Get your party started with these fun and easy pineapple appetizers, from skewers to salads to dips!
Pineapples taste tart and bright and will remind you of the tropics every time you take a bite of its juicy flesh.
Aside from putting pineapples on pizza, this tropical fruit has also been adapted to the culinary art of some continents like Europe, especially Asia.
In Europe, pineapples are mostly infused in pastries and desserts, while Asian countries like the Philippines and Thailand add pineapples to their traditional dishes like Pork Hamonado and Kaeng Som Pla.
This fruit is excellent as an ingredient because it grows all year round but is mostly in season from March to July.
While canned pineapples are more convenient to use in cooking or baking, fresh pineapples are tastier and more delicious.
Pineapples are extremely sweet and cut from the tree while still ripe, so select a sweet one when cooking with pineapples.
Selecting pineapples means there should be no molds or soft spots, and the fruit should have a compact crown with fresh green leaves.
The vibrant flavor of pineapples makes it a good snack, topping on your breakfast smoothie bowls or oatmeals, an ingredient to the main course, or appetizers.
And this is why pineapple appetizers have also seen the limelight in the past couple of years because they’re easy to make and give you fresh and incredible flavors that whet the appetite.
So if you’re looking for exciting appetizers for your next get-together with friends and family, here are 15 pineapple appetizers that will please your guests.
Don’t miss the most unique pineapple appetizer of all, #14, the Caramelized Pineapple Salad With Spicy Peanut Dressing!
Not only do these Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites look visually appetizing, but they also taste amazing!
It would feel like it’s summer once you feast your eyes on these little bad boys served on a platter during your intimate party.
These skewers offer a variety of flavors that your tastebuds will love!
For one, the bright and vibrant flavors of pineapple balance the woodsy and evergreen notes of rosemary and the floral and grassy notes of mozzarella.
These Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites are probably one of the most popular pineapple appetizers on this list.
That’s because they’re effortless to make with only two ingredients: 24 pineapple chunks and 12 bacon slices cut in half.
You may also prepare this ahead of time and put them in the fridge.
You can keep it there and bake it before the party commences.
However, you can also use the grill but with extreme monitoring since bacon has a high-fat content, which can result in flare-ups.
So for the best result, position the Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites indirectly over the flame.
You can’t get enough of this appetizer with every flavor you want because it has pineapple, ham, and Swiss cheese.
The vibrant flavors of pineapple go well with the ham’s sweet and savory taste and the Swiss cheese’s mild and nutty profiles.
Imagine all these interesting toppings on a whole wheat wafer cracker, and it’s a party of flavors in your mouth.
Garnish with good old parsley and secure with a toothpick to get all the goodness in one bite.
Don’t think this is the main course because as enticing as it looks, these Pineapple Appetizer Meatballs will be the best starter for your weekend gatherings with friends and family.
The savory and rich profiles of the ground beef and pork sausage rolled into a bite-size ball with bread crumbs, and Dijon mustard is a must-try!
The pineapple chunks give that nice tart balance that gives this appetizer a nice kick.
And that tangy and sweet glaze on these meatballs?
You’ll never stop grabbing one of these meatballs once you’ve tried it.
These are probably the easiest yet most delicious appetizers you can ever serve your friends and family for your weeknight get-together.
It requires only two ingredients and a toothpick to make these bites look nice and pretty.
The key to making these appetizers perfect is to put love and patience into frying the sliced sausages on both sides.
These will give the sausage that shiny and caramelized surface that will bring out its sweetness.
Then assemble the kielbasa sausage and pineapple chunk, and secure it with party picks.
You can never go wrong with Pineapple Salsa for your next party’s appetizer because it’s versatile and tastes amazingly fresh and vibrant.
All you need are ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen: red bell pepper, red onion, minced jalapeno, chopped cilantro, squeezed lime juice, and kosher salt.
It’s also pretty easy and quick to make!
You must chop and put everything in a large bowl, drizzle lime juice over it, and incorporate it well.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving!
If the sound of cheese, pineapple, and candied cherries doesn’t make your mouth salivate, I don’t know what will.
These Cheese & Pineapple Sticks should be on your next party checklist because it’s too delicious not to try.
These can be perfect for your barbeque nights, requiring only yellow or white cheddar cheese, canned or fresh pineapples, and cherries for that enticing look.
If the sound of Hawaiian Onion Dip makes your tastebuds giddy, then you shouldn’t miss this recipe.
You get a combination of various flavors in a dip that’s so easy to make!
Transform your mundane onion dip into this bright and refreshing dip that’s excellent with tacos, chips, or crackers.
Imagine the different flavor profiles of ham, crispy bacon, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and pineapple.
Once these ingredients are well-incorporated, you bake them and top them with green onions.
This recipe doesn’t only give you one appetizer but two delicious appetizers from one fresh pineapple.
But the star of this recipe is the pineapple guacamole that you’ll serve in the pineapple itself.
Cut the pineapple lengthwise and leave the crown, then scrape the pineapple of its flesh to serve as a bowl.
Dice peppers, red onions, tomatoes, avocado, and drizzle with lemon juice.
Sprinkle with cilantro and season with salt and pepper, and you’re done!
Whoever said they hate pineapples on pizza has never tried these Hawaiian Pizza Sliders that are a sure crowd pleaser at your next party.
Instead of the typical pizza dough, use Hawaiian rolls for that soft, airy pizza slider base.
On top of that, also grab some sliced ham, poppy seeds, melted butter, oregano, onion powder, pineapple chunks, and juice, and don’t forget that mozzarella for that stretchy and savory cheese.
This Pineapple Nilla Dip will make it worth your while with only five essential ingredients and a fantastic all-year-round dip.
Because this recipe uses canned pineapples, this dip is excellent for all occasions!
Crush the Nilla wafer cookies and infuse them into the dip while also using it as a dipper for the entire appetizer.
Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar first before mixing the vanilla, crushed Nilla cookies, and canned crushed pineapple in a bowl, and mix to incorporate all flavors.
What’s lighter than a lettuce and cucumber salad?
It’s Pineapple Cucumber Salad!
You won’t regret whipping this fresh and versatile salad for your weekday meals or weeknight family dinner.
Surprise your loved ones with this refreshing salad made with cucumber, red onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and pineapples.
Plus, don’t forget the flavorful explosive dressing that gives you a bit of heat with sweet, tangy, and bright notes.
In Hawaii, parties mean there will be a massive feast for everyone, which means a myriad of pupus.
Pupu means “appetizer” in Hawaiian, and this pupu chicken kabobs recipe is best when paired with a glass of wine or beer.
It’s as simple as threading chicken cubes, pineapple chunks, chopped parsley leaves, and smothering it with King’s Hawaiian BBQ Sauce Original.
Who doesn’t love the sound of Caramelized Pineapple Salad With Spicy Peanut Dressing?
It’s as if the whole world collided and gave you everything you need in a unique salad and more.
If you’re into peanut butter, you’ll love the nutty and rich peanut dressing with a bit of heat from the long red chili.
The roasted peanuts also give it a slightly vegetal undertone.
Since we’re down to the last pineapple appetizer, we’ve reserved the best for last.
These Hawaiian Burger Bites are the bomb as they infuse the meatballs’ savory flavors and bright, tart notes of pineapples.
The chewy Pillsbury Crescent dough also makes this recipe one for the books!
The bottom line
You’ll never tire of these pineapple starters that will please any crowd.
Whether you make these for your summertime barbecue parties or winter get-togethers, these versatile and vibrant appetizers go with other bright main courses.
Don’t miss out on good appetizers for your next party, and start whipping these bad boys to get wild reviews from your guests!
- Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites
- Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites
- Pineapple, Ham, & Swiss Appetizer
- Pineapple Appetizer Meatballs
- Sausage & Pineapple Bites
- Pineapple Salsa
- Cheese & Pineapple Sticks
- Hawaiian Onion Dip
- Guacamole In Pineapple Bowl
- Hawaiian Pizza Sliders
- Pineapple Nilla Dip
- Pineapple Cucumber Salad
- Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
- Caramelized Pineapple Salad With Spicy Peanut Dressing
- Hawaiian Burger Bites
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