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!
Strawberry Nectarine Salsa
- 3 medium tomatoes diced
- 2 nectarines skinned and diced
- 10-12 medium strawberries hulled and diced
- 1 red onion or 1/2 red and 1/2 sweet onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
- 1/2 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!
Change it Up:
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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