Peach and Tomato Salad

Posted by: on Aug 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

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I often like to serve in season fruit plain and unadorned. Cherries and most berries usually just get washed before they make it to the table. Peaches are the exception to this rule. I love them baked, in savory dishes and in salads. I have been making some version of this salad nearly everyday for lunch. This plan will continue until they disappear from our farmers’ market. This peach, sunflower seed and tomato combination is one of my favorites. It is followed closely by peaches, raspberries and slivered almonds over greens. I like using the ratio of 1 peach: 2 tsp something crunchy: 3 cups of greens: 3 tbsp of dressing for two people. A perfectly ripe tomato, handful of raspberries or avocado slices are a nice bonus.

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I think it is all about getting the right balance of sweet, crunchy, greens and acidity. The sweetness of the peaches pair really well with a more acidic dressing. For this salad, I just whisked together 2 parts balsamic vinegar with one part olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. Sometimes there is no reason to make things more complicated, and this makes for a simple and easy weekday lunch.

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Peach, Tomato and Sunflower Seed Salad
(Serves two)

1 ripe yellow peach, sliced
2 tbsp of raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1 tomato, diced
3 cups of spring mix

For the dressing:

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, the juice of a lemon wedge whisked together.

I like to toss all the ingredients in the dressing and save the sliced peaches to add to the top.

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Check out some other ideas for peaches from the archives:

Ginger Peach Skillet Pie

Ginger Peach Skillet Pie

Peaches & Cream Pancakes
Peaches and Cream Pancakes

Peach and Cream Cake

Peaches and Cream Cake 

Peach Yogurt Parfait
Peach and Yogurt Parfait 

Peach and Basil Salsa
Peach and Basil Salsa

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5 Comments

  1. matt
    August 29, 2012

    wow this looks really fantastically fresh and healthy. LOVE IT! I have been really enjoying peach with marinated feta, mint, basil, toasted spices. unusual and great.

  2. jillian
    August 30, 2012

    Thanks Matt! Your combination sounds great, and I need a way to use more of the mint I have growing!

  3. grace
    August 30, 2012

    this may be a simple salad, but it hits all the right buttons!

  4. jillian
    August 30, 2012

    Thanks much Grace! :)

  5. erin @ yummy supper
    September 4, 2012

    Jillian, I am eating as many peaches as I can before the season ends! I never though to have peaches and tomatoes together – that sounds like a bowlful of summer:)
    -E

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