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.
© Sarah W. Caron and Sarah's Cucina Bella, 2005-2012.
Category: Eating Locally, Homecooking, Gardening, Farm Fresh, Fruit, Recipes, salad