Pickled Nectarine Salsa

August 20, 2013

 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 Recipe

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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    Reply Becs @ Lay the table August 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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

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      Reply Helen August 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm


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    Reply Miss Whiplash August 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

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

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      Reply Helen August 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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

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    Reply Catherine Edwards August 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

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

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      Reply Helen August 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      I will accept that compliment gladly 😉

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    Reply Jimlad August 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Stick some chilli and lime juice in there and you almost have the Weber salsa (….. works a treat with grilled fish.

    Keep ’em coming Helen…..Best food Blog ever. 🙂

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      Reply Helen August 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Aww thank you!

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    Reply Aisha August 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Looks awesome cant wait to make it

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      Reply Helen August 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Let me know what you think!

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    Reply Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) August 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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

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      Reply Helen August 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm


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    Reply Liz Thomas August 21, 2013 at 4:46 am

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


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      Reply Helen August 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Mmmm lamb chops

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    Reply Elaine Byfield August 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

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

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      Reply Helen August 21, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Woo! Lemme know what you think.

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    Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2013 at 1:05 am

    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.

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      Reply Helen August 22, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Couldn’t agree more.

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    Reply August 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

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

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      Reply Helen August 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Wicked, let me know if you try it.

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