Monday, July 11, 2011

Cool down with...Cilantro Peach Salsa

After a hot long day in the sun there is nothing better than a good salsa... at least thats what I was craving last night!  After looking through the fridge and the fruit bowl I realized I had everything I needed for a fresh peach salsa so I dove right in!  The peach was perfectly ripe... almost too ripe so I knew it would be juicy for the salsa and have tons of flavor.

Canned salsa never has that fresh taste and its loaded with salt and preservatives... plus it just tastes so much better when you know you made it!  Homemade salsa is super easy to make and uses few ingredients... it just takes a little time to chop up all the veggies.  It isn't too expensive to make in the summer when the cost of produce is down.  Stock up on tomatoes when they are on sale or if you see them on the reduced produce rack!  Or if you are really lucky... pick one right out of your garden!  There's nothing better! :)

Salsa is a healthy treat, just watch the portion of chips or tortilla that you serve it with and you can have a nice snack or fill it out for a meal.  Added benefit:  Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene, which may help to prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer.  Tomatoes are the best source for lycopene, but is also found in pink grapefruit and watermelon!

Cilantro Peach Salsa
Serves 6

3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 peaches, diced
1 large onion
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 jalepeno, chopped (optional)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Directions: Toss all ingredients in a bowl and chill until served.  This salsa will stay fresh for 3-5 days, so you can make extra!

Nutrition Facts: 2-3 Tbsp
30 calories, 6 g Carbohydrates, 1.5 g fiber, 1 g fat

Enjoy your homemade salsa with tortilla chips, over a salad, or as a topping for tacos (fish tacos would go great with this!)

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