This Fresh Peach Salsa recipe uses sweet tree-ripened peaches, tomato, cilantro, lime, and jalapeno for an irresistible homemade fruit salsa with the perfect sweet and spicy combo. This healthy summer dish is perfect served with tortilla chips, shrimp tacos, or as a topping for fish like salmon on the grill.
Peach Salsa Recipe
This Peach Salsa recipe is one of the many reasons I love peach season. This is so good I love to make it again and again come July. The combination of flavors in this easy fruit salsa is a bit sweet and spicy. You'll love the fresh ripe peaches, summer tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime, and a touch of jalapeno.
I've shared a lot of fresh fruit salsa over the years, but it all started with my Fresh Peach Salsa recipe. I love it because it's basically an excuse for me to eat two of my favorite things at once... Mexican food and fruit! The salsa is reminiscent of Mango Salsa but with a special peach Southern twist.
Peaches are one of those foods that are really best eaten in those magic dog days summer months when they come straight off the trees of South Carolina or Georgia. Find the good ones and they are so juicy you need a paper towel to eat them. They just ooze Southern charm. Sure... you can get them other times and from other places but they just aren't the same. You'll need a few peaches to make this very seasonal recipe.
The good news is the long-awaited peach season is here and fully intend on going peach crazy. The first recipe on my peach-loving schedule is my pretty darn delicious Fresh Peach Salsa recipe. It's bursting with all that peachy goodness.
Here's why you'll love my Fresh Peach Salsa recipe...
- My Fresh Peach Salsa recipe is only 6 ingredients and they are simple and easy to find. It's kind of like a Mango Salsa but with a sweet Southern twist. Use this is any recipe that calls for mango salsa in the summer.
- You can whip this together in less than 10 minutes.
- It's diet friendly! This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, Whole 30, and keto. It's also low-calorie!
- It's healthier than packaged salsa like Trader Joe's Peach Salsa.
- It's super versatile. You will love that this recipe is perfectly lovely served with just chips as a dip or as a topping for meat (chicken, pork) or fish like salmon on the grill. I love this recipe... Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Fresh Peach Salsa.
This fresh Peach Salsa recipe comes together with just 6 ingredients with peaches being the star. Here's an overview of what you will need. Keep reading for the full recipe.
- Fresh Peaches: Get the tree-ripened ones from the South for the best flavor. There's is nothing like them in July or August! Remove the pit and give them a rough chop to prep them. Frozen peaches or canned peaches will not work.
- Tomato: I added tomato to my Fresh Peach Salsa to keep the flavors well balanced. It's a nice combination of summer vegetables and fruits.
- Red Onion: Any good homemade salsa needs a bite of red onion. This brings so much color and flavor to the dish.
- Cilantro: In my opinion a good salsa NEEDS cilantro. I use a hearty dose of it in my salsa. If you don't like cilantro you can substitute parsley or just leave it out, but you will not get the same flavor.
- Jalapeno: I think a little jalapeno really adds to the flavor of this fruit salsa. To make it less spicy make sure to remove the inner white parts of the jalapeno and the seeds. If you like the spice, leave the on. If you can't handle the heat at all, you can substitute green or red bell pepper for the jalapeno. But I think this recipe as written is just spicy and flavorful enough without being overbearing.
- Lime: Freshly squeezed fresh lime juice makes all these flavors POP and makes it taste like salsa.
How to Select Peaches for the Peach Salsa recipe:
If you aren't sure which peaches to buy at the store for my Fresh Peach Salsa recipe here are some tips.
- Look for local peaches. Peaches that are grown close to where you live will often have more flavor.
- A good peach should have vibrant color with no green tones.
- Look for ones that aren't too hard or too soft. You'll also want to find ones without blemishes on the skin.
- Store your peaches on the counter NOT in the fridge until they ripen.
My trick for making this Peach Salsa recipe is to keep it easy by using a small food chopper. I put everything for the salsa in it except for the peaches. It creates a perfect finely chopped-up consistency for the salsa. Just don't over-chop! It also saves lots and lots of chopping time. Here's how to make the salsa step by step. Keep scrolling for the printable recipe.
- Cut your peaches into small bites. Roughly chop the rest of your vegetables.
- Put the roughly chopped red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno in a food processor and chop until you get the right consistency. Add the tomato and chop again.
- Mix the peaches and red onion mixture together in a medium bowl. Stir in the lime and salt to taste.
- Add any extra cilantro to taste.
After I do the shortcut chop on everything else, I cut the peaches by hand in larger chunks so they really shine! This fresh Peach Salsa recipe is totally worth the time. Look how pretty it looks!
If you don't have a chopper just dice everything by hand it will taste the same.
I love this peach salsa recipe as written but here are some fun ways to mix it up.
- Make it Spicy Peach Salsa: Add extra jalapeno or a dash of hot sauce.
- Make it Mixed Fruit: You can mix other fruits with this salsa like chopped pineapples, strawberries, mango
- Make it Extra Peachy: To make it extra peachy, leave out the tomato and just use peaches.
- Make it Peach Avocado Salsa: Substitute chopped avocado for the tomato or just add it to the mix.
- Make it Garlic: Add fresh chopped garlic to the mix.
How do I store fresh peach salsa?
This fresh peach salsa recipe is better eaten within a few hours of making it because the peaches don't hold up well. It's best eaten within a day of making it, or the peaches break down too much.
It can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Do I need to peel the peaches for peach salsa?
It's a matter of personal preference, but I don't. I like keeping the skin for texture and vitamins.
Do I have to cook peaches for peach salsa?
No! You'll want to use fresh, uncooked peaches.
Can I can or freeze this salsa?
I don't recommend canning or freezing this salsa. The canned salsa needs to be cooked and that's not done here. I also don't recommend freezing it because the consistency of the salsa will change. It's best enjoyed fresh or within a few days of making it.
How to use this Peach Salsa Recipe:
This peach salsa recipe works great with chips or crackers as an appetizer. It also pairs delightfully with shrimp or fish! Here are some ideas.
- Grilled Chicken or Pork
- Topping for Fish like Salmon
- Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Peach Salsa
- Topping for Shrimp or Fish Tacos
- With chips or crackers.
I hope you enjoy this delicious Fresh Peach Salsa recipe as much as my family does. It's one I make again and again in the summer. This classic Fruit Salsa recipe is a total crowd pleaser and one of my all-time favorites. It is literally like a bright summer Southern day in a jar!
More Fruit Salsa Recipes to Love:
- 5 Ingredient Strawberry Salsa
- 5 Ingredient Pineapple Salsa
- Fresh Mango Salsa
- Pomegranate Cucumber Salsa
- Watermelon Salsa
More Peach Recipes to Love:
- Grilled Peach Caprese Salad
- Peaches and Cream Smoothie
- Peach Cobbler Overnight Oats
- Cedar Plank Salmon with Grilled Peach Salsa
Fresh Peach Salsa recipe
- Carefully cut peaches into ¼ inch cubes
- Put all the other ingredients in a chopper or food processor for a rough chop. Don't pulverize, but get the pieces pretty small.
- In a large bowl, mix the peaches and salsa mix together.
- Garnish and serve!
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