Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa

Today I come to you with an ultra simple recipe. This Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa is perfect for any summer party. In fact, this past weekend I made it for a pool party that we were invited and it was a big hit. I served it with some homemade crackers, but you can also serve it over grilled fish or as a condiment in fish tacos instead of regular tomato salsa.

Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa

About the Recipe:

The whole dish comes together in no time. Simply make the dressing, and chop everything into a bowl. When ready to serve, drizzle the salsa with the dressing and sprinkle with the freshly chopped cilantro.
When buying peaches, I recommend picking ones that are not overly ripe as the ripe ones tend to be too juicy. You do want some of the juices, but it should just enough to compliment the dressing instead of overpowering it.

Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa

Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa

If you want to make it ahead of time, you can make the dressing and salsa a day in advance and keep them separately in the fridge. I used pomegranate seeds for some color contrast and additional sweetness, but if you don’t have any it still tastes amazing.

Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa

On Styling and Photography for this post:

Props and styling: The bowl and the small plate I used in the photos are from East Fork Pottery. Since I wanted the dish to shine I used very minimal styling and props for this shoot.

Photography: I took all these photos with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using either my Canon EF 35mm f/2  or Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 . They were all taken in natural light. For the photos with me in it, I used my tripod MANFROTTO 190XPRO3 with my tripod head Manfrotto 322RC2 Grip Action Joystick Head.

In terms of editing, I used my favorite VSCO film preset Portra 400. If you want to see the exposure values for each photo and more photos for this photoshoot, check out my Flickr account.

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Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa

Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa

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  • Author: Aysegul Sanford
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Category: Condiment - Dip
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 medium peaches (you can also mix & match with nectarines or white peaches), halved, pitted and diced into small cubes
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • ½ red (or yellow) bell pepper, seeded and chopped into small pieces
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped finely
  • Handful of pomegranate seeds (optional)


  1. To make the dressing: Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt, chili powder, and black pepper. Set aside.
  2. Place the peaches, jalapeno pepper, bell pepper, red onion and walnuts in a bowl.
  3. Drizzle it with the dressing. Sprinkle it with cilantro and pomegranate seeds, if using. Serve.




Fresh Peach and Walnut Salsa - A refreshing and flavorful summer salsa made with fresh peaches and walnuts. Serve over fish, in tacos, or by itself with crackers. GF+VEGAN

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  • Aimee - Gorgeous as always! I have that tripod and it’s fantastic. I rarely get to use it now as the space I have to use is a bit cramped but when I get to use it – I love it, so sturdy!

    Do you use a remote or timer or other?

    And I also have started to play with VSCO filters which take a bit of tweaking but add such a gorgeous mood to photos.

    Keep on sharing your photography notes, I’m finding it very inspiring!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Aimee!

      I love that tripod as well. Though I can’t say that I am a fan of the ball head. I just invested in a new one, waiting for it arrive in the mail. For these photos, I didn’t use a remote control. Instead, I set the timer of my camera.
      Aren’t VSCO filters fun? It took me a while to find the one I like, but I love experimenting with them.
      I am so glad that you find these notes inspiring. Actually, I am in the process of starting a new section about photography in my site. The idea is to create videos about my set up, styling, editing, etc. Something like a resource for new or mid-level food photographers. What do you think? Would you benefit from it? Do you think people would like it? I’d love your input.
      Thanks so much my friend. <3ReplyCancel

      • Aimee | Wallflower Kitchen - I would LOVE you to create a photography section! Please definitely do that! I will be glued to it 😀 Also, I got a new head for my tripod as soon as I bought it. It’s a swivel head that moves in all directions and I love it. Great for video too. ReplyCancel

        • Aysegul Sanford - Okay.. then it is a deal. I am currently working on creating videos, but once I learn how to edit videos I will create some helpful photography tutorials.
          A tripod head is a great investment. I have 3 of them and use them every day. :))ReplyCancel

  • Beeta @ Mon Petit Four - What a beautiful and tasty salsa idea! I love that you added walnuts too for a nice crunch! Also, I noticed you add prop and styling info, as well as equipment info now to your posts – brilliant idea as you are a wonderful food blogger that all of us can learn from! 🙂 XOReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Yes!! Walnut salsas are my favorite. Actually, I add walnuts to my regular tomato salsa as well. 🙂
      I am so glad the styling information helped you. I have been thinking about ways to help people who are reading my blog. I am trying it out. It is so good to hear that it helped you. Still, if there are any questions you have or if I can help with something, do not hesitate to reach out.

  • Louise | Cygnet Kitchen - I love how beautifully fresh and vibrant this looks, Aysegul! Such gorgeous photography and styling as always! I think its a lovely idea to share information so that others can see how you create such beautiful posts! <3 xxReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Oh Louise… This means so SO much coming from you. Thank you!
      I am testing the waters with sharing helpful photography tips on my blog. I have some other ideas that may help people who are interested in photography aspect of blogging. Still working on the details as to how to execute them. So hopefully, more to come.
      Thanks again! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Lili @ Travelling oven - Aysegul, gorgeous colorful photos and a great summer dish! Also love how you started sharing tips and info about your work with your followers, what a great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Lili,
      I am so glad to hear that you think it is helpful. I am in the process of creating more content to help others.
      Have you guys moved to your next destination yet?
      Hope all is well..

  • Stephanie McKinnie - I have never had walnuts in a salsa before but it sounds amazing! I love the colors of this dish, so vibrant and cheerful! It’s a perfect summer addition! xO
    P.S. I loved your interview on The Diner Special!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Stephanie,
      Oh I haven’t listened to it yet. There is something weird and somewhat embarrassing about hearing your own voice, you know? 🙂
      The idea of adding walnuts to salsa came from an old recipe that my mom’s best friend used to make. During the summer time, she would make this amazingly delicious tomato salad with pomegranate molasses and sumac and add roasted walnuts into it. To this day, that salad might be my favorite food of all times.
      Later, I read in one of Ottolenghi’s Plenty books that he adds walnuts in his salsa recipes. As a matter of fact, this Roasted Red Onions with Walnut Salsa is a recipe I shared a while back.
      I am sure this dish would be perfect for one your beach visits that you share on your Instagram :))ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I absolutely love your idea for this! So fresh, colorful, and would be such a welcome accompaniment to so many summer meals. Your photos always inspire, my friend. xoReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen - This salsa sure does shine! And the bowl – my goodness, I need it! I’m so intrigued by the idea of adding walnuts and peaches to a salsa – it sounds like it’d be so perfect on top of fish tacos! I must make it!ReplyCancel

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