Red, White and Blue Salsa

Red, White and Blue Salsa – it’s bright, fresh, delicious; and oh so patriotic!

It was one of those pristine Carolina days, with clear blue skies and delightful temperatures climbing only into the mid 70’s.

 

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Scott and I had Emmy, our two-year-old granddaughter, hanging out with us for a few days, while mommy and daddy went off on a little getaway for their anniversary. We decided it would be fun to visit one of the local pick-your-own strawberry patches with our little friend.

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Emmy loved the idea, and we found her the perfect-size strawberry bucket.

 

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Emmy in the strawberry patch - www.thecafesucrefarine.com

Emmy in the strawberry patch - www.thecafesucrefarine.com
She took her job very seriously.

 

Emmy in the strawberry patch - www.thecafesucrefarine.com

Emmy in the strawberry patch - www.thecafesucrefarine.com
Until a little friend of her own showed up…

 

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Then it was like… well, remember the old song about Mary’s little lamb? Yup, this little friend followed Emmy everywhere she went. And suddenly the strawberries somehow lost their attraction…

 

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We had to leave the little doggy friend at the strawberry patch, but we had lots of fun on our little adventure, and came home with a delicious loot!

 

I’ve been dreaming up a Red, White and Blue salsa for the past week to celebrate all the patriotic summer holidays. I wanted to use local strawberries, because they’re so much prettier and tastier than the berries that are picked early and shipped clear across the country. My beautiful stash from the strawberry patch inspired me to get started.

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I picked up a carton of sweet, plump blueberries, a jalapeño, a bunch of cilantro, a white onion and a jicama. Jicama is a type of root vegetable that is common in Mexican cuisine. It looks a bit like a turnip and is mostly eaten raw. Jicama is crunchy, slightly sweet and wonderful in salads, salsas or as crudités (veggies for dipping). It was perfect for my Red, White and Blue Salsa, since the interior is a snowy white color. You can find jicama at most larger grocery stores in the produce section.

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I used a splash of lime juice, a drizzle of honey and a bit of finely minced garlic for a light dressing that ties the flavors together with a bright vibrancy. You can make the dressing and prepare the fruit and veggies in advance, but I recommend storing everything separately until just before serving.

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This Red, White and Blue Salsa is fabulous with chips, as a healthy, fun appetizer. It’s also delicious spooned over grilled chicken or fish. Another option is to serve it as side for a potluck, picnic or summer party.

Red, White and Blue Salsa - it's bright, fresh, delicious; and oh so patriotic! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

If you’re American, be sure to pull out your flag and whip up a batch of this patriotic salsa. If you live elsewhere; no worries, it’s also just a wonderful way to celebrate the bounties of the warm weather season.

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Red, White and Blue Salsa

Red, White and Blue Salsa - it's bright, fresh delicious and oh so patriotic!

5 from 3 reviews

This Red, White and Blue Salsa is fabulous with chips as a healthy, fun appetizer. It’s also delicious spooned over grilled chicken or fish.

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: Appetiser
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

  • For the dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons honey, start with 2 and add more if needed
  • 1 medium jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • For the salsa:
  • ¾ cups diced jicama
  • ½ cup finely diced white onion*
  • 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Stir well till combined. Set aside.
  2. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the chopped cilantro.
  3. Just before serving, combine all salsa ingredients (except reserved cilantro) in a medium size bowl. Pour dressing over and mix gently to combine. Sprinkle with a bit of the reserved cilantro and serve.

Notes

* I love to use my veggie chopper for salsas like this. It chops veggies into uniform pieces in minutes. It’s great for jicama, carrots, potatoes, onion, celery, etc.

 

This salsa is bright, fresh, delicious, and oh so patriotic!


18 thoughts on “Red, White and Blue Salsa”

  • None of the reviews actually say how they liked the salsa. All about the photos of the little girl.
    Anybody actually made this and liked it??

  • Hi Chris,

    Love the look of this salad and I would love to try it soon. I will have to use regular turnips though as jicama is definitely not something one could buy in Germany. I even had to google that to find out it was some kind of turnip. 🙂
    I included your salad in a small list of fruit/berry salads I would like to try on my blog. I hope that is ok with you.

  • Adorable photos of your granddaughter and her little tag-along pal 🙂 What a delightful idea for a patriotic salsa that also sounds delicious!

  • My daughter was peeping over my shoulder at your post commenting on your cute granddaughter, the cute dog and I on the sunshine we have not seen for almost a month. Ironically I just bought some jicama last night at the store. Now all we need are some strawberries (have blueberries) and we are all set. Thanks for letting us live vicariously through your picking. With all our rain I’m not sure how our picking berries will be affected.

  • Beautiful and delicious looking dish as always! And your pictures bring back memories of going strawberry picking with my kids. It was such fun! How lucky to have your granddaughter with you this week. Jealous!

  • You’ve outdone yourself! This is gorgeous!! Isn’t it fun to take the little ones to pick fruit? She is just beautiful! And good things that dog was so tiny! Maybe he loved finding someone more his own size!

  • You could have shown only photos of Emmy, the dog and the strawberries and I’d be a happy woman. Those pictures are just fantastic!

    The salsa is beautiful too but second to Emmy and the dog. 🙂

  • Oh this is a lovely post! How sweet you had an adorable little helper. I picked this morning but all by myself. I will be busy today and can’t wait to try your freezer jam. But now I want to make this too! Thanks for the lovely salsa recipe. Happy Memorial Day.

  • What a pretty, refreshing salsa to usher in the summer! Amongst many other wonderful recipes, your salsa recipes are always creative and delicious, Chris! I love that Emmy found a little buddy just her size!

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