Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Strawberry Salsa

It's strawberry season out here in Central Illinois, which means a trip to the local you-pick berry farm. This year the timing worked out quite well as my Mom and Dad were visiting. We loaded my boys into the car and headed out for a little adventure.

After 30 minutes, we had two boxes overflowing with strawberries. About 30 pounds worth, to be exact.

What's better than berry picking with Grandma and Grandpa? Eating the fruits of your labor – and all the goodies you can make with fresh strawberries.

These babies are so much sweeter than those in the grocery store. We used them in numerous ways: strawberry milkshakes, fruit salad, strawberry smoothies, freezer jam, strawberry sauce and piled on top of angel food cake with whipped cream.

After freezing enough strawberries to fill three giant ziplock bags, I decided to try strawberry salsa.

Say hello to your new summertime appetizer and topper for grilled chicken, pork, steak or seafood. Slightly sweet and spicy, this salsa is fresh and pretty to look at, too.

I've made multiple batches already, as an easy way to use up all those berries.

Mangia! Mangia!

Strawberry Salsa
**Note: Adjust amounts to your personal taste

2 cups strawberries, chopped
1 or 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño slices, chopped
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, chopped
1/2 of a red onion (about 1/2 cup), finely chopped (or substitute green onion)
2/3 to 1 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
1 yellow, orange or green bell pepper, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: If using pickled jalapeño slices, toss in a few teaspoons of the brine to spice things up a bit more.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.

Serve immediately or chill for 30 minutes or more to let flavors develop.

I served strawberry salsa with tortilla chips and grilled scallops and shrimp.

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