Grilled Salmon + Basil Peach Cucumber Salsa 

There is a story behind every recipe! Don’t you think? I like to think so! So naturally with that starting statement I am going to give you my story behind this recipe!img_0203One of my favorite things to do in the summer and fall months is to take my children to the orchards of NC for some fruit picking! We always pick strawberries, blueberries and apples but this year we added peaches to the list!img_0201I couldn’t believe how beautiful the peaches were! It was hard to not eat one while picking. Well my son Harrison (18 months) did just that!

 After we picked peaches, blueberries and blackberries we sat down for a picnic lunch, the kids played in the kiddy area then we all enjoyed some peach ice cream! YUMM!salmonThere is nothing like fresh picked fruit! I knew I wanted to make some sort of salsa with the peaches and this is what I came up with. Using basil, cucumbers, tomatoes and jalapenos from the garden. You can’t go wrong with a fruit salsa on fish. Its an easy, quick and healthy way to prepare your fish!

Ingredients:

4 salmon fillets

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 tbsp of sherry vinegar

5 ripe peaches peeled and chopped

1 tomato chopped

1/4 cup of fresh chopped basil

1 small red onion chopped

1 jalapeno finely chopped (optional)

1/2 cucumber chopped

Yields: 4 servings

Directions:

1. Prepare your salmon by washing it and adding salt and pepper to taste on each fillet. Set aside.

2. Peel your peaches with a pairing knife, dice into cubes and place into large bowl. Then dice cucumber, red onion, basil and tomatoes then place in the bowl. Add olive oil, sherry vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Place salsa in fridge while grilling your salmon.

TIP: This salsa is something you could make ahead of time. The longer it sets the better it is going to taste. With in reason of course. 1-2 days max.

4. Turn your grill on high heat and allow to get hot for about 5 minutes. You want your grill hot. This is how you cook a good salmon filet HOT and QUICK!

5. Place salmon on grill and turn to medium-high heat and grill on each side for 2-5 minutes depending on how done you prefer your fish. Remove from grill, place on plate and top with salsa. Garnish with basil leaf if you want it to look pretty!

This recipe is simple, easy and wholesome! It is a great way to use up those tomatoes, jalapenos and cucumber coming out of the garden! The sweet peaches pair great with the sherry vinegar, cool cucumbers, tasty garden tomatoes and spicy jalapenos! This is a delicious summer dish with some of summer’s staple fruit and veggies!

Grow it. Pick it. Cook it. Eat it.

Chantelle

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