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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Strawberry Salsa





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We had a lovely dinner last evening. Bob grilled steaks that had been rubbed with Southwestern-style seasonings and I garnished them with a strawberry salsa that was served in a small Haas avocado half. This salsa is one of my favorite summer condiments. The recipe for it appeared in Gourmet magazine over a decade ago and everyone who has tasted it really loves it. While it's a wonderful garnish, it is also great served in quantity with warm corn tortilla chips for scooping. This is one of those rare strawberry dishes that is better made with ripe but unmistakably firm berries. Field berries exude too much liquid and lack the firmness required to scoop the salsa from the bowl. While you won't hear me say it often, the berries in the supermarket are perfect for this dish. The salsa requires five ingredients and can be prepared in about 30 minutes. It can be made several hours before you plan to serve it, but the berries will begin to break down in they sit too much longer than that. I've kept the heat in the recipe at a moderate level, but if you like a fiery salsa simply add more chilies. Here's the recipe.

Strawberry Salsa
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Gourmet magazine

Ingredients:

2 fresh jalapeƱo chilies, finely chopped
2 cups finely chopped strawberries
1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Directions:
Combine chilies, strawberries, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Mix gently to combine. Salsa can be made several hours before serving and chilled. Yield: 3 cups.

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74 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

This looks delicious and I love how pretty it looks in the avocado bowl too. ;-)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

The avocado part is wonderful, I can eat them all day and everyday. The strawberries as I have said before are a problem for me. Have a good day. Diane

Sweet and Savory said...

Putting the salsa in melon is brilliant. I like the bite to the salsa combined with strawberries.

xinex said...

I love salsa, I always make mango salsa and never tried strawberry but I will try it now. Thanks, Mary!...Christine

Monet said...

Mary,
This looks great...especially in that ripe avocado. I'm about to try a recipe for blueberry tortillas...what an interesting combo those two would make!

Lucie said...

Mary, this is great! I've never had the idea of making a salsa with all the strawberries I buy, and now I can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing!

faith said...

I am LOVING the strawberry kick!

Priya said...

Wow strawberry salsa looks awesome, catchy and yummy, interesting salsa..

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

oh, this look so mouthwatering, simply good!

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
It looks so refreshing and delicious!
Love,
Lia.

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, this is Allie's abslute favorite salsa though she does love all the fruit ones. Love the presentation
xoxo Pattie

Koek! said...

What a lovely idea! I love recipes where all the ingredients are easy to come by – thanks!
Robyn

belleaukitchen said...

I love the look of these... how delightful to use them with avocado! totally inspiring x

Joanne said...

For some reason I find your comment about the supermarket strawberries hilarious. The first and last time any blogger has ever said that :P

I love that you served this in an avocado! Great combination of flavors.

weber grills said...

very tasty and good recipes. i like all of your recipes post.
thanks for share!

From the Kitchen said...

Mary, I've done this salsa many times. I do so miss Gourmet, especially from the "olden days". Thanks for the memory.

Best,
Bonnie

Martha said...

Interesting -- strawberries and steak! Two of my favorite foods!

Angie's Recipes said...

What a great way to enjoy strawberry salsa together with avocado!

Kalyn said...

I love the way you served it inside an avocado!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Love how the salsa sits in an avocado! Great idea.

Carmen

PeggyR said...

Another great recipe! Have a great day! We are heated up into the 90s here. Norm's shunt surgery is today please say prayers..

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful food....this is such a unique recipe!

Jenn said...

I have about a cup of strawberries left and I was wondering what to do with them...I'm pretty sure this is going to be it! :) Thank you!

Biren said...

Sounds like a great salsa! Very interesting combination of strawberries and jalapeno. I love the presentation with the avocado.

bellini valli said...

I would love this with chicken or with goat cheese Mary. Thanks for sharing.

Kath said...

What a beautiful salsa, and I love the fact that it works with supermarket strawberries! Thanks!

Chef E said...

What a perfect pairing of the steaks and this with the seasonings! Love the presentation- your dinner guest I am sure are all well taken care of!

Diana's Cocina said...

Your strawberry salsa is making my mouth water. Beautifully done.

Sushma Mallya said...

such a lovely way to present a salsa..and that looks yum as well..

Michael Toa said...

What a great idea Mary. I'll try it this summer. :) Have a nice day. Michael

Katerina said...

Mary this is a very unusual combination. Very interesting indeed.

Susi said...

What an interesting but delicious sounding combination! I would have never thought to serve the salsa in a avocado! Great idea :o)

pigpigscorner said...

This sounds so good! I've never had strawberries and avocado combo, sounds amazing!

3 hungry tummies said...

The salsa looks amazing in the avocado cup :)

lilyng said...

mary

i hope you and your family had a lovely weekend.

Enjoy the summer and keep cool

RamblingTart said...

Ooooo, I love this, Mary!! It would be so wonderful with salty tortilla chips. :-) And it's so pretty too. Love it!! I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't eat avacados without gagging. That said, I ate my weight in guacamole last night. LOVE guacamole. Gag at plain avacados. No idea why.

skoots1mom said...

hubs is a big strawberry fan, so i can't wait to try this! thx!

Susan said...

This looks very good to me, Mary. I will remember to try this one day.

Ana Powell said...

Wow, awesome combination.
I can not leave without your recipe, many thanks ♥

Ana Powell said...

Absolutely delicious, loved the combination of ingredients.
Awesome colours too ♥

Adelina said...

Very very interesting!That's definitely something worth trying!As usual, the presentation is a hit!

nancy at good food matters said...

I like the simplicity of your recipe--and the creative twist on a standard. Our field strawberries are long gone anyway, so it will have to be the California Driscolls at the grocery store! I'll bet this would be delicious with a piece of grilled fish.

Magdalena said...

Hello May;
I am not surprised that everybody who tasted your salsa had loved it. The mixture of those ingredients goes very well together and thank you very much for presenting the recipe. Here, the season for strawberries seems to be finished soon - the summer does not spoil us and seasonal, local strawberries are not so good as always (too humid, too cold or too hot). Have a nice evening ...

Kelsey said...

Mary, I just saw the comment you left on my blog. What a wonderful compliment! I love your blog, as well, and have visited many times. Cheers!

Cristie said...

Mary, this sounds and looks like a wonderful addition to a summer meal. The avocado bowl really puts it into a lovely level. I have every ingredient needed at the ready and it would go perfectly with my meal tonight. Have a lovely day :)

Rachana said...

Thats a mouthwatering Salsa! I loved the presentation :-)

Marly said...

What a great variation on a delicious theme! I love strawberries...and I love salsa. The two together should be perfect!

redmenace said...

Excellent idea-- both the strawberry salsa and putting it in the lovely avocado container I've ever seen. Brilliant!

The Words Crafter said...

I'm going to have to forward this to my sister in law-she and my brother would love this!

Katy said...

What a delicious and new way to serve strawberries. Looks delicious!

DailyChef said...

What a great idea and wonderful looking dish. I love spicy and am tempted to add more chiles, but I wonder if strawberry and spicyness complement each other well.

Le said...

what a fruity twist to salsa! love it!

Faith said...

This is such a beautiful salsa. That sweet/spicy flavor combination is fantastic...I bet this was delicious with both grilled steaks and tortilla chips!

Kayte said...

So pretty...love it with the avocado! Stealing again.

Jeannie said...

Wow! This is an unusual combination...sweet and spicy at the same time! Looks really good on both photos:D

Regina said...

Delicious and inviting!
Thank you Mary.
Have a great week.

Maria said...

I love this salsa!

Louise said...

the colors alone look mouthwatering... nice

Aunt Snow said...

Great idea! we have a surplus of strawberries here in Southern California. how delicious with avocado.

Carolyn Jung said...

Oooh, what a fun change from the usual salsa. This is especially wonderful since summer tomatoes are still a few weeks away.

Juliana said...

Mary, what a nice salsa...just perfect for the Summer, love the color of it...beautiful!

PranisKitchen said...

what a lovely presentation.. really delicious and yummy salsa.

tatabonita said...

Wooohooo, sounds spicy yet very fresh :D! Your photo is amazing :D

The Red Umbrella said...

May I dive right in?

Simply Life said...

oh my, that salsa looks AMAZING!!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Fruit salsas are yummy- I actually prefer them to tomato based ones. I've used many different fruits in salsas, but never thought of strawberries! Thanks for the lovely recipe :)

My Little Space said...

As always, this sounds marvellous to go along with the grill meat. I'm sure you guys had a wonderful evening.
Regards, Kristy

Suman Singh said...

WOW...strawberry salsa..looks so refreshing...very innovative dish..perfect for this hot summer day..yummie!

Anusce@Ciao-Chow said...

A Strawberry Salsa??? Genius! Genius!
Thank you!!!!

Foley said...

This is definitely a salsa I would love - have it copied into my file alredy!!

Cara said...

I haven't tried this kind of fruity salsa but I think it might be the perfect addition to an upcoming party. Thanks!

Fred Hauck said...

I made it and took it to a birthday party for friends it was gone fast and everyone loved it!!!!

Fred Hauck said...

It was great!!!!

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