It’s roundup day for the Food Network’s blog, FN Dish, and the theme is watermelon. I confess I wasn’t a lover of watermelon until the last couple of years. When I was kid I could never understand what the fuss was all about. It was messy, full of huge black seeds, and not sweet enough for me.
Times change, so do our taste buds. Now we have seedless watermelons at our fingertips, and they’re plenty sweet for me now. All summer long, I almost always have watermelon in the refrigerator for salads, snacking, and this salsa.
Salsas are great condiments to have in your back pocket for summertime dishes. I eat them on their own, but are great with goat cheese and crackers, served over grilled trout (yes, I eat some fish), and tonight, my husband had this salsa on his pork chops. If you like strawberries, here’s another great fruity salsa that’s great with cheese and crackers.
Salsas are easy to make, can often be made ahead, and add a great twist to a familiar dish. This one combines the sweetness of watermelon and peaches with the crunch of cucumbers. A little (optional) Serrano pepper is thrown in and tossed with cilantro, lime juice, and a new ingredient for me, Peach White Balsamic Vinegar from the folks at We Olive. If you live in California, you may be lucky enough to have a We Olive store near you (here’s their store locator), but either way – you can order their fantastic olive oils and vinegars online. Their lemon and garlic olive oils are some of the best I’ve ever tried, and I’m in love with their Peach White Balsamic Vinegar. It’s not too tart or heavy, and has a fresh light flavor of peaches. I’m using it in so many dishes right now.
*Disclosure, I have not in any way been compensated by We Olive. They have no idea I’m even writing about them. I’m just sharing a product I’ve tried and loved, and want to share it with my readers.
Watermelon and Peach Salsa
- 4 cups small diced seedless watermelons 1/2 of a personal sized watermelon
- 2 cups white peaches pitted, peeled and diced
- 2 cups chopped cucumber
- 1 Tbsp minced Serrano pepper optional
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 Tbsp Peach White Balsamic Vinegar see post for information
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the black pepper into a large bowl, and chill for at least one hour to meld flavors. Toss a couple of times during the chill phase.
- Serve with a few twists of black pepper.
Watermelon salsa are popular in our group today – three of us posted salsa recipes for today’s roundup :-). Go check out all these recipes, and don’t forget to visit our Food Network FN Dish Pinterest Board for more inspiration. And if you’re on twitter, use the hashtag #SummerSoiree to get your fill of summer recipe ideas!
Weelicious: Watermelon Cinnamon Granita
Homemade Delish: Refreshing Watermelon Salsa
Healthy Eats: Pretty in Pink: 6 Dishes Made Better with Watermelon
Creative Culinary: Margarita Watermelon
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Watermelon and Peach Salsa
Dishin & Dishes: Watermelon Jalapeno Agua Fresca
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Watermelon Salsa
Red or Green: Watermelon, Corn & Jalapeno Salad
The Mom 100: Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
Taste with the Eyes: Unique Watermelon Salad – Pomegranate Syrup, Feta, Cucumber
FN Dish: 6 Party-Ready Ways to Take Watermelon Off the Rind