I enjoy trying different fruity salsa flavors in the summer months. So far I’ve made Peach Cucumber Salsa, Mango-Jalapeno Salsa, Zesty Watermelon Salsa, Blueberry Salsa, and Savory Strawberry Salsa. I recently found a new one to try at MyRecipes.com. This summery salsa combines watermelon, peaches, basil, and chives, flavored with some lime juice and hot pepper jelly. The pepper jelly makes this quite spicy, so if you don’t like spicy, you could try substituting a peach jelly or jam. The original recipe says to serve the salsa in cups over baby heirloom tomatoes, kind of like a fruit salad, but you can also serve it in a bowl with tortilla chips for more of a snack–just omit the tomato portion of the recipe. Or you can mix the tomatoes right in with the rest of the salsa ingredients. I like it both ways–with or without the tomatoes–so you may want to try both ways, too.
WATERMELON-PEACH SALSA by NancyC, slightly adapted from MyRecipes.com Makes 6 servings For the salsa:
- 1/2 cup hot pepper or red pepper jelly (if you don’t like spicy, use a peach jelly or jam)
- 1/4 cup lime juice, fresh or bottled
- Optional: 1 Tablespoon lime zest
- 2 cups seeded and diced watermelon
- 1 1/2 cups peeled and diced fresh peaches (I used a combination of yellow and white peaches)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
- Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish
For the tomatoes:
- 3 cups cherry, grape, or baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
- Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, whisk together pepper jelly, lime juice, and lime zest (if using); stir in watermelon, peaches, basil, and chives. Season halved tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste, then spoon into cups. Top tomatoes with the salsa mixture and garnish with basil sprigs. Note: if you serve the salsa with tortilla chips, you can omit the tomatoes and serve the salsa in a bowl (you can also mix in the tomatoes with the rest of the salsa ingredients and serve in a bowl that way, too).