This tomato peach salad is as close as I am ever going to get to actually reproducing the month of August on a plate. Right now we are at the pinnacle of local tomatoes and local peaches, and the teeny mint leaves in the picture are about as local as you can get, seeing as they are growing right outside my back door. A heap of those good things, a drizzle of sherry vinaigrette and you have the prettiest, easiest salad in town. Which is almost enough to make you forget all those back to school ads and other harbingers of, yep, FALL. So gather up some peaches and tomatoes and let’s make beautiful salad together!
If you have a place where you can buy local peaches and tomatoes, head there to do your fruit and veggie shopping. The Southern husband and I have a great supermarket where we do the bulk of our shopping, and they have a perfectly good produce section, but we also are blessed with a big farm market that grows tons of their own veggies and fruits. So our weekly shopping excursion always includes both places, because there is nothing like home-grown. And as a bonus, we always run into shoppers at the farm market that we never see at the supermarket.
I wasn’t planning to make this tomato peach salad this weekend until I saw a pile of these on a table right inside the door. Just picked.
They also had a heap of these babies.
Heirloom tomatoes. They are not as beautiful as their beefsteak or plum tomato cousins, but they taste Out Of This World. Rich, deep, juicy tomato flavor. Don’t judge a tomato by its cover – go for the heirlooms!
And as I mentioned before, I have a bumper crop of mint right outside the back door…
…so my plans for a regular lettuce salad went right out the window. I sliced up my peaches and tomatoes, picked a handful of teeny mint leaves, shook up a quick sherry vinaigrette to drizzle over the whole thing, and 10 minutes later I had a plate of this.
Summer loving, salad-style! Enjoy these lazy hazy days, all.Print
- 2 large peaches, pitted and sliced (eave the skin on)
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
- 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch each of salt and pepper
- Mint leaves for garnish
- You can either put the sliced peaches and tomatoes in a bowl together, or you can arrange them on salad plates if you want to be extra fancy.
- Put the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a little jar and shake vigorously until well mixed.
- Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad. Scatter some mint leaves on top and serve.