Peach and Peppadew Salsa

Peach and Peppadew Salsa |

A couple of my peaches ripened overnight and I decided to try making some peach salsa to go with my lunch.  As I dug through my fridge for salsa ingredients, I realized that I was out of both jalapeño and serrano chiles, one of which I had been hoping to use in the salsa.  Since I didn’t feel like running to the store before lunch, I dug a little further in the fridge and found a container of Peppadews I had purchased last week.

Peppadews |

Peppadews are small, round, sweet, and tangy pickled peppers from South Africa.  Locally, I’ve seen them at Whole Foods and Fresh & Easy, but they seem to be popping up at other mainstream grocery stores, as well.

Although Peppadews can be a bit pricey, they are definitely worth seeking out as the flavor is fantastic.  My favorite way to eat them is stuffed with goat cheese.  If you need a quick and easy appetizer that will really wow your guests, goat cheese-stuffed Peppadews are definitely the way to go.

I decided the Peppadews might work in the peach salsa, so I chopped up a handful of them and tossed them in a bowl with the peaches.  Some red onion, cilantro, and lime juice rounded out the mixture, but the salsa was definitely lacking heat.  A generous pinch of crushed red pepper did the trick.

This peach salsa is fantastic!  This is the type of recipe that really should be tinkered with until it becomes your own.  The ingredient amounts listed are what I used today, but please just think of it as a guideline.

Peach and Peppadew Salsa
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2 large Peaches, peeled and chopped

6 peppadews, diced

1/4 Red Onion, diced

Juice of one lime (start with 1/2 then add more if desired)

Pinch of crushed red pepper, or to taste

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves, or to taste

Salt, to taste


Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Taste, and adjust ingredients as desired.

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  1. Phoo-D

    This looks fantastic! I love using peppadews in a fruit salsa and have found it pairs really well with grilled salmon. We have a few more months before the peaches appear but I’ll definitely make this when they do! Thanks for the shout-out. =)

    5:09 am  Jun 22nd, 2010
  2. 12th Man

    We’re still a few weeks, maybe a month from decent peach season, so I’ll bookmark this one. Thanks!

    5:26 am  Jun 22nd, 2010
  3. Kimono Badu

    Wonderful combination of excellent flavor.
    Just the right time, I’ll try this shortly..

    6:06 am  Jun 22nd, 2010
  4. Jewels

    Great post… I love learning about new ingredients to play with – what could be easier than stuffing these little goodies with goats cheese, and the salsa sounds like it would be divine with grilled pork. Have to run out and get some peppadews today!

    7:43 am  Jun 22nd, 2010
  5. Alta

    Yum! I need to seek out peppadews. I’ve heard of them before, but never tried them. And with the bounty of peaches around, why not make salsa?

    12:04 pm  Jun 22nd, 2010
  6. katrina

    Oh my goodness – that looks fantastic!

    12:55 pm  Jun 22nd, 2010
  7. Georgia Pellegrini

    I’ve recently developed an addiction to really spicy things… it’s slightly concerning but I’m looking for new ways to feed this addiction, thankya! I can always throw a habenero in this recipe too and the sweetness would balance it well…

    2:10 pm  Jun 22nd, 2010
  8. DessertForTwo

    Wow! Thanks for a new fruit salsa idea. I can’t get enough of them this time of year! I’ve been hooked on green apple salsa, but I have a bowl of ripening peaches…can’t wait to transform them into this!

    4:43 pm  Jun 22nd, 2010
  9. kickpleat

    Peppadews are my favorite and I’m sure this salsa is just perfect. It’s definitely time for salsa and a nice fruity/spicy one sounds just ideal.

    7:31 pm  Jun 22nd, 2010
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