I have to admit that the stress and uncertainty of being quarantined in the house amidst the Covid-19 pandemic the previous weeks has definitely resulted in me getting used to reaching for go-to comfort foods and feel-good snacks more than once a day (who’s with me? *virtual, social-distancing high-five*). During the quarantine, rather than trying to make myself feel better by taking online classes, doing something artistic, or trying to maintain some form of physical condition by doing yoga on the living room floor, I chose to plop on the couch, or a chair on the balcony, binge-watch some series and reach for some snacks…Okay, who am I kidding? I’ve been doing that for years.
It’s just that these days the weather is also getting hotter and hotter over here in Greece and my willingness to do a lot of physical exertion – i.e. cooking, grocery shopping, etc. – is still declining steadily even now that we are technically allowed to move about freely again over here…
Because of my snacking habit and the scorching hot weather, I often find myself looking for more quick-to-make refreshing snacks that both keep me cool and satisfy my savory cravings on these hot summer evenings
or afternoons, or middays.
I think many of you can agree that you can’t beat a bowl of fresh homemade salsa whether the weather be hot, or cold, since they’re so easy to whip up and are full of flavor!
This strawberry salsa, or pico de gallo (not quite sure which it is) with it’s refreshing combination of sweet, savory and spicy, in particular, is definitely my new favorite summer snack. I usually just like to serve it with some corn tortilla chips on the side – as does everyone, I suppose – but it’s also great scooped over some white fish, or grilled chicken!
If you thought summer was great already (and even more so if you didn’t), it will be even greater with this strawberry salsa as it’s not only delicious, but it doesn’t require loads of ingredients and requires no real cooking (no ovens, roasting, cooking, etc.) whatsoever!
Tip: This salsa tastes even better when it’s had some time to chill and marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or even a day… if you can keep yourself from eating it all straight away.
Spicy Strawberry Pico de Gallo / Strawberry Salsa Fresca
- 400g fresh strawberries
- 1 - 2 Habanero peppers, or 1 jalapeño for milder salsa
- ½ red onion
- 1 small garlic clove
- Few sprigs of fresh cilantro, or parsley if you don’t like cilantro
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Optional: Corn tortilla chips, to serve
- Dice the strawberries as finely as you like and add to a bowl.
- Finely chop the chili peppers, red onion, cilantro (or parsley) and crush the garlic clove, OR: if you don't like relatively obvious 'chunky' pieces of herbs, chili and onion, add chili pepper, onion, cilantro and garlic clove to a food processor and chop until very fine.
- Mix all chopped ingredients plus the zest and juice of one lime with the diced strawberry.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and leave to ‘marinate’ for at least an hour before consuming to allow the flavors to blend well.