Have you tried grilled peach salsa with fresh peaches this summer? If not, try this spicy, juicy, and flavourful peach salsa to go with grilled meat.
This pan-grilled peach salsa is so tasteful with the sweetness coming from grilled peaches and makes a perfect side with grilled vegetables, tofu, salmon, fish, pork & chicken.
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Grilled peach salsa vs fresh peach salsa
Grilling peaches enhances the natural sweetness with the added smoky flavors. Soft, tender, juicy, sweet, grilled stone fruit is a great dessert or snack in itself. Making salsa with grilled peaches is juicier, smoky, made without tomatoes, and sweeter. It goes well with grilled chicken, port ribs, salmon, and fish to balance the overall flavors. For vegetarians grilled paneer, tofu and tempeh work great.
Since peaches are cooked so it has a consistency somewhere like a dip or sauce.
Fresh peach salsa is chunky and firm in texture. You need to use ripe peaches to get the sweetness from the fruit. It goes well with nacho, pita chips, or as a taco topping. Canned & frozen peaches can also be used here to make this salad.
Why you will love this recipes
- Perfect dip or sauce- Grilling makes the fruit sweet and juicer. While cutting and mixing with other ingredients, peaches leave a lot of water content and soften in texture. Use it as a dip, or sauce, or relish to grilled meat or vegetables.
- Easy to make- This stone fruit salsa is easy to make as well. To grill peaches, you need a grilling pan or a BBQ grill. So depending on the place (at home or having BBQ) you can grill them. By any chance, if you can not grill, then just roast them in the oven at 400F for 20 minutes. Use them in place of grilled peaches.
- Fewer ingredients- You need few ingredients to make this delicious fruit salad. They are easily available and easy to carry if you plan out camping in summer.
- Make-ahead- It is one of the recipes that you can plan ahead. Grill peaches and mix with other ingredients without adding lime, salt & onion. You can mix lime, & salt just before serving.
Ingredients & notes
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- Peaches- Red, orange or white, any peach variety will go to make salsa. Make sure to use enough firm yet ripe peaches. During grilling they tend to get softer and juicer, so pick accordingly. You do not want them to lose their shape while grilling and later mixing with other ingredients. I am using white peaches to make this recipe.
- Chilies- Add a good amount of heat but definitely as per taste. Heat simply combined with the fruit sweetness and balance all the flavors.
- Onion- I love adding chopped red onions in salsa due to their mild flavor.
- Bell pepper- It adds a crunch and blends well overall. Red and orange bell peppers taste great as they are sweet in nature. Others have their own flavors which do not mix well with other ingredients.
- Cilantro- It is my favorite ingredient in the salsa recipe. But if you do not like it then replace it with mint or parsley and make peach salsa without cilantro. Check the best substitute for cilantro here.
- Lime juice- To balance the heat and sweetness a must-required ingredient. Do not use the storebought lemon juice, fresh has its own aroma and taste.
- Others- Salt & chili flakes as per taste.
Variations & Substitutions
- If running out of time then simply use fresh peaches to make this fruit salad. It is a completely personal choice how you would like to have it, but I will surely tell you to try it once with grilling. Make peach crostini with this grilled fruit salsa.
- This peach salsa recipe is prepared without using tomatoes. However, if you like just add ½ cup of chopped tomatoes.
- Make this same stone fruit salsa using nectarines or apricots.
- Any other fruit combinations like mango, pineapple, avocado, watermelon, bueberry, and strawberry are few to add long with peach.
- You can use hebanero or chipotle chilies as well.
- Corn, cucumber, and tomatoes are other few ways to enhance the overall flavor profile.
How To Make Grilled Peach Salsa
Wash & clean the stone fruit. Cut it along the seam all the way around and twist your hand. Carefully remove the pit from another half. Now Heat a grill pan on medium heat.
Lightly brush the olive oil on the pan and place the halves upside down. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until you see the grilling marks. Flip and cook them for another 5-6 minutes (pic 1-2). Transfer them to a plate and let them cool down a bit.
Cut & mix with other ingredients
Once peaches are good to touch, chop them in chunks. Removing the skin is a personal choice here.
Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well. Adjust heat and salt as per taste (pic 3-6).
Serve & enjoy
Serve this stone fruit salsa with nachos, pita chips, or any grilled protein. I enjoyed making Peach crostini. Just roast baguette slices and spread the salsa with burrata cheese or just as is.
Tips & FAQ's
Any variety, red, orange, or white peaches are good for grilling or making salsa. Just be careful while picking them for grilling, you need firm & ripe enough but not very soft peaches.
Fresh peach salsa goes as a dip with tortilla chips, or pita chips. Paneer satay or grilled tofu also pairs well with it. Grilled peach salsa is perfect for any grilling meat & grilled vegetables or as is.
If fresh peaches are unavailable, you can use canned peaches to make salsa without grilling them. Canned ones are already soft in texture & without skin, and may not hold their shape while grilling. Adjust seasoning accordingly when you make salsa with canned peaches and enjoy.
It is completely personal. Outer skin helps to hold the shape while grilling. Since fruit is half cooked you won't feel any trace of it while eating.
What to serve
What goes with peach salsa? Serve it with nachos, tortilla chips, or pita chips. I love to make peach crostini and serve it as an appetizer or small size snack at family gatherings.
How to store
Any leftover salsa is good to store in the fridge for 1-2 days. I recommend not to store it for longer. Fruit gets softened and loses a lot of moisture. It does not taste great after a day.
Do not freeze it, as after the thaw process fruits will lose the freshness and crunch.
This salsa salad recipe can be scaled up or down as per requirement.
More Salsa & Dip Recipes
If you like this low-calorie snack then do try a few more as below.
Check these Flavors That Go Well With Peaches.
Grilled Peach Salsa
- Grilling pan (or BBQ grill or oven)
- 3 peaches I use white peaches, use any.
- 1 serrano adjust heat as per taste
- ¼ cup red onion chopped finely
- ¼ cup bell pepper chopped finely, I use red bell pepper.
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped finely
- 1 lime juice of 1 lime, almost 2 tbsp.
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Wash & clean peaches. Cut them carefully and remove the pit from other half.3 peaches
- Heat a grill pan on medium heat and lightly brush the olive oil. Now place the peaches upside down. Cook for 5-6 min or until you see the grilling marks. Flip and cook them for another 5-6 minutes.
- Chop the grilled peaches in chunks. Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well. Adjust heat and salt as per taste.3 peaches, 1 serrano, ¼ cup red onion, ¼ cup bell pepper, ¼ cup cilantro, 1 lime, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Serve this stone fruit salsa with nachos, pita chips or any grilled protein or make Peach crostini. Just roast baguette slices and spread the salsa with burrata cheese or just as is.
- Any variety, red, orange, or white peaches are good for grilling or making salsa.
- Make this same stone fruit salsa using nectarines or apricots.
- This is prepared without using tomatoes. However, if required just add ½ cup of chopped tomatoes.
- Removing the skin is a personal choice.
- You can use frozen or canned peaches to make salsa without grilling them.