As a writer, I don’t make this next statement lightly… words can only do so much. If I told you HOW FLAVOR PACKED this tomato strawberry salsa is with the habanero and fresh mint, there’s a good chance you just wouldn’t believe me 🌶️. I’m convinced you’ve gotta make it for yourself to find out!
During recipe testing and development…. Okay, hold on, I’ve got to back up. What happened here happens so infrequently that when it does it seems worthy of celebration. I mentioned “recipe testing and development”, but I can’t even describe it as that. There wasn’t any back and forth… Creating, tasting, adjusting, re-doing, tasting again. It was SO crazy good right off the bat that there was literally one go.
Not tooting my own horn or anything, sometimes stars just align. And they did on this salsa. My husband and I stood around the bowl dipping chip after chip into my test batch, we just couldn’t come up with any ways to improve upon it!
Its bold red color- thanks to the fresh strawberries, ripe tomatoes, and crisp red onion- instantly draws you in. And then, the flavor bomb. It’s tangy. A touch of sweet. Brightness from the mint. AND a spicy kick from the pepper. It’s totally addictive!
Hints and Tips
Note that the longer this sits, the more juices will be released from the tomatoes and strawberries. I recommend serving within 1-2 hours of assembling.
Leftovers will last for a few days in the refrigerator, just know that if you end up with too much liquid at the bottom, DON’T waste it by pouring it out down the drain. INSTEAD, pour off the liquid that’s collected into a jar, whisk it with EVOO, and you’ve got yourself an instant salad dressing. So much flavor!
Are There Any Substitutions?
Habaneros are one of the spiciest peppers you can buy. I only use half of one here, but if you don’t like heat, substitute a jalapeno, serrano, or just leave the pepper out altogether.
What Are Some Other Ideas for Using this Salsa Besides Chips?
- Grill shrimp and warm tortillas. Slice up an avocado, and have a taco night!
- Scramble eggs, stuff into a warm tortilla, and spoon salsa over top for a spicy breakfast burrito
- Serve with any simply grilled meat or fish
Tomato Strawberry Salsa with Habanero & Fresh Mint
- 1 pound tomatoes about 2 large, seeded and chopped
- ½ cup red onion chopped
- 1 cup fresh strawberries diced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ habanero chili chopped finely
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well to combine. Taste for seasoning, and add more salt if needed. This salsa is best served immediately, but can be made 1-2 hours ahead.
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