Strawberry Balsamic Salsa

The amount of brown sugar you use in this salsa will depend on how sweet your strawberries are. I've had to go up to 3 tablespoons of sugar when I've gotten tart berries. Taste your berries before preparing the salsa and adjust as needed.

Course Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 cups


  • 1 pound strawberries, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1-3 tablespoons light brown sugar, depending on how sweet your berries are
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper, plus additional, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint


  1. Stir together strawberries, balsamic vinegar, light brown sugar, and black pepper. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir in basil and mint. Season to taste with additional black pepper. Serve!

Serving ideas

  1. Dip with your favorite crackers or pita chips.

  2. Top grilled chicken, steak, or fish.

  3. Make crostini: spread slices of toasted baguette with mascarpone cheese and top with a dollop of strawberry balsamic salsa. If desired, sweeten mascarpone with a bit of honey (stir in about 1 tablespoon to a cup of cheese, to taste). 

  4. Make shortcakes: Layer lightly-sweetened whipped cream and strawberry balsamic salsa onto your favorite biscuits!