If you’re hitting the farmers’ markets in late summer, sooner or later you’re going to wind up with a bowl of peaches and a bowl of tomatoes next to each other on your kitchen counter. They’re in season together, and they taste great together, with the sweetness of the peach balancing the acidity of the tomato—so go ahead and turn them into a salad. (But please don’t make this salad in the off-season.) I call this easy summer dish a gazpacho salad not because it looks like one, but because you can roughly purée any leftovers in a blender, chill it, and you’ve got a delicious gazpacho.
The dressing for this salad has orange juice in it, but when I have it on hand, I like to substitute a store-bought mango smoothie drink (like Odwalla) for the orange juice.
Make Ahead Tips
If you can, try not to toss the salad until a few minutes before serving—while the flavor improves with sitting, the looks and texture do not. So if you’re putting this out on a buffet, mix it very gently (right in its serving bowl) as close to serving time as possible.
This salad works well with simply grilled steak or chicken; try Grilled Butterflied Chicken Breasts with Cilantro-Lime Butter.
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Love this salad. It is perfect when you can get the heirloom tomatoes and ripe peaches, which I did. I also made it with the Grilled Butterflied Chicken as suggested, and everyone LOVED it!
Fabulous! Was little nervous when I tasted the dressing before adding to the tomatoes and peaches. But it was delicious. I added a bit more OJ, balsamic and lemon zest to taste. A big hit. I made special trip to the farmers market for tomatoes and peaches and it was worth it. don't use grocery store produce for this.
I'd recommend making this as a soup (~gazpacho) - just blend everything together. It is excellent and much more successful than as a salad IMO.
This is fantastic! I made this salad to serve with the open faced brie-apple and arugula sandwiches for lunch today. My garden is producing a ton of tomatoes now so this was and excellent way to use up both regular and cherry tomatoes. I forgot to put in the red onion but used fresh basil from my garden. When I finished making the salad, I thought wow that's a lot of fruit in one bowl, but it is just one of those salads where you want to have seconds so guess what- We ate it all up!
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