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Grilled Peach & Jalapeño Salsa
Recipe Inspired by Southern Hill Farms, Clermont, FL.
After a day of picking several kinds of peaches, I wanted to make a recipe that was fast, healthy and used a handful of my supply. This delicious salsa works on so many things.. just make it and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
I have to start by saying that this recipe would not be possible without the experience I had at Southern Hill Farms right here in central Florida. I know I’m a little late to the party (friggin’ completely missed strawberry season) but after all the times my friends and supporters had told me about the farm, I finally went.
I honestly was super focused on picking blueberries and seeing what the farm had to offer but I think I spent most of the time with my friends in the peach orchard. It was just so amazing to see peaches growing above our heads while trying to find the best of the best.
We heard a great description of what types of peaches were available and where they were located during our mini-prepicking-orientation. I was so excited to get going I dragged the party to whatever area I saw fit and we picked away. Feeling good about what we got, we started walking out and ran into a whole new zone of peaches (FlordaGlo) that were soft, sweet and definitely in the “gotta-have” realm of our fresh produce adventures.
I love peaches! But there’s nothing more I like than a ‘sweet as hell’ white peach which these most certainly resembled. In fact, the best peaches I’ve ever had, until now, were in a farmer’s market in Oakland, California seeing my aunt and trying some local fruit and specialty goods. I was obsessed. It almost made generic peaches in my mind completely obsolete.
In this recipe I’m sticking with two types of peaches. I’ll keep it simple for those shopping at the store, pick some white and some yellow. Pick whatever peaches you want to use but make sure they’re fresh. I definitely think the balance and variety and flavor made this salsa special.
I chose to make salsa because I was also trying to get rid of chicken in my fridge and once throwing everything on the grill I knew it would be a great combo. This salsa also went well with sweet potato tortilla chips. The most important part was the fact that I added heat. You know I couldn’t go too long without a good punch of spice.
This recipe is only six ingredients if you’re not counting the salt and pepper. It’s simple and it really highlights the peaches that you find in the summer. There’s no need to hide the beautiful produce that your local markets and farms have to offer. Make the most of it during this season!
Grilling the peaches definitely gives off a more summertime vibe! That smoky grill flavor with one of my favorite seasonal fruits should get anyone excited about the months ahead!
- 1-1 ½ pounds fresh yellow and/or white peaches firm
- ½ medium red onion diced
- ½ pint grape or cherry tomatoes quartered
- 1 large fresh jalapeño finely diced
- ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 large lime zest and juice
- Preheat grill to high heat (about 400°).
- Cut peaches in half with the pit removed. Place on heated grill, flesh side down, for 2-4 minutes just enough to create a sear on the flesh.
- Remove and let cool for 10-20 minutes. Chop into even pieces and add to a large mixing bowl.
- Add quartered tomatoes, diced jalapeño, onion, cilantro, salt and pepper. Zest and juice the lime into the salsa and gently combine all ingredients.
- Let cool for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Serve cold.
Check out Southern Hill Farms website for more information!