Bright and refreshing Strawberry Salsa is perfect for dipping chips or adding to salads, tacos, fish, or chicken! This version of fruit salsa has hints of sweetness from fresh strawberries and a kick of heat from the jalapeño. It takes just 15 minutes to make and is a great appetizer or topping!
If you’ve never had a fruit salsa, you’re in for a real treat. This Strawberry Salsa is sweet and savory, and the cucumber makes it super refreshing while the cilantro adds a bright, citrus flavor. Serve this at your next summer BBQ or potluck and everyone will be asking for the recipe!
Why you should make this recipe
- Simple and quick to make: All you need is a handful of fruits and vegetables to make this vibrant, easy salsa recipe. It takes just about 15 minutes to chop everything up and toss it together.
- Healthy: This is a nutritious snack, appetizer, or way to add extra fresh flavor to grilled meats. It’s also vegan and gluten-free.
- So delicious: This is super tasty with the perfect blend of sweet and savory. It’s one of those crowd-pleasing recipes everyone enjoys!
For this beautiful strawberry salsa recipe, we’re using seasonal ingredients that are so flavorful this time of year! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cucumbers: Light and refreshing with the perfect crunch. We recommend English cucumbers because they have fewer seeds and thinner skin.
- Strawberries: Look for ripe strawberries that are bright red with fresh, green caps. They should be firm but not hard.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes are especially delicious in the summertime! Feel free to use grape or cherry tomatoes instead of Roma.
- Red onion: Red onions are great in this recipe because they add beautiful color and have a more mild, sweet flavor than other onion varieties.
- Jalapeño: Adds a subtle spice to the salsa. Use one or two jalapeño peppers, depending on the amount of heat you like.
- Cilantro: Fresh cilantro adds a nice herby taste. If cilantro tastes like soap to you (it’s genetic!), omit or substitute it with flat-leaf parsley.
- Salt and pepper: To bring all of the flavors together.
- Lime juice: Use limes that are bright green and feel heavy for their size; these have the most juice. Roll the lime on the counter with the palm of your hand before cutting it to get the maximum amount of juice.
- Extra-virgin olive oil: Along with the lime juice, olive oil makes a vinaigrette for the salsa.
How to make this recipe
- Prep fruit & veggies: Prepare all the vegetables and strawberries and add them to a mixing bowl.
- Season: Add the chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
- Combine with lime & oil: Squeeze over the lime juice and add the oil; gently stir to combine.
- Finely dice: The fruits and vegetables should be diced into small uniform pieces. This will ensure the salsa can easily be scooped up with chips and it will make for a more balanced bite.
- Fresh fruit: This recipe works best with fresh fruit and veggies. Overripe fruits can make the salsa mushy, while underripe ones will lack flavor. We do not recommend frozen strawberries as they will water down the salsa.
- Adjust the heat: If you’re sensitive to heat, remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeño, and this will remove almost all of the heat. If you prefer a spicier salsa, you can leave some of the seeds and/or ribs. Also, feel free to use only one jalapeño, if you’re sensitive to spice.
- Customize the recipe: Make this your own by adding in other fruits like pineapple, mango, or peaches for a different flavor profile. You can also swap cilantro for mint for a refreshing taste.
Frequently asked questions
If you like cilantro, you will definitely enjoy it in this recipe. Not only does it add fresh flavor, but it also adds a lovely pop of color.
Salsa made with fruit can use a variety of different fruits, from pineapple to mango and strawberries. This particular recipe is a combination of strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime juice.
You do not need to peel tomatoes for salsa. However, you can if you’d like, it’s really just a matter of personal preference.
- Chips: This dip is wonderful served with tortilla chips, or for a sweet twist try cinnamon sugar chips. It’s best to use a sturdy chip that can hold up to the chunky fruits without breaking.
- Grilled meats: For a refreshing, summery touch, top grilled chicken, pork, or fish with this salsa.
- Tacos: Use this salsa as a topping for your favorite tacos. It’s especially delicious with fish tacos.
- Salads: Mix this into a fresh green salad for a burst of juicy sweetness and color.
- Snack tray: Add this dip to an array of snacks for a unique and vibrant appetizer option.
Transfer any leftover strawberry salsa to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to three days.
Before serving leftovers, give them a good stir to redistribute the flavors and ingredients. Add a bit more salt, if needed.
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- 1 English cucumber finely diced
- 1 lb strawberries finely diced
- 2-3 roma tomatoes finely diced
- 1 small red onion minced
- 1-2 jalapeño seeded and finely chopped
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro finely chopped
- Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
- 1 lime juiced
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Prepare all the vegetables and strawberries and add them to a mixing bowl.
- Add the chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
- Squeeze over the lime juice and add the oil; gently stir to combine.