When Matthew suggested adding peaches to our Caprese salad last week, I reacted with a bit of skepticism. However, having recently read Emily’s post on combining tomatoes and peaches, I was willing to give it a try.
Chopped tomatoes and peaches with fresh basil, balsamic, olive oil, mozzarella cubes, and s&p. The verdict? A refreshing and fun twist on a Caprese salad — we’ll still eat the traditional, non-peach, version most of the time, but we enjoyed the change.
I made a lentil and millet pilaf to round out the meal, with whatever fresh veggies struck my fancy (carrots, garlic chives, yellow squash, orange bell pepper), dressed with some garlic olive oil*, a bit of red wine vinegar, and some s&p. I stirred in some Dijon mustard at the end, one of my new favorite ingredients. Plus some avocado (so NOT local) for added deliciousness!
* To make garlic olive oil, simply pour some olive oil in a jar and add a couple of cloves of minced garlic (a garlic press comes in handy here, but you can also just chop it up very small). For maximum flavor, let sit a couple of days before using. Keep refrigerated. A little bit goes a long way, and at a fraction of the price of buying the Garlic Gold Oil that I’ve read about on KathEats
If you buy really fresh (i.e., picked that day, or maybe the day before) local sweet corn, try eating it raw for a refreshing treat. Fresh corn (sans fungus) graced our dinner plates last night, and I was well into my ear when I thought to take a picture.
We’re also enjoying local blueberries and peaches. In honor of the peaches, we baked some sweet biscuits*. For a delicious and relatively healthy treat, crumble a biscuit, spoon on fresh peaches, and top with a bit of whipped cream. I often add some of the juice from the peaches and a bit of milk (soy milk works fine) to get it just right.
*Our sweet biscuit recipe comes from 1000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles. If you’re looking for a good cookbook, vegetarian or no, check this out. It is our go-to cookbook for delicious main dishes, baked goods, soups, and much more! If your library has it, you can take it for a test run, or look for a used copy.