New Recipe: 30 Pineapple Recipes That Are Refreshing and Unexpected

What’s not to love about pineapple? Its juicy, sweet-tart flavor complements everything from spicy grilled chicken to tangy teriyaki (and don’t get us started on dessert). But did you know its peak season is March through July, aka right now? From tacos to pizza to upside-down cake, here are 30 pineapple recipes that are refreshing, unexpected and oh-so-tropical.

How to Pick a Ripe Pineapple

Because a pile of fruit at the grocery store can be overwhelming, here’s how to know if that pineapple is ripe and ready to eat: It should feel firm but yield slightly when squeezed, feel heavy for its size, and smell sweet and tropical. If it’s mushy, measly or vinegar-scented, it’s not the one.

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They’re like fancy, mini Hawaiian pizzas that actually taste good. (Wink, wink.)

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This dessert is sweet and spicy and practically decorates itself. For the most flavor, use the ripest fruit you can get.

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Confession: We’d like to bathe in this sauce. Grilling the pineapple brings out even more of its natural sweetness.

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Behold, finger food at its finest.

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If you haven’t tried gochujang, you’re missing out. The Korean chile paste happens to be a perfect pair for pineapple.

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These are definitely not just for Tuesdays. (Read: They’re really good.)

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It’s single-serve, so you don’t have to share (but can easily be doubled, too).

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It’s nutritious and delicious, aka worth getting out the blender for.

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This is the closest you can get to a vacation without ever leaving your kitchen.

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The salty halloumi gets charred on the outside and gooey on the inside without totally falling apart, making it a top-notch taco filling.

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We bet you won’t find this at your neighborhood salad bar…just saying.

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It’s tastier than takeout and happens to be better for you too. Win-win.

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The filling cooks in about 30 minutes, which is plenty of time for you to gather the toppings.

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Homemade pineapple curd and cream cheese frosting…well, it’s not our birthday, but we’re making this anyway.

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A weeknight dinner that tastes like a Caribbean vacay? Sign us up.

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We found just the thing to end your snack rut.

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And it’s only three ingredients, if you count the addition of booze.

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It’s kind of like drinking a fruit salad…so it’s good for you. (The things we tell ourself.)

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Healthy and easy—what more could you want?

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We were hooked the moment we read “10 minutes.”

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This is what you make for that sweet-salty-tangy-crunchy fix.

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Think you don’t like pineapple on pizza? Think again.

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This is what we like to call “sunshine in a bowl.”

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Want to know a secret? It’s even better if you use last night’s takeout rice.

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It’s like pineapples foster but without the blow torch.

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A sweet and spicy salsa is the best foil to smoky shrimp.

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The sprinkles are optional; the cream cheese frosting is not.

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Toss everything in the slow cooker and dinner will make itself. (Bonus: You won’t heat up the entire kitchen.)

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A trio of coconut—in the form of flakes, milk and oil—gives this quick dinner maximum tropical flavor.

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It tastes like you were cooking for hours.

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