Summer Salads

I am very very picky about salads and have been experimenting lately with finding ones I like. Maybe they aren’t the healthiest on earth, but they’re not a caesar salad or involve ranch dressing (shout out to my suburban childhood) and are fresh and simple, so that’s what matters most to me. Here are two we’ve been really loving lately. If you notice a peach theme lately it’s because it’s my favorite fruit on earth and SUMMER I LOVE YOU and your peaches.

Goat Cheese Peach Salad
Greens – I prefer mache, but it’s hard to find, so a spring mix or arugula work fine instead
Soft goat cheese – plain or herbed
2-3 peaches, sliced – any kind will do. I’ve also made this salad with plums and apples instead and it was great
Juice of 1 lemon

Mix the goat cheese with lemon juice. The amount isn’t exact – you want to make a dressing that is somewhat thick and tastes good to you – everyone has a different love of the tartness of lemons. Once you get it to a consistency and taste you like, pour/scoop a little onto your greens and toss to coat – adding more as needed. Add your peaches and gently mix.

Boom, done. SO GOOD.

Peach, Cucumber and Thyme Salad
adapted from a recipe found in the July issue of Real Simple
2 peaches, sliced
2 small cucumbers, peeled and sliced (I used about 4 Persian cucumbers)
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
a splash of olive oil
A few dashes of salt and pepper

Put your peaches, cucumbers and shallot in a medium bowl, then your other ingredients in a small bowl and whisk. Add the liquid to the medium bowl to taste and toss. I made it while cooking dinner (so good with grilled salmon!) and put it in the fridge, which cooled everything nicely.

Ok, let’s hear your favorites lately!