Spicy Summer Salsa

Let me start out by saying there is nothing traditional about this salsa. There's no tomatoes. No cilantro. There's definitely some spice. Some onion. And some garlic. But that's probably where the comparison to typical Mexican salsa ends. This is fruity. It's a little fiery. A little sweet. Totally not what you expected.

Why did I make this? Mark Bittman told me to. Well, actually it was just a suggestion from his book, Food Matters. But I took it seriously. He talks a lot in this book about reinventing traditional dishes with non-conventional ingredients. Like swapping tomatoes for fruit in my lovely salsa here.

So, I give him the credit for the concept. Though the recipe is all mine. And I love it. And you've never tried it before and nobody else has it on their blog so, well, you should make it! It's different. I promise, you'll like it. And it's super healthy. You'll feel good eating it.

And you'll make it for some friends and they'll think you're kind of a crazy salsa genius. And when you do, I want to hear about. Leave a comment. Tell me if you made any substitutions and how they worked out. Go wild. I mean, it's salsa, it's meant to be a little out there.

Recipe after the jump!

spicy summer salsa


Spicy Summer Salsa with Apples, Peaches and Celery

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 green apple, diced to about 1/4" pieces (skin on)
  • 1 yellow peach, diced to about 1/4" pieces (skin on)
  • 1/4 cup celery fronds (just the leaves)
  • 1/4 white onion, diced fine
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper jelly
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine crushed garlic, jalapeno pepper jelly, Tabasco, olive oil and lemon juice. Use a fork to incorporate jelly into this "dressing".

Add diced fruit and celery and stir lightly so everything is combined. Salt and pepper to taste. If you like it a little spicier, add more Tabasco. A little sweet and spicier? Add more jalapeno pepper jelly.

Serve with tortilla chips. Pita chips would also be fabulous. Great for a party. Like I said, your friends will love it and be totally surprised.