Nectarine Salsa & Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta


Southern California grows an amazing selection of summer fruits. I love them all, but the nectarine is currently my favorite. They are a no-fuss succulent fruit that can quickly star in your summertime sweet or savory creations. 

Nectarine Novelties

I thought the nectarine was a cross between a peach and a plum. Not so, it is a fuzzy-less variety of a peach.

California grows more than 95% of the nectarines produced in the United States; China being the world’s largest producer.

Nutritious Nectarines

The nectarine is low in calories and loaded with health benefits, such as antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, and Potassium.

Today’s Recipe:

I made this dish for our monthly Los Angeles Food Bloggers Meet Up. The secret to the beauty of this dish is cutting all your ingredients symmetrical. I have taken knife skill classes in culinary school, and I still can’t cut perfectly. So…

How to look like a “Top Chef” Knife Master: 

Simple… buy an onion chopper. I have purchased so many of these for gifts because I think every home cook should own one. They chop and dice vegetables and fruits quickly and efficiently.

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Zyliss Onion Chopper. I found this sturdier and easier to use than others I have tried. This gadget not only saves a lot of time, it makes you look like a culinary superstar.

Helpful tips for using an onion chopper:

  • The secret to easy cleaning of this gadget is to wash it immediately after using. If you leave it overnight you will have to soak it for hours to clean off the dried food.

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  • I also find that you if you slice your vegetables and fruit the same depth as the size of the blade you are using, the cuts will be more symmetrical.
    I have successfully used this with cucumbers, radishes, zucchini, carrots, celery, nectarines, bell peppers & potatoes. I haven’t found it to be useful for tomatoes other than firm Romas.

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Nectarine Salsa with Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Use slightly under ripe nectarines for best results. You can serve any leftover salsa with chips, fish tacos or grilled chicken. Salsa recipe adapted from David Bonom, Cooking Light

Nectarine Salsa

Ingredients: 

    • 2 cups chopped nectarines
    • 1 cup chopped radishes
    • 3/4 cup chopped Persian cucumbers
    • 1/4 cup chopped red onions
    • 1 small jalapeño, seeds and pith removed & diced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Nectarine Salsa Directions:

Combine all ingredients except cilantro in a medium bowl; toss well. Let the salsa mixture stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Add chopped cilantro leaves right before serving so they don’t lose their flavor.

Whipped Goat Cheese

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Ingredients:

    • 4 ounces goat cheese, I use Redwood Hills Farms Chevre
    • Zest of 1 lime
    • 1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 1 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whipped Goat Cheese Directions:

Put the goat cheese, lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor, pulse until smooth. I use my Cuisinart Hand Blender with the chopper grinder attachment. (Whipped goat cheese will keep, refrigerated, for up to 1 week.)

Bruschetta

Ingredients:

    • Fresh baguette
    • Extra-virgin olive oil 

Bruschetta directions:

    1. Turn on the oven to 450°F to preheat.
    2. Slice the baguette on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick. Coat one side of each slice with olive oil using a pastry brush. Place on a cooking sheet, olive oil side down.
    3. Once the oven has reached 450°F, place a tray of bread slices in the oven on the top rack. Toast for 5-6 minutes, until the bread just begins to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

To Assemble:

    1. Once the bread is cool, spread the whipped goat cheese on the olive oil side of the baguette slices.
    2. Top with nectarine salsa. Serve immediately.

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Nutty Nectarines Facts

Nectarine seeds may grow into trees that bear either nectarines or peaches, and peach seeds may occasionally grow into trees that bear nectarines. Huh, right? It is not possible to know which fruit will grow on trees grown from nectarine seeds, so nectarine branches are grafted onto peach trees to guarantee a crop of nectarines.

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The color nectarine (Pantone 16-1360) has been named as one of the Spring 2013 Fashion Color Trends according to Pantone.

Personally I would rather eat my colors rather than wear them.
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About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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17 Responses to Nectarine Salsa & Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta

  1. Lentil Breakdown July 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Wow, gorgeous pic, glorious recipe, and I learned so many facts! I never knew about the onion chopper and my knife skills are atrocious. When I walk into a circumcision, I clear the room. Ba dum bum!

    • cathyarkle July 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      LOL Lentil Breakdown! I can’t recommend an onion chopper enough. I use it for so many recipes. It also saves the tears from onions.

  2. Christina July 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    These were delicious!! Especially loved the whipped goat cheese! YUMMM!!!

  3. cathyarkle July 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Thanks Christina. I loved your Custard Peach Pie!

    Check out Christina’s recipe at | http://www.christinascucina.com/2013/07/custard-peach-pie.html

  4. nusrat2010 July 16, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Gorgeous, sexy salsa indeed 🙂
    Thank you for the lovely, interesting, fun post.

    • cathyarkle July 16, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      Thank you Nusrat, I always appreciate your kind words.

  5. Nan July 16, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Yum! Thanks for the great recipe and for mentioning the Zyliss Onion Chopper. Does it work better than the Vidalia Chop Wizard?

    • cathyarkle July 16, 2013 at 9:41 am #

      Thanks Nan. The Zyliss Onion Chopper is easier on the hand and sturdier than the Vidalia. The one thing I like better about the Vidalia is they put measurement markings on the container so you know how much you are chopping as you go. Hope that helps.

  6. Rona Lewis July 16, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    This looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it. I love summer stone fruit and this will be a great dish to serve at my monthly pot luck!

  7. cathyarkle July 16, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Thanks Rona, you inspired part of this dish! Assemble the bruschetta after you arrive at your pot luck, and if you can cut the cilantro as the last minute to retain optimum flavor. Also, you might want to use two jalapeño… taste as you go.

  8. junglefrog July 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Ooo that looks so good! I love nectarines (and any other stonefruit too) and love the idea of making a salso with it. Can’t wait to try this…

    • cathyarkle July 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks Simone. I think you will love this one.

  9. Cheri Cameron Newell July 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    CATH… I adore bruschetta… and this one looks delicious! Love the flavor of peaches but they are too mushy for me… so the nectarines look perfect! Thanks for the chopping tip and fashion tip as well… I love that nectarine is a hot color right now… being an orange fan!!!

  10. cathyarkle July 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Thanks Cheri. This recipe is perfect for nectarines that aren’t quite ripe yet. They hold up in this salsa really well. Enjoy!

  11. Cheri Cameron Newell August 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    You make me laugh!!! Love those dog gone raccoons! Too funny! The corn looks yummy too!

    • cathyarkle August 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      Thanks Cheri, the raccoons are adorable until they eat your corn!

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