Grilled Pineapple Sundaes + DIY Pineapple Vase

Grilled Pineapple Sundae Recipe

I have a newfound love for pineapple. Whenever the weather starts getting warm, I can’t get enough of it. I caught up with Kelly Boyer, the amazing founder of Paleta, one of my favorite juice + meal delivery companies, to see if she could help me come up with new ways to enjoy one of my favorite summer flavors.

Her answer was better than I could have ever imagined…a grilled pineapple sundae. Say what?

In Kelly’s words, “Grilled fruit brings out the natural sugars and creates a crunchy caramelized surface that takes any simple fruit to the next level. Just add ice cream!” In my case, I went for dairy free obviously but you could use regular vanilla ice cream, fro yo, or even fresh Greek yogurt for this recipe.

I plan to recreate these for my dad’s annual Memorial Day BBQ this weekend because I know they’ll be a huge hit. I cannot put into words how delicious this sundae is, you guys! The salt from the peanuts mixed with the tropical pineapple, sweet vanilla ice cream and slightly tart strawberries was a crazy good combo. I put them in margarita glasses but you can use any bowl obviously.

On top of it, I thought it was the perfect time to create my first pineapple vase, something that I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now. Considering I’m the worst at DIY ever, this was a pretty huge accomplishment even though it wasn’t all that difficult. Below find the recipe for grilled pineapple sundaes and instructions on how to make your own pineapple vase.

DIY Pineapple Vase

Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 15 minutes | Makes: 4 servings

Grilled Pineapple Sundaes


  • 1 whole large ripe pineapple, peeled, de-cored and sliced to ¾ inch thickness
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream (or frozen or fresh Greek yogurt)
  • 2/3 cup organic dark chocolate sauce
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries


  • Heat your grill to medium. Brush sliced pineapple very lightly on each side with olive oil.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes on each side just until you get clear hash/grill marks.
  • Give the slices a ¼ turn to get crossed grilled marks on each side.
  • Remove from heat and stack in a bowl or on a plate in this order: pineapple rings, scoop of vanilla ice-cream, Greek yogurt (fresh or frozen), or dairy-free ice cream, drizzle with chocolate sauce, layer with strawberries, and cover with chopped nuts.


How to make a pineapple vase

What you need:

  • A pineapple
  • Your favorite flowers (I used a peony, blue hydrangeas, and pink tulips)
  • A sharp knife
  • A spoon

What to do:

  • Cut the top off of the pineapple as close to the top as possible so you can have a tall enough vase.
  • With a sharp knife, cut along the inside of the pineapple as close to the edge as possible.
  • Cut the inside section into four quadrants so that it’s easier to pull it out.
  • With a spoon, scoop out the four quadrants .
  • Clean out the vase. Use a knife, the spoon, whatever to clean out as much of the pineapple as you can.
  • Add water and flowers.
  • Voila! You have a pineapple vase.

How to make a pineapple vase

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  1. Lauren Anne said:

    For dairy-free ice cream, I’ve been on a big frozen-bananas “ice cream” kick lately. Take a frozen banana, add some vanilla almond milk (I’ve also added a spoonful of chocolate PB2) and puree until blended. It’s delicious and I think the banana flavor would really complement the grilled pineapple!

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  3. Tai said:

    LOVE the pineapple vase. I’ll definitely be making it for Memorial Day!

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  4. Angela Scibilia said:

    Love the pineapple vase! Such a cute idea!


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