Summer on a plate. That’s the best way to describe this salad.

Not only is it gorgeous, it’s absolutely delicious. Using juicy heirloom tomatoes and peaches from the farmers’ market, local goat cheese and basil from my own back yard, I was able to create this beautiful side dish in only a matter of minutes.

While this would be absolutely perfect to feed a group for a dinner party or even a brunch, two very hungry people might not have much trouble finishing it off either.  (At least that’s what happened in our house….over the course of two meals, my husband and I gobbled it up!)



Heirloom Tomatoes with Peach, Goat Cheese, and Pecans

Serves 6. From Southern Living.


1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
1 large peach, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, sliced
3 oz goat cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


Whisk together white balsamic, garlic, brown sugar, olive oil and salt. Stir in peach and basil. Spoon over sliced heirloom tomaotes; top with crumbled goat cheese and toasted pecans. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper to taste.

19 Responses to “Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Peach, Goat Cheese, and Pecans”

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    Susan in the Boonies — August 15, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    OK, this is hilarious. I planned an heirloom tomato post of my own for later today.

    Come by and see me in a bit: I’ll have it up for you!

    This looks terrific: the tart of the goat cheese, the sweetness of the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar and the peach, and the crunch of the pecans. Splendid!

    • Beth replied: — August 15th, 2011 @ 10:28 am

      funny! can’t wait to see yours….I’ll be sure to drop by later today :-)

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    Vivek Surti — August 15, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Yum! love the idea of tomatoes and peaches together!

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    Susan in the Boonies — August 15, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    The post is up if you have time. :-D

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    Pearl — August 15, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    This looks absolutely delightful. Is there anything better than heirloom tomatoes?

    No. The answer to that is “no”.

    Over from Susan in the Boonies. Hi!


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    Lindsey Clark — August 15, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    All of the best tastes of summer, looks delicious. We’re just now getting tomatoes and peaches in season here in Oregon. It’s been a cold, wet spring/summer!

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    Ally Garner — August 15, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    True story. Just got home, was about to make the same old green salad as a side dish, saw this post & realized i have all the ingredients fresh on hand. Trying your delicious recipe tonight Beth! This looks divine. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Beth replied: — August 15th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

      That is awesome! Enjoy :-)

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    StyleBlueprint — August 15, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    I am out of tomatoes and I’ve been too busy to get to the store. I’m literally making frozen smoothies and eating eggs from lack of time. This post is changing all that! Off to The Produce Place TOMORROW!

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    Erin @ Brownie Bites — August 16, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    What a fresh summer dish! I added you to my RSS reader because you’re a fellow Tennessean – I’m over in Knoxville! :)

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — August 18, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Oh now this just looks awesome!! Really this just looks so delicious and I could probably eat this everyday and never get tired of it!

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    Mike Fabio — August 18, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    I made my own! And it was incredible. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Beth replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 10:27 am

      So glad to hear it Mike!

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    Debi Shawcross — August 19, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Hey Beth!

    I have been addicted to salad with arugula, peaches, blue cheese, and prosciutto. Will have to mix it up a bit with this one—sounds great!

    • Beth replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

      Yours sounds awesome too…will have to try it next!

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    La Aguacate » Italian Panzanella Salad — August 22, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    […] mood for more tomato recipes? Check out some from some blogger friends of mine, Adrien, Vivek, and Beth. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I will. They all sound so […]

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    Lindsay — August 23, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    WOW!! This is one I will HAVE to make asap! Maybe when my hubby comes home on Thursday….. if I can wait ;) Thanks for sharing this one Beth!

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    Kelly Parish — August 25, 2011 @ 6:21 am

    Made this for some friends at dinner the other night with peaches & tomatoes from the farmers market. there wasn’t a bite left on the plate or any leftovers. I had some of the dressing leftover, so I made it again the following night with cut up cherry tomatoes & put over salad. It was delicious!

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    Cathy Leslie — June 29, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    This was an absolutely hit, thank you.

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