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Cucumber Strawberry Salsa

Marlene is an urban farmer who enjoys preparing meals from fruits and vegetables grown in her garden. Her friends call her "Garden Girl"!

It may sound unusual, but cucumber strawberry salsa is delicious!

It may sound unusual, but cucumber strawberry salsa is delicious!

Garden Abundance of Cucumbers and Strawberries

There are several things growing abundantly in my garden—cucumbers and strawberries are among them. In my quest to find a dish that showcased both of these ingredients, I was fortunate to stumble upon this salsa recipe.

My garden is filled with everything needed to make salsa, but I had never thought of combining cucumbers and strawberries in the same dish. It was only when I saw my garden's incredible production that I realized I needed a quick solution to prevent waste. After tweaking the recipe to accommodate my harvest, I am proud to present a salsa that complements many types of dishes.

Most people are familiar with the type of salsa that contains tomato, onion, and pepper; but it turns out that the word "salsa" simply means sauce. The dictionary describes a sauce as anything that adds piquancy or zest.

This cucumber and strawberry salsa is spicy with a hint of sweetness. I have incorporated a tiny bit of tomatoes to give it somewhat of a traditional flare. This salsa goes well with savory dishes, such as spaghetti, as well as sweet dishes like sweetbreads.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 small jalapeno pepper, minced

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and toss to mix.
  2. Scoop into an airtight container and place the container into the refrigerator until ready to use.

A note about the strawberries. If your strawberries are small, then you can simply slice them. If they are medium to large in size, it is best to dice them. You want all the pieces to be similar in diameter.

This recipe makes 2.5 to 3 cups which equals 20 to 24 ounces. The exact amount depends on how aggressive you are when mixing the ingredients together. The more you stir, the tighter the pieces mesh and the more condensed the mixture becomes. I seem to notice about a 1/2 cup difference.

Storing: This salsa tastes best if used after an hour of chilling in the refrigerator, however, it is best to use this salsa within 48 hours because, after such time, the salsa begins to become soupy.

Cucumber FAQs

  • How long does it take to grow cucumbers?
    From seed, cucumbers are ready to harvest in about 50 to 70 days.
  • When is the best time to plant cucumbers?
    The cucumber plant grows the best in warm weather. After the last frost date for your area, plant cucumber in soil with a pH level between 6 and 7. The best growing platform for cucumbers is a raised bed so that the soil can drain properly.
  • How much does an average cucumber weigh?
    The average cucumber weighs about fourteen ounces.
  • How many cucumbers equal a pound?
    It takes about two medium cucumbers to equal one pound.
  • How many cucumbers does one plant produce?
    One cucumber plant produces about 5 pounds of cucumbers. And, since the average cucumber weighs about fourteen ounces, plan on one cucumber plant to produce about 10 cucumbers.
  • How long is the average cucumber?
    The average cucumber is about five to six inches long, however, if you do not pick it for a while, it can grow to be about 10 to 12 inches long.
  • Is cucumber a fruit or a vegetable?
    Because cucumber grows on a vine, it is technically classified as a fruit. However, in the culinary world, it is treated as if it is a vegetable.
  • How much raw cucumber do I need to equal one cup?
    See the table below to see what measurements equal one cup.

How Much Raw Cucumber = 1 Cup

DicedChoppedSlicedShredded

1 small cucumber

1/2 medium cucumber

1 medium cucumber

1 small cucumber

Strawberry FAQs

  • How long does it take to grow strawberries?
    Once strawberry plants have blossomed, you should be able to harvest strawberries in about 28 days.
  • When is the best time to plant strawberries?
    Plant well-established strawberry plants in March or April, before the soil is hot from the summer heat.
    Note: Growing strawberries from seeds is an intricate process. Strawberry seeds will remain dormant and will not germinate before going through a winter-like environment. This process is called cold stratification. You can fool the seeds into thinking they have gone through winter by placing the seeds into an airtight container and placing the container into the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks. Afterwards, take the container out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before planting the seeds in the soil. If you do not have the time or patience required to nurture strawberry seeds, I suggest buying strawberry plants and then planting them in the ground sometime in March or April.
  • How many pounds does one strawberry plant produce?
    One strawberry plant produces about 1 quart of strawberries which equals about 1.25 pounds.
  • How much does an average strawberry weigh?
    A small strawberry (1-inch diameter) weighs about .25 pounds
    A medium strawberry (1 ¼-inch diameter) weighs about .42 pounds
    A large strawberry (1 3/8-in diameter) weighs about .63 pounds
  • How many strawberries equal a pound?
    See the table below to see how many strawberries it takes to equal a pound.

How Many Strawberries = 1 Pound

SmallMediumLarge

65

38

25

Strawberries

Strawberries

Salsa Serving Suggestions

Salsa is typically used as a condiment and most people place salsa on top of tacos and other Latin-inspired cuisines. However, when it comes to salsa, I generally make a large batch so that I can use it to enhance ordinary dishes that might be boosted by the fresh ingredients found in a nice spicy salsa.

I use this salsa in dishes that taste great with traditional salsa, and where the added hint of sweetness bolsters the flavor to a new level.

For an updated flavor treat, try adding salsa to the following dishes and savor a flavor that is a little bit different than the ordinary, and perhaps more favorable to your palate.

  • Dipping sauce: Of course, the obvious use for salsa is to use it as a dipping sauce for tortilla chips.
  • Topping: Use salsa as a topping for savory dishes such as burritos and tostadas; add a dollop of salsa to a slice of sweetbreads such as zucchini bread, banana nut bread, and pumpkin bread; use as the topping for crostini appetizers. By the way, crostini is an appetizer made by toasting French bread and topping it with fresh vegetables similar to the vegetables found in salsa.
  • Pizza: Use as a base for pizza.
  • Use it as a simmering sauce for any kind of meat: When you are slow-cooking chicken, beef, or pork, pour in a cup of salsa and let it simmer in the melded flavors of the salsa.
  • Enhance your macaroni and cheese dish: Stir a tablespoon of salsa into your serving of mac and cheese before eating.
  • Nacho sauce: Chop 1 cup of American or Velveeta cheese and place it into a small pot. Pour ½ cup of salsa into the cheese and heat until the cheese melts. Pour into a serving bowl and enjoy this sauce as a nice dip for corn tortilla chips.
  • Diced tomato substitute: Whenever a recipe calls for diced tomatoes, I substitute it with salsa. Casserole dishes do well with this substitution, especially when the dish is Latin-inspired. I also like to put salsa into spaghetti sauce mixture to give spaghetti a Mexican-Italian infused flavor.

Enjoy!

Depending on your mood, you can enjoy this salsa as a topping for savory or sweet dishes or mix it into your recipe to give it a completely different flavor profile.

© 2020 Marlene Bertrand

Comments

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 31, 2020:

Hello Abby!

Thank you. It is a little different, but I truly do like it. I actually had it with my scrambled eggs this morning!

Abby Slutsky from LAFAYETTE HL on August 31, 2020:

This is an unusual salsa that looks very tasty. It is very attractive too.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 31, 2020:

Hi DDE!

Thank you for your very nice comments. Yes, I think for summer, this recipe is great. The main ingredients are a perfect match for summer.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 31, 2020:

Hi Marlene I like your recipe sounds a great idea for summer or any other day. Simple to make and ingredients are easy to find and why not make a treat of this recipe?

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hi Eric!

This is a different combination than I have ever tried in the past, but I absolutely enjoy it. It is light and fresh. None of the flavors are overbearing and it seems like the perfect salsa for summer.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hi Dora!

Yes, the strawberries add a different taste treat. I tasted the recipe before putting in the strawberries and I definitely prefer this recipe with the strawberries.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hi Bill!

That's funny about your cucumbers. My foe was tomatoes. I can't even count the number of tomato plants my husband and I did not plant, yet they grew anyway. We purposely planted one from seed, but several strawberry plants grew. We had to pull them up and toss them out. It hurt to do that, but I couldn't give them away (none of my friends needed one) and it would have been too many plants to keep. Such is the life of a farmer.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hi Pamela!

Thank you for your feedback. I am fascinated by gardening and each individual plant causes me to want to know more about it. I am glad you found the information helpful.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hi Liza!

Separately I enjoy all of the ingredients that go into the salsa, so putting them together made sense. I do hope you try it. I think you will enjoy it. Fresh is better!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hello Chitrangada!

Each year, when I plan my garden, I plan for being able to make salsa and as I saw how many strawberries I had ready to harvest, I could not help but figure out a way to make it all come together. I could eat fresh salsa all by itself. I don't need to put it on anything. I enjoy eating it spoonful by spoonful.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2020:

Hello Peach!

Yes, it is a little different. I think that is what made me curious to try it. Oh yes, the strawberries could be sour, so it is best to taste the harvest before putting it into the mix. I would only use sweet strawberries because as I was taste testing the recipe along the way, I added the strawberries last just to see exactly what a difference it made and the sweet strawberries gave it a nice twist against ordinary salsa.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 30, 2020:

Sure does sound good. I think I will make this, I love salsa and this is a cool as a cucumber twist.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 30, 2020:

Thanks for this recipe. It looks good in the picture, and a little different taste of sweetness can only help, not hurt, our appetite for variety.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 30, 2020:

You lost me with cucumbers, but Bev would love this, so I'll give it to her. We had cucumbers this year and didn't even plant any. lol What's up with that, Mother Earth???? That's seriously good soil when it grows stuff you don't plant, don't you think?

I'm rambling! Have a great Sunday, dear friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 30, 2020:

The salad sounds good. It is wonderful to have strawberries and cucumbers growing in your garden. You have provided a wealth of good information in this article.

Liza from USA on August 30, 2020:

Marlene, I'm envy to hear that your garden is filled with abundant cucumbers and strawberries. I bet your garden looks wonderful and gosh the smell from the fresh strawberries. I have never made the salsa like this but, you know what? It sounds delicious! I love all the ingredients you've used for making the salsa. I think I'm going to try it. Thanks for sharing, Marlene.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 30, 2020:

Garden girl is an appropriate name for you.

This is such a refreshing article, with the mention of fresh produce from your garden. The recipes created by you sound so fresh and nutritious. I love salads and salsas so much, that I can have them any time. Your combination of ingredients are amazing.

Thank you for sharing this well presented article, with significant details and information.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 29, 2020:

Wow you are super lucky that all ingredients are found in your garden. Cucumber is sweet n cooling while strawberry might taste a bit sourish, great combination for salsa