Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad
This peach heirloom tomato salad is a wonderful way to taste and celebrate Summer. It’s fresh and always perfect as a potluck party dish. Update: Our white peach tree died and we’re hoping to grow another peach tree one day where it’s in a cooler, happier environment.
Peach Heirloom Tomato Salad
Throughout the Summer we’re always staring at baskets full of heirloom tomatoes. If it’s a good year, we’ll have more than enough to share. If it’s a bad year or the squirrels are extra hungry, we’ll have just enough for us to eat. That’s the joy and hardships of growing sweet and juicy garden tomatoes! The squirrels have good taste. Not only do we get to be spoiled by the warm season’s bounty, but the garden possums and mockingbirds also get to eat the fruit in full glory. Sharing is a good thing.
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Love of White Peaches
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.
Perfect Summer Salad
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.
Enjoy and Happy Summer Friends. Thanks for reading!
diane and todd
Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe
- 3 ripe Peaches
- 2 medium Heirloom Tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) Olive Oil or Grape Seed Oil
- 2 Tablespoons (30ml) fresh Lemon Juice , or to taste
- 1 Tablespoon (15ml) Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried Thyme , chopped
- Kosher or Sea Salt , to taste
- fresh cracked Black Pepper
- 4 ounces (56g) crumbled Goat Cheese , or Feta Cheese
- optional – fresh Thyme Sprigs , for garnish
- In jar or medium bowl, combine vinaigrette ingredients well (oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper). Taste the dressing. If you want to add additional seasonings do this now to finish the vinaigrette. Store in fridge until you're ready to dress the salad, right before serving.
- If you prefer the skin off the peaches (some varieties we love the skin left on and others, not so much), cut a light score in the skin then briefly poach the peaches for about 20-30 seconds. The skin should just slip off. Pit and slice the peaches. Cut the tomatoes into slices or wedges.
- On plate, assemble sliced peaches and tomatoes. Top the with the crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle vinaigrette on top right before serving. If desired, garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.
This recipe was originally published in 2011 and re-published with updated photos and recipe. And we don’t have our white peach tree anymore. 🙁