What to do with all the peaches life gives you when they are in season? Simple… make this Peach Salsa. It’s fresh and sweet, it’s addictively delicious and it’s colorful and pretty to take it to all your summer potlucks and poolside parties.
This peach salsa is great as a summer appetizer with tortillas, but also acts as a great topping for your tacos and burritos, or on top of your roasted or grilled chicken, pork and fish mains.
We had a lot of peaches lying around a few weeks back, so instead of going our regular mango route, I just chopped the best peaches and turned them into this easy peach appetizer.
This peach salsa turned out excellent. It’s beautifully colored and so very appealing to the eyes. It’s less acidic than tomato salsa, and is sweet and juicy if you have the best ripe peaches.
Taking just 10 minutes of work, this is the easiest appetizer you can whip up for your friends and family.
How to Choose the Best Peaches for Salsa
Although now a days you can get peaches all year round in your grocery store, the best peaches you can lay your hands on is in peach season, which is from June through August. So make the most of these summer bounties.
When choosing a peach for your fresh salsa, avoid peaches that are hard, as they aren’t ripe yet. Look for plump and ripe peaches.
They shouldn’t be over ripe or very soft, as you will end up with mushy, watery salsa. Look for fresh peaches without wrinkled or dry skin.
The perfectly ripe peach has healthy, vibrantly colored skin and is a little soft to the touch when squeezed gently.
- Peaches – The star of the salsa. Make sure you have perfectly ripe peaches for this recipe. Unripe or overripe will not result in the best tasting peach salsa.
- Red bell peppers – For a little crunch and added texture and flavor.
- Red onion – Red onions are the best in salsas, as they are not too sharp and have a great sweet mellow taste.
- Cherry tomatoes – For more color and sweetness.
- Jalapeño – To add some heat to your salsa.
- Cilantro – For authentic Mexican flavors.
- Lime juice – For a little tartness.
- Salt and pepper (optional) – Salt instantly makes everything taste great. Some people like pepper in salsa, some don’t.
How to Make Peach Salsa
It’s as easy as chopping all of the ingredients and mixing them in a bowl.
Dice peaches into small chunks. We left the skin on, as it gives beautiful color to the salsa with its reddish and yellowish hues. You can peel the skin off if that’s the way you prefer to eat your peach.
Dice the rest of ingredients like cherry tomatoes, onion and bell peppers the same size as the peach chunks. Chop the jalapeño and cilantro and mix everyone in a bowl, along with lime juice and your seasonings like salt and pepper. Always taste and adjust the salsa according to your taste.
If your peaches are not on sweeter side, you can add a dash of sugar. You can make your salsa more hot or mild by adding more or less jalapeño. Some people prefer to deseed the jalapeños, to control the heat.
You can immediately serve the salsa, or chill it in the refrigerator, covered with cling wrap.
Peach Salsa Variations:
- Make it more tropical. Add one or more other fruits like mango, pineapple or strawberry for a different fruit salsa profile.
- Add corn to the mix.
- How about mixing in some cheese, like feta or goat cheese, to add some more salty tones to the sweet ones. It’s delicious.
How to Serve Peach Salsa
- Everyone’s first choice is, of course, with unlimited tortillas to scoop this great appetizer. Keep those tortilla chips flowing.
- Serve this peach salsa with mains like Jerk Chicken, Pollo Asado or some perfectly cooked pork chops.
- Load your Tacos with peach salsa for different sweet fruity flavors.
- Add it onto your burritos, burrito bowls, tostadas and quesadillas.
Storage and Leftovers
Peach salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. It might become more juicy or watery as it sits for some time. Some people like all the flavors melded like that. You can always drain the water or juices before serving the salsa again.
Make the most of the summer time bounties, and make this easy summer appetizer any time you see some great looking peaches.
It would be a welcome and a little different change from your regular salsa to serve your guests. So yes.. when thinking salsa, go the peach way, go the sweet and fruity way…
Peach Salsa, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 3 ripe peaches, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 jalapeño, finely chopped
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste (optional)
- Mix in all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. (See note)
- Serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator covered with cling wrap until ready to use.
- You can add dash of sugar to your taste if peaches are not sweet enough.
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