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Peach Tomato Salad

I get as excited as the next girl about making zucchini gratin, corn soup, peach cobbler, etc. Never was there a better time for produce than smack in the middle of summer. The downside, of course, is that some days, I’m too pooped to patchke. I’d rather just stand over the sink, peach in hand, and let the juice dribble down my chin as I indulge in an effortless, delicious, afternoon snack.

This salad is for those days. It’s for the other days, too; but when the heat has gotten the best of you, you’ll be thankful for something this good, this seasonal, that requires so little actual movement on your part (the better to sit near the fan and let the sweat evaporate. You know what I’m talking about.)

When the peaches and tomatoes are as good as they are right now (this very moment! Get thee to the market, pronto!), they need nothing. They do benefit, however, from a drizzle of fine olive oil, a sprinkling of sea salt, and a couple drops of reduced balsamic vinegar or saba (my favorite ingredient ever: reduced grape must. You can get it at Italian grocery stores and on Amazon). That’s all, folks.

Peach Tomato Salad
serves 2

2 juicy peaches, peeled (probably need to use a paring knife if they’re as juicy as they should be)
1 pint good cherry or grape tomatoes
a few tiny basil or mint leaves
3 tablespoons fine olive oil, preferably a fruity one
flaky sea salt
2 teaspoons reduced balsamic vinegar or saba; pomegranate syrup would also be good

Peel peaches and slice each peach into 6 wedges. Halve tomatoes. Arrange on platter, and top with mint or basil leaves.

Drizzle oil over salad, and sprinkle lightly with flaky salt. Drizzle the vinegar or saba with a very light hand.

Either serve immediately (fine), or allow salad to sit for 10 minutes. Tomatoes and peaches will exude their liquid and seem, impossibly, juicier. Eat up.

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  • la domestique July 30, 2011,

    Great post- I’m a huge fan of the tomato-peach-basil combo.

  • Hannah July 31, 2011,

    Love this combination of flavors…such a pretty salad.

  • Rogue Unicorn July 31, 2011,

    On Friday I turned on my oven to make zucchini gratin and immediately regretted it (the oven part, not the gratin) because, oh my god, the hot. This seems like the perfect solution.

    • rivka August 1, 2011,

      ahh — and now you understand my plight. 🙂 Salads for all!

  • Love your ‘too pooped to patchke’ salad. 🙂

    • rivka August 1, 2011,

      That should be the name of this salad, for sure.

  • Rebecca August 1, 2011,

    how did you know that i’m drowning in peaches, basil, and tomatoes? looking forward to making this for dinner tonight!

  • Rachel - Season With Love August 1, 2011,

    Peaches and tomatoes = two of my favorite summer things. Why have I never thought of putting them together?! This looks so deliciously juicy and wonderful, I can almost taste it just looking at the picture!

  • flyer printing August 2, 2011,

    Yehey! Another salad treat! I love salad in the morning and this would be an addition to my list for breakfast salad. I’m loving this recipe because of the tomatoes, really refreshing to start a day.. Thanks for posting this!

  • Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls August 7, 2011,

    I love the addition of peach! Sounds and looks fantastic!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls