Peach Summer Salad

Fresh Summer Peach and Basil Panzanella Salad

If you’ve ever been to Tuscany in the warm summer months, you’ve probably encountered some delectable fruit-based salads. The Italians also make a dish called panzanella — a salad of bread and tomatoes. I was recently in Italy and was served a combination of the two: this incredible peach dish I just had to share.

For the recipe, the traditional tomatoes were replaced by seasonal ripe peaches — a crisp alternative that delights the palette. Sweet and savory, there is a surprising blend of textures that meld together beautifully. The best part is it only took me about 15 minutes to make! I love that I can store it in the fridge for a few days, too. This is perfect for a dinner party, picnic or even to take to work.

I’m really into the Pomegranate Gingham series.  I can quickly throw them on my patio table and instantly have a picnic vibe.  I like to serve this dish with something on the grill, like salmon or chicken.  It makes for a great evening outside with family and friends.  Go get to chopping and add this to your summer staple recipes!

Peach Summer Salad

Peach and Basil Panzenella Salad

3-4 ripe peaches, sliced in 1/8 in slices

1 C sliced strawberries

1/2 of a red onion, diced

1/2 C of fresh mozzarella, chopped in chunks

1/4 C fresh basil, minced

1 C fresh baby spinach, chopped

1/2 of a baguette, in 1/2 chunks

pinch of red chili flakes

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 C balsamic vinegar

1/4 C olive oil

In a measuring cup, mix the oil and vinegar. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients except the oil and vinegar.  Pour O + V over the salad as you stir frequently to make sure it is evenly saturated. Add more/less O + V to your taste. I hope you love this as much as I did!

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