At a family party this weekend, my cousin made a beautiful salad of heirloom tomatoes, red onions, herbs, nectarines and a light vinaigrette from a local farm. It was brilliant. The sweetness of the nectarines are a lovely contrast to the onions and tomatoes. And the vinaigrette really brought it all together. It was absolutely amazing.
This salad is inspired by hers. I’ve switched up the herbs a bit and left out the red onions, though they would be a welcome addition. I’ve added a cucumber for crunch as well. And instead of the local vinaigrette, I made my own lime-walnut one. It light and complimentary for the flavors in the salad.
Paige and I made this salad this morning. The herbs came straight from our garden, picked minutes before we used them. Then, she feasted on it for lunch, asking for seconds. I daresay she loved this Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad.
Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad
- 2 medium heirloom tomatoes (or one large one)
- 2 nectarines, pitted
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp chopped fresh mint
- 2 tbsp walnut oil (use olive oil as a substitution)
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Dice the tomatoes, nectarines and cucumber into like-sized pieces. I prefer mine to be roughly 1/2 inch, but larger is good too.
- In a large bowl, stir together the tomatoes, nectarines, cucumbers, basil, parsley and mint. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the walnut oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and garlic.
- Pour the vinaigrette mixture over the tomato mixture and stir well.
- Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.
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Category: Eating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening, Farm Fresh, Fruit, Recipes, salad
Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.