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October 27, 2021

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Heirloom Tomato, Summer Peach and Fresh Herb Gazpacho Salad

Tomatoes and peaches taste great together, with the sweetness of the peach balancing the acidity of the tomato. I call this a gazpacho salad because you can roughly purée any leftovers in a blender and chill for a delicious gazpacho.

2 lb. (1 kg) heirloom tomatoes (a mix of sizes and colours)
1 lb. (500 g) ripe peaches
½ small red onion (about 2 oz. /60 g)
2 tbsp. (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. (30 ml) orange juice or mango smoothie drink
1 tbsp. (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. (5 ml) soy sauce
½ tsp. (2.5 ml) finely grated lemon zest
¼ tsp. (1.25 ml) kosher salt
½ c. (150 ml) lightly packed whole small mint and basil leaves (or large ones torn into pieces)
Edible flowers, petals separated if large (optional)

Core the large tomatoes and stem any cherry or tiny tomatoes. Cut the larger tomatoes into large, evenly sized pieces. To do this easily, first cut the tomatoes crosswise into thick slabs and then cut the slabs into large dice (¾ to 1 inch/2 to 2.5 cm wide). If the tomatoes are very irregularly shaped, just cut them into wedges and then cut the wedges in half. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Put all of the tomatoes into a large shallow serving bowl.

Peel the peaches with a paring knife and slice them off the pit into wedges. Add the peaches to the bowl. Slice the onion lengthwise as thinly as you can and add it to the bowl, too.

Whisk together the olive oil, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) orange juice, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) soy sauce, lemon zest and ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) salt. Pour the dressing over the tomatoes and peaches. Add half of the herbs, season with salt and toss gently but thoroughly.

Taste the juices and add more vinegar, soy sauce and orange juice if you need to. You can let the salad sit for a few more minutes and taste and season again if you like. Toss just before serving and sprinkle with remaining herbs and the flowers (if using). Serves 6.

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