White Peach, Cheese and Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Salad Ingredients

  • Mixed salad greens, washed, to serve a large portion of salad
  • 1 very ripe, large white peach
  • 1 or more very ripe heirloom tomatoes
  • Hard, sharp cheese (Used Pecorino Elighe)
  • (Optional) Candied nuts
  • (Optional) Pita chips or stale pita

Dressing Ingredients

  • Enough olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mustard (to encourage emulsification) for a vinaigrette

Method

  1. Wash, tear and mix salad greens into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Toss greens with vinaigrette. Add oil and vinegar and toss more if you don't have enough vinaigrette for your salad.
  3. Slice up peach and tomatoes into approximately equal size pieces. Add to bowl, toss.
  4. Shave cheese with a cheese shaver or vegetable peeler. Sprinkle shavings over bowl.
  5. Break up candied nuts if in clusters and sprinkle over bowl.
  6. Crush Pita chips or tear pita lightly into reasonable-sized pieces and sprinkle over bowl.

Notes: A sweet stone fruit really reminds the eater that tomato is a fruit. The salad probably works best with the sweeter tomatoes but it works fine with more savory ones as well. Sweet-savory is a time-honored and classic culinary tradition.