It’s salsa time baby! (or getting close at least). And I would probably be even more crazy about it if I had a huge garden of my own where I had buckets of fresh veggies getting ready to harvest. But alas, that is not the case right now. So I just have to mooch off of my awesome neighbors for all of the good stuff (Thanks Watts family!).
Anyway, love me some good traditional salsa, but I also love to sweeten it up a little with some different fruits. I kinda got on a nectarine kick after I saw a recipe that my friend Karen (aka Food Charlatan) posted on her website for a nectarine salsa. I’ve had salsa with mangoes and peaches before, but had never tried nectarines. So I figured I’d better put something together, because I kind of love nectarines. And strawberries. Why not? Strawberry Nectarine Salsa, of course!
By the way, this recipe makes a TON of salsa. That’s what happens when I just start chopping stuff. 3 tomatoes doesn’t seem like that much. Neither does 2 nectarines. But by the time you add all of the ingredients to the mix, it really starts adding up.
One thing I think that really finished this salsa on was the honey lime mixture that I tossed it in and the end. Added just a little zing and sweet. I don’t think you could have picked it out of the crowd of flavors, but it definitely complimented the mix.
This was great just with chips, but we also had some pan-seared salmon that I served it over. And the next day I topped some carnitas with the stuff. I hope you like it!
- 3 medium tomatoes, diced
- 2 nectarines, skinned and diced
- 10-12 medium strawberries, hulled and diced
- 1 red onion, diced (or ½ red and ½ sweet onion)
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- ½ green bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl, mix together tomatoes, nectarines, strawberries, onion, bell peppers, and jalapenos.
- In a small bowl, combine lime juice and honey. Place in microwave and warm on low for about 15 seconds, or until warmed enough to stir together easily.
- Pour honey lime mixture over salsa. Stir to combine.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with tortilla chips, over meat (fish, chicken), or on whatever else that sounds yummy!
Substitute mangoes or peaches (or a combination) for the nectarines.
Dress it Down:
This fresh salsa can get very juicy because of the juice in the tomatoes, nectarines, and strawberries. If you want to go less juicy, there are a couple of options. 1) You can simply drain the mixture after it has sat in the bowl for about 20 minutes. 2) Use a variety of tomatoes that is more firm (such as Roma). 3) Eliminate some or all of tomatoes.
If you don't want heat, eliminate the jalapenos.
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