Pico de Gallo Style Strawberry Salsa

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Sweet, spicy, and savory, my Strawberry Salsa is the perfect condiment for spring! Serve this pico de gallo style condiment with your favorite proteins like chicken, fish, or steak, or simply scoop it with tortilla chips for a tasty appetizer. YUM!

overhead shot of strawberry pico de gallo style salsa in a red bowl on a white table 

Spring is in the air and the world is growing ever more colorful by the day. With this pico de gallo-esque strawberry salsa, there’s no need for rose colored glasses – all the bright, happy colors and flavors are right there in the bowl!

Why I Love This Recipe

Ever since my trip to the California strawberry fields, I have been obsessed with this strawberry salsa recipe. Up until then, I always thought that strawberries were best used in sweet, dessert-y applications (like my Strawberry Shortcakes), and I never even considered using them for something savory.

It turns out that my favorite spring fruit is actually perfectly suited to more than a life of drinks and desserts. When paired with spicy jalapeño, piquant red onion, tart lime, and fresh cilantro, juicy strawberries take on a persona you haven’t seen before, and MAN is it FIERCE!

This super simple strawberry salsa recipe (which could also technically constitute a pico de gallo) takes just a few minutes to throw together and it is a serious crowd pleaser. It’s sweet and spicy, tart and juicy, and positively bursting with the flavors of spring.

When I was first introduced to the concept of strawberry salsa, it was served over a perfectly cooked flank steak. To this day, I still dream of that meal and recreate it every year.

But, as with many of my favorite condiments, I’m just as happy eating it by the spoonful. Equal parts salad and salsa, this strawberry pico de gallo recipe is perfectly refreshing as a side or scooped atop your grill-out masterpieces.

And if you’re wondering where to get the best strawberries? Get yourself to a Kroger store ASAP. The strawberries at Kroger are of premium quality all year round.

Did you know strawberries are packaged in the clear plastic packaging shaped as a vented box with a hinged lid (also known as a clamshell) by the farmers in the field? Strawberries are shipped daily in a special truck to reduce bruising and driven by a team of drivers so they don’t make unnecessary stops. That’s what I call service!

pint of strawberries with a quarter of a red onion, half a lime and fresh cilantro laid out to make strawberry salsa

How to Make Strawberry Pico de Gallo

If you’re a fan of easy recipes, this one’s for you! First, wash your produce.

Next, prep your strawberries by removing the root ends and chopping them.

Remove the root end of the jalapeño and remove the seeds and membranes. Remember that these areas are where the capsaicin (stuff that tastes “hot”) lives, so be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after this job.

Peel and dice your onion. Roughly chop your cilantro.

Now, add all the chopped ingredients to a bowl. Toss with lime juice and season with salt to taste. That’s it! So simple, right? Now enjoy!

ingredients for strawberry pico de gallo salsa in a red mixing bowl on a green embroidered textile

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between pico de gallo and salsa?

Pico de Gallo is also sometimes called salsa fresco and is part of the larger family of salsas. Pico de gallo is a chunky style salsa that is typically dressed with lime and salt. This pico de gallo style strawberry salsa is chunky, fresh and delicious, highlighting all the best distinct flavors of the ingredients.

Can I make strawberry salsa ahead of time?

Strawberries have a tendency to macerate rather quickly, which renders them quite soft. For the best consistency, I recommend making this strawberry pico de gallo no more than four hours ahead of time. That said, any leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to two days.

Is strawberry pico de gallo healthy?

Absolutely! Packed with the goodness of fresh strawberries, onions and jalapeños and with no added sugar or oil, this is about as bright and clean of a condiment that you can get!

overhead shot of a bowl of strawberry salsa next to a bag of simple truth organic corn tortilla chips

How should I serve strawberry salsa?

This amazing pico de gallo is perfect for spooning over basically anything that you grill up. I love it with steak, chicken, or fish. And I’m also perfectly happy eating it with tortilla chips or just a spoon!

Want more strawberry inspiration?

Check out these other recipes that highlight my favorite springtime fruit:

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Strawberry Pico de Gallo

The strawberry salsa stole the show for me – it was spicy, bright, and exotic. This is definitely a creative and zesty salsa perfect as a topping on grilled steak, fish, chicken, or with a basket of tortilla chips.
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Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed and chopped
  • 16 ounces strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  • Put chopped jalapeño, strawberries, onion, and cilantro in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt.
  • Add lime juice and stir then taste and add additional salt if necessary.

Notes

Strawberries have a tendency to macerate rather quickly, which renders them quite soft. For the best consistency, I recommend making this strawberry pico de gallo no more than four hours ahead of time. That said, any leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to two days.
This is definitely a creative and zesty salsa perfect as a topping on grilled steak, fish, chicken, or with a basket of tortilla chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 585mg, Potassium: 301mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 97mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg

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