When strawberries are in abundance, or even if they’re not, this fresh strawberry salsa is bound to become a favorite. Bursting with flavor, this fruit salsa is made with just a few ingredients and is perfect for dipping, topping, or simply enjoying it by itself. However, you choose to serve it, you won’t be disappointed.

diced strawberries as a salsa in black bowl

What ingredients are needed and tips for making

  • Strawberries – These are the star of the show! Fresh, ripe strawberries serve up a sweet and rich flavor that blends well with the rest of the ingredients. Dice them small, about 1/4 inch, for best results.
  • Balsamic vinegar – Top the diced strawberries with a good balsamic vinegar while you prep the rest of the ingredients. This allows the strawberries to soak in some of the rich balsamic flavor.
  • Red onion – Some might wonder about adding red onion to a strawberry dish, but finely diced red onion adds a nice crunch and a little bit of spice to the dish. It’s a wonderful complement to the sweeter strawberries.
  • Mango – I think of mango as that friend that keeps everyone grounded. Its sweet, mellow flavor brings together the sharp red onion and acidic strawberries.
  • Fresh ground black pepper – Fresh ground black pepper adds depth and a bit of earthiness to the salsa.
  • Red pepper (cayenne) – This ingredient is optional. I like a bit of spice to my salsa, so adding cayenne pepper is a natural thing to do. I don’t use a lot, just enough to give a little bite to the dish. But if you don’t care for spice, simply leave it out. The strawberry salsa will be just as good.
  • Fresh basil – You really do need fresh basil for this. It adds a bright green color and is another one of those ingredients that helps marry the other ingredients all together.
Strawberries in a white bowl on a gray backbround

Are strawberries good for you?

I like to avoid using good and bad to describe food. After all, food has no morals. It isn’t good or bad. And eating a certain food doesn’t make you good or bad. But some foods are filled with more nutrients than others and can be considered “nutrient dense.” Strawberries are one of those foods.

Strawberries are naturally low in calories, sodium, fat, and cholesterol. In fact, one cup of halved strawberries contains just under 50 calories. But it also packs in 3 grams of fiber, all the Vitamin C you need in a day (and more), and a good amount of manganese. Strawberries are also a good source of polyphenols, like anthocyanins and flavonoids.

In case you’re wondering what polyphenols are, they are basically compounds naturally found in plants that offer a variety of health benefits. The anthocyanins and flavonoids in strawberries are thought to help to support heart health.

Diced strawberries as a salsa in a black bowl on a greenish background

What do I serve strawberry salsa with?

Strawberry salsa is versatile. It’s wonderful served with homemade whole wheat cinnamon pita chips. But there are plenty of other ways to enjoy it. Try it as a topping for salads, angel food cake, or frozen yogurt; or serve it alongside grilled fish or chicken. It’s delicious on top of pork carnitas too. However you serve it, you’re sure to enjoy it.

Fresh Strawberry Salsa

This strawberry salsa is made with just a few ingredients and bursts with flavor. Perfect for dipping, topping, or just enjoying it by itself
Prep Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dips, fruit salsa, Salsa, strawberries
Servings: 16
Calories: 24kcal
Author: Marie

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Makes about 4 c. (about 1/4 c. per serving)

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31 Comments

  1. Oh, this looks delicious, Marie! I made strawberry salsa for the first time last summer and added some mandarin oranges to it. I love the addition of mango! Thanks for the reminder – it’s time for some salsa ….and margaritas! lol.

  2. I’m just drooling her in my chair. Strawberry anything is fine by me…and these strawberries look so vibrant and delicious. This is one recipe I want to try! ~Pamela

  3. Hi Marie! I’m stopping over from Let’s Get Real today. You are my first stop. I just had to check out your strawberry salsa recipe. It just sounds like it has the taste of summer and I can’t wait to try it. Strawberry season is just kicking in here. I better get to the market early in the morning to make sure I don’t miss out.

  4. I love this recipe for stwawberry salsa and will be making it for Fourth of July. I would love if you would share a post on my meet up Monday Blog Party. I am doing a Fourth of July cupcake tutorial on Tuesday and I know your post will be an awesome addition! Here is where you can add your post on Monday! http://lifewithjennifer.wordpress.com/

    1. Jennifer, I will definitely stop by on for your blog party. Thank you for the invite! The cupcake tutorial sounds like fun too!

  5. Thanks for coming by Let’s Get Real. Love your post and appreciate you taking the time to share.
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  7. What a beautiful and healthful salsa. I love the #strawberry, #balsamic, #pepper, #onion combo. Berries and balsamic really do go together. Saw you at “let’s get real” linky. Had to come say HI! 🙂

  8. What an amazing recipe Marie – one I definitely want to try!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!
    I’m so pleased to tell you that you are one of our featured guests this week –
    Congratulations! 🙂

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