Elise’s Salsa Recipe

Our pastry chef, Elise Fineberg, participated in the Chef in Residence program at the University District Farmers Market on Sept. 15. She sat at the booth answering shoppers questions about cooking, which included everything from how do you make good banana bread to what do you do with a bumper crop of delicata squash. Elise is a transplant from San Francisco and, because she works on Saturdays, she wasn’t familiar with the U-District market. It was a revelation to her when she arrived. “It reminds me of San Francisco,” she said.

The next day, one of the shoppers posted an entry on her blog about having met Elise: blog post. There are a couple of fun comments after the post, so check them out.

Elise shared her nectarine and tomato salsa recipe. It’s not too late to make this salsa, because beautiful tomatoes and nectarines are still available.


Nectarines and tomatoes are a natural combination. Their flavors marry beautifully together for just the right amount of sweetness and acidity. This refreshing salsa is wonderful in the summer atop vanilla ice cream or with a sweet crostini. If you are unable to find Black Ethiopian tomatoes, choose another Heirloom variety that is both sweet and tangy.

1 cup seeded and diced Black Ethiopian tomatoes (or other heirloom tomato)
2 cups yellow nectarines, small diced
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Juice of 1 lime
½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno (remove seeds before prepping)

Gently combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving (to let the flavors marinate). This salsa will keep for one day in the refrigerator if wrapped or covered.

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