This salsa is really really good.  I made it the other night to go with grilled halibut and I knew after one bite that I had a winner.  It’s made the same way as the mango salsa I’ve been making for years— the strawberries are tossed with lime, cilantro and finely minced red onion, but this one has the added kick of jalapeño.  It works perfectly and you can use it on fish, tacos, chicken, meats, or just scoop it up with chips.

It’s perfect for bringing to a party or barbecue this weekend.  It’s distinctive and I bet no one’s had it before.  It’s sweet, tangy, spicy, it’s got it all going on.  Strawberries are at their peak right now, so go for it.

It’s silly for me to present this as a recipe with strict measurements because, really, you can just chop, drop, and taste as you go.  These are just rough guidelines…

Strawberry JalapeñoSalsa
15-20 strawberries, chopped into small even dice
1/3 medium red onion, finely minced
handful of cilantro, well rinsed and finely chopped
1 Jalapeño, finely minced, seeds and all.  (leave the seeds out for less heat)
juice of 1 lime
fresh cracked black pepper

  • Mix everything in a bowl.  Chill until ready to serve.

Notes:  Don’t make this much more than an hour or so before serving.  Like all salsas, it will wilt and the fruit will get a little mushy.  An hour is the optimal amount of time for the flavors to meld and the juices to start flowing.  Longer than that and the salsa will slowly start to lose its fresh appearance.

It really does seem, with a few exceptions (hello bananas) that most fruits make amazing salsas.  It shouldn’t surprise you because, technically, even the tomato is a fruit.  So far some of my favorites have been pineapple,apricot  and cantaloupe, but mango and citrus salsas will always be my favorite favorites.  Ok, that makes no sense.  Salsa makes me a little crazy.

If you make this, let me know how you like it!

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  2. Cherie says:

    Love this idea. This looks so yummy!

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  5. Salsa says:

    Looks really good, will try it this weekend to create some for myself.

  6. I love everything about this salsa. The flavor combinations are great. The color is beautiful. And it would make a grilled chicken breast taste wonderful. Can’t wait to try this.

    I’d love it if you would bring this over to What’d You Do This Weekend? and share it. http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda
    Tumbleweed Contessa

  7. Love this, I serve it with cinnamon pita chips and it’s always gone. I’m pinning it to remind me to make it! I bought strawberries to make my family’s favorite strawberry cake, but I need to save some for this.

    Here is the cake recipe…
    http://fromchapelhilltochickenville.blogspot.com/2010/05/summer-strawberry-cake-fantastic.html

  8. Wow, that salsa is so beautiful! How could it not taste delicious.

  9. grace says:

    well, it definitely delivers in aesthetics! beautiful salsa, sue, and i’m sure the flavors sing too. :)

  10. beautiful: i never would have thought to do a strawberry salsa! sounds so perfect right now. Have a happy memorial day!

  11. Magnolia Verandah says:

    How good does this look!

  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    This is gorgeous and your pics are just drop-dead perfect, Sue! I love fruit-based and DIY salsas!

  13. bellini says:

    This does sound like something we would enjoy.

  14. Chris Scheuer says:

    I WILL be making this and I can already tell you I love it. In fact it just may be part of dinner tonight! Gorgeous!!!

  15. Sue,
    This is just beautiful! And you’re right, I’m sure no one has had it! Gorgeous photos.
    annie

  16. It’s beautiful and so summery! I’ll bet it is fantastic with fish.

  17. Paula Montenegro says:

    This sauce sounds awesome Sue! Love to try it with some pork tacos.

  18. Susan Sevig says:

    How beautiful and what a great idea.

  19. We are having fish tonight..going to see if I ahve strabwerries left..what nice colors for white fish:)

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