Peach & Basil Salad

It's peak peach season and everywhere I look, juicy peaches are on sale. If you're like me and have a few peaches on hand, my first thought is to use the peaches in a dessert recipe. There's the common peach cobbler, peach pie, or even peach ice cream. But if you want to use peaches in a different way, such as in a salad, this Peach & Basil Salad is it. It's a beautiful salad to present on a table and a wonderful mix of flavors. Sweet peaches, red onions, and fresh basil leaves are tossed with lemon juice salt and extra-virgin olive oil for a colorful taste of summer...

For a recent picnic we hosted, my friend Howard prepared this dish. It's one of my favorite summertime salads and I never posted it here before because it was just so easy and effortless. It's true - the simplest of recipes usually are the best and this one is no exception. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, add some fresh strawberries - it's equally delicious too! Another suggestion is to toss in chopped prosciutto for a little more savory notes. And if you don't have any peaches, nectarines work just as well.

Peach & Basil Salad
recipe from Martha Stewart

3 peaches, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced
1/3 cup fresh basil (leaves torn if large)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Toss peaches with red onion, basil, lemon juice, salt, and some pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.


  1. Looks delicious, juicy and healthy!

  2. didn't taste good

  3. Sorry you didn't like it Anonymous... I especially like this salad if the peaches are sweet and ripe!