Tomato, peach and basil summer salad

Tomato, peach and basil summer salad

By 23/07/2018

In the summer when the temperature rises and you are struggling with the heat, the general advice is of course to increase your intake of water but also to eat more fruit and vegetables. At this time of year when the bulk of my diet is made up mainly of vegetables and fruit, I feel great, I have more energy and I am also less thirsty. Fruit and veg have so much water in them. Watermelon is one of the best things to keep hydrated in the middle of the summer and it is so refreshing and moreish too.

I will be having lots of watermelon when I am in Italy and I cannot wait!


To keep your strenght up you still need proper meals though and the best summer meals (especially at lunch when it is really hot) are "enriched" salads. You make a basic salad with lettuce and tomatoes, cucumbers and anything seasonal you fancy and then you add to it: cheese, ham, fish or anything else you fancy.

This is my latest salad I made for myself and hubby: tomato, peach and basil with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar. I have added some mozzarella to fill us up until dinner time and it was tasty and refreshing. Just what we needed on a hot summer day!

Prep time: 15 minutes! Yes go for it!

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Yield : 2



Slice the tomatoes. Cut the peaches into segments and arrange them on a serving dish.

Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and the mozzarella into chunks and add them to the dish with the arugola leaves.

Garnish with basil leaves, drizzle a generous amount of olive oil and a few drops of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Serve with rustic bread.

Tomato and peach summer salad with basil and balsamic vinegar

Tomato and peach summer salad with basil and balsamic vinegar_

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21 Responses to Tomato, peach and basil summer salad

  1. Lorelle

    Looks so fresh and healthy, a perfect Summer’s Day dish 😉

    • Alida

      Always light and refreshing food for summer 🙂

  2. Serena

    This salad looks delicious!

    • Alida

      Thank you!

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    So summery, colourful and delicious! We had salad with peaches and heirloom tomatoes for the lunch too…should have added some basil leaves too.

    • Alida

      Peaches and tomatoes.. the best seasonal products right now. I cannot have enough of them!

    • Alida

      And you can be so creative with them.

  4. 2pots2cook

    So refreshing for my office lunch! Agree completely that one must feel refreshed and energized to get through the day eating a salad like this ! Thank you Alida !

    • Alida

      Nothing beats a refreshing salad on a hot day!

  5. Balvinder

    This looks awesome. I am obsessed with fresh salads.

    • Alida

      I am just the same, I make them every day.

  6. speedy70

    Mi piace molto la frutta nei salati, ottima insalatina!!!!

    • Alida

      Si ci sta benissimo.

  7. Frank

    What a lovely, refreshing way to enjoy the abundance of the season!

    • Alida

      Thanks Frank!

  8. elisabetta

    What a refreshing salad to have in (your extraordinarily) hot weather. My foodie indulgence in Roma and Umbria now demands a return to lighter meals 🙂 so this is perfect.

    • Alida

      I hope you enjoyed your time in Italy. Salads are always perfect for lunch. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

  9. Chiara

    perfetto per questa torrida estate !

  10. All That I'm Eating

    This looks so good Alida! How can you go wrong with these ingredients, I am really craving a huge portion of this right now!

    • Alida

      Especially with the heat this year, even more salads!

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