Anyone who lives in the Okanagan knows that there’s a sweet spot in the middle of summer where cherry and peach season overlap. It’s the definition of PURE HEAVEN! It’s as though Mother Nature had a burst of generosity and decided to completely spoil us rotten for a few weeks.
I wrestle with big decisions these days such as which fruit to call my favourite, peaches or cherries? I know, zero sympathy, right? Both taste like candy (but so much better) and are packed with vitamin C, fibre and potassium. Not one to discriminate, I decided to play Switzerland and create a dish that uses both of them. Problem solved!
I always try to buy local when I can which is super easy to do given that we live in fruit paradise here in the Okanagan. BC Tree Fruits is a cooperative that has been a part of the Okanagan family for as long as anybody can remember. I think it’s so awesome that they work hard on behalf of the fruit growers to bring us incredible food that’s grown close to home using natural and sustainable methods.
I grew up thinking that the only salsa that existed was the bland stuff that you get out of a jar on the store shelf. Fast-forward to adulthood and I clearly remember the day when my friends invited me over for dinner and served fresh homemade salsa with chips. My mind was blown! I haven’t bought a jar of salsa since, I had no clue it was THAT easy it was to make the most delicious salsa out of just a few ingredients!
This salsa is awesome served with tortilla chips but is also awesome spooned over grilled chicken or fish for a beautiful and delicious summery main dish. Or how about using it to top grilled slices of baguette rubbed spread with local goat cheese? The possibilities are endless!
Makes approximately 3 ½ cups of salsa
- 1 ½ c. pitted diced BC Tree Fruits cherries
- 1 ½ c. peeled diced fresh BC Tree Fruits peaches
- ¼ c. finely diced red onion
- 1-2 tsp. minced jalapeno pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1/3 c. chopped loosely packed cilantro
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt to taste
Combine all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
A BIG thank you to my friends at BC Tree Fruits who sponsored this post!