer of flavor that is reminiscent of the fruit in a deep-dish pie. It’s even better drizzled with a creamy tart-sweet dressing.

Pineapple Fried Jasmine Rice


Any dish instantly becomes more exciting to eat when it’s served inside a hollowed-out pineapple half. This khao prat supparot, or pineapple-fried jasmine rice with shrimp, is no exception.

Seared Scallops with Tropical Salsa


Pineapple’s tropical flavors pair nicely with seared scallops. Be sure to use large, plump sea scallops rather than small bay scallops when preparing this dish. 

Agave Pork Belly with Grilled Piña


This recipe, which was created by Eric Werner and Mya Henry of Hartwood restaurant in Tulum, Mexico, proves that pork belly and pineapple make a fabulous combination.

Piña Colada


Bartender Ramón Marrero created this pineapple juice-based classic in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it has since become one of the world’s most popular rum drinks, a staple that conjures up images of vacations in tropical locales.


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