Nectarine Salsa

Nectarines - the unsung hero of the peach family. They are orange or orange-red in color when ripe with a smooth firm skin. Slightly larger than most plum varieties, one medium-sized nectarine contains 62 calories and is a good source of a number of minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.

Nectarines are highest in Beta-carotene - an antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage from free radicals. Beta-carotene is also converted by the body into vitamin A which helps build and maintain healthy skin, teeth, bone tissue, soft tissue and mucus membranes. Whether fresh or dried, nectarines are a great source of dietary fiber, which is important for maintaining overall health and good digestion. One medium-sized nectarine contains 285 milligrams of potassium, an important mineral for overall body health and function. Potassium is a mineral that is necessary for electrical and cellular functions in the body.


Nectarines are available all summer season, so keep things fresh and spicy by trying this salsa recipe.

 

Nectarine Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 nectarine, pitted and diced (try to preserve the juices and add them to the mixture too)
  • 4 finely diced cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion
  • 2 tsp finely shredded cilantro (or parsley)
  • 2 tsp fresh shredded basil
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • zest of 1/2 lime

Chop up all the ingredients and throw them together in a bowl, add the lime juice and lime zest last. Sprinkle in a little bit of salt too, to bring the flavors to life. 

Recipe courtesy of Eat Spin Run Repeat http://eat-spin-run-repeat.com/recipes-2/?recipe_id=6050982