Pickled Nectarine Salsa


I really, really didn’t want to call this a salsa because…well I don’t really know. There’s just something a bit tossy about it. Anyway relish wouldn’t work and neither would salad so here we are with salsa. I should’ve just called it THE BEST GRILLED MEAT ACCOMPANIMENT IN THE WORLD, because it really is. Last night, we ate it with some BBQ chicken which I’d marinated in yoghurt and a load of spices that would compliment the fruit, like cardamom, cloves and chilli. Stuffed into a pitta with a bit of leafage and a yoghurt sauce thing = really bloody good.

The nectarines and onions are quick pickled, then mixed with mint and olive oil. Simple. It would also be wicked with pork and BBQ fish.

Pickled Nectarine Salsa

4 nectarines, stoned and diced (leave the skins on)
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
Small handful mint leaves, finely shredded
120ml white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pep

Put the chopped nectarine and onion in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the vinegar and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour this mixture over the nectarine and onions, add salt and pepper and press down so all it submerged. Allow to pickle for 10 minutes then drain. You could reserve the liquid for pickling something else if you fancy. It tasty. Stir through the chopped mint and olive oil. At this point it will still taste rather astringent and not quite right, which is why you must allow it to sit for an hour or two before serving. It will transform.

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20 Responses to “Pickled Nectarine Salsa”

  1. Becs @ Lay the table

    This sounds so pretty, I bet it would go great with lamb chops too!

  2. Helen


  3. Miss Whiplash

    I have wrinkled peaches in the fridge – maybe I can do this with those ;)

  4. Helen

    Give it a go. I wouldn’t do it if they are really soft though…

  5. Catherine Edwards

    Looks like heaven. Like you said, bet it would totally love a bit of pork. You’re so clever.

  6. Helen

    I will accept that compliment gladly ;)

  7. Jimlad

    Stick some chilli and lime juice in there and you almost have the Weber salsa (http://www.weber.com/recipes/seafood/salmon-with-nectarine-salsa)….. works a treat with grilled fish.

    Keep ‘em coming Helen…..Best food Blog ever. :-)

  8. Helen

    Aww thank you!

  9. Aisha

    Looks awesome cant wait to make it

  10. Helen

    Let me know what you think!

  11. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    Looks amazing! I’d totally put it over meat. I need to pickle me some fruits, I think.

  12. Helen


  13. Liz Thomas

    That sounds lovely — agree with Becs that it would be great with lamb chops.


  14. Helen

    Mmmm lamb chops

  15. Elaine Byfield

    I was going to rustle something else up later, just changed my mind…sounds delish!

  16. Helen

    Woo! Lemme know what you think.

  17. Elizabeth

    I love fresh salsas, I don’t know really what else to call them but they are a great side for all kinds of vegetarian food too, Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern they can go with just about anything.

  18. Helen

    Couldn’t agree more.

  19. goodtasty.co.uk

    I have fallen back in love with nectarines this summer and this recipe looks amazing! I will definitely be trying this

  20. Helen

    Wicked, let me know if you try it.

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