Friday, July 15, 2011

Salmon with Tomato Peach Salsa – a spicy way to enjoy local peaches  


Local peaches from Georgia and South Carolina are abundant at farmer stands throughout the south right now. Sweet and juicy, they aren’t just for pies and cobblers anymore. In fact Cooking Light magazine featured fresh peaches on their July 2011 cover as a spicy salsa for grilled salmon. One look at the picture on the cover and I knew what we were having for dinner.

This dish falls into the quick and easy category and can be on your table in 30 minutes or less. It’s full of the summery flavors of tomatoes, peaches, and basil, plus it also has a big wow factor in the eye-candy department.

The original recipe calls for grilling the salmon, but I chose my tried and true broiling method which works for me every time. Why mess with success. If you like your salsa extra spicy, leave a few of the jalapeno seeds. Don’t like it hot? Leave the jalapenos out all together. The dish will still be fabulous. The salsa would also be terrific served with grilled chicken or pork.


Salmon with Tomato Peach Salsa
Adapted from Cooking Light, serves 4

Salsa:
1 cup peeled and chopped fresh peaches
¾ cup grape tomatoes, halved
¼ cup thinly vertically sliced red onion
3 – 4 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, julienned
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 jalapeño pepper (optional), seeds and ribs removed, chopped
Kosher salt

Salmon:
4 (6 ounce) wild caught salmon fillets
1 tablespoon grape seed oil, or other neutral tasting oil, such as canola
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine the salsa ingredients in a bowl and taste for seasonings, adding salt to taste. Set aside for flavors to blend.

Preheat the oven to broil. If your oven has a low setting for broil, use it. Arrange the pieces of fish in one layer, skin side down, on an unheated broiler tray or large sheet pan lined with heavy duty foil for easier clean-up. Smear the fish with the oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the fish under the broiler about six to seven inches from the source of heat. Broil about six to eight minutes or just until the pieces are cooked through and the top of the fish starts to brown. It’s not necessary to turn the fish. If the fish begins to brown too much, turn the oven to 400 degrees F and bake for a few minutes until they achieve your desired degree of doneness. Remember not to overcook the fish, because if you do, it becomes dry. Serve with the tomato peach salsa.


This recipe for Salmon with Tomato Peach Salsa was featured on Stone Gable's On the Menu Monday.


If you love peaches as much as we do and want to take advantage of them while they’re available, you’ll also like my version of Cooking Light’s Prosciutto & Peach Salad. As an added bonus, there’s no cooking involved in this recipe.



48 comments:

  1. One look at that beautiful photo and I'm wanting to make that dish. We just now have our first Colorado peaches and I've got a few in the refrigerator and a freezer shelf full of Copper River salmon. Good timing Sam! :-)

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  2. That looks delicious, can't wait to try it. What other fish do you think would work with the salsa?

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  3. Two things I love are salmon and peaches, so I will be trying this as soon as I can get to the grocery! The photos on your blog are so beautiful and the food is presented so nicely.

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  4. A fabulous dish! So colorful and delightful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Fresh and delish! Love the salsa with the salmon. the perfect fish for that type of sweetness and flavor from the peaches. What a great idea! Definitely keeping this one in my list

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  6. Oh YUM, this recipe is definitely calling to me. I love the freshness of the salsa. This will be on my weekend menu for sure and I will probably grill the salmon on my cedar planks. I have tried NC peaches when visiting Blowing Rock and thought they were fabulous. Of course, living so close to the GA state line those GA peaches are good too. I don't usually pick up Cooking Light but will more often now.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  7. It's been a long while, Sam! Glad you're back again. The salmon looks really inviting. Thanks for sharing &hoep you're having a great day.
    Blessings, KRisty

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  8. Looks delicious!!! Happy Weekend!

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  9. Grilled fish with a spicy fruit salsa is one of my favorite summer meals. Your beautiful photos make me want to run out right this minute and buy the ingredients. I am going to have to start a file just for you and your fantastic recipes, Sam.

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  10. Great dish! Lovely colors and the spicy sounds sooo good :) Hooray for peaches!

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  11. I thought the same thing when I got my copy of "Cooking Light". You've done it. I'm going to!

    Hope you have a delicious and cool weekend.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  12. A wonderful recipe to have now that peaches are is season! This looks delicious, Sam!

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  13. My husband loves peaches Sam..I will show this to him..bet we make it..Thanks and have a great weekend.

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  14. Love at first sight!
    Thank you for this temptation and recipe.
    Even more appreciated because Cooking Light has long been my favorite food magazine. I miss it very much.

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  15. What a beautiful dish Sam! It looks so good and summery. You gotta jump on the peaches while you can!

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  16. Sam- I wouldn't mess with you recipes for broiling salmon either because your salmon looks perfectly cooked! Peaches are one of my favorite things about summer and I'm really loving this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. As much as I love a mango salsa, this salsa with peaches looks outstanding. When peaches are in season, it is fun to use them a lot of ways. Susan

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  18. I would normally blow by a dish like this without a second glance - that is until I ate the salad you brought to our first blogger get together - now I pay careful attention. This looks like another good one.

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  19. That looks wonderful, Sam. Summer is such a great time to experiment with produce.

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  20. Oh my, this looks delish! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I'm a new follower and so happy you stopped by my blog! Wish I were near to have a rum runner with you. :-)

    Pat

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  21. Oh my, this looks delish! Thanks so much for sharing.

    I'm a new follower and so happy you stopped by my blog! Wish I were near to have a rum runner with you. :-)

    Pat

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  22. That looks like the perfect summer supper!

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  23. I have made that twice already. And the exact same thing with mangoes 3 times. I love coming here and finding your salsas. Did Mother Nature arrange for peaches to come to fruition on the hottest days of the year? It's the perfect antidote to heat.

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  24. That looks so delicious; love the idea of peaches with salmon.

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  25. I made this after I saw the recipe in Cooking Light. It was very good and easy. People think you've spent so much time and effort on dinner. Great for company or a weeknight meal.

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  26. Oh My Sam. I know we would love this. Next time I'm at the Fresh Market I am getting some Wild Salmon and making this for sure. David also thanks you.

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  27. I simply love a good, fresh salsa, and I love the addition of fresh fruit! Fruit goes so well with savoury dishes and I think this recipe sounds like a match made in foodie heaven!

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  28. What a great photo of a perfectly cooked piece of salmon. It makes you want to go buy salmon and cook your recipe right now.

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  29. I love peach season! We haven't been so thrilled with the peaches yet, but these recipes make me want to buy a bushel.

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  30. What a wonderful salmon preparation for summer! Your salmon does look like it's done to perfection. As much as I love salmon, I just can't stand the smell of it cooking inside the house.

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  31. Wow, this looks phenomenal Sam and great picture, Meakin! Very colorful and I like sweet/spicy combinations.

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  32. We're going crazy over the peaches too. Are they just better this year than usual? They seem to be. Love the idea of making a peach salsa, Sam!

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  33. Love fruit salsas! This is beautiful....love the foodtography!

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  34. this looks amazing :-) let me know if you ever come to old salem would love to meet

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  35. That photo of the salmon and peach salsa could grace the cover of a magazine, it is so beautiful and screams summer! I am looking forward to trying this recipe!

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  36. I love the sweet and spicy combination, and peaches and salmon are both such lovely flavors to combine!

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  37. Sam,
    Everything you make is magic! I love both recipes.
    And as usual you will find both of these luscious recipes ON THE MENU at StoneGable. If you would like you can grab the "I've been featured at StoneGable" button on my sidebar and display it on yours. Featuring you is getting to be a weekly event.
    Our peach tree got a blight this year, so I'm counting on our local farmer's market for great peaches.
    Delicious to look at! You are a master artist when it comes to food styling!Beautiful!
    Thanks for participating in ON THE MENU MONDAY~ your gorgeous food brings such inspiration to all of us!
    xo Yvonne

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  38. Love peaches so this recipe will be a definite one to try!! Looks so good!!

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  39. I am going to make the salsa, but with nectarines ;-)) Salmon is so beautifully pea seared. The combination is simply irresistible!

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  40. Sam, as with all your dishes, this looks fabulous. Your photos make me want to eat it right now. I'm like you in the loving peaches dept.

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  41. I've been trying to find a new way to use all our peaches - and this salmon looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! ~Courtney

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  42. I was once told there was nothing like peaches from the South. I didn't believe it, until I tasted some peaches fresh off a tree in Virginia. The fruit was still warm, and it was the sweetest, most luscious experience!

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  43. I love the fresh summer flavors. I love this dish. Perfect.

    Happy summer to you!

    Velva

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  44. Peaches are in season!!! I am definitely trying your recipe!!

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  45. Love salmon and fruit salsa! And prosciutto and peaches --I wouldn't have thought of that but it sounds good!

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  46. Great recipe for the salmon that i am preparing tonight. Your salad from Cooking light also is calling me.
    Rita

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  47. Just checked out this recipe in my Cooking Light Magazine and will make your version.I wll also omit the mint and cook them in my toaster oven.

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  48. Sam, I just love the idea of using fresh peaches in a salsa! As you said, they are exceptionally sweet this year. I can't get my fill, it seems! What a gorgeous salmon (my favorite fish) entree! So beautifully presented too! Thank you for sharing it on Fresh Food Friday. I'd love to make this soon, while it's hot and we're eating lighter!

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Sam