One of the things I love about this salsa is that it’s such a summery recipe and I really do love the summer season—even if it can get a little too hot at times! This salsa is made with some of my favorite fruits and veggies…strawberries, avocado, and cucumber! It’s a Continue reading
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Are you growing cucumbers in your garden this year? Here’s a recipe you can use those cucumbers in! It’s perfect for summer because it’s a little fruity, lightly sweet, and a little spicy–good with tortilla chips or as a side dish with chicken or fish. And it’s very easy to make! I like that this salsa has peaches in it because that’s one of my favorite summer fruits. The lime juice and peach preserves add a nice light touch of tangy sweetness–and if you want a sweeter salsa, stir some honey into the salsa. You can also make it even fruitier by substituting small chunks of watermelon for the red bell pepper.
PEACH CUCUMBER SALSA by NancyC
Makes about 5 1/2 cups
- 3 cups pitted and chopped peaches, peeled or unpeeled (about 1 1/2 lbs. or 3 to 4 peaches)
- 1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (or for a fruitier salsa, substitute 2 cups of small watermelon chunks)
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced (both the white parts and stems)
- 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon seeded and finely chopped jalapeno
- 3 Tablespoons lime juice
- 3 Tablespoons peach preserves (or substitute apricot preserves)
- Optional: add a little honey to taste for a sweeter salsa
In medium bowl, toss together chopped peaches, cucumber, red bell pepper, green onions, and jalapeno.
In small bowl, mix the lime juice and peach (or apricot) preserves, blending well. Pour over the chopped peach-cucumber mixture and toss until everything is coated. For a sweeter salsa, you can mix in some honey if you want. You can serve this salsa with tortilla chips or as a side with chicken or fish.
To make ahead: You can prepare this salsa up to 2 hours before serving; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve and stir to blend ingredients before serving.
I don’t have a veggie garden this year, but I really appreciate my friends who share their veggies with me–like the cucumber I used in this salsa! What’s your favorite recipe that uses cucumbers?
I can’t believe May is here already! I’m so ready for the warm, sunny weather this month brings. And since Cinco De Mayo is almost here, I’ve been seeing lots of fiesta-ish recipes all over the place! I thought I’d do a little round-up of my own for you, so if you’re in a fiesta mood, any of these would be great!
From top to bottom and right to left (just click on the names to get to each recipe):
Fiesta Chili Mac, Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes, Creamy Salsa Yogurt Dip, 5-Layer Mexican Dip, Mango-Jalapeno Salsa, Burrito in a Cup, Salsa Roll-Ups, Southwestern Black Bean Soup, Savory Strawberry Salsa, and Blueberry Salsa.
Hope you enjoy trying some of these out! What’s your favorite Cinco De Mayo dish?
Now that the weather is warming up, I’ve been eating more fruit–there’s something about the warmer weather that makes me crave it more! I love all kinds of fruit and that’s what I like about this Mango-Jalapeno Salsa–there’s a nice variety of fruit–mango, pineapple, and apple–mixed in with some diced tomato and red bell pepper. It’s a little on the spicy side, so use half the amount of jalapeno and ginger if you want a milder salsa. Overall, I think this is a great, healthy mix of naturally sweet and savory flavors!
Speaking of healthy, this recipe is from a new cookbook out last month, The Daniel Plan Cookbook, by Pastor Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman. It’s a companion book to the New York Times Bestseller, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life and has 100 easy recipes (with full-color photos) to help you eat healthy for life. “Food truly is medicine,” says one of the authors, Dr. Hyman. Eating real, whole foods can help reverse chronic disease, aid in weight loss, and even optimize brain health. In developing the book, the authors thought about what most people like to eat, then created healthy versions of popular dishes to show that healthy eating is possible in the “real world.” So there are recipes for Blueberry French Toast, BBQ Chicken Pizza, Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Classic Meatloaf, and Chocolate Coconut pudding, to name a few…that just goes to show you don’t need to feel deprived when you’re eating healthy!
I received a sampler of recipes from the book and decided to try the Mango-Jalapeno Salsa. This tropical-style salsa goes well with Mexican recipes using fish or chicken, like the Grilled Spicy Fish Tacos, another delicious-sounding recipe in the book. I really like it with those blue corn tortilla chips, too.
MANGO-JALAPENO SALSA from The Daniel Plan Cookbook
- 1 mango, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup diced pineapple
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup seeded and diced tomato
- 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
- 4 Tablespoons lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 Tablespoons minced seeded jalapeno (use half the amount of jalapeno and ginger for a milder salsa)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Place salsa ingredients in a bowl. Mix together well. Chill in refrigerator. (Keeps up to 1 week refrigerated).
This makes about 3 1/2 cups of salsa. It’s really easy to make and so good! Have you tried making a fruity salsa before?