Poolside Peach Salsa Recipe – From The Produce Moms and HMC Farms

This recipe was originally posted on The Produce Moms® website.

Long days spent poolside are what summer dreams are made of. But when hunger strikes a dreamy day can quickly turn into a nightmare. Growling bellies turn happy swimmers into little sharks.

To keep everyone happily swimming and splashing, moms know great poolside treats are a must! Peach salsa is a perfect pool day snack. It’s light and refreshing. It’s sweet without added sugar or sweeteners.

Overhead shot of white bowl filled with peach salsa and surrounded by tortilla chips - peaches on left and right side

Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C. They also contain fiber, potassium, niacin, and vitamins E and K. One medium-sized peach contains less than 60 calories. You can always feel good about eating a peach!

Take tortilla chips for a dip. Serve peach salsa with either chips or crackers.

Grilling out? Peach salsa is excellent served on top of grilled chicken or fish. If you have extra peaches, throw a few on the grill for another sweet poolside treat!

White bowl of peach salsa, surrounded by peaches, limes, tortilla chips, and cilantro

Poolside Peach Salsa
 Course Snacks
 Cuisine Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Servings
servings
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 cups peaches diced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper diced, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup red onion minced
  • 3 tsp jalapeno minced, ribs and seeds removed
  • 2/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes juice only
  • salt to taste
Poolside Peach Salsa
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
RECIPE NOTES
  • Pineapple is optional.
  • For more heat, leave in some of the jalapeno seeds.
Need to keep kids busy as you whip up a snack? Entertain them with these peachy activity sheets!
Overhead view of peach salsa in a white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips - The Produce Moms logo with peach salsa as the caption

Vanilla Peach Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

Hot summer days call for frozen treats. HMC Farms peaches are in the peak of harvest in California’s Central Valley, so we try to include them in everything possible from baked goods to smoothies. One of our new favorite ways to use peaches is in peach smoothie pops, made with simple ingredients. These can be made using popsicle molds or popsicle bags.

What you’ll need for 8 pops:

  • 4 medium HMC Farms peaches
  • 2/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Honey

3 steps to homemade peach smoothie pops:

  • Start by peeling the peaches and removing the pit.
    Tip: Many of our HMC Farms peaches are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit.
  • Add peaches, yogurt, and a drizzle of honey to a blender, and puree until smooth.
  • Scoop pureed mix into popsicle molds or bags and put in the freezer for at least 4 hours, until frozen solid.

Fruit and Cheese Board

Chances are, you’ve seen a perfectly styled cheese or charcuterie board on social media. While cheese, meat, and crackers can make any crowd pretty happy; we feel that no charcuterie is complete without our HMC Farms fruit.  The sweet flavors of our tree fruit and table grapes perfectly compliment the savory meat and cheese that are classic cheese board staples.

What you’ll need to copy our board:

  • 4-6 pieces of HMC Farms fruit
    • We used 2 plumcots, 2 nectarines, and a large peach
  • HMC Farms grapes
    • We used Bunchkins, which are perfect for this, but our other grapes work well also.
  • 3 kinds of cheese
    • We used 3 types of Vintage Cheese from nearby Bravo Farms: Dutch-Style Gouda, Chipotle Cheddar, and Classico (this one is a hard goat cheese) – we suggest using one cheese that crumbles well
  • 2 types of meat – salami, prosciutto, etc.
    • We used sliced peppered salami and dry salami nuggets
  • Crackers, crisps, or a sliced baguette
    • We used cranberry pumpkin seed crisps and mini Croccatini crackers
  • 1-2 kinds of nuts
    • We used raw almonds and cashews
  • Honey
    • We used chipotle honey from a local stand
  • Green garnish
    • We used oregano from our home garden, but rosemary is a beautiful accent.

The perfect board is a combination of beauty and taste. We started by placing our cheeses in three different spots around the board. We sliced the softer cheeses, and crumbled the hard cheese, while leaving it inside the rind for aesthetic purposes. Next, we sliced our HMC Farms peaches, nectarines, and plumcots, and placed them in three different spots on the board. We’ve found that the board looks best when the anchor items, in this case cheeses and fruit, are on different thirds of the board. Our jar of honey went right in the middle of the board.

Tip: A lot of our HMC peaches and nectarines are clingstone varieties. We’ve found that the easiest way to create pretty slices of fruit is to place the fruit on a cutting board with the stem side down and slice straight down on each side around the pit. These larger pieces can be sliced more easily that trying to separate each slice from the pit individually.

After placing the stone fruit, we added our Bunchkins Champagne grapes. These petite bunches of fun practically scream charcuterie board, and we are still in their narrow window of availability. Once the Bunchkins have completed harvest and are no longer available, try replacing them with our delicious HMC Farms California table grapes.

The open spaces remaining on the board were then filled in with the salami and crackers, followed by the nuts and garnish.

Tip: An easy way to make sliced salami look fancy is to fold it into quarters (in half once, and then in half again so that it is shaped like a slice of pizza) and then wedge it together with the rounded side up.

Honestly, we had to hold back the whole office to take photos of the board. It was promptly devoured as soon as we finished the photos. You can expect a similar reaction when serving a fruit and cheese board at your next BBQ, game night, or book club. People love these delightful mini buffets, and HMC Farms fruit will elevate your board to the next level.

We hope you enjoy our fruit and cheese board guide. Tag us in your fruit and cheese board photos on Facebook (@HMCfarmsKingsburg) and Instagram (@HMCfarms)!

 

P.S. We learned how to make cheese boards from @ainttooproudtomeg on her Instagram feed. Check it out for ideas on different types of board styles and ways to elevate your cheese board game.