Strawberry Salsa Recipe

One trip to my local farmers market to get fresh strawberries for making this strawberry salsa, has changed my entire summer!

I’ve really been on a salsa kick lately. Specifically fruit salsa. I mean, who knew fruit and corn chips went so well together?! But it doesn’t stop there. Strawberry salsa goes with so many dishes! Read on to find out how to use this delicious condiment.

A glass bowl holds fresh strawberry salsa. A wooden spoon sits against the inside of the bowl.

How To Pick The Best Strawberries For Strawberry Salsa

Look for bright red colors when choosing the freshest strawberries. They should be firm, a nice deep red, and they should have bright, green stems and/or leaves.

Can Strawberry Salsa Be Made Ahead?

It can be made one day in advance. You want it to be as fresh as possible before serving it.

Ideas For Using Strawberry Salsa

  • Serve this fruit-filled salsa with plant-based tacos for a summer meal that’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make.
  • Serve with fish tacos.
  • Spoon over salmon or cod.
  • Use as a condiment on burgers.
  • Spoon over a steak.
  • Enjoy over some chicken breasts
  • Eat with corn chips (yes, it’s delicious!)
  • Enjoy on a rice cracker with some cream cheese.
  • Mix into sour cream for serving with chips.
  • Spoon over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Mix with clean mayonnaise for a delicious vegetable dip.
  • Serve over pork.
  • Serve with cinnamon tortilla chips. Cinnamon chips are amazing with this! (But leave out the cilantro if you opt for the cinnamon.)
Side view of a glass bowl filled with strawberry salsa.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use different ripe berries like raspberries to mix things up a bit.
  • Add chopped oranges.
  • Add chopped nectarines
  • Use lime juice instead of lemon.
  • Try basil or another fresh herb like fresh mint or parsley instead of cilantro. Any fresh herbs you enjoy with salsa will work here too.
  • Add some lemon zest or lime zest to strengthen those flavors.
  • Add a small drizzle of honey if your strawberries aren’t very sweet.
  • Add some finely chopped red bell peppers.

About The Ingredients

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Strawberries – Choose the brightest and sweetest strawberries you can find.

Red onion – While you can use yellow or white onions, the sweetness of red onions plays off the strawberries far better than any other onion.

Jalapeño pepper – The amount called for is totally adjustable. Add more or less to increase or decrease the spice level.

Lemon juice – Fresh lemon juice is best, but in a pinch, bottled will work too.

Fresh cilantro – While you don’t have to use cilantro (I know many people hate it), I highly recommend all those that like cilantro, use it here.

How To Make Strawberry Salsa?

Chopped cilantro, onions, jalapeno peppers and strawberries sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Chop all the ingredients as fine as you can.

Finished Strawberry Salsa in a glass mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.

Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and blend well.

How To Store Leftovers

Keep this in an airtight container, in the refrigerator.

How Long Does Strawberry Salsa Last?

In my experience, this will last for 3 to 4 days, maximum. Once the flavors start to change, it’s time to throw it out.

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A glass bowl holds fresh strawberry salsa. A wooden spoon sits against the inside of the bowl.

Fresh Strawberry Salsa

Life will never be the same once you’ve tried this fresh, strawberry salsa. A total summer favorite!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (1½ cups)
Calories: 14kcal



  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp. finely diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Chop all the ingredients as fine as you can.
    Chopped cilantro, onions, jalapeno peppers and strawberries sitting on a wooden cutting board.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and blend well.
    Finished Strawberry Salsa in a glass mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted on 7/4/2011.

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  1. Looking forward to trying this. Since you asked, my favorite salsa is a base of mango and tomato, plus cilantro and lime (essential), then to-taste variations of scallion (or red onion), hot sauce, etc. MMMMmmmm…

    1. Anonymous says:

      Carolyn – Wow! That sounds wonderful!! Thank you for sharing that!

  2. Aretamarie says:

    I use tomato-cilantro-red onion-lime, (standard salsa) and then add a random fruit. A small amount (say half a peach for six roma tomatoes).. and then I still use jalapeno. For fresh salsa, of course. Cooked salsas I’ve never thought to do anything but traditional types and my favorite is tomatillo cilantro.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Aretamarie – Yummy! Thanks for sharing that!

  3. Laura DeWoody says:

    my absolute favorite salsa is a pineapple salsa- fresh diced pineapple, orange bell pepper, red onion, lots of cilantro, and a bit of mint. can’t wait to try strawberry!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Laura – Oh yum!! I love anything with pineapple!

  4. Catherine says:

    Where does one find chocolate mint? And does it really taste more like chocolate or is there another reason for the name?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Catherine – I grow mine. I’ve never seen it in the stores. But yes, it does have a chocolaty flavor to it, though the mint flavor is prevalent.

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  6. graciouspantry says:

    Kula – I probably would be!

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  9. I spray tortillas with coconut oil cooking spray, sprinkle with coconut sugar/cinnamon, cut in triangles and bake till crispy…makes a great addition to the fruit salsa!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brandy – Yum!!!

  10. Can I use frozen strawberries for this ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Vineeta – I’m not sure it would have the right texture. But if you do try it, definitely thaw them first. It will be a little more “mushy” than intended though.