To Whom It May Concern:

Remember when you asked me for a people pleasing appetizer and I coyly gave you four salsa recipes and a smile?

Not crostini. Not baked brie. Not bean dip.

Well… it’s not a copout. I’m all about little cubes of produce chucked together and salted heavily.

And it’s not because I’m lazy (which I am) or because it’s easy (which it really, really is). It’s because I find that in the middle of summer, when you’re born with the sweat gene that makes it pour down your front, back, head and unmentionables the minute the temperature exceeds 75 degrees, and the sun is beating down like something fierce while you try to feed ten hungry mouths, fruit salsa makes a huge splash.

 

You should also know that I rarely follow a recipe for salsa and it often goes something like this:

1. cut up vegetables (ew) without trying to chop off fingers

2. add fruit because it is SO much better than vegetables

3. add salt-n-pepa (not the rap stars… that would be weird)

4. “taste” by inhaling an entire bag of blue corn chips

5. chop up more fruits and veggies (ew) because you ate so much

6. go buy more blue corn chips because you are really good at spending money… and you ate so much

7. eat a cookie because you deserve it since you ate so many vegetables

 

I just tell it like it is.

I’m telling you that real people LOVE this. You know… as opposed to fake people. Throw a little fruit plus a little salt in your coarsely chopped vegetables and friends think you should open a restaurant or something. Serve it with salty tortillas chips and sweet pita chips and you’re the most popular kid on the block.

 

I’m not lying when I tell you that salsas are my number one go-to for parties. Easy, sweet, savory, no muss, no fuss. I don’t wear aprons and I don’t like worrying about making food when I could be throwing back shots and giggling with friends. It’s the truth!

Now do you believe me?

Grilled Corn, Peach and Basil Salsa

makes about 3 cups

4 ears grilled corn, cut off the cob

2 large peaches, chopped

1 large tomato, chopped

1/4 red onion, chopped

6 large basil leaves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

a few fresh squeezes of lemon juice

Combine all ingredients together and toss. Season with the salt and pepper, then mix again. I find the salsa is best one it’s sat together for 2-4 hours. Refrigerate leftovers for up to one week.

Sincerely,

The One Who Hogged The Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

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93 Responses to “Grilled Corn, Peach and Basil Salsa.”

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    Katrina — August 24, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    This is a really great idea. I neeeeed this now. For realzies.

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    Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance — August 24, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    I love fruity salsas :) Gracias, Jessica!

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    Kathryn — August 24, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    Yum! Easy and delicious – the best combo!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — August 24, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    This salsa is so pretty! And I love how you put fruit in most of your salsas. Mango, peaches, strawberries…always a great choice.

    And yes to easy recipes for parties. Who has time to cook when you could be doing shots with friends…I so agree :)

    And Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips…wow that sounds great right about now!

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — August 24, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    love your steps to making a good salsa, it’s a requirement to go through a bag just tasting it. it has to be perfect right?

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    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — August 24, 2011 @ 7:26 am

    So simple, yet SO delicious!! Putting these together?! A+ for sure!

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — August 24, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    This sounds perfect! Peaches are SO ripe and abundant here right now. Making this this weekend :)

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    Trish — August 24, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Shut the front door!!! I have ALL these thing at home right now…except the blue corn chips. But I can get them on my way home from work. What a great way to make it over the Wednesday hump. Yum-O

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    Blog is the New Black — August 24, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    This is the second fruit salsa recipe I’ve seen this morning. I need some in my life. Stat.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 24, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    i’m always looking for stuff real people like :) in all seriousness though this is SO pretty!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 24, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Yum yum yum!!! As you know, salsa makes my world go round, and this one just screams summer! I especially appreciate it because it seems everyone is talking about fall and hot oats lately, but I’m so NOT ready for fall yet!

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      I apologize, I’m one of the weirdos ready for Fall. It’s my favorite season!

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    Tiffany — August 24, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    That looks and sounds amazing. It’s too early for salsa, but my mouth is watering! ;)

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:08 am

      Too early for salsa? Throw it on some eggs! ;)

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — August 24, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Ooohhh, I think I may be rethinking my housewarming party menu to work this in!! Great recipe :D

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    Molly @ RDexposed — August 24, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    Oooooh fresh basil. This is the not-so-secret-but-secret-ingredient of a killer summer dish!

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    Sophie — August 24, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Totally agree about the salsa/party combination. Fact: I made your blueberry strawberry salsa goodness the other day for a game night. Yum. Salsa always wins.

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      So glad you liked it!

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    Sarah — August 24, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    That looks amazing, a lil corn in anything adds such great taste.
    also, I’m obsessed with the cin/sug pita chips!

    http://trunksup.blogspot.com

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    Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy — August 24, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    Fabulous idea! I love fruit salsas!

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    Kim in MD — August 24, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    YUM. You are so creative, Jessica!

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    Cait's Plate — August 24, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    I was most certainly born with that sweat gene so I fully and completely appreciate this!! Plus, it just looks incredible so I’m pretty sure nothing so delicious could ever be considered a cop-out :)

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — August 24, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    I just love fruit salsas — actually I like any type of dip/salsa that allows me to eat ungodly amounts of tortilla chips.

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      Truth.

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    Erica — August 24, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Peach! What a great add in. I rarely make salsa because the man doesnt like the chunks-he makes me puree it haha

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:07 am

      You could totally puree this!

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    Allison — August 24, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    yum! this sounds FANTABULOUS!

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    Jennknee — August 24, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    looks like a great combo. I love just about any salsa. Perfect for any season in my opinion!

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    Angela (Oh She Glows) — August 24, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    I’d eat the entire bowl. :)

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    Julie — August 24, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Yum! I made mango “salsa” last night to go with our salmon fillets, but I forgot to pick up the jalepeno and cilantro, so my husband insisted we call it mango “relish.” Delish nonetheless: mango, red pepper, green onions (white and green bits), fresh lime juice. And lots of salt.

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:06 am

      For some reason salsa sounds so much better to me than “relish” and it’s really not that different!

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      • Julie — August 24th, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

        I still called it salsa in my head. :)

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — August 24, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Well if REAL people like it, then it must be good! ;)
    Kidding aside, this DOES look tasty. I always love a good sweet and savory flavor combo.

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    Lisa | Life in Green — August 24, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Gorgeous. Good to know real people like it….I totally know what you mean :)

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    thehealthyapron — August 24, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    YUM! I love salsa!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — August 24, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    I’d take a salsa over a bean dip any day!
    PS- those cinnamon sugar pita chips are no joke, I could eat a bag in about 5 minutes.

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:53 am

      Tell me about it!

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    Amanda Marie — August 24, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    The pictures for this recipe are really pretty! I’ve never had salsa with anything but vegetables, but I think I need to give it a try!

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 10:53 am

      Thanks so much!

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    Shanna, Like Banana — August 24, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I’m pretty much of the belief that you can do wrong with no salsa. Add those slightly salty chips and you’ve got a perfect combo.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 24, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    This might be my favorite yet of all your salsas! Looks delicious!

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    Shauna — August 24, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Hahaha this looks not only just amazing but paired up with heavenly blue corn chips :) Lifee is good

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    Bev Weidner — August 24, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Yeah, I’m so making this happen in my life.

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    Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — August 24, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    For the record – I think you should open a restaurant and not just because you add fruit to salsa. Love!

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — August 24, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    I love salsa! I could eat it everyday! nom nom nom…

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    AllieNic @Frisky Lemon — August 24, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    I just recently used basil in my salsa for the first time! It was SO good. A totally different flavor from cilantro…

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    Ashley — August 24, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Definitely making this when I restock my peach supply at the market this weekend!!! And corn supply for that matter. mmmm

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    Jacquie — August 24, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with this combination recently too. So sweet, savory and delicious! I’ve been having them on a massage kale salad, but I know that’d be too green for you.

    Wait until you see what I did with corn tomorrow…:)

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    Nat - The Precious Things — August 24, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Great pictures! Great colours!

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    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — August 24, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    Sounds amazing! I love fruit salsas. I do a spicy mango one that is always a hit around here :) Love your blog!!

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

      Spicy mango?! Recipe please!

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    Sarah:) — August 24, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    I wonder how bacon and a bit of crumbled Gouda would taste with this combo. Hmmmm…..

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

      I’m sure AMAZING!

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    Brownieville Girl — August 24, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    You totally deserved that cookie after all that health food!!!!!!

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    Annie@stronghealthyfit — August 24, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    That sounds amazing… I would never have thought up that combo for salsa! But you’re right, so simple.
    PS Your blog makes me smile and drool.

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

      Thank you. :)

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    Sharon {Grumpy, Sleepy, and Bashful} — August 24, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    I am brand new to your site (thanks to Bake at 350!), and I might not ever leave. Even if I wasn’t hungry, your pictures would make me drool. I cannot wait to dig in here and get caught up.

    And, I loooooove this salsa idea. My family is not much for salsa, and when they are, it’s not for the fancy stuff. I just might make a small batch just for ME. :)

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

      So glad you found me! ;)

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    Cate — August 24, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    Drooling. On. My. Keyboard.

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    Encore — August 24, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    Is there a 12-step program for my addiction to pita chips because I definitely need to go to a meeting or something…I mean cinnamon sugar(!), parmesan, garlic & herb (!!), and simply naked(!!!). I need help. Oh, and this salsa looks fantabulous!

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

      I feel your pain! I need pita rehab too.

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles — August 24, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    This is definitely a winning combination. We’re in prime salsa-making season (of all varieties)…made my first batch of garden pico de gallo the other night! Now I just have to figure out how to make my own corn chips…although that sounds like way too much work.

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    • Jessica — August 24th, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

      It sure would be fun to taste test though!

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    Mama Pea — August 25, 2011 @ 1:02 am

    I can eat this. And I will.

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    ariella — August 25, 2011 @ 2:52 am

    I was just thinking that I need to figure out something to do with the peaches and basil I have in the fridge.Perfect timing, how did you know!

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