Does anyone else have days when they wake up with a recipe in their mind?
Today was one of those days. And on my mind was Strawberry Mango Salsa.
The last couple years have been rough on the Florida strawberry industry. The Winters have been warm & we’ve missed out on that cold snap we need to make the berries juicy and beautiful.
But this Winter has been an amazing break from the typically sweaty Florida weather. It even got cold enough for us to use our fireplace! And I was super stoked when shots of the strawberry fields icing over started rolling through my Instagram feed.
You know what that means. Hellloooooo gorgeous Plant City strawberries.
I can always count on Aldi to have Wish Farms berries when I need them. Aldi is our go-to for produce because their prices are amazing. But I love that they do their best to make organic, local, and female-owned brands a focus too. This week they had the beautiful, juicy, Plant City strawberries I know and love.
So it was time to get cooking.
This recipe is SO easy. Like i-cooked-this-while-the-baby-played easy. I did happen to already have some spicy chicken made. But if you’re anything like me, you probably have some leftover meat in the fridge that would be perfect in this quesadilla! You can even use my spicy seasoning on already cooked meat, because it doesn’t contain any salt. Try it on steak, chicken, shrimp – whatever you have. Its my favorite homemade spice mix for sure.
And when you combine those flavorful spices with the Strawberry Mango Salsa, you’ve got a winner. The mango balances the slight tartness of the strawberries. I love the addition of raw jalapeno and onion to cut the sweetness. Sprinkle a little fresh cilantro on everything and mmmm. Yes.
This Strawberry Mango Salsa is bright and colorful and honestly just makes me happy.
Strawberries and mangoes may not look like Winter eats to the rest of the world, but these beautiful Wish Farms strawberries speak the season to me. It really is a blessing to live in a climate that supports my love for fruit year-round.
Pepper Jack Chicken Quesadillas & Strawberry Mango Salsa Recipe
For the Quesadillas:
- 1 medium chicken breast
- AHG spicy seasoning* (see notes)
- sea salt
- 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
- 4 tortillas
- 1 hass avocado
For the Strawberry Mango Salsa:
- 1 mango, diced
- 1.5 cups diced Wish Farms Florida Strawberries
- 2 tbsp cilantro leaves, chopped
- 2 tbsp diced onion (yellow or red)
- 1 jalapeno
- 1/2 lime
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Cut the chicken breast into strips. Sprinkle with *AHG Spicy Seasoning (see notes for link) & sea salt, to taste. Go light on the spicy seasoning if you can't take the heat! Cook the chicken over medium heat until cooked through. Let cool.
Make your salsa! Wash the berries thoroughly and dry them before dicing them up. Remove the ribs and seeds from the jalapeno and mince. Mix together the diced mango and strawberries, chopped cilantro leaves, minced jalapeno, juice of 1/2 a lime, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
Slice your cooled chicken into thin strips. Layer two tortillas with shredded cheese, sliced chicken, and a little additional cheese to help everything stick together. (I prefer to shred the cheese from a block). Top with another tortilla. Cook each quesadilla in a pan over medium heat until the tortillas are golden and the cheese is melty.
Cut your quesadillas into triangles. Serve with half a sliced avocado and your beautiful Strawberry Mango Salsa!
*Check out my Spicy Chicken Seasoning here!
Sending you all love & full bellies.