Lettuce, Peaches and Basil
I only recently ate peaches in a salad and was instantly hooked. Here is a version of my own.
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For the salad
- 12 cups red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 medium peach
- 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
- 1⁄3 cup basil, slightly packed
- 2 leaves of fresh mint, cut into fine strips
- 1 -2 ounce fresh goat cheese (optional)
For the dressing
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar (or other fruity vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon sugar (or more, to taste)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil (or olive oil)
- 1 pinch pepper
- If you have time, toast walnuts over medium heat until fragant or use as they are.
- Wash lettuce and spin dry. Put in a large salad bowl.
- Wash and dry peach. Cut in 1/4 inch wedges from pit and add to lettuce.
- Tear basil into 1/2 inch pieces, sprinkle over peach.
- If using cheese for additional color and flavor, crumble over salad.
- Top salad with walnuts and mint leaves.
- For dressing whisk together all ingredients except oil until well blended. Add oil, mix well and taste for a nice slightly sour balance, there will be sweetness from the peach.
- Pour dressing over salad and mix at the table.
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Throughout dinner, I must have said "I *really* like this salad!" about 6 times. This was just amazing! I used spring mix instead of romaine, left out the mint and cheese, and I did use the toasted walnuts. I used frozen peaches and probably had the equivalent of 2 peaches instead of 1. I had pureed basil in the freezer from last summer, so I mixed my basil in with the dressing. All the flavors just blended together so well--I really love this! Thanks for posting!