I don’t think summer is the season for fancy cooking. It is the time for salads of all kinds, melon and prosciutto, yogurt with fresh fruit and berries, juicy sliced tomatoes, BBQ, veggies on the grill, and chilled wine. The spotlight should be on highlighting the glory of the best local and seasonal ingredients, cooked (or not cooked) with a few fresh herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.
That being said, sometimes the food needs a little embellishing. Maybe you are expecting company or it is a special holiday weekend. I want to introduce the idea of a fruit salsa to go with those amazing grilled dishes. We are all familiar with a tomato based salsa but peaches, nectarines, watermelon, and mangos all make excellent salsas. If you live in Hawaii or the tropics, pineapples are also a good choice (I don’t think they are worth eating elsewhere…sorry Dole).
Use whatever is freshest and perfectly ripe but not mushy. This is a very loose recipe but I will give some general directions. I think the essentials are sweet, crisp, spicy heat, sharpness, acid, and salt. In the salsa shown above the peaches provide sweet, the cucumber is crisp, the chilis are heat, the onion sharp, and lime juice acid.
- Fresh fruit, cut into cubes – I used 4 peaches
- 1 large cucumber, peeled if necessary and cubed to the same size
- 1 – 2 hot chilis – seeded and cut into small cubes, I used 1 jalapeno and 1 small red chili
- 1/2 red onion – chopped finely
- squeeze of lime juice
- salt to taste
Again this is a very flexible list. If you have a ripe avocado, add it. What about a mix of fruit? Watermelon with tomatoes is a winner. Apples would be good in the fall. Have some fresh basil on hand? Wonderful! Cilantro? Yum! Mint? Oh my! See what I mean?
Notice that there is no oil in this salsa? None is needed. It is a good way to get an extra serving of fruits and vegetables deliciously without any additional fat.
I am taking this to share at Fiesta Friday #131, hosted by Angie. This weeks co-hosts are Su @ Su’s Healthy Living and Laura @ Feast Wisely. Click on the link to read the posts and join the party.
I love salsas!
That looks so good. Summer perfection!
I so agree with you Liz, that summer is not the time for fancy cooking! I love salads and definitely like yours as you think like me. Salads to me are very flexible based on what I have on hand. Your salad looks delicious! Perfect for BBQs and for picnics. Thanks for sharing it with us here at the Fiesta Friday!
We are singing in the choir! This could easily be a salad itself, I served it as a salsa on the side with some grilled fish. It would also be lovely with chicken. Who says a salad actually has to have lettuce? Thank you for visiting.
This is a perfect summer salsa.
Great recipe using summer fruits and veggies. Like the addition of cukes Liz!
I love a good salsa and the mix of fruit and cucumber sounds summer perfect! Happy FF 🙂
I just love sweet and spicy together, and this fruit salsa is just gorgeous!
It is one of my favorite combinations as well. Thank you for visiting.