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For me, the new year isn’t all that motivating or exciting. I wouldn’t say it’s because I’m a cynic or a grump about it, but I get my motivation in the spring. That’s when things start new for me. I never cared much for resolutions either and I can’t remember ever having one on January 1st. For me, the new year is about spending time with family, which I’m ironically not doing this year. I miss them so much!

This recipe is somewhat out of season (nice nectarines or peaches may be hard for you to come by…), but I’m posting it because it’s not only a yummy recipe – it’s a reminder of this time of year. One of my fondest memories of growing up was sitting around the kitchen table with copious amounts of relatives playing card games. And for us, a natural accompaniment to a good game of cards was, of course, munchies! Chips and salsa were always a favorite.

So this posting is a bit of nostalgia mixed with tastiness. If you like sweet and spicy salsa, you should certainly give it a try! (This is very similar to my Cherry Salsa from earlier in the year, although with peach, it is much less tart and more of a sweet salsa).

I wish you all a blessed 2011! And I hope to continue to see you around here from time to time :)

Sweet Nectarine Salsa


3 medium ripe nectarines (the riper the better!)
1/2 large white onion
1 large green pepper
1 medium cucumber (skin optional)
4 medium romaine tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried sweet basil leaves
1/4 tsp red cayenne pepper powder


Wash all of the fruit and veg. Cut each bit into medium sized chunks (1 to 2 inches max).¬† Add them to a food processor or similar (I use a salsa express). I had to break all the fruit and veg until into 5 different ‘batches’ of cranking. I like to still have semi substancial chunks, but you may chop until you’re content with the texture. With the last bit of vegetables to be chopped, I added the salt, cayenne pepper, and dried sweet basil leaves¬† directly in the chopper, cranking it just a few more times. Then I dumped it out into a large mixing bowl and continued to combine it.

It’s really easy to make and although it has a salty spicy kick, it’s a very sweet salsa. I found that it’s also great with meat and other savory dishes as a compliment. Even though I started eating it as soon as it was mixed in the bowl, it really does taste best if you cover it and leave in in the fridge for at least a few hours before serving. The flavors will fuse together better.

This recipe is linked to My Meatless Mondays, Midnight Madness Meatless Monday, Just Another Meatless Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Delicious Dishes, Tuesday at the Table, Tuesday Twister, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tuesday Night Supper Club, Gluten Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, and Pennywise Platter.

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13 Responses to Sweet Nectarine Salsa

  1. Stephanie says:

    Looks like a beautiful salsa! I’m a huge fan of the fruity ones. I’m not so much a resolution person either. I’ve tried it, but it’s really not for me. I’m with you, I feel much more rejuvenated in the springtime, when the dreary winter days are over!

  2. This would be very sweet indeed. We have oodles of stone fruit available now it’s summer.

  3. YUM, Aubree! I’m a big fan of peach salsa so I know I’d love this recipe, too. Sweet salsas make me happy. Love the sweet and spicy combo. Nice on the addition of the cucumber, too. ;-)

    I know your family is missing you, too, but will look forward to you sharing all your adventures when you return, as I am, too. :-)

    As far as resolutions and such, I think that I’m going for a “launch” of sorts each season, starting with a new Vision Board today and revisiting it each season. You’re right that spring is often a big motivator and it will be great to see if I’m on track then. ;-)


  4. Beth says:

    Wow — this looks (and sounds) so amazing and fresh. I will definitely be trying this!

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  6. Miz Helen says:

    This is a very good Salsa, I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for sharing you recipe and you have a great week!

  7. christy says:

    this looks beautiful and delicious. i love nectarines…they are my favorite fruit actually! i am thinking that this would be really good on steamed fish…like steamed with it in a parcel…i will have to give it a try. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

  8. Alea says:

    I love fruit salsas and this one sounds especially delicious!

  9. Megan says:

    This looks so delicious! I’ve made mango salsa before, but never with nectarine. I’ll have to give it a try. i was surprised to find the recipe, as I know you are traveling. Hope you are having a wonderful time!

  10. Can I just tell you that this recipe makes my taste buds scream for joy in my mouth- with just the IDEA of this recipe! wow.
    So creative! THANK you for thinking this up. Cant wait to try it :)
    xo, Brittany

  11. Miz Helen says:

    I was delighted to see your Sweet Nectarine Salsa here today, you can see my portion is more than ample…it looks so good. Thank you for coming to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  12. Oh, I know this will be a huge hit at my house :)


  13. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Aubree Cherie,
    You brought your Sweet Nectarine Salsa to our very Full Plate Thursday and it still looks awesome. We are marking Five Years for Full Plate Thursday this week and I wanted to stop by and say Thank You for your support through the years!
    Miz Helen

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