At the Foodbank, we pride ourselves in teaching others the importance of and value in preparing seasonal recipes that nourish our body. And late Summer time is all about sweet and juicy tomatoes and peaches. The sweetness of the peach perfectly balances the acidity of the tomato, and lucky for us, they are both in season together. The colors alone will make your mouth water.
Tomatoes are an antioxidant powerhouse, their most famous antioxidant being lycopene. Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, and a good source of potassium, vitamin K, and manganese. Due to these powerful nutrients, tomatoes do a great job of protecting us from oxidative damage, reducing our risk for heart disease and certain cancers. Some studies also suggest that tomatoes help protect our bloodstream as well as our bone and kidney health.
With the peach’s beautiful coral and golden orange colors, you can be sure you are eating a great source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is famous for promoting healthy vision, especially in low light. Vitamin A also helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, and skeletal and soft tissues. It’s a dynamite nutrient.
Please indulge in this delicious and colorful salad as you embrace the last few weeks of Summer. Your body will thank you!
Heirloom Tomato, Peach, and Basil Summer Salad
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Yield: 4-6 servings
- 2 heirloom tomatoes (any color), cored and thinly sliced
- 2 ripe peaches, cored and thinly sliced
- ¼ of a red onion, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup torn or julienned fresh basil
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- Sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
Combine the tomatoes, peaches and red onion in a bowl and toss with the basil, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until evenly mixed. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to two days. Enjoy in the sunshine with family if possible!
- Nectarines for peaches if you prefer smooth to fuzzy skin
- Apple cider vinegar for Balsamic vinegar for a milder taste
- A sprinkle of creamy feta or goat cheese for cheese lovers
- Pistachios or walnuts for a sweet crunch