Peach Tomato Basil Salad

peach tomato basil saladMy friend Sarah told me about this delicious salad combination.  I love how well these flavors complement each other, and it seems like they’re all in season at the same time.  We recently enjoyed this salad on a picnic.  I put the dressing at the bottom of two pint-sized mason jars and the lettuce and basil at the top, using the peaches and tomatoes as a barrier to keep the greens from getting soggy.  When we were ready to eat, we just shook the jars and the salad was dressed and ready to eat.

And speaking of salad greens, here’s a helpful hint that I learned from a cooking class at Helen’s Kitchen.  When you come home from the store with a head of lettuce, remove the leaves and wash them right away.  Dry them in a salad spinner, and then place the leaves in an airtight container with a paper towel at the bottom and the top of the pile of lettuce.  This helps the lettuce stay fresh for up to a week.  Another benefit is that when it’s time to make a salad, your lettuce is already clean so all you have to do is chop it.  This trick works with all leafy greens, including herbs like basil and cilantro.  I find it annoying how quickly some herbs can go bad in my vegetable drawer, so I’m happy to use this new technique.

Ingredients:
1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 tbs. olive oil
1 tomato (⅓ lb.)
1 peach (⅓ lb.)
2 cups lettuce
½ cup basil leaves

  1. Stir together the balsamic vinegar and oil.  Pour the dressing into two pint-sized mason jars.
  2. Chop the remaining ingredients.
  3. Place the chopped tomato and peach on top of the dressing.  Stack the lettuce and basil at the top of the jar.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to eat.  Shake the jar and serve immediately.

Price Breakdown
This salad cost me $2.15 to prepare, or $1.08 per serving.  This Peach Tomato Basil Salad is a delicious addition to a picnic menu or a light summer dinner.

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Comments

  1. Yum! This looks great. And I love the tip about the lettuce. I’ll have to remember to do that.

  2. I love salad and I love jars. Don’t they look fabulous together?

  3. Thanks for the tip on preserving lettuce – I just threw out a head of romaine the other day and felt so wasteful! I will give that a try for my herbs too.

    The presentation in the jars is so cute and functional! My mom will love that for taking salads to work.

    • I hope the lettuce tip helps. I agree, it’s so frustrating to throw away droopy lettuce. And I hear that if someone takes a mason jar salad to work, everyone else in the office suddenly wants to eat salad.

  4. Scrumptious! What a wonderful way to highlight some of the best of summer produce :)

    Thanks for linking up!

  5. This really makes me wish that I liked peaches. I love love love the jar idea!
    New follower here from inherchucks CSA link party! Looking forward to more great ideas like this!
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  6. That is such a great idea. This would be perfect to take to work with me!

  7. Someone just told meal about tomatoes and nectarines, so tomatoes and peaches should be even better! Just happen to have both right now! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. I love this idea! What a beautiful salad! :)

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