Seasonal (Savoury?) Strawberries

As the saying goes 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating' and there is surely no better proof that fruit and veg taste best when in season than the strawberry? The mountains of fresh local berries you'll find at  your nearest greengrocer bear almost no resemblance in taste to those fat white tasteless things we're encouraged to smother in chocolate on Valentines Day!

Over breakfast yesterday, we got to wondering how strawberries could be used in savoury dishes initially I wasn't sold on the idea but there are lots of flavour combinations that can make it work. Generally the idea is to balance out the sweetness; paring strawberries with balsamic vinegar is no new thing, they also love lime juice, chilli, basil, mint, most fresh herbs actually. Treating them as you would tomatoes is perfect as a jumping off point.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has some ideas here, some a little more odd than others - strawberry pizza anyone?! - and I'd like to try almost all of these 20 recipes.

For starters I decided to try an idea that seemed to be most common in the search results...

Strawberry & Avocado Salsa

1 punnet of strawberries (minus those I ate on the way home) // chopped
1 ripe avocado // diced into small chunks
1/2 a red onion // finely chopped 
A tablespoon of jalapeƱo // chopped (optional)
A hand full of fresh coriander (cilantro) // roughly chopped
5 fresh mint leaves // finely chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of one lime

Simply combine all ingredients & season.

This salsa is pretty delicious, certainly worth a try as a change from good old tomato salsa. Try serving with any grilled meat, perfect for that barbecue I hope your having today!

Next I'm itching to try strawberries in a warm salad with that other seasonal star asparagus in a warm salad along side some salty parma ham and a dark stick balsamic reduction, also combined with ginger, soy & green chilli I think strawberries could be great with chinese style pork. Are there any savoury strawberry recipes you've tried or would like to?

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