Fresh Peach Salsa | The Rising Spoon

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fresh Peach Salsa

A quick & easy recipe for fresh peach salsa using simple ingredients like red onion, tomato, cilantro, lime, jalapeno, and pantry spices. Use this fresh fruit salsa as a garnish for pork, chicken, or fish, as a dip with your favorite chips, or even as a sweet & spicy condiment alongside your favorite foods.   

Fresh Peach Salsa
For the past month, I've been stopping by my local Dallas farmers market almost every weekend to buy some gloriously ripe and oh-so-tasty seasonal fruits and veggies. Foods like tomatoes, squash, eggplant, zucchini, onions, cucumbers, chiles, potatoes, figs...and, of course, peaches!

You have to show up early if you want the best picks, otherwise, all the farm-to-table restaurants & pubs + chefs and foodies will buy out all the good stuff! Either that or make arrangements with the farmers to set aside certain produce for you (which they're usually happy to do).

My Rush To Make Peach Everything

Just as I was getting used to strolling in and grabbing whatever delicious produce I wanted for the week, the only farm family still selling peaches announced they were close to done for the season.

I panicked for all of two minutes, thinking I haven't made ALL the peach things yet! Summer's almost over. Oh, woe is me! Then quickly realized I still had time. (Phew!)

So I bought peaches that week + the following Saturday and went about making creamy pan-fried peaches, smoothies with peaches and figs, sour cream peach muffins (recipe coming soon), and this fresh peach salsa!

Peaches For Making a Fresh Fruit Salsa Recipe

I love how quickly this peach salsa comes together with only a few simple ingredients like red onion, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime + fresh peaches. Even better, you can make it right before serving or let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to develop the flavors.

How I Like To Use Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh fruit salsas like peach salsa or mango salsa are an easy and inexpensive way to jazz up meals while also providing a pop of color that makes the food even more fun! Eating a rainbow of colors keepings things interesting, y'all. It's a feast for your eyes and your belly.

My favorite way to use fruit salsa is as a garnish for pork chops, pan-fried chicken, or baked fish. I also like to spoon it over burrito bowls and homemade tacos, just like pico de gallo. 

Of course, it's awesomesauce served as a dip with your favorite chips, especially if you're hosting a crowd. (Hint: If you're looking to impress without a lot of work, don't forget the blood orange margaritas.) Heck, I eat it by the spoonful along with my over-easy eggs for breakfast. It's that good!

Fresh Peach Salsa Recipe Ingredients

A Salsa Recipe That Comes Together In Minutes

Once you're ready to get your peach salsa on, all you have to do is grab the fresh ingredients, give them a good wash & dry, then chop them into uniform small-ish pieces. 

If you want to save a little time chopping, you can throw everything but the peaches into a food processor. I don't own one, so I just did everything by hand. I promise it didn't take long! After that, you just combine everything in a bowl, add the lime juice, season to taste, and you're done! 


And if you prefer more or less of one specific ingredient, it's easy to tweak the ratios to your taste (like make it more sweet or spicy). I've fixed this peach salsa without cilantro before when I was all out and didn't want to run to the store and it was still great.

Fresh Peach Salsa

Fresh Peach Salsa
A quick & easy recipe for fresh peach salsa using simple ingredients like red onion, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, and pantry spices. Serve it as a garnish for pork chops, grilled chicken, or baked fish, as a dip with your favorite chips, or even as a sweet & spicy condiment alongside your favorite foods.   
Yield: 2 1/2 cups (approx.)

2 peaches, pitted and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup of tomato, diced
1/2 cup of red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped (leaves only)
1 jalapeno, minced
1 lime, juiced
Sea salt, to taste (I love THIS)
Black pepper, to taste
Granulated garlic or garlic powder, to taste

Note: Peaches, tomatoes, and hot peppers (chiles) are all on the Dirty Dozen list (meaning the conventional versions have high traces of pesticide residues on them) so I recommend buying them organic when you can afford it or seeking out a farm that uses organic practices (even if they're not certified).

Recommended Equipment
sharp knife
cutting board
serving bowl

Wash and chop the peaches, tomato, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno. Combine all the produce in a mixing or serving bowl, squeeze in the lime juice, season to taste with sea salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. 

Stir the salsa gently and either serve immediately or store in the fridge (covered) for an hour or two to let the flavors develop. I usually eat mine within 3 days (if it lasts that long). 

Notes & Tips
  • To make the salsa less spicy, remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno; conversely, to make it spicier keep those in and add an extra jalapeno.
  • If you want the salsa to be bright and colorful, serve it the same day you make it. I've found that as the peaches sit overnight in the fridge the color darkens so it's not quite as vivid.  

I'd like to hear from YOU!

What's your favorite way to use fresh peaches in a recipe? Have you ever made a fresh fruit salsa before?

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