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When strawberry season arrives, I see plenty of recipes for sweet treats — everything from cakes, cookies, and pies to mousses, sorbets, trifles, and galettes. Yawn. What I don’t often see is a recipe for a savory dish using strawberries to provide a sweet counterpoint of flavor. Imagine my excitement when I discovered the following fabulous finds! These dishes will really wake up your summer menus!

Strawberry Salsa

Southern Living APRIL 2012

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup red pepper jelly
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 small avocado, diced  

Preparation:

Whisk together red pepper jelly, chives, cilantro, lime zest, fresh lime juice, and dried crushed red pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in strawberries and sweetened dried cranberries; cover and chill 1 hour. Stir in diced avocado just before serving. Serve with grilled or pan-fried meats, poultry, or seafood. Makes about 2 1/2 cups. (The photo above shows the salsa served with pork tenderloin.)

If the thought of a fresh strawberry salsa over grilled meats excites you, how about these savory recipes to tantalize your tastebuds?

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photos from Iain Bagwell for Southern Living