Now that it’s summer, peaches are everywhere. I love picking up a bunch at the farmer’s market and then eating them as they ripen. A plain ‘ol peach is hard to beat…so flavorful. But that fresh fruit flavor can be utilized in other ways; Recently, I was dreaming of our fish tacos and missing mango season because mango salsa tastes so good with fish tacos…then I realized…peaches! They would be perfect to try in place of mangoes. So today we’re sharing our Peach Salsa recipe. It’s quick and easy to throw together. It’s perfect with chips and guacamole. It’s great atop fish or shrimp tacos. And it’s great to enjoy while drinking iced tea or kicking back with a margarita!
Tips for Peeling Peaches
The slowest part of the process of making this salsa is peeling the peaches. I think the best way to peel peaches is to have a pot of boiling water (maybe for some fresh summer corn on the cob?), score the bottom of the peach with an x, and carefully place the peach in the boiling water for maybe 20-30 seconds. Remove the peach and place it in an ice water bath for a minute or two. Then, peel. Usually, if you use a paring knife, you can grab the edge of the peel where you scored it with an x and pull it completely off! But, if you don’t have a pot of boiling water handy, I have also turned on the hot water in the sink and scored the peach and held it under the hot water while running your fingers over the skin. It doesn’t peel quite as easily as using the boiling water technique, but better than trying to peel it without using either technique. If you are looking for a visual, the kitchn has a good how-to guide for peeling peaches without even using a knife.
More Peach Salsa Making Tips
Another tip I recently learned is to chop your shallots up first, then juice your lime and let the two sit in a bowl together. Makes the shallots (or red onion if you don’t have shallot) not quite as powerful. Then peel the peaches. Once your peaches are peeled, chop the other ingredients and gently mix it up in a bowl. On occasion, I have mixed in chopped up avocado when I don’t feel like making guacamole as well (I know, that’s crazy) and mix that in also.
We’ve also been working on a peach margarita recipe. If you have a little liquid left from your salsa, don’t throw it away! Use it in your margarita. It adds a nice flavor
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