Savory Strawberry Salsa

The strawberries are wrapping up in the garden, but there are still just enough every day to do a little something with in the kitchen. One can only consume so much strawberry shortcake (really), so I’ve moved on to other things. I love to make a sweet strawberry salsa and serve it with cinnamon chips, but lately, I have been making this savory salsa with strawberries and loving it. This recipe is highly adaptable, so use what you’ve got—jalapeño, bell peppers, hot sauce, a little tomato . . . whatever suits your fancy!

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Sadistic Mistress Salsa . . . Sort Of*
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Stir and chill for 1/2 hour or longer. (Personally, I like to refrigerate it for about 1/2 hour or so and then eat it all up. I think the other flavors tend to overpower the strawberries the longer that it sits, and I like the strawberry flavor!) Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or as a condiment for any delicious dinner.

*A note on this ingredient: I picked up some “hot sauce” from the Lexington Farmer’s Market a weekend or so ago, from the fantastic Sadistic Mistress booth. (Hot sauces handcrafted in Lexington from Kentucky-grown peppers!) I requested her mildest sauce (what can I say, I’m a wimp), and she recommended “Salsa . . . Sort Of.” I loved it, but I recently read on their Facebook page that it is being discontinued. You might substitute regular salsa with some hot sauce dashed in, or just omit this ingredient all together. Either way, you really should try her sauces—which you can conveniently order on Etsy!

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