I can’t believe how fast this summer is going…but I think I say that every year. Our grandchildren, both in Georgia and Arizona, have already been back in school over a week. We had such a fun time making memories with them, but it passed way too quickly! Now, I have spent the last two weeks trying a few different recipes and methods, some good, some great, and some recipes got tossed in the wastebasket not to be made again. I’m happy that my husband Bill likes the variety of what I make. He said his mom made about ten to twenty different things and just rotated those. I think that is probably typical. With my love of cooking and baking I have just always enjoyed trying new recipes, as well as new cuisines. So, although this blog is a lot about recipes that have been family favorites over the years, it is also about new ones that are different or great or both. That is where this weeks’ post falls.
My friend Nancy made this salad a few weeks ago and it was both different and delicious. I have now made it a few times and received great comments, so I want to share it with all of you. The combination of the nectarines and the heirloom tomatoes is unusual and very good. The warmth and slight kick of the dressing with the coolness of the mint both in the salad and in the dressing is intriguing. I make most of my salad dressings from scratch. I prefer to do that to avoid the additives and preservatives of bottled dressing. Also, in my opinion, scratch dressings have such a wonderful fresh taste that just can’t be bottled. Using fresh herbs and local produce, especially at this time of year, is a bonus. I look forward to hearing your comments on this recipe after you have made it.
- Salad greens
- ½ cup rough chopped mint
- 1-2 Heirloom (1 large or two small) tomatoes (cut into eighths)
- 1 Nectarine (sliced)
- ¼ cup champagne vinegar
- ¼ cup hot jalapeno pepper jelly
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped mint
- 1 Tablespoon minced onion
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Toss salad ingredients and set aside
- Whisk dressing ingredients together except for oil
- Stream olive oil into ingredients, whisking as you pour
- Pour and toss over salad at time of serving