Spicy Strawberry Salad

Spicy Strawberry Salad

Many people when they think of strawberries they conjure up images of sugar and spice and everything nice…  I don’t.  When I think of strawberries, I think of them as the sassy little bad girls of the fruit world.  Of course strawberries are pretty and sweet however, they are feisty enough to stand up to hot and spicy flavors like nobody’s business.  Strawberries are cool…

My Spicy Strawberry Salad is reminiscent of an Indonesian hot fruit salad also known as Rudjak Manis.  My Spicy Strawberry Salad is made with fresh picked sweet juicy strawberries tossed with fiery sambal oelek, sweet Indonesian soy sauce, ginger, tamarind, and brown sugar.  If you have wimpy friends, you can control the heat by adding less sambal oelek.  Next time you pick or purchase a pound of fresh strawberries, try this easy to make exotic salad.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed, cored and sliced
  • 2 tsp sambal oelek (chili pepper paste)
  • 2 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 Tbs water

In a bowl whisk together the sambal oelek, brown sugar, ginger, tamarind and water.  Add the strawberries.  Toss to coat and refrigerate for about an hour to let the flavors marry.  Taste and correct your seasonings.  If you don’t like it too hot, then use less sambal oelek.  Makes 4 servings.

6 thoughts on “Spicy Strawberry Salad

  1. Thyme (Sarah)

    This would definitely be flavors that I have not tried before. I am guessing it is a dish that is served in Indonesia. How fun it would be to try these combinations!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Sarah! The sauce is definitely Indonesian. That sauce goes great with apples, pears, mangoes, cucumber and a bunch of other fruit. This is the first time I’ve tried it with strawberries and I really liked it. Not a dish for just anybody since it has a quite the little bite with the chili peppers. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. myfudo

    No wonder I have saved strawberries from the last batch I just bought, I just knew I’d be stumbling upon a really cool recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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