Frenchie and a Peach Summer Salad

18 Aug

Summer local peachesScenes from SoCalWhat can I say? When the peaches from Georgia and South Carolina are abundant, salads, tarts and cobblers become staple items on the kitchen counter.

Mixing peaches and tomatoes is one of my favorite food pairing.

It’s a bit unusual but when you think about it more it just makes sense.

Blueberries and lemon.

Honeydew and cucumber.

Strawberries and basil.

… et maintenant, les pêches et les tomates.

Honey-roasted cherry tomatoes Near San Diego, CA Colorful Charlotte's 4th Ward Out and about in SoCalI started to make this salad before I left for Southern California.

It followed me all summer long so far.

Picnic on the grass under giant trees.

Warm summer dinner on the balcony.

Friend’s evening garden party.

Sunday pot luck by the river.

Or on-the-go for a light lunch.

I like it a lot, if it wasn’t obvious already, and I hope you will too!

Coronado Hotel in San Diego Light, sun and food Longing for the oceanPart of me still feels like I am on vacation when I make it.

It has summer written all over it.

In fact, it screams bright blue skies and sunny golden hues.

Encore un peu de salade?

Oui, avec plaisir…

Temecula, CA green patio The colors of summer Manhattan Beach California scenery, feet in the water.Ruby red, bold yellow, leafy green.

Summer in a plate.

A salty sweet combination to make and enjoy over and over.

There is just something light about it that reminds me of the feeling I had when eating at Fishing with Dynamite on Manhattan Beach.

I don’t know if it was the light, the space, the many bright windows or the food, but it was a delicious summer experience.

And eating this salad directly from the salad bowl with your feet up outside in the heat is also highly recommended.

Coast to coast from CA to MA Temecula vines Beautiful Georgetown in DCA perfect summer saladPeach and Tomato Summer Salad with Ginger Tarragon Vinaigrette

serves 6-8

2 lb (900 g) of ripe tomatoes – mix and match as much as you can – I use big red tomatoes, small red, yellow, and black cherry tomatoes

9 oz (255 g) of ripe peaches – cut in wedges

4 oz (115 g) of black olives

20 basil leaves – roughly chopped

4 Tbsp of olive oil

1 Tbsp of raspberry vinegar

1 teaspoon of mustard

1.5 teaspoon of maple syrup – or honey

1×1″ (2,5 cm x 2,5 cm) of fresh ginger – peeled and cubed

15 tarragon leaves

4 oz (115 g) of feta cheese – crumbled

a handful of pine nuts

freshly ground pepper

Cut, chop, slice the tomatoes to end up with a variety of different cuts: wedges, small slices, pieces, halves etc. I like to halve the cherry tomatoes and cut the bigger tomatoes in wedges.

In a big bowl, drop half of the tomatoes, peaches, black olives and chopped basil leaves. Keep the rest separate for now.

In a small food processor, mix all the ingredients for the vinaigrette: olive oil, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, fresh ginger and tarragon leaves.

Pulse until the vinaigrette is smooth, emulsified and the ginger and tarragon are well blended. Add more fresh ginger or tarragon depending on taste and strength of the herb.

Pour half of the vinaigrette over the salad in the big bowl. Mix delicately.

Add the rest of the tomatoes, peaches and black olives on top. Sprinkle with the remaining chopped basil leaves.

Sprinkle the salad with the feta cheese, pine nuts and ground pepper.

With a big spoon, add small dollops of the vinaigrette over the peach and tomato salad.

Put the left over vinaigrette in a pourer and serve next to the salad for extra helpings.

Georgetown lime house


9 Responses to “Frenchie and a Peach Summer Salad”

  1. Annie*** August 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM #

    Humm… Ça donne très envie d’essayer ! Je n’aurais jamais pensé à cette association ! Bravo pour l’imagination !


  2. frugalfeeding August 21, 2014 at 6:20 AM #

    Great to look through your wonderful images!


  3. victoria August 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM #

    oui oui j’ai terriblement envie de faire cette salade, associer tomates et pêches, c’est une idée de génie, c’est bien sûr mais il fallait y penser! merci David


  4. Rodger August 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM #

    And Victoria did it! To-day, with family. She worked very long to prepare it. She was thinking for two days. I believed she was moved to realize such a preparation coming from you. I liked the salad very much, it was so spécial, and I wanted to say: Encore!


  5. Renard August 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM #

    I tested this week end in Le Mans at Roger and Victoria’s house. It’s very good and children love a lot. Thank you for your creative recipe David.


  6. victoria August 26, 2014 at 6:52 AM #

    je l’ai faite deux fois, donc, cette fameuse salade, j’ai apprécié entre autres la clarté de ta recette, surtout la liste des ingrédients donnés dans le bon ordre, ça c’est vraiment vraiment pratique. J’ai supprimé le sucré, je n’ai mis ni maple syrup ni honey et j’aime autant ; j’ai eu la main un peu lourde sur la feta … il faut dire que j’en avais de la très bonne. La recette imprimée est maintenant rangée dans le classeur “salades”. Merci à toi.


  7. David August 26, 2014 at 7:14 AM #

    Merci à tous! Content de savoir qu’elle était bonne.


  8. jamielifesafeast September 5, 2014 at 7:21 AM #

    Stunning photos and I just want to fall into them. Sadly, this year, the peaches and tomatoes did not seem to align in order to be brought together but what a lovely dish.


  9. Betsy @ Desserts Required September 5, 2014 at 8:11 PM #

    So glad that Jamie from Life’s A Feast gave you a shoutout on FB. Your pictures are beautiful as is your writing. I love the combinations you create, too.


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