Strawberry Pico de Gallo: The Flavor of Mexican Summer

Mexican food is a favorite among many worldwide.  It's spicy, it's bright, it's hearty, and complex - but not too complex.  Chefs love the cuisine because of it's versatility, and exotic allure.  A hot trend these last few years is getting creative with salsas, to add bright, zesty flavors to once boring proteins.  Summer might be over, but that doesn't mean summer flavors should be!  My strawberry Pico de Gallo takes salsas to an entirely new level for your favorite dishes.  The best part? No cooking required!

Strawberry Pico de Gallo

-  2 cups chopped and hulled Strawberries
-  juice of 1 Lime
-  1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
-  1/2 cup chopped Red Onion
-  2 seeded and minced Jalapenos
-  pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Simply prep the above ingredients and gently mix them together in the container or bowl of your choice.  It's best served freshly made, but it can stay in the refrigerator for a couple of days as well.  You can also use this recipe as a basis for your own creations.  Instead of strawberries, you can always substitute with mango, pear, and even pineapple!  If you're a bit intimidated by heat, cut the measurement of jalapenos in half, use one instead of two.  If you're a glutton for spicy punishment, add more heat (even add different peppers!), but be prepared for the fiery consequences. Serve this salsa atop of grilled chicken, fish, or even with chips as a creative appetizer.  Don't be afraid to think outside the box and enjoy some new flavor combinations!

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