I am in love with rhubarb strawberry salsa. In general, I love rhubarb. As soon as spring hits, I am out hunting for it all over the hood. I buy it in bunches and use it for all kinds of things, like salsa, tarts, galettes, drinks, and stewed rhubarb served with delicious custard.
We all go crazy for this rhubarb strawberry salsa. This salsa hardly has time to sit in our house. The sweetness of the fresh strawberries and the tartness of the rhubarb makes a perfect salsa as you will see here.
This rhubarb strawberry salsa is made with a lot of the usual salsa ingredients.
You will need:
- 2 cups worth of rhubarb
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries
- 1/2 an onion – white or red
- 1/2 red sweet pepper
- 1 yellow chili (or any chili of choice) – I choose yellow for the color contrast
- 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Prepping the rhubarb
The first step to making this delicious rhubarb strawberry salsa is to prep the rhubarb properly. Cut the rhubarb into 4-inch pieces. Boil water in a pot large enough to fit all of the rhubarb. As soon as the water is boiling, add the chopped rhubarb into the pot and turn off the heat. Stir once and drain the rhubarb right away. The idea is to just heat the rhubarb to get rid of some of the tartness.
As soon you drain the water out, run the rhubarb under cold water to stop the cooking process. Do not leave the rhubarb in the hot water for more than one minute or else it will lose its shape and start to disintegrate. Basically, the color of the rhubarb shouldn’t change when you are done heating it. Let it cool down while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.
Make the dressing for the salsa
The second step for making perfectly delicious rhubarb strawberry salsa is making a good “dressing”. This is where the flavors come in. In a bowl, mix the honey, vinegar, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Set aside and prep the rest of the ingredients.
Wash and finely chop the strawberries into tiny cubes – about 1/2 cm pieces. Put them into a mixing bowl. Finely chop the onions and add to the bowl. Deseed and finely chop the red sweet pepper. Add this to the bowl as well. Finely chop the yellow chili into tiny pieces and add to the bowl. I leave the seeds in, but you can deseed it if you prefer a milder version. Mix everything together and set aside.
Now, remember the rhubarb we have sitting awaiting attention? Well, by now it should be totally cooled down. Chop it too into small pieces – about 1/2 cm pieces. Add all of the rhubarb into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix everything well so that all of the veggies and fruits are combined.
Add the “dressing” we made into the bowl and mix well to make the veggies and fruits into the delicious rhubarb strawberry salsa we’ve been working towards. Taste it for salt / sweetness – do not get tempted to have more than just a taste. I have a hard time just having one bite, but believe me, waiting is well worth it.
Sprinkle some freshly chopped coriander into the bowl and transfer the rhubarb strawberry salsa into a container with a tight lid and place it into the fridge for about an hour. This will make all the difference to the salsa. It will allow the flavors to marry and give you a perfect snack.
Enjoy this finger licking rhubarb strawberry salsa with a side of chips.
The salsa can be stored in an air tight container for up to one day – that is if there’s any left for storing.
*** PROTIP *** Do not discard the juices collected at the bottom of the bowl. The juices make for a delicious salad dressing. Just add some olive oil and enjoy!
Rhubarb Strawberry SalsaCourse: SnackCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy
This tart, spicy, and sweet rhubarb strawberry salsa is bursting with amazing flavors and is going to become your favorite kind of salsa. It’s a guaranteed hit for potlucks.
2 cups fresh rhubarb
1 cup of fresh strawberries
1/2 white onion
1/2 red pepper
1 yellow chili
2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version)
2 tablespoons white balsamic
fresh coriander for serving
salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and chop the rhubarb into 4 inch pieces.
- Boil a pot of water large enough to fit the rhubarb. Once the water is boiling, drop the rhubarb into it and turn the heat off. Stir the pot once and remove the rhubarb from the hot water right away. It needs less than a minute to take the sour edge off.
- Rinse the rhubarb under cold water right away to stop the cooking process and set aside to cool completely.
- In the mean time, chop the strawberries into tiny cubes – about 1/2 cm each. Place them into a mixing bowl.
- Seed and finely chop yellow chili pepper. Finely chop the onion and bell pepper. Add them to the bowl as well.
- In another smaller bowl, squeeze your lime juice, add the honey (or maple syrup), the vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix everything well to form a dressing.
- Add the dressing into the bowl and mix it all really well to combine. Transfer the salsa into a container with a tight lid and place it in the fridge for about an hour or so.
- Sprinkle with fresh cut coriander and enjoy with some chips.
- It can be stored in an air tight container for up to one day.
- – PROTIP – do not discard the juices collected at the bottom of the bowl. The juices make for a delicious salad dressing. Just add some olive oil and enjoy!
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