Strawberry Salsa is the perfect 6-ingredient salsa to add sweet and spicy flavor to any dish or to dip your favorite tortilla chips! This fruit salsa side dish is perfect for summer barbecues, weeknight dinners, and taco Tuesdays - and it's ready in under 10 minutes!
Well, hello again, fruit salsa. So nice to see you.
We spent time with straight-up pineapple salsa, blackberry and pineapple, pineapple-mango, and now here with bright red strawberries!
I just love a good salsa and the fun flavors that fruit brings! And if you’re here you probably do too.
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INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
Five ingredient salsa recipe coming up! Here’s what you need for your strawberry salsa ingredients.
Fruit: fresh strawberries. I would not recommend using frozen strawberries for this. You can definitely substitute any other fruit you like as long as the portions are similar it will come out just as tasty.
Spice: Jalapenos are the key to the spice here. You can substitute poblanos or leave out entirely if you want something less spicy. The red onion will also add a bit of natural heat to the salsa.
TIP: When picking a jalapeño, the ones with stretchmarks will be spicier than ones without.
Herbs: Cilantro! Use as little or as much as you like. Personally I’m not huge cilantro fan, but I do like it in salsa. It adds just the right amount of earthly fresh flavor to balance the sweet, spicy, and acid.
Acid: Lime Juice is a necessary step in making a good salsa. While most fruit salsas do already have a bit of natural acidity the lime juice adds just the right flavor to balance the sweet and spicy.
Fat: Avocado may be a fat but its a good fat! The kind of delicious, rich, creamy goodness, that any dish needs. While you can choose to skip the avocado in your strawberry salsa, I urge you to consider it, especially if you’re not a huge fan of spice! The avocado will help to balance out the spice from the jalapeno.
HOW TO MAKE THIS QUICK AND EASY STRAWBERRY SALSA!
Its so simple and quick to make this easy sweet and spicy salsa recipe, which makes it great as a quick topping or side dish.
Also, when you have a million things to do but have to 'make something small' to bring to a party - just make this and grab a bag of tortilla chips!
Easy breezy! I like the look of garnishing mine with some extra whole strawberries, jalapeño slices, and avocado, but that's totally unnecessary!
You can just enjoy it right away as is!
It will depend on how ripe your fruit is when you make it, but typically fruit salsa will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days. Be sure to store it in an air tight container in the fridge.
Yes, if you have extra or you just want to make it while the ingredients are ripe, you can freeze fruit salsa. For this recipe, I'd recommend omitting the avocado if you plan to freeze it.
It's bad, girlfriend. Throw that stuff out.
WHAT TO EAT WITH STRAWBERRY SALSA
So many options! So little time!
Fire up the grill and cook up some protein. I'd highly recommend this cilantro lime marinade for chicken, fish, or steak.
This strawberry salsa is absolutely perfect on top of meaty, grilled swordfish.
My favorite way to eat it is to bake up tilapia with a little copycat TJ's elote seasoning and layer the fish on a cheese corn tortilla with this salsa, crunchy pickled cabbage, and green hot sauce - it's the best.
Spoon a little over crispy tofu on top of a taco for a vegan option or pair with toasted cinnamon chips for a dessert-like dish.
Be sure to let me know how you served your salsa in the comments!
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- 2 cups strawberries (diced)
- ¼ cup red onion (finely diced, about ½ small onion)
- 1 jalapeño (finely diced)
- 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 avocado (diced)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Removed the green leaves from the strawberries and dice in to small pieces, about ¼-inch dice.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the strawberries, avocado, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Toss to combine.
- Serve as an appetizer with chips, as a side dish or on top of protein. Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
- Use fresh, not frozen strawberries
- Substitute any fresh fruit combination you like, just keep the measurements roughly the same.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. After that the fruit will get pretty juicy, lose its flavor and texture, and the avocado will have started to brown.
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