Pineapple Cheese Ball

Impress your guests with the delightful flavors of a Pineapple Cheese Ball at your next gathering! This easy-to-make appetizer combines creamy cream cheese with tangy crushed pineapple, crunchy bell pepper, zesty onion, and chopped walnuts for a satisfyingly crunchy texture. Perfect for any occasion, this cheese ball pairs perfectly with crackers or fresh veggies and is sure to be the star of your party spread.


  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks plain cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) container crushed pineapple, drained
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons white onion, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (such as Lawry’s)
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Crackers or chopped veggies, for serving


  1. Prepare the Cream Cheese Mixture: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add Flavorful Ingredients: Add the drained crushed pineapple, finely diced bell pepper, finely diced onion, and seasoned salt to the cream cheese. Beat until all ingredients are well combined and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  3. Chill the Mixture: Shape the mixture into a rough ball in the mixing bowl (note: the mixture will be very soft) and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  4. Coat with Walnuts: Once chilled, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and shape it into a ball. Roll the cheese ball in the chopped walnuts until it is evenly coated on all sides.
  5. Chill and Serve: Place the coated cheese ball on a serving platter and refrigerate until ready to serve. This will allow the flavors to meld together and the cheese ball to firm up.
  6. Enjoy with Crackers and Veggies: Serve the Pineapple Cheese Ball with your favorite crackers and fresh chopped veggies for dipping. Watch as your guests delight in the creamy, tangy, and crunchy flavors of this irresistible appetizer.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Room Temperature Serving: Remove the Pineapple Cheese Ball from the refrigerator about 15-20 minutes before serving to allow it to soften slightly for easier spreading.
  2. Garnish: For an extra touch of elegance, garnish the cheese ball with additional chopped walnuts or a sprig of fresh parsley before serving.
  3. Accompaniments: Serve the cheese ball with an assortment of crackers, such as buttery crackers, whole grain crackers, or crispy breadsticks, for dipping.
  4. Fresh Veggies: Offer a variety of fresh vegetables, such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, or cucumber slices, alongside the cheese ball for a colorful and crunchy contrast.
  5. Cheese Board Presentation: Arrange the Pineapple Cheese Ball on a decorative cheese board or serving platter, surrounded by an array of crackers, veggies, and other complementary snacks for a visually appealing presentation.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover Pineapple Cheese Ball in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to wrap the cheese ball tightly to prevent it from absorbing odors from other foods in the fridge.
  2. Separate Containers: If storing the cheese ball with crackers or veggies, keep them in separate containers to maintain the freshness and crispness of the accompaniments.
  3. Freezing: While it’s not recommended to freeze the assembled cheese ball due to its creamy texture, you can freeze the cream cheese mixture (without the walnuts) in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before shaping and rolling in walnuts.
  4. Make-Ahead: You can prepare the Pineapple Cheese Ball up to 1 day in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Roll it in chopped walnuts just before serving for the freshest crunch.
  5. Leftover Ideas: If you have leftover Pineapple Cheese Ball, consider using it as a spread for sandwiches or wraps, or crumble it over salads for a burst of creamy flavor.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Pineapple Cheese Ball remains fresh, flavorful, and ready to impress at your next gathering or snack time indulgence!


1. Sweet and Spicy: Add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes to the cream cheese mixture for a sweet and spicy kick.

2. Bacon Lover’s Delight: Mix crispy cooked bacon bits into the cream cheese mixture for a savory twist that bacon enthusiasts will love.

3. Tropical Coconut: Roll the cheese ball in shredded coconut instead of walnuts for a tropical flair that pairs perfectly with the pineapple.

4. Herbaceous Herb: Mix in finely chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, or dill to the cream cheese mixture for an extra burst of freshness.

5. Smoked Salmon Sensation: Fold in diced smoked salmon or lox to the cream cheese mixture for a sophisticated flavor profile that’s perfect for brunch.

6. Mediterranean Medley: Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese to the cream cheese mixture for a Mediterranean-inspired twist.

7. Spicy Jalapeno Popper: Incorporate diced pickled jalapenos and shredded cheddar cheese into the cream cheese mixture for a spicy and cheesy flavor reminiscent of jalapeno poppers.

8. Honey and Pecan: Drizzle the assembled cheese ball with honey and sprinkle with chopped pecans for a sweet and nutty finish that’s perfect for dessert.

9. Cranberry and Orange Zest: Mix in dried cranberries and freshly grated orange zest to the cream cheese mixture for a festive and flavorful option that’s great for the holidays.

10. Everything Bagel: Roll the cheese ball in everything bagel seasoning for a savory and crunchy coating that mimics the flavors of an everything bagel.


1. Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned crushed pineapple? Yes, you can use fresh pineapple, but make sure to finely chop or crush it before adding it to the cream cheese mixture.

2. Can I make this cheese ball ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the cheese ball up to a day in advance. Simply cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

3. Can I substitute walnuts with a different type of nut? Yes, you can use pecans, almonds, or even pistachios instead of walnuts for a different flavor and texture.

4. Is this cheese ball suitable for vegetarians? Yes, this cheese ball is vegetarian-friendly as it contains no meat products.

5. How long can I leave the cheese ball out at room temperature? It’s best to keep the cheese ball refrigerated until ready to serve. If left out at room temperature, it should not sit out for more than 2 hours to prevent potential food safety issues.

6. Can I make this cheese ball gluten-free? Yes, you can ensure this cheese ball is gluten-free by using gluten-free crackers or veggies for serving and confirming that all ingredients, including the seasoned salt, are gluten-free.

7. Can I add additional ingredients to customize the flavor? Absolutely! Feel free to get creative and add ingredients like chopped herbs, dried fruits, or different types of cheeses to suit your taste preferences.

8. Can I use low-fat cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese? Yes, you can use low-fat cream cheese if you prefer a lighter option. However, keep in mind that the texture and flavor may be slightly different.

9. How long will leftovers last in the refrigerator? Leftover Pineapple Cheese Ball can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to wrap it tightly to prevent it from drying out.

10. Can I freeze the Pineapple Cheese Ball? It’s not recommended to freeze the assembled cheese ball as the texture may become grainy upon thawing. However, you can freeze the cream cheese mixture (without the walnuts) for up to 1 month and assemble it before serving for best results.

Impress your guests with the vibrant flavors and irresistible crunch of a Pineapple Cheese Ball at your next gathering. With simple ingredients and easy preparation, this appetizer is a surefire way to elevate your party spread and leave a lasting impression. Whether served as an appetizer or a snack, this cheese ball is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser that keeps everyone coming back for more!