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{Recipe: Peach and Tomato Salsa}

When I got off the phone with my mom, I was so disappointed.  I was coming down to New Jersey, spending the weekend with my parents, and not once were we planning on cooking a meal together.  That NEVER happens.

There was, however, a dinner scheduled at her friend Lori’s house for Friday night… the day that I was arriving.  And we were to bring a dessert and a side dish.  That didn’t give us a whole lot of time to whip something up.

And here’s the kicker… not only were we under time constraints, but the dish needed to be suitable for a Kosher meat meal (my parents and Lori’s family both keep Kosher), which meant no cheese… not that dairy products were an option since Lori also keeps vegan and gluten-free (though they did have chicken and fish for the rest of the gang).

Now, I love a good challenge.  I really do.  There’s no BUT at the end of that sentence.  I love cooking this way because it forces me to think outside the box.  And the dishes I prepare for such events tend to be on the healthier side and use fresh, seasonal produce.

The original idea was to make a bean salad.  But it would have killed me if I couldn’t add cheese to that.

And then the idea dawned on me.  Salsa… peach and tomato salsa.  Timely, refreshing, easy to prepare.  And this goes wonderfully with a basket of corn chips or on top of some grilled salmon.

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Peach and Tomato Salsa


3 cups fresh peaches, chopped

2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced

1 cup vidalia onion, chopped.

1 jalapeno, diced

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3 tbsp cilantro

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons agave nectar


Add the peaches, tomatoes, vidalia onion and jalapeno to a bowl.  Mix with fresh lime juice.  Add cilantro.

In another bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.  Pour over peach mixture and toss together.  Let sit for at least an hour before serving.

Serve with corn chips or on top of grilled salmon or chicken.


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  • MeetaAugust 26, 2011 - 2:56 am

    I love fruity/spicy salsa dishes like this. I have a nice one on the blog with apricots and another one with mangoes. I think this would be actually perfect for Soeren’s party on Sunday!! You mastered the challenge well!ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 26, 2011 - 7:05 am

    Lovely choice. Though I will throw in a suggestion that you try making a bean salad without cheese. If you add chopped avocado you might not find yourself missing cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Brian @ A Thought For FoodAugust 26, 2011 - 7:07 am

      Thank you for that wonderful selection, Elizabeth. I was actually just thinking about how I haven’t had a single avocado this summer. That’s going to have to change.

      But I still think I’d be missing the cheese ;-)ReplyCancel

  • MollyAugust 26, 2011 - 7:11 am

    I’ve never thought about bean salad as being anything but parve! Love the look of the salsa. I have both tomatoes and peaches from this week’s CSA and was thinking about making them into a salad with basil for a dinner I’m going to tomorrow night, but I love the addition of the cilantro and vinegar. Mmm…ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKAugust 26, 2011 - 7:20 am

    Love this salsa, Brian! I’m such a fan of salsas with fruit and grilled vegetables in them that I knew immediately upon reading this title that I’d love this one too! Peach and Tomato? Love it! And, of course, the photos too!ReplyCancel

  • Nelly RodriguezAugust 26, 2011 - 8:14 am

    Love this salsa, looks perfectly refreshing and definitely a quick one to whip up! Imagine that salsa on fish tacos? YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Bev WeidnerAugust 26, 2011 - 9:38 am


    Could you please put a diving board on the edge of that bowl? YUM.ReplyCancel

  • GeorgieAugust 26, 2011 - 9:57 am

    Swoon! Looks incredibly yummy!ReplyCancel

  • KellyAugust 26, 2011 - 10:11 am

    What a fabulous salsa! I absolutely LOVE the addition of fruit in salsa dishes and this sounds fantastic!! :)ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethAugust 26, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Yum! I love me some peach salsa, in fact I made some last night, no tomatoes though. I don’t think I’ve ever combined them. I usually make either fruit or tomato salsa…I might have to change that!

    Beautiful photos as well Brian!ReplyCancel

  • AdryonAugust 26, 2011 - 10:35 am

    So beautiful! I’ve been loving fruit salsas and this one needs to be in my house…maybe for a hurricane party.ReplyCancel

  • sippitysupAugust 26, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    Sweet and Spicy. Just like you! GREGReplyCancel

  • chinmayie @ love food eatAugust 26, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    Peach salsa sounds delightful! sweet, tangy and slightly spicy! YUM :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryAugust 26, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    Absolutely beautiful salsa. Love the combination of ingredients and that first photo does say, ‘dig in!’ReplyCancel

  • Erin Moline (@_InThisWorld_)August 26, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    Looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Fran {The Flavorful Fork}August 26, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    I love peach salsa! Just recently made it for a cooking demo at one of the local farmers market here in South Jersey. I omitted tomato but added mint – more of dessert type salsa – and served it with Cinnamon sugar chips.ReplyCancel

  • The Farmers WifeAugust 26, 2011 - 5:25 pm

    Wow!! That looks SO good, and almost refreshing! I will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • rebeccaAugust 26, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    looks like you did them proud bet they loved itReplyCancel

  • JenniferAugust 26, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    Beautiful flavours and photos! I think I”m going to have to make this over the weekend! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Drunk SquashAugust 26, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    Ah! So beautiful I just want to eat that whole bowl up! I have plums in the fridge.. maybe I can make a plum and tomato salsa…ReplyCancel

  • Heidi / foodiecrushAugust 26, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    And here I thought I was being original when I concocted a peach and tomato bruschetta the other night. And funny thing was I kept thinking I should add some heat and onion. We’re in tomato/peach synchronicity. Love your pics too.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneAugust 27, 2011 - 5:58 am

    It would have killed you not to put cheese in…you and are I so alike it’s scary. And I love that we were both mixing peaches and tomatoes together this past week! Great minds cook alike. You handled this cooking challenge like a pro!ReplyCancel

  • LizAugust 27, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Oh, my…peach salsa. Who needs chips; just give me a spoon!ReplyCancel

  • kitaAugust 27, 2011 - 6:16 pm

    What a beautiful sounding salsa and gorgeous presentation as always!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionAugust 27, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    Beautiful! I need to mix up my salsa repertoire a bit… And, this sounds perfect. Just hand me a few chips :)ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgAugust 27, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    The salsa looks scrumptious. I love how chunky it is! I love your hand/holding shots too. It always looks so inviting, like you’re handing me the salsa. Hmmph. Too bad you’re not actually sending me this salsa.ReplyCancel

  • Chef DennisAugust 28, 2011 - 6:59 am

    I love fruit salsa’s and I have not made one this summer! Thanks so much for a lovely combo, with all the great jersey tomatoes and peaches this is just what I need to add to my next meal, fish or chicken it will be a perfect accompaniment!ReplyCancel

  • JackieAugust 28, 2011 - 7:59 am

    I love how creative you are, Brian. When it comes to Summer I’m usually the person who just looks in the fridge and thinks, ‘eh, that’ll do’ and throws it all together, but you put such thought into everything. I love it.

    Also why can’t you add cheese to beans?! I would so add cheese to beans. I’d add cheese to it all! I love this, I can just see it now on top of some salmon with a coconut panko crust… delicious.

    Jax xReplyCancel

  • SandiAugust 28, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    FRESH tomatoes & peaches, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenAugust 28, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I think it’s so sweet you and your mom cook together, you guys must have so fun in the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • AnnAugust 28, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    This is really stunning…it’s been a crazy weekend, I’m sorry I didn’t get to comment before you made Top 9. But…congratulations! It’s well deserved!ReplyCancel

  • MonetAugust 28, 2011 - 11:55 pm

    What a great salsa…and it looks like Congratulations are in store for Top 9! I’ve been thinking of you and your family this weekend…I hope you guys have stayed dry! Thank you for sharing another delightful and creative recipe. I hope you had a lovely evening, my sweet friend, and I’m hoping you have an even lovelier week. Blessings from this hot state of Texas!ReplyCancel

  • ShilpaAugust 29, 2011 - 9:45 am

    Peach salsa – sounds lovely! Cooking together is so much fun …how lovely you can do that often…Beautiful space and I’ll be back soon.ReplyCancel

  • KaseySeptember 3, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    In some ways, I am always happy to have friends over for dinner who have dietary restrictions because I, too, like the challenge of cooking something that I wouldn’t normally make. This salsa looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • ElianaSeptember 7, 2011 - 11:13 am

    Not sure how I missed this post but this salsa could not look more delicious. I wish I had a big bowl of it right now. I think I could even enjoying with sans chips.ReplyCancel

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    Mmnn!. . . I LOVES me some Salsa, especially when I’m dancin’ it!

    La salsa es algo más que salsa.ReplyCancel

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