Hungry Haley

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Sweet Nectarine & Corn Salsa (Vegan, GF)

Appetizer, Dip, Fruit, Gluten-free, VeganHaley HansenComment

The other day, my friends and I discussed which fruit we are (or would be, I guess). Kind of like a spirit animal, but fruit takes the place of the animal. Get it? 

Anyway, at first, I thought for a minute or two and my favorite fruits - banana and berries - came to mind, but then my (highly outgoing and social) friend Michael told me he is a banana. Not that two people can't be the same fruit, buuuuuuut we're opposites, so in this case... yeah, I'm not a banana. His reasoning? He mixes well with other fruits in almost any dish - fruit salad, smoothie, nice cream, etc. Makes sense to me. So, I moved on to berries. My reasoning? I'm small, berries are small; I'm quiet, and berries are pretty quiet, too; I'm often mistaken as intimidating, though I'm definitely not, and berries are often mistaken as high-maintenance, though they are quite simple. But, as I thought of berries in the context of recipes, I realized they often come in pairs or groups. For example - triple berry smoothies, berry cobblers, blue raspberry cotton candy, berry sorbet, etc. And they are usually found tossed in fruit salads, amongst various other fruits. You know? I'm more of a single entity - I work well on my own, and prefer to spend time in my own head, just thinking quietly and doing my thing. With that, I crossed berries off the list. 

Grapes? No. Michael convinced me I'm definitely not a grape because when you bite into a grape, "you just get all of it - all the juice, the skin, everything. You know all about it immediately." Nope. That ain't me. 

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Avocado? Nada. I don't even really know why I tried that one. 

Peach? Ehh, the fuzz throws me off. I'm not fuzzy... 

Nectarine? Okay, let's think. Nectarines are not high-maintenance or expensive. They can be sliced or eaten whole. While they do work well in a fruit salad, they can hold their own to be eaten just as they are. They don't overpower other fruits or components of a dish, but they also aren't too weak to the point of being overlooked in a crowd (or bowl?). Hmm...

I'm a nectarine :) I'm a content, sweet, single, happy little nectarine. Here, you'll find me diced - but not too finely - and tossed with juicy corn, sharp red onion, tangy lime juice, and mighty cilantro to compose maybe some taco topping, or maybe 

Makes 3-4 cups 

2 ears corn, cooked and removed from cob
2 nectarines, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2/3 cup chopped cilantro
4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce) 
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a small dish, whisk together the wet ingredients - everything from the apple cider vinegar to the salt and pepper. Set aside. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the corn, nectarines, bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro. Stir until well incorporated, then drizzle the dressing over the top and stir again to coat throughout. 
  3. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. 
  4. Enjoy!