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Strawberry Basil Salsa

When a salsa is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, the sky’s the limit. There’s no end to the appetizers, salads, fish, vegetables, crackers, chips, wraps and who know what else are a lot better when Strawberry Salsa enters the picture. The challenge is to avoid eating it all, and saving some for recipes.

I’ve been on a mission for most of the summer to come up with a Strawberry Salsa recipe and Labor Day seemed like the right time to make that happen. Most of the recipes out there call for cilantro and I have to admit, I’m just not a fan. I went for basil instead, and can’t imagine anything better. Other than that, I decided to keep it simple, which is a challenge.

And the best thing about cooking with strawberries:  the happy hens who get the strawberry tops.
And the best thing about cooking with strawberries: the happy hens who get the strawberry tops.

 

The key, of course, to an optimal salsa is to let is marinate for a few hours, but before the bowl got into the fridge, I made Bill a wrap with a whole wheat tortilla, cream cheese, strawberry salsa and walnuts. Tomorrow, it’s going on top of grilled salmon.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and pith removed and chopped very finely
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup of tightly packed basil leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Directions

Combine all ingredients. Stir and allow to marinate for about an hour.

Perfect picnic or backyard barbeque fare.
Perfect for just about any occasion.