This strawberry jalapeno salsa combines juicy strawberries, spicy jalapeño, creamy avocado, fresh herbs, and pungent red onion to create a balanced condiment to compliment grilled chicken or salmon, fish tacos, salads and beyond. It is versatile and delicious and the perfect combination of sweet and savory!

bowl of strawberry jalapeno salsa with a tortilla chip

My thoughts on this recipe:

  1. know strawberries in salsa may seem a little unconventional but you truly have to trust me when I say, it works. 
  2. Fruit salsa like mango salsa, pineapple salsa or this strawberry jalapeno salsa pair perfectly with nearly any protein- grilled salmon, shrimp, chicken, pork, beef, or plant-based proteins like black beans or tofu. I also love it in fish tacos, piled high on tostadas, scooped up on crispy tortilla chips or enjoyed in an even sweeter way with some cinnamon chips.
  3. This recipe is customizable and you can adjust the overall flavor balance by adding a drizzle of honey or agave for more sweetness, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lime zest or lemon juice for more acidity, salt for overall flavor, or more jalapeño or serrano peppers for spice. 
ingredients needed for the recipe

What you will need to make this spicy strawberry salsa:

Strawberries: is there anything better than fresh strawberries in strawberry season!? We participate in a summer CSA box that has the best strawberries, you can also find great ones at the farmer’s market or grocery store. This is a great way to use summer strawberries.

Jalapeño: jalapeño peppers offer a little heat but are not TOO spicy. Serrano peppers or Fresno chiles would also work.

Red onion: it’s almost illegal to have a fresh pico de gallo style of salsa without finely diced red onion.

Avocado: avocado is creamy and higher in fat, making it the perfect contrast to the sweet strawberries, spicy peppers and pungent red onion.

Lime: lime juice provides brightness and acidity, I recommend using a real lime but the bottled kind will work in a pinch!

Cilantro: cilantro is a perfect addition to any salsa. If you are a cilantro hater, I’d recommend using fresh basil.

Salt and pepper: salt simply lifts and enhances all of the beautiful flavors we have going on in this salsa.

You can find all of these simple ingredients at regular grocery stores.

ingredients separated in a bowl: cubed strawberries, chopped cilantro, avocado, red onion, jalapeno, salt and pepper

How to make it:

Give the avocado cubes a spritz of lime juice and toss to coat. Combine all salsa ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Easy peasy!

What to serve with this sweet salsa:

tortilla with cabbage and mahi mahi, topped with strawberry avocado salsa

FAQs:

Can I use a different type of fruit?

Mango, pineapple, peaches or nectarines all work beautifully.

How do I store the leftovers?

If you can, I’d recommend leaving the avocado out until just before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

bowl of strawberry jalapeno salsa- chips, strawberries and lime slices surround the bowl

If you love this fresh strawberry jalapeño salsa you’ll love these other easy condiments:

scooping a chip into strawberry salsa

Someone grab me a marg and a bag of tortilla chips, let’s eat!

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strawberry pico de gallo with a tortilla chip

Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa

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  • Author: Erica
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Chop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This fresh strawberry jalapeno salsa combines the sweetness of strawberries, spiciness of jalapeños, creaminess of avocado and punchiness of red onion to create a balanced and incredible pico de gallo!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 small avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

Give the avocado cubes a spritz of lime juice and toss to coat. Combine all salsa ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Notes

See above blog post for serving ideas and answers to frequently asked questions.

Nutrition information is an estimate and may vary slightly.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 58
  • Sugar: 2.6 g
  • Sodium: 81.3 mg
  • Fat: 3.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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