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Recipe: Peach-Corn Salsa

By Judith Hausman, Urban Farm contributor

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Peach Corn Salsa

Photo by Judith Hausman

This easy and versatile sauce is one of those recipes every cook customizes. Make your own signature version with very nearly any soft fruit (watermelon, strawberries) and nearly any pepper, depending on what you enjoy. You can start with a milder pepper and adjust it with a few drops of hot sauce to increase the heat.

The herbs are flexible as well. Cilantro is more or less traditional but some people taste this herb as soapy, so mint and basil can stand in deliciously for it. If you still have garlic scapes around, use a chopped one instead of a scallion or red onion.

The salsa makes use of a savory-sweet mix of the height of the season bounty and can be served simply with corn chips or, more elaborately, with grilled swordfish or chicken. I’ll serve it with cumin-spiced, grilled lamb burgers tonight.

Use very ripe fruit and a firmer tomato so the salsa won’t be too watery. If you make it at least a few hours in advance, the flavors will meld better but you may also need to drain off some liquid before serving.

Recipe: Peach-Corn Salsa

Yield: about 2 cups

  • 2 medium peaches or nectarines, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 2-3 tablespoons red onion or 1 scallion, minced
  • kernels cut from one ear of cooked corn
  • 1 medium hot pepper, such as banana, poblano or Hungarian wax, de-seeded and minced
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, mint and/or basil, minced (optional)
  • salt, to taste
  • hot sauce (optional)


Mix all ingredients. Season to taste.

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watermelon would be great in this salsa; cantalope too.
Judy, South Salem, NY
Posted: 9/2/2012 11:42:12 AM
Love the recipe. I found out I am high allergic to peaches and nectarines so I substituted with watermelons and it turned out great!
christine, grove city, OH
Posted: 8/19/2012 8:14:43 AM

About the Blogger

Judith Hausman

Judith Hausman
As a long-time freelance food writer, Judith Hausman has written about every aspect of food, but local producers and artisanal traditions remain closest to her heart. Eating close to home takes this seasonal eater through a journey of delights and dilemmas, one tiny deck garden, farmers’ market discovery and easy-as-pie recipe at a time. She writes from a still-bucolic but ever-more-suburban town in the New York City 'burbs.

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