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A fresh take on salsa

For a sweet and spicy garnish on white meats or as a lightweight summer snack with chips, this recipe is a fun twist on the classic salsa. The best part is that most of the ingredients can come fresh out of your organic vegetable garden!

Strawberry avocado salsa
2 cups strawberries, chopped
1 1/2 avocado, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 jalepeño pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 – 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Making the salsa
When making strawberry avocado salsa, make sure to try and chop the fresh strawberries, avocados and cucumbers into relatively similar sizes. Don’t chop them too finely, though, because they will lose their shape and mush together. When adding the jalapeño pepper, remove the seeds for a milder salsa or leave them in for a spicy kick. Add in with the red onion and flavor with lime juice, salt, pepper and cilantro as directed or to taste. To top it off, add lime zest or grated lime peel for the final kick of flavor before mixing together and serving.

Sweet, spicy and healthy
This salsa is packed with flavor and it is actually really healthy, too! Strawberries, avocados and jalapeños are all good components to a healthy diet.

Strawberries are rich in flavonoids, which are antioxidants that lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving blood vessel function and decreasing clots. They also aid in heart health by reducing inflammation in the body. Additionally, strawberries are excellent sources of vitamin C, manganese, iodine, potassium and folate.

Avocados are really good for heart health because they are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are one of the “good” kinds of fat needed in our diets. Eating a diet rich in monounsaturated fats can help reduce your risk for heart disease or stroke.

Jalapeño peppers are rich in vitamin C with one small pepper containing about 20 percent of the recommended daily allowance for adults. Vitamin C is important for supporting the immune system by fighting off free radicals in the body that cause inflammation. The naturally occurring compound capsaicin is what gives jalapeños their hot, spicy flavor. Despite the hot feelings we get from it, it is actually an anti-inflammatory and helps promotes healthy blood flow. In addition, capsaicin is showing promise in studies for aiding in weight loss and cancer treatment.