Summer is finally here; and with it come baskets of berries bursting with flavor. One of the first berries to arrive on the scene in our area is strawberries. I love fresh picked strawberries, don’t you? Picked right from the garden they overflow with a juicy, sweet flavor and strong strawberry aroma. They’re also good for you. Strawberries are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They’re filled with vitamins (especially vitamin C), fiber, and antioxidants; and are a good source of manganese and potassium – definitely a healthy choice. Strawberries are delicious by themselves, but they’re wonderful in other dishes as well. Slice them on top of a green salad, add them to yogurt or smoothies, or make them into a dessert. Better yet, try this fresh strawberry salsa. It’s fast becoming a favorite of mine. Strawberries are macerated in balsamic vinegar, and then mixed with diced mango, red onion, pepper and basil. The sweet strawberries play nicely with the earthy basil, and spicy red onion and pepper. The mango adds visual interest and its mellow taste brings the other flavors together for a wonderful mingling of sweet and spicy. For the best flavor let it sit awhile after all the ingredients are added, or even overnight if you can wait that long. I served this strawberry salsa with homemade whole wheat cinnamon pita chips. But it would be delicious as a topping for salads, angel food cake, or frozen yogurt; or serve it alongside grilled fish or chicken. Do you like strawberries? What are some of your favorite strawberry dishes? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Fresh Strawberry Salsa
- 3 c. diced strawberries
- 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 c. finely diced red onion
- 1 mango diced
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. red pepper
- 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
- Place the diced strawberries in a medium bowl. Pour the balsamic vinegar over the strawberries and gently toss together.
- Add in the diced red onion, mango, black pepper, red pepper, and basil.
- Lightly fold all the ingredients together.
- It can be served immediately, but for best flavor let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
- Makes about 4 c.