Broccoli Olive and Corn Salsa Recipe

I'm just mixing up cultures as I see fit. All cuisines, from all over the world, have the human palate in common. They can blend in some amazing ways. 
This has a really fresh and clean flavor. It's light, but filling. Ideal for the end of summer. It just needs a little bread or rice to go with it. 

Make sure when you serve it to coat the bread or rice with some of that scrumptious sauce!
Salsa Recipe Ingredients
2 broccoli crowns, chopped small
1 can small black olives, halved
2/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 shallots, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 poblano, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tlbs olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
2 tsps spicy mustard
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry thyme

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let rest overnight. 

The broccoli cooks in the acid and the frozen ingredients thaw without losing their color or flavor.


Balsamic Peaches

Here's a sweet and tart salad addition that will interest peach lovers or anyone with a sweet tooth. When faced with an aging peach that no one wanted I decided to cook it and make a sweet and succulent addition to my usual salad lunch.

I decided to leave the skin on the peach because I just so happen to be a fan of fruit and vegetable skins. That's the way nature made it and that's the way I want to eat it.

This is really simple and easy. I just sliced the peach in small chunks and cooked it in a fairly hot frying pan. Just to lightly brown and caramelize it.

Then I added some balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing and cooked it 30 second to a 1 minute longer.

Removed from pan and seasoned with salt and black pepper.

I'm not really a big fan of fruit. It's a little too sweet for my taste. But this made a great out of the ordinary addition to my usual salads. The balsamic peaches added a sweet and tart element and helped to dress the salad. They also offered an additional texture not usually present.

This technique could work well with any number of fruits. Apples, mangoes, pineapple and many more I'm sure.

I don't usually like fruit in salads. But these were a nice summery surprise to mix in my usual bowl of crispy romaine, steamed broccoli and roasted sweet corn.

These peaches would also make a wonderful topping for vanilla frozen yogurt or an awesome dessert on their own topped with some whipped cream and or cinnamon/nutmeg.