Week Night Yum Yum: Peach Salad with Red Onion, Basil and Mint
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I love playing around wtih different kinds of salad. Yes green leafy greans are fabulous and I'm a huge fan, but I'm just as much a fan of fruit-based savory salads as well. With spring in full swing now and with summer just around the corner, we have access to amazing perfectly ripe fruits. And there's so much more to them than just eating them raw or throwing them in a cobbler or pie!
At the farmers market yesterday I picked up some amazing white peaches. I much prefer them over the yellow peaches because they are a lot sweeter and prettier I think. I added some red onion, delicate onion flavor and sweet in its own right, fresh basil, and mint to the simple salad and tossed it with some good olive oil, a little lemon juice, salt and pepper. It was a simple but beautiful salad where all the flavors stood together, not outshown by their compatriots.
This is great on its own with some fresh crusty bread, or perhaps some crostini with sharp goat cheese. Sliced prosciutto would be wonderful as well for a salty bite.
Peach Salad with Red Onion, Basil, and Mint
4 white peaches, sliced
1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
2 Tbsp fresh basil
2 Tbsp fresh mint
freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
a little good quality olive oil
Combone all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add enouh oil to just moisten the salad and bring all the ingredients together, but not completely saturate it. Toss and serve.