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Watermelon Nectarine Salsa with Homemade Chips-Two Ways

Watermelon Nectarine Salsa

I have to admit, as much as I’m looking forward to Autumn (seriously--can’t wait!), this salsa could make me wish that Summer would stick around just a bit longer.  And we’re in the beginning of a week long heat wave, so that’s saying something!   This Watermelon Nectarine Salsa with Baked Tortilla Chips could make me forget about the cooler weather--for about a week or two, at least.

I got a link to a similar version of this salsa in an email from McCormick.  Right away, I knew I had to make it.   I changed it up somewhat to reflect what I had on hand, and what was fresh at the moment.  Peaches?  Love them, but they’re fuzzy, and I had no intention of peeling peaches if I didn’t have to.  Nectarines are fuzz free.  Also?  I wasn’t completely sold on mint, red onion, and thyme.  They weren’t speaking to me.  No worries!  Jal A. Peno, Basil Green, and Zest E. Lime were talking to me that day!


The chips are super easy.  Dusted with cinnamon sugar and baked to a crispy goodness--these would be good with so many things.  Even by themselves, they’re a great snack.  Billy, who was doing the sous chef thing for me, took a couple stacks of chips and decided to fry them.  Now, I’m not saying that the baked ones aren’t the best thing since fried chips?  But the fried ones?  Oh.  Just--oh.  Fried, drained on brown paper, and lightly dusted with tangy lime salt--bring ‘em on, baby!  Plus, if your oil is hot enough, whatever you’re frying will sear on the outside, preventing too much oil from seeping into the food.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it, ok?  We also tried this on regular old corn chips, and it was still fabulous that way, so if you don’t feel like making the chips, don’t sweat it.

Fry us, we like it!

Whoa, we're totally baked!   

The salsa itself isn’t too sweet, but that depends on how ripe your fruit is.  So taste when it’s all mixed and flavors have melded, and adjust if you need to with lime juice or a touch of sugar, agave or even honey.  I find that the sugar on the chips is the perfect balance, so I don’t want my salsa any sweeter than it is.

Watermelon Nectarine Salsa with Homemade Chips-Two Ways

makes about 6 cups

3 cups watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
3 cups nectarine, cut into 1 inch cubes
6 tbsp orange juice (I used fresh, but store bought is fine)
1/2 jalapeno, finely diced (seeds and ribs removed for less heat)
3 tbsp fresh basil, cut into a Chiffonade (thin ribbons)
1 tsp fresh lime zest
pinch of salt

Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl. 
Gently stir to combine, then set aside in the fridge for a half hour to an hour to let the flavors mingle.
Serve cold with your favorite chips.  Store any leftover salsa in the fridge, and chips in an airtight container.

Homemade Tortilla Chips, Two Ways

12 (8 inch) flour tortillas
4 tbsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl-set aside.
Stack a few tortillas at a time and cut into wedges.  A pizza cutter works great for this!
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Lay the tortilla wedges out in single layers on each pan.
Spray the wedges lightly with oil, then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until firm to the touch and all traces of the oil are gone.
Remove from pan and cool completely on cooling racks.

If you prefer, you can heat up some oil, and fry the chips that way.  An inch or so of oil, good and hot, and drop the chips in.  Fry until golden brown, remove and drain on brown paper, then sprinkle with salt or cinnamon sugar.

  • This is a wonderful and versatile way to make good use of the abundance of late summer fruits.  So fresh!
  • Makes a nice change of pace on a summer party table, and especially good for Labor Day cookouts that are coming this weekend!
  • As much as I love tomato salsa, I find that the raw onion can really bug me later, so the absence of onion in this one may be just what you or your guests are looking for!
  • I’m wondering if just a touch of cinnamon would be good in this.  If any of you decide to try that, please let me know how it turns out!
  • Oh!  I just realized this would be nice with grilled chicken or pork, too!


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Reader Comments (24)

I just love the idea of a sweet chips and salsa. Yum yum yum. Beautiful photos too!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKim @ Two Good Cookies

Thank you so much, Kim! It's definitely a nice change of pace.

August 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterElle

Beautiful! I love fruit salsas.

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Wow great recipe! I have been looking for a fruit salsa and the chips sound great!

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay

I love fruit salsa! Perfect for the super hot weather we're having here in Boston :) And you're so right about the fuzz on peaches :)

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSues

I am so impressed in the homemade chips. It looks so great. That chip is going to be so good in that tasty salsa. I want to thank you for sharing this post. This is a good inspiration for me.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkitchen tables

Love the salsa and homemade chips are the best!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

what a fun twist on a appetizer as dessert!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Okay, seriously this sounds straight up rad! Pardon the vernacular, but this is my top five pick recipes of the summer. Love the salsa. Love the chips. Love everything.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternaomi

Thanks so much, everyone! :)

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElle

Fresh salsa seems to help stretch the summer further! Looks delicious!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUrMomCooks

Oh. Wow. Definitely a keeper!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertoontz

Loving this variation on the traditional chips and salsa. I don't mind peach fuzz myself, but nectarine sounds delicious so I'd love to taste this exactly as it is. Long live summer!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXiaolu

I never thought of pure fruit salsa-- and with cinnamon sugar chips- yum!!!!

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Elle! Oh my! This looks spectacular! Nectarines and watermelon - first, I never would have thought of this - but summer itself! This must be so cool, fruity and refreshing and the tortillas. Mmmm.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Fantastic. But what's the problem with peach fuzz? You're a fruit discriminator!

September 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Wow I'm loving this - the salsa looks amazing - love the colours and those chips look yummy too!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I've had peach salsa but never watermelon nectarine salsa! Looks awesome.

September 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

OMG Elle!
I'm making this scrumptious looking fruit salsa tomorrow for sure. The kids will freakin' LOVE it!!!

PS. I have a Wild Maine blueberry salsa that everyone loves.
Now, I'll have a NEW party dish...

oh this looks heavenly. the perfect guilt-free bbq accompaniment

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFeast on the Cheap

Wow, now this is totally refreshing! And with those pita chips...oh my. Great recipe!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAggie

That looks great, and I love the flavor combinations. What a perfect salsa for summer!

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdri

Thank you, Adri!

June 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

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