Late Summer Salads

Summer is absolutely not over for me yet...we still have some warm days ahead and I still have a big list of things to do before fall sets in. The markets are still bringing in great produce and the warm weather is still calling for lighter fare.

My favorite food during the summer is the tomato. I love eating the cherry tomatoes like grapes and the large tomatoes sliced with a little salt. Lately, I have been slicing them in thick rounds and putting them with a little avocado on a good piece of toast. Add a some chili flakes and little sea salt to that and it makes a great lunch. For dinners, the kids and I have been eating a lot of different tomato salads. Our favorite one right now is a salad with tomatoes, peaches, mint, arugula, and toasted almonds. It is so delicious on the side of a good grilled steak. Try this recipe and let me know what you think....

Summer Peach and Tomato Salad with Mint

Serves 6                                        

1 Pint of assorted heirloom cherry tomatoes or 2 Regular Sized

4 Peaches, ripe, sliced into 8 pieces

1 Cup of Mint Leaves, whole, washed, dried

12 Cups of Arugula

½ Cup of Toasted Sliced Almonds

½-1 Tablespoon of Good, Thick, aged Balsamic Vinegar

2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Freshly ground Pepper

1.  Combine the peaches, tomatoes, mint, arugula, and almonds in a bowl. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the salad. Sprinkle the sea salt and pepper over the greens. Toss gently.