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Fresh Strawberry Salsa

This quick strawberry salsa is refreshing, bright and vibrant – packed with a fresh strawberry and the perfect amount of heat from jalapeño. Serve with tortilla chips for one epic appetizer or put it on top of chicken or salmon!

Don’t want that classic salsa? Change things up and make them unique and delicious – try out my Mango Salsa, Pineapple Salsa or my Avocado Salsa Verde.

Easy Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa

Loaded with fresh strawberries, all your corn chips will be begging to be dipped into this strawberry salsa this summer. Ready in 10 minutes, it doesn’t matter if it’s a last-minute gathering or not. You’ll always have time to throw it together and everyone will love it!

With lots of natural sweetness to balance out the flavors, every bite will be packed with the perfect amount of heat, crunch, and tang. While this colorful bowl of salsa is already amazing, it’s great to know you can make it fruitier or spicier with a bit of mango or serrano chile. You can even add honey!

Chopped and tossed for an almost instant appetizer, this easy recipe is definitely what your cookout menu was missing. Even if you’re staying indoors, nothing will beat the refreshing combination of jalapeno, red onions, and strawberries in every crunchy bite.

Close-up of fresh strawberry salsa.

Why You’ll Love This Fruit Salsa Recipe

Strawberry jalapeno salsa will definitely earn a plate in your summer menus for the following reasons:

  • Refreshing. Packed with strawberries (and possibly mango), this recipe is fruity, refreshing, and perfect for the summer.
  • Prep-friendly. Dice the ingredients in advance so all you have to do is toss everything together before lunch or dinner.
  • Quick. It doesn’t matter if it’s a last-minute gathering. All it takes to throw it together are 10 minutes.
  • Easy. If you have a cutting board and a knife, you’re all set to make this recipe. It’s super beginner-friendly and only needs to be tossed in a bowl and served.
Ingredients for strawberry salsa.

What You’ll Need

The key ingredients are in the recipe name: strawberry and jalapeño. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for full ingredient amounts.

  • Strawberries
  • Jalapeño – Leave it out if you’re not a fan of heat.
  • Red onion – Feel free to use white onion.
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Garlic – Don’t use garlic powder for this.
  • Lime juice – Lemon juice is a great swap.
  • Salt

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries?

No. Frozen strawberries release too much moisture and lose their crispness once thawed. This makes a very soft salsa without much texture. Only use fresh strawberries for this recipe.

How to Make Fresh Strawberry Salsa

Chop and toss. That’s it!

  • Add it to the bowl. Place all of the salsa ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Don’t go for the small bowl thinking you’ll need to clean up “less.” The bowl needs to be large enough so you can stir everything together comfortably.
  • Combine it. Use a spoon or silicone spatula to gently stir the ingredients together until well combined. You can also carefully toss it in the bowl. Try the salsa and adjust the seasoning with more salt or lime juice to taste.
Strawberry salsa in a bowl.

Tips for Success

It’s easy to spice up the leftovers with a couple of extra ingredients like mango, mint, and honey.

  • Make it spicy. Add 1/2-1 extra tablespoon of jalapeño or swap it entirely for serrano to make the salsa spicy.
  • Add mango. Stirring 3/4-1 cup of diced mango into the salsa will make it extra fruity and summery without altering the flavor too much. You’ll still be able to add it to the same recipes.
  • Keep it away from the heat. When on the counter for serving, keep it away from the sun and heat because this will spoil the salsa.
  • Make it minty. Change the cilantro for fresh mint to make the salsa extra refreshing and herbal.
  • Add sweetness. Adding 1/2-1 tablespoon of raw honey can balance out the recipe’s savoriness and enhance the strawberries’ natural sweetness.
Bowl of strawberry jalapeno salsa.

Ways to Use Strawberry Salsa

Served with my Spice Rubbed Cedar Plank Salmon, this strawberry salsa adds a touch of fruitiness to make the perfect dinner. You can also add it to my Pork Carnitas Tacos, Steak Street Tacos, and Salmon Tacos with Creamy Slaw. If you only want a quick appetizer, serve it with corn chips, Baked Pita Chips, or Wonton Chips for some crunch.

How Long Will Homemade Salsa Last in the Fridge?

It’s best served fresh, but it lasts up to 3 days in the fridge. Store it in an airtight container away from strong-smelling foods like onions to avoid the transfer of odors. If possible, keep it toward the back of the fridge where it’s coldest.

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Strawberry salsa in a bowl with corn chips.

Fresh Strawberry Salsa

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This 10-minute strawberry salsa is fruity, spicy, and tangy all in one bite. It’s the perfect summer appetizer with corn chips!


  • 2 cups diced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons diced jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 12 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix together until combined.
  2. Let sit for 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator and serve.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 28
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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