Strawberry Balsamic Dessert Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Strawberry Balsamic SalsaIt’s February! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means…well if you have kids it probably means just another day of the week. BUT, you can change that thought with this beautiful strawberry balsamic dessert salsa. It’s about taking that 10 minutes with the person/people you love to enjoy each other and enjoy this food. Don’t forget the food. Very important. 

Strawberry Balsamic SalsaI do love a little chocolate-y goodness around Valentine’s Day. Yes, I sure do. BUT, this is a special, festive dessert recipe that requires no chocolate! The chocolate is optional, of course, for those of you who just can’t part with it. Like me. I do have to say though that the strawberry “salsa” along with the cinnamon sugar tortilla chips brings more than enough enjoyment for one dessert. 

Strawberry Balsamic SalsaI love that this is a little bit of a more adult-y dessert in that there are fancy* ingredients and it doesn’t make you feel like you’ve eaten so much sugar that you might throw up afterwards. It’s delectable and lovely and the balsamic vinegar helps bring out the natural sweetness of the strawberries and vice versa. It just makes me so happy! *Side note: Balsamic vinegar definitely qualifies as “fancy”. So don’t judge. Thanks 🙂

Strawberry Balsamic SalsaI will say that even though this seems like a “grown up” dessert, the kids will be sure to enjoy this too. Our little guy was begging for tortilla chips after his first bite! So if the people you love include your kids, don’t go about making them the leaning tower of chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Give them (and yourself) a little sweet treat with this gorgeous strawberry dessert!

Strawberry Balsamic Salsa

Strawberry Balsamic Dessert Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips
Serves 10
Cinnamon Sugar tortilla chips served up with a delectable strawberry and balsamic "salsa"
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients for the Strawberry Salsa
  1. 2 1/2 cups finely diced strawberries (about 1 pint of strawberries)
  2. 3 tablespoons white sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  4. 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint, optional
  5. 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  6. Chocolate sauce, optional
For the Tortilla Chips
  1. 10 (8-inch) tortillas
  2. cooking spray
  3. 1/2 cup white sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix together the ingredients for the strawberry salsa. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Spray the tortillas with the cooking spray. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and evenly distribute over the tortillas.
  4. Use a pizza cutter to cut each tortilla into 8 wedges.
  5. Bake on ungreased baking sheets (in a single layer) for 8-10 minutes, until they start to crisp.
  6. Let cool on cooling racks.
  7. Serve chips with strawberry salsa and chocolate sauce (optional).
Notes
  1. I used olive oil cooking spray but you can use any kind you have. You could also melt a few tablespoons of butter and brush it on before sprinkling with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
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