Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad – Summer Fest

by on July 6, 2011

Summer Fest is a season long, bi-weekly event where Food Network editors team up with blogs to share tips and recipes about seasonal produce. During Summer Fest, we celebrate the the seasons explosion of fresh produce and inspired recipes.  This week’s theme are peaches and to participate, just share your peach recipe link in our blog on the comments below, as well as the blogs of all our participating friends!

Throughout the Summer we’re always staring at baskets full of heirloom tomatoes  and fresh fruit from the garden. This is definitely a good thing.  Not only do we get to be spoiled by the warm season’s bounty, but the garden possums, squirrels, and mockingbirds get to eat the fruit in full glory. Sharing is a good thing.

But when it comes to our white peaches,  it’s always a battle to keep up with the fruit. Peaches are one of those fruits that always choose to ripen all at exactly the right time. The struggle is to eat them fast enough before gravity and possums take their toll on the fruit.

The frustrating part about Summer peaches is that they always decide to have a community ripening fest and they somehow are able to coordinate their “drops” all within a few day.

We’re hustling to catch them before they fall and it’s such a sad waste to see them rot to the ground. So to keep up with eating different peach recipes back to back, we started pairing them in salads with heirloom tomatoes.

Seriously, this combination of juicy sweet peaches and tomatoes is lethal. It’s Summer fruit salad that can often be overlooked because tomatoes are fruits too! We can’t forget that tomatoes are a fruit and it’s wonderful to treat them as fruit in recipes.

Added with some fresh thyme, a savory vinaigrette and bite full of rich cheese, you have the best of Summer on a plate. We used goat cheese, but burata cheese would be our first choice if we wanted to make this again. Trust us, this is a salad that we’ll be having multiple times because it’s so simple, yet satisfyingly Summer.

As always, there are a bunch of fantastic sites sharing the in SummerFest fun.

CIA Dropout: Peachy Keen Panna Cotta

What’s Gaby Cooking: Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Easy Peach Preserves
I Am Mommy: Peach Bread
Daily Dishin: Fresh Peaches and Cream No-Bake Pie
Cooking with Books: Peaches and Cream Cheesecake
Cooking With My Kid: Peach & Friends Cobbler Pie
White on Rice Couple: Peach Heirloom Tomato Salad
Cooking With Elise: Bruschetta with Grilled Peach Chutney
Taste With The Eyes: Warm White Peach and Blackberry Cobbler
Recipe Girl: Fresh Peach Pie
A Way to Garden: Farm Fresh Peaches Frozen to Perfection
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Fresh Peach Cookies
Sassy Radish: Peach, Apricot and Blueberry Cobbler with a Cornmeal Crust
Sweet Life: Sweet Peach Ancho Chile Salsa
Indian Simmer: Indian Peach Gujiya
Dixie Chik Cooks: Peach Cobbler
Food2: 5 Killer Peach Flavored Cocktails
Healthy Eats: 8 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Eat Peaches
Cooking Channel: Peaches on the Grill
Add a Pinch: My Grandmother’s Peach Cobbler
And Love It Too: Pan Seared Salmon with Fresh Peach Salsa
From My Corner of Saratoga: Double Caramel Peaches
She Wears Many Hats: Peach Wontons

Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted, sliced
  • 2 medium heirloom tomatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive or grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • goat cheese

Directions:

  1. In jar or medium bowl, combine vinaigrette ingredients well: oil, salt, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and thyme.
  2. On plate, assemble sliced peaches, tomatoes, crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette on top. Serves 2 people.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Daedre July 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

You should have used a peach-type tomato, then everything on the plate would be pink and fuzzy!

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2 Melissa @ Dash of East July 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

Two of my favorite summer ingredients in one salad! This looks incredible! I especially love the first photo of the salad.

Looking forward to more recipes and photos for Summer Fest, and looking forward to meeting you guys at Food & Light next month!

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3 Nisrine M. July 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

Beautiful, colorful and soo strikingly fresh. I’d gladly eat plate after plate of this. Seriously.

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4 ruby July 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

this recipe looks delicious. i can’t wait to make it!

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5 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

I love what you did with the peaches + tomatoes.

I love them both and eat one tomato every day! Must combine with the peaches on my countertop later on today! Simple perfection :)

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6 chinmayie @ love food eat July 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

Such a beautiful recipe!! peaches and tomatoes are totally complimenting each other! I like the fact that peaches are fresh and raw, the best way to eat them according to me!

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7 pam July 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Peaches and tomatoes! Now, that’s a combination I have never tried before!

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8 Shea July 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Love the combination of flavors…especially with the cheese!

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9 Katie July 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Peaches, tomatoes, and the suggestion to add burrata cheese? This salad sounds incredible!

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10 terri July 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm

the rest of us can only dream of having too many peaches :) what about canning them or making jam, so you can enjoy them in the winter?

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11 Kalyn July 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I love the idea of combining tomatoes with peaches. Two of my favorite summer flavors!

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12 Jennie July 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I’m with Kalyn. Peaches and tomatoes are two of my faves also, so thanks for marrying them so beautifully in this recipe.

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13 QuincesandthePea July 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

so beautiful! This is similar to a recipe I posted over the weekend – Peach Caprese with Purple Basil: http://www.quincesandthepea.com/peach-caprese-salad.
Herbs, peaches and cheese go so well together!

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14 Amy | She Wears Many Hats July 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Yummy yum yum! We have a bountiful of both around here right now. Can’t wait to try the combo soon.

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15 Tokyo Terrace July 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

YES! I am also a fan of tomatoes and peaches together- in fact I just posted a crostini with that exact pairing a couple of days ago. The flavors really do work perfectly together- it’s a wonder it isn’t more popular. Wish I could help you utilize those beautiful white peaches of yours- enjoy and happy summer!

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16 Marla July 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

This certainly does look like the best of summer on a plate. Never would have thought to combine tomatoes & peach. Gotta try :)

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17 Amanda@Easy Peasy Organic July 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I love the idea of this combination! Can’t wait to try it :)
(I wonder if you could do peach and tomato sorbet??)

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18 Maria @ Scandifoodie July 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

This sounds like the perfect summer dish! Love the combination of flavours!

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19 Lori Lynn July 11, 2011 at 4:55 am

I don’t think I’ve seen peaches paired with tomatoes. That is an enlightened pairing!
Happy Summer…
LL

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20 Dennis July 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Tomatoes and Peaches… I have never thought of the two of them together. I must try this soemtime!

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21 Giannina July 13, 2011 at 5:45 am

This is just too beautiful. I wish our tomatoes here in Manila came with the leaves on it!

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22 Kim July 13, 2011 at 5:49 am

Hi from another participate in Summer Fest! You have a gorgeous website and very a interesting recipe. Never thought of tomatoes and peaches together but I bet it would work beautifully. I’ve gotten so many visitors to my website from yours, that I had to check it out. Glad I did! I’ll be back to see more of your amazing photos and recipes. Happy Summer Fest!

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23 Lady Amalthea July 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

What a gorgeous combination! I’ve made caprese salads with apricots instead of or in addition to the tomatoes but now I *must* try it with peaches. Thanks for the inspiration!

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24 Linda July 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Tomato envy. Such plump and juicy heirlooms have not found their way to the farmer’s markets up here in San Francisco yet. :( I’ll have to make this salad once they do.

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25 J2Kfm (Malaysian Food & Travel Blog) July 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

Gorgeous combination of fruits in a salad. Yeah, tomatoes always give the impression of being more of a vege than a fruit though.

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26 Emily-Claire July 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

This looks HEAVENLY! The colors are so fresh and beautiful. I just did two posts recently about peachy recipes.

One of them is for homemade peach ice cream:
http://www.eclaireart.com/2011/07/homemade-peach-ice-cream.html

The other one is for a drink I call Peach Buzz:
http://www.eclaireart.com/2011/07/peach-buzz.html

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