Tomato Peach Salad

Peach and Tomato Salad with Basil & Red Onion
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Tomato Peach Salad is a celebration of, obviously, tomatoes and peaches, two delicious fruits that come to harvest at the same time. It made sense to combine sun ripened tomatoes and juicy peaches in a salad.

Tomato Peach Salad with Basil
Tomato Peach Salad with Basil

Peach Season is Here

The time of year to get fresh local peaches is now. We can buy imported peaches all year, but there is nothing like a tree ripened, local peach, a symbol of summer. Other than just gobbling them up fresh, I like to find different ways to use peaches while they are in season.

These Peach Pecan Cinnamon Buns are a delicious sweet treat, and Spiced Rum Grilled Peaches are a simple, yet elegant dessert. Peaches are also delicious in savory recipes, too, like these Peach Whisky Chicken Kebabs, or Thai Peach Chicken.

Tomato Peach Salad

Peach Varieties

Globally, there are over 2000 varieties of peaches, 300 of them in North America. Check out some of them here. However, all of them fall into one of three classifications. They are:

Clingstone

As the name implies, clingstone peaches have flesh that clings to the pit. They also have a high sugar content and soft flesh, so they are perfect for fresh eating out of hand, or for desserts.

Freestone

Again, as the name implies, freestone peaches have a firmer flesh that easily separates from the pit, so these peaches are a great choice for canning, preserving, baking and recipes because they are so easy to work with.

Semi-Freestone

Semi-Freestone peaches are a hybrid of clingstone and freestones, combining the sweetness of the clingstone with a fruit that easily separates from the pit.

Peach & Tomato Salad with Basil
Peach & Tomato Salad with Basil

Tomatoes & Peaches in a Salad

For this tomato peach salad, I used freestone peaches. Although you can use any peach variety, I like that the peach slices, while sweet, are also slightly tart, and they hold their shape well. They are delicious combined with the acidic tomatoes, red onion and fragrant basil.

Peach & Tomato Salad with Basil

Which tomatoes to use in a tomato peach salad

I used grape tomatoes, which are the first ones to ripen in our garden, but any tomato variety will be delicious, just as long as the tomatoes are fresh, fully ripened and juicy. Heirloom tomatoes, when they ripen, would be perfect.

Peach and Tomato Salad with Basil & Red Onion

To Peel the Peaches or not?

There is no need to peel the peaches for this recipe, unless you really dislike peach fuzz, which some people do. In which case, in the name of simplicity, you may want to use nectarines instead, which are simply peaches without the fuzz.

If your peaches are extra fuzzy, which some are, you can de-fuzz them by running them under water and giving them a good rub.

Peach and Tomato Salad with Basil & Red Onion

How to make Tomato Peach Salad

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Peach and Tomato Salad with Basil & Red Onion
Tomato Peach Salad with Basil
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Tomato Peach Salad with Basil is the essence of summer. Fresh, flavourful and simple, it combines two fruits that are harvested at the same time. A perfect side for anything grilled.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: basil, peach recipe, peaches, salad recipe, summer salad, tomatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 130 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 3 large peaches
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
Instructions
  1. Combine peaches, tomatoes, onion, and basil in a large bowl or arrange on a platter

  2. Sprinkle with salt & pepper

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and honey to make the dressing

  4. drizzle dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.

Nutrition Facts
Tomato Peach Salad with Basil
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 418mg12%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1305IU26%
Vitamin C 19.2mg23%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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