Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nectarine and Basil Relish


A bowl of lusciously ripe nectarines sits on my picnic table, totally irresistible to me. I bite into one, juice dribbling down my arm, and it is pure heaven. Oh summer, how I do love you.


When I’m not devouring these beauties by the pound, I’m slicing them for pies and cobblers and dreaming of new ways to enjoy them, which led to this simple, more savory dish.


Not quite salsa and not quite salad, I landed upon relish as a way to describe it. Sweetly scented nectarines are sliced and gently mixed with crisp red peppers, red onion and bright basil. A zesty, citrusy dressing rounds out the flavors nicely.


Soft and crunchy and full of juicy color! This is a quick one to prepare and enjoy when gathered with friends. Whether served alongside grilled chicken or perhaps a cheese platter, this pretty relish celebrates some splendid tastes of summer.


Nectarine and Basil Relish
Serves 4

3 ripe nectarines (about 1 pound or so), pitted and sliced into eighths
1/2 red onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced thinly
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt to taste

Place the nectarines, red onion, basil and red pepper in a medium sized serving bowl. Whisk together the lime zest and juice, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. Drizzle over the nectarine mixture and gently stir. Salt to taste and chill for about an hour before serving.

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful combination of flavors. I love nectarines salsas with grilled fish.

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    1. Thank you, Lynda! Grilled fish would be wonderful alongside this for a light supper. I hope you're enjoying a delicious summer!

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  2. I absolutely love this recipe Hannah! So perfect for summer grilling season. A lovely compliment to any summer table. Beautiful. Hugs to ya!

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    1. Karista, thank you so much! I hope your move is going smoothly - I'm thinking of you. xo

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  3. Hannah, these are gorgeous nectarines. I can feel your love of summer like an ache. It's so fleeting, but so bountiful. Nice featuring of the fruit! A little sweet, a little savory with a zing. Just how i love it.

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! You said it well...summer is indeed fleeting yet bountiful. I'm loving every moment. I hope you are, as well. :)

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  4. Ooh, this is such an interesting idea! I have to admit I'm eating my nectarines whole over the sink--although that's not too surprising, is it? I bet this would be amazing in a roasted chicken sandwich...

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    1. Over the sink is the best way, Eileen! The fruit is so luscious and wonderful now, isn't it? I like your idea of eating this in a chicken sandwich, too. Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

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  5. Beautiful Hannah - I would love a scoop of this over a spice-crusted salmon steak. I know what you mean about summer - I am savoring every moment!

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    1. Thank you, Alyssa! Love your suggestion of pairing this with spice-crusted salmon - yummy. I know you're enjoying summer to its fullest! :)

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  6. Just beautiful Hannah; I've so into fruit salsa/relishes right now but then like you I could surround myself with the best of summer fruits all day long; dripping arms and all. :)

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    1. Thank you, Barb! I'm loving fruit in any form possible these days. So much to indulge in...it's a glorious time. :)

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  7. Relish definitely works! Really gorgeous, and it sounds so tasty. This is inspired - a new way to enjoy summer fruit! Thanks so much.

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    1. My pleasure, John! I appreciate your kind words. I hope you're enjoying summer and all the heavenly fruit!

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  8. I just started eating nectarines out of hand. Soon (I hope, along with precious, precious tomatoes!) they'll be plentiful and I'll be looking for other things to do with them. This sounds wonderful! What a way to enjoy summer. We've had one of the wettest summers on record. I hope August warms up and dries out just a bit!

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    1. Oh Brianne, I hope summer warms up for you! We usually have more rain and chill during our summer months, which is why we're all doing cartwheels in our happiness for this year's sun and heat (well, cartwheels in our minds!). Wishing you lots of nectarines and tomatoes soon!

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    1. Thank you, Brooke! Summer fruit is just stunning, isn't it? I hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer with your family.

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  10. I actually have a day off today and am catching up on blog posts, Love this Hannah, between nectarines and plums I can't decide which I love more. This sounds so fresh and delicious, have all the ingredients, think I will make this tonight, My basil is out of control and this is a great way to use it.

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    1. I envy your out of control basil, Suzanne! Even with all our sun this summer I haven't had a lot of success with mine. I'm with you - nectarines and plums! I hope you're enjoying a marvelous summer.

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  11. Wow, your nectarines look SO juicy! First, I love the colors of this relish - absolutely gorgeous. I might finish the entire serving. ;) I have to give this a try!

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    1. Thank you, Nami! Summer fruit dishes are so rewarding and pretty to look at, as well as delicious. I hope you enjoy the relish! And I hope you're having a wonderful summer with your family.

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  12. Your relish sounds terrific...wonderful as a side with grilled pork or chicken.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer. :)

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  13. That's an unusual combo that sounds really delicous Hannah! So refreshing and light, I love it. The colors are beautiful too!

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    1. Thank you so much, Brandi! I like the sweet and savory flavors together here. Lots of fun with all this summer produce! I hope you're having a marvelous and delicious summer. :)

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  14. Fruit....and herbs: what a gorgeous summer pairing. Juicy, herby, fresh. Delicious.

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    1. Oh, thank you, Oz! There is certainly an abundance of fruit and herbs right now - such a glorious season. I'm savoring every moment! I hope you are doing well. :)

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  15. Oh my gosh, I love this relish! This is perfect. We're finally getting some really nice nectarines at the farmer's market. Pinning this to make this week!!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan!! I'm delighted you're finding good nectarines - they are just so delicious. I hope you enjoy the relish! :)

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