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Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

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This Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa is really really good ~ juicy strawberries are tossed with lime, cilantro and finely minced red onion, with the added kick of jalapeño. You can use it on fish, tacos, chicken, meats, or just scoop it up with chips.

Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa ~ juicy strawberries tossed with lime, cilantro and finely minced red onion, with the added kick of jalapeño.  Serve this healthy salsa with fish, tacos, chicken, steak, or just scoop it up with chips for the ultimate spring and summer appetizer!

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa in a black bowl with limes and cilantro

Make this strawberry salsa your signature recipe this summer!

If you got a barbecue or potluck to go to this is going to be your best friend.  It’s distinctive and I bet no one’s had it before.  It’s sweet, tangy, and spicy ~ it’s got it all going on.  Strawberries are at their peak right now, so go for it.

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa in a large serving bowl

A great salsa has the power to transform a ho-hum meal into something really special.

I like to think outside the box as often as I can and come up with combinations I don’t see at the supermarket.  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 SalsaApricot Salsa  and Cantaloupe Salsa, but Mango and Citrus salsas will always be my favorite favorites.   If you love salsa as much as I do, try some of these others, and then come up with some of your own!

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa in a mason jar

There’s no need to get persnickety about precise measurements with this strawberry jalapeno salsa because, really, you can just chop, drop, and taste as you go.  These are just rough guidelines to help get you started.

Tips for making strawberry jalapeño salsa ~

  • Remember, your salsa will only be as good as your strawberries ~ use red ripe berries and your results will be incredible.
  • 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.
  • If you plan to serve your salsa with chips, make sure to chop your berries fairly small.

Reader Rave ~

“I suck at coming up with my own recipes, but I am a champ at following them. We had a salsa contest at work and I decided to try making this. It is SO GOOD! I wanted it to be more salsa-y, so I threw everything into the Ninja and blended it up. IT WON!  ~ Steph

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Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa

Juicy strawberries tossed with lime, cilantro and finely minced red onion, with the added kick of jalapeño.  You can use it on fish, tacos, chicken, meats, or just scoop it up with chips.  It's the perfect spring and summer appetizer!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 15-20 strawberries hulled and chopped into a very small, even dice
  • 1/3 medium red onion finely minced
  • handful of cilantro well rinsed, dried, and finely chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper 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. Taste the salsa and adjust any of the ingredients to your taste.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Don’t forget to pin this amazing strawberry jalapeño salsa!

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  • Reply
    Jill Labonte
    June 28, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Love this recipe but, not really a fan of cilantro – could it work with parsley instead?

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      June 28, 2019 at 6:24 am

      Totally would work!

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    July 12, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    5 stars
    Made this with some spicy honey because the jalapeno I used didn’t have much heat. I also blended it in a food processor just a little. It was so good!!

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      July 12, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      Jalapeños can be so disappointing sometimes…I love the idea of blending this a bit, I bet that brings out the juices.

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    November 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Wow, that salsa is so beautiful!

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      May 4, 2018 at 9:24 am

      Thank you!

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    October 8, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Love your recipe with strawberry so much!

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    June 29, 2016 at 4:29 am

    5 stars
    This salsa would be an absolute game-changer when paired with halibut! I’ve featured it in my round-up of the best strawberry dishes (with a twist), thanks for creating it 🙂

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      April 15, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      How creative! I am going to try as soon as I can get my hands on some good strawberries. June is just around the corner! Can’t wait.

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      July 26, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Ksenia!

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    Joylyn Weikum
    May 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Could you please share the exact calories per serving for your delicious looking salsa? That would be so helpful 🙂

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      May 30, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I’m so sorry I don’t have the exact info for this recipe, Joylyn, but it is very low, considering the ingredients!

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    March 21, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Seriously genius!!

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    July 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    5 stars
    I suck at coming up with my own recipes, but I am a champ at following them. We had a salsa contest at work and I decided to try making this. It is SO GOOD! I wanted it to be more salsa-y, so I threw everything into the Ninja and blended it up. IT WON! Hubs and I get to go to a baseball game because of this delicious recipe, so thank you!! Also, I have shared it with at least 10 people, this is seriously some of the best salsa I’ve ever had. I followed the recipe, but next time I might try adding a second jalapeno to give it a touch more heat. 😀

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      July 18, 2015 at 7:10 am

      I love this, thanks for letting me know Wooot!! The thing about the jalapenos is that some seem to be nice and hot and others are a bust. Go for Serrano peppers next time for some reliable extra heat. And enjoy that game 🙂

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        Stephanie Chapman
        July 18, 2015 at 10:31 am

        Serranos! Great idea! This is my new “make for everyone” recipe. It’ll probably be made again next weekend. I’m addicted.

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          July 18, 2015 at 10:42 am

          Are you eating it with chips, or alongside grilled meats and chicken, etc?

          • Steph
            July 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

            Just tortilla chips at this point. It doesn’t last long. Hahaha

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    May 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Going to try thIs on the weekend, but I think I’ll add about half teaspoon of Cholula hot sauce, and a tablespoon of EVOO.

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      May 14, 2015 at 10:10 am


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    Sharon Haynes
    June 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I looks great

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    May 31, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Love this idea. This looks so yummy!

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    June 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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

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    June 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    5 stars
    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.

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    Aimee Christian
    June 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    5 stars
    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.

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    May 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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

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    May 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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

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    shannon weber
    May 27, 2013 at 11:17 am

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

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    Magnolia Verandah
    May 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    How good does this look!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    May 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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

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    May 27, 2013 at 3:45 am

    This does sound like something we would enjoy.

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    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!!!

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    [email protected]ngs
    May 27, 2013 at 1:45 am

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

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 26, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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

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    Paula Montenegro
    May 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      It would be great with pork, Paula. Pork seems to go with fruit really well, and I once made an apricot salsa with pork tenderloin that was wonderful.

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    Susan Sevig
    May 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    How beautiful and what a great idea.

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    La Table De Nana
    May 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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