Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

This post was inspired by my love for garden tomatoes, peaches and basil. In the summer there is nothing better. This recipe is as easy as it looks. Cut bite-sized pieces of tomato and peaches and rough chop a generous amount of fresh basil. Mix ingredients together with a lip-puckering homemade balsamic vinaigrette and that’s it. I made this salad as a first course for a dinner I made for my yoga teacher recently, and I can say with confidence that she was pretty impressed and got happy just at the sight of it. I think what I love most about this recipe is how it takes single items that taste amazing on their own, puts them together, and creates a totally different flavor. I suppose that’s why they call cooking a culinary art.

Let me know if this recipe inspires you enough to give it a try

Ingredients for Dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, optional
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard

place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake to combine



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42 Responses to Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

  1. This recipe looks really tasty! I can imagine that it also tastes great. If I have access to some great peaches again, I will give it a try.

  2. The intensity and contrast of color is stunning! I’m definitely inspired.

  3. what a great idea! I will try this tonight. Peaches are inexpensive now in Arizona. I can’t wait to give it a shot. Great photography. Makes me want some now. :) Thank you for sharing.

  4. Sarah

    I am not a huge peach fan, but I do love making peach caprese salad, simply replacing the tomatoes with peaches. I hadn’t thought of the peach – tomato combo. I’ll have to try it!

  5. Simple is best with top quality. This recipe and your lovely photography is a great reminder on both fronts. As Laura says – inspiring.

  6. Rebecca Ford

    Gorgeous photos. I’ve done virtually the same thing combining tomatoes and mangoes. Through in a little bit of diced fresh jalapeno.

  7. eve

    Amazing… Our markets (DC) are over-flowing with all three. These pics have already sent my taste buds into overdrive. Can’t wait to try it. Stunning aesthetic, as always! Thanks.

  8. Congratulations!!! the combination is great and tastes pretty good! I would love to have you as a guest in our Hotel in Mexico City, if you are around please write a mail so we can show you our food designs and projects.


  9. Your photography inspires me to try this simple (simply divine looking) salad. Beautiful, beautiful images.
    Tomorrow is farm market day, followed by friends for dinner. I’m going to wow them with this AND the oatmeal! They’re all expert salad makers, but they’re not going to know what hit them! Thanks, Penny. How nice to have a stylist at hand. (not that you need one) Bravo and thanks.

  10. what a great recipe for this time of year, when around here we have both more tomatoes and peaches than we know what to do with! Gorgeous. Gorgeous. And makes me curious about this combination. Will definitely give it a try!

  11. I have a recipe on my site for tomatoes and strawberries… and today I am making peach/plum/tomato tart!

  12. Saw this being tweeted around and decided I had to check it out! Looks totally legit! And this is the month to get ur peaches and tomatoes together! I am promising myself to give this a try! Great post and beautiful blog!

  13. A glorious ode to the golden days of summer. Beautifully done. Thank you

  14. The photos are perfection… and tomatoes and peaches are a bright combination… I can imagine the vinegar pulls it all together in a magnificent way..thanks for the great idea!

  15. Beautiful and inspiring my dinner for tonight. Peaches are in season here in Beijing.

  16. Gorgeous peaches. I love those spoons!!!

  17. Beautiful late summer images. Try the salad also with just tomato juice squeezed over it. Maybe there is enough juice from your peaches ant tomatoes to dress the salad. Just made a variation with peaches, tomatoes, basil and arugula. Love your work.

  18. Great images. The suggestion of replacing tomatoes with peaches sounds awesome.

  19. This looks great!! I’m not sure if you have a lot more healthy recipes of your own that you make, but if you do, you should send them into this contest I know of that’s making its way around the country, the Aetna Healthy Food Fight. It’s coming to San Antonio on October 2-3 and Houston on October 9-10! I noticed your recipe and thought you would be interested. You could get great exposure for your recipes and meet celebrity cooks (Bobby Flay, Sunny Anderson, Sara Moulton, or Cat Cora). All you have to do is go to to submit one of your healthy recipes. Deadline to sign up for San Antonio is September 15th and Houston is September 22nd so hurry! Good luck if you decide to enter, and if not, keep posting! :)

  20. Absolutely, I want to try this. I’ve been eating tomatoes out the kazoo lately and would love to branch out of my flavor ruts. Love the idea of peaches in this salad. Thanks, Penny!

  21. M.A.Beck

    Beautiful, simple, elegant…

  22. The peaches in the first photo are so vivid that I feel I could pick them right off the screen and rub them against my cheek. Beautiful salad!

  23. Terry Sandoval

    I recreated this recipe, I used heirloom tomatoes and I used both yellow and white peaches. The salad was fabulous! I also made the dressing recipe, instead of using fresh garlic, I used garlic course salt. I’m going to make it again today and incorporate arugula for a peppery flavor.

    I love this recipe, thank you for sharing!

  24. Tomato and peach, an interesting combination.

  25. Hi Penny,

    It was such a pleasure meeting you at IFBC 2010. I am continuing to ride the waves of inspiration from your presentation by studying your portfolio and blog.

    Thank you for giving me the courage to unleash my inner foodie photographer and trust my instincts for color, composition and simplicity.

    I am enjoying this new aspect of “making pictures” in my love affair with food, and relishing in the fact that I can take beautiful, raw, real shots of natural foods without a fancy food stylist.

    All the best to you,

    Emily Butler

  26. Karen Kay


  27. Penny,

    I’d love you to check out my food and travel blog. I’m well-traveled, well-read and well-fed. Your photography is terrific and inspirational. I’d like to go to your level. Thanks for your work.

  28. Shveta

    Beautiful and yummy Salad! I’ll try it now…..!
    BTW, Great pictures!

  29. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very useful information specially the last part :) I care for such info much. I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  30. Hi! A friend served us this salad last week, and it was so delicious that we asked for the recipe. Yesterday, he introduced us to your blog and now we’re fans! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  31. Kell

    Wow……this is one of he best salad ever :)

  32. Hi Penny,
    Your recipe definitely inspired me to give it a try. I made it and loved it, can’t wait to prepare it again. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    (PS I posted it on my website with a link back to you. If you are interested it it here : )

  33. J

    Was inspired, tried it , and now every time we have a potluck, this is requested!

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  35. Michelle

    It is early September and the kitchen has an abundance of fresh peaches and tomatoes. We were invited to a cookout last weekend and asked to bring a salad of any kind. Hmmm…what to make with peaches and tomatoes? Do they even work together? Thanks to your beautifully photographed recipe, I’ve learned that they certainly do! A little slicing, dicing, back deck basil picking and chopping, and we ended up with a salad that was enjoyed by all. Thank you!

  36. Might I say, the picture is as yummy as the food. How do you do it!

  37. virginia

    Made this tonight even though I did not have fresh peaches and the tomotoes were plain old grocery store plum tomatoes… but I wanted a quick salad and have beautiful basil growing… even with the less than incredible ingredients, this was soooo good… my husband commented that it was a weird combination of ingredients but really worked together… served over baby greens… um, yum!

  38. Kristen

    Delish!! Made this for a summer pool party tonight and it was such a hit. I added chunks of fresh mozzarella and a little chopped prosciutto. The dressing and combo of peaches, tomatoes, and basil was perfect for summer.

  39. Connie

    This recipe looks very tempting, I love peaches , tomato and basil. I mix basil with tomatoes anyway so to add the peaches will be great. I am giving a fish fry this weekend and this will be great as a side.

  40. Sabrina

    I made this tonight to use up the rest of my CSA fruits and veggies. It was a big hit! I paired it with a spicy pulled pork. It worked beautifully. Thanks for the idea and your photos are lovely.

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