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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 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 they 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.  The 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.

If you’re interested in learning more about Peppadews, head over to Phoo-D and read more.

Peach and Peppadew Salsa

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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