Did you know that Florida strawberry season has begun? Perfect timing for this delicious strawberry mango salsa. I’ve even been able to get fresh strawberries from our neighbors in South Carolina!! Our growing season for strawberries is super short in our part of North Carolina – just about a month long! Thankfully, the Florida strawberry season lasts from about December through April and as soon as we can’t get fresh strawberries from Florida, the NC strawberries are ready to go. So convenient!
My kids LOVE strawberries. They also have never met a u-pick strawberry farm they didn’t love. We have made our way around all the u-pick farms here in Charlotte and we’ve even taken a special spring break field trip to the Low Country to do a head to head comparison with South Carolina berries.
If you have the opportunity to take your children to a u-pick berry farm, I highly recommend it. It is certainly one of our favorite family activities and we go as often as possible. My older son is a very particular berry picker and will not allow his berries to co-mingle with his sisters’ berries. Don’t tell the girls but he does, in truth, pick the best-tasting berries. Perfectly red – deep red – and very sweet. Some people steal Easter candy from their children’s baskets, I steal strawberries. There are worse crimes and until my children start reading my blog posts, I think my secret is safe…
We first made this strawberry mango salsa over spring break while we were hanging at the beach during some cold and windy April days. This salsa certainly brightened our moods. We should really call this Spring Break Strawberry Mango Salsa – the ingredients were determined by whatever ingredients we had left hanging out in our beach house kitchen at the end of the week – kid-picked strawberries, a mango, some red onion, a jalapeno, and some freshly squeezed lime.
Basically, a whole bunch of ingredients that go great in cocktails. I might have been short on protein and milk and cereal by the end of our spring break week, but the cocktail area was fully stocked. This recipe is super easy – use whatever ingredients you have on hand. I took most of the seeds out of my jalapenos so that the salsa was family-friendly but if you want a little more kick, remove fewer seeds.
Strawberry Mango Salsa goes great, of course, with a nice, tall margarita and a big bowl of tortilla chips. Enjoy!
Strawberry Mango Salsa
- 1/2 pint strawberries , chopped
- 1 large mango , chopped
- 1 jalapeno , seeded and finely chopped
- 2 to 3 tablespoons , red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 bunch cilantro , no stems, chopped
- 1 lime , juiced
- salt , optional
- Cut strawberries and mango into similarly sized pieces.
- Finely chop jalapeno and red onion.
- Roughly chop a handful of cilantro leaves.
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Add the juice of one lime.
- Add salt to taste. Optional!