Jazz up Boring Chicken

We have all, at some point when deciding what to make for dinner, sat & stared at a plain piece of chicken or fish and waited patiently for inspiration to hit us between the eyes. Duck, because the wait is over! The following fresh strawberry salsa recipe is a healthy & delicious bowl of flavor & color on its own, but when used to top chicken or fish will certainly get the attention of your guests. You can make a sizable batch & store it in your fridge for about a week & use it for all three meals of the day. Added to some yogurt for breakfast or spooned over a waffle it can start your day as a cool & healthy option. Consider this recipe a great base, and use it as a springboard to add other fruit choices or seasonings. Experiment and make it your own!

1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed w/ stems removed & chopped

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, rinsed & chopped

1/4 cup red onion, very small dice

3 oz. olive oil (or any oil you prefer)

1 oz. balsamic vinegar

4 oz. chopped fresh cilantro (more or less according to your taste)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

salt & pepper to taste

shot of fresh lime juice

zest of 1 fresh lime (just the green part; the white pith is very bitter)

1) Toss together the chopped strawberries, chopped tomatoes & chopped red onions. Set aside.

2) Whisk together the oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh cilantro, ground cumin, salt, pepper, lime juice & lime zest until well-blended. Pour the oil mixture over the strawberry, tomato & onions. Taste to make any seasoning adjustments; squeeze some more fresh lime juice over the salsa if you wish. (This salsa is good served right away, but it’s even better when you let it sit in the refrigerator for a four hours or even overnight.)

You can brighten up a plain piece of chicken by placing a good spoonful on top of the chicken before you serve it. You can also chop some leftover chicken, add it to the salsa and make a zippy chicken salad that can be served on a bed of fresh greens, stuffed in a pita, or put on a soft toasted roll. The salsa with or without the chicken is also terrific eaten with tortilla or bagel chips, or scooped up with leaves of fresh Belgian endive. For a no-carb option, spoon some of the salsa onto a lettuce leaf, roll up and you have a no-bread tasty and healthy “sandwich”!

This salsa also makes a great accompaniment to baked, broiled or grilled fish. Spoon some on top and you’ll have an instant flavor boost! This recipe can be a starting point for you to add any other ingredients according to your preferences. Try adding some small diced fresh pineapple, toss in some kiwi bits for great color, even some mandarin orange sections. The flavor will match the bright colors and will be sure to impress anyone lucky enough to be seated at your table!