I love eating salads as much as I try to procrastinate making them. You spend a good deal of time carefully dicing the produce, whisk together a dressing, chiffonades of herbs yada yada, and POOF, it takes half the time to polish it off! but all said and done, salads ,especially with those that contain fresh summer fruit, are a pleasure to nosh on.
I made these with some firm peaches I picked up at Trader Joe's yesterday, you know, the kind that are ripe, and yet not soft enough to give in easily when you press them. I peeled and diced them, a simple dressing of freshly squeezed clementines and Pistachio oil, a pinch of citrus salt and finished off with a chiffonade of Thai basil. The end result was simply divine!
You need: (Makes 1 serving)
2 ripe yet firm peaches
juice of 1 clementine
2 teaspoons Pistachio oil
pinches of citrus sea salt
8 - 10 Thai basil leaves
Peel the peaches and dice the flesh into small cubes. Whisk together the clementine juice and the pistachio oil along with the salt. Drizzle the dressing over the peaches. Rinse and pat dry the basil leaves. layer them over each other and roll the leaves into a 'cigar'. Using a sharp knife, slice the 'cigar' to create thin strips of basil. Fold into the diced peaches. Serve chilled.