Grilled Strawberry Salsa Fresca

Strawberries play the part of tomatoes in this smoky grilled salsa. It's the perfect sweet and savory combination for chips or a topper for grilled chicken or shrimp.

Grilled Strawberry Salsa Fresca
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
3 1/2 cups


  • 1 large sweet onion

  • 2 jalapeno peppers

  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled

  • cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely chopped (optional)


  1. Heat a grill to medium-high. Place a grill pan on the grill rack. Leaving the root and stem ends intact, cut onion into quarters.

  2. Grill onion wedges and jalapeños on grill rack 5 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Add garlic and strawberries to hot grill pan. Grill 5 minutes (10 minutes total for onion and jalapeños), turning frequently, until slightly charred. Transfer strawberries and vegetables to a cutting board; let cool.

  3. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop strawberries and onion. Peel garlic. Finely chop jalapeños (if you like, remove and discard seeds) and garlic. In a bowl combine berries, onion, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cover and chill 1 hour. If you like, top with chopped peanuts. Serve over grilled chicken or shrimp, or with tortilla chips. Makes 3 1/2 cups.

To store:

Cover and chill leftover salsa for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

12 Calories
3g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 12
% Daily Value *
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Vitamin C 6.1mg 31%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 48mg 1%
Folate, total 5.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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