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Peach, Tomato and Basil Summer Salad

It’s hard to tire of summer produce! We’ve only been eating seasonally for a few years, but we can’t imagine getting tired of juicy Indiana tomatoes or peaches.

This weekend was a special weekend that called for a special meal — my mom was in town visiting from Minnesota for a Girl’s Weekend! We had a total blast visiting our favorite Indy haunts…including Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, where we picked up some amazing heirloom tomatoes and perfectly ripe peaches.

Inspired by the Peach Panzanella we had the night before at Bluebeard restaurant and this summer panzanella from Laura at The First Mess (so cute!), we originally though we’d try our hand at a panzanella, an Italian salad made with dried-out bread cubes. However, since we didn’t have any old bread on hand, the thought of buying bread and turning on our oven to dry it out just didn’t appeal in the heat!

So, we turned the idea into a salad and substituted cannellini beans for the bread cubes (which makes it a gluten-free option too, if you’re looking for that!). The salad turned out perfect, the sweet peach a perfect balance for the tomatoes, along with the bite of the basil, and a slightly sweet vinaigrette of sherry vinegar and honey.

The salad was a great accompaniment to our meal! We’re also excited to share the dessert course with you sometime soon.

We couldn’t have had a more idyllic weekend – the weather was gorgeous and the food delightful — a beautiful weekend to spend celebrating time as mother and daughter!

Peach, Tomato and Basil Summer Salad
 
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Serves: 4 to 6
What You Need
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 large peaches
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 15-ounce can cannellini beans (or 1½ cups cooked)
  • ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (or red or white wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup feta crumbles
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
What To Do
  1. Thinly slice the red onion; place it in a small bowl and cover in cold water. Squeeze and release the onion slices about 5 to 6 times; drain the water and repeat the squeeze and rinse cycle 2 more times. Place the slices back in the bowl and cover with cold water while assembling the salad.
  2. Dice the peaches and tomatoes. Drain and rinse the beans. Slice the basil into thin strips.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together sherry vinegar, olive oil, honey, 2 pinches kosher salt, and several grinds fresh ground pepper.
  4. Drain the onions and squeeze them dry. In a large bowl, gently mix together onions with tomatoes, peaches, beans, basil, and dressing, and a few pinches kosher salt. Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and serve.

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Eileen
    August 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Everyone’s been talking about peaches with tomatoes lately–it makes me wonder what I’m missing! Well, I refuse to wonder for long, especially since I have both nectarines (close enough) and heirloom tomatoes at home right now. :)

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    Suzanne Perazzini
    August 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Your photo looks lovely and it makes me want to try this but I usually don’t like the combination of sweet and savoury. But I could change my mind.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      August 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Haha! Yes, the combination does seem a little odd at first, but it’s delicious! :) Let us know if you try it out!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    August 20, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I just got my hands on some of the most amazing peaches ever from Harry and David… and this looks like the perfect way to use them up!

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    Riley
    August 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Yum yum yum! Can’t wait to try this before those peaches and tomatoes are gone!

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    Laura
    August 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Woohoo! Love your version with cannelini beans. Sounds scrumptious and it looks SO beautiful. Glad to hear you had a lovely weekend over some salad and good times in these last few weeks of summer :)

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      Sonja
      August 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks for being an inspiration! :) Your video was so fun!

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    swati
    August 22, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I’m a great fan of different salads, this one looks so great, this ones definitely on my lunch menu tomorrow.

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    Nancy S
    August 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was so scrumptous! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      August 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Oh, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting us know :)

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    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}
    August 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Oh my. This looks absolutely amazing. If only I could talk my husband into eating fruit in his salad!! Yum!!!

  • Reply
    Yosef - This American Bite
    August 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you for inspiring me! I have included this recipe in my August Roundup. Please stop by and let me know what you think of the post.

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    Lindsay
    August 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    My husband and I made this for dinner tonight and really enjoyed it! We served it over a bed of spinach. Looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow :) Thanks so much for another great recipe!

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    Sarah
    July 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    That is such a clever idea to tone down the bite of the red onion! I definitely plan on using that technique soon.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah xo

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