Let the flavor do the talking – when you find ripe peaches, plums, and apricots from the farmers market, this salad lets them take center stage.
While this salad is a rainbow of summer produce, it’s just a happy coincidence. You see, I didn’t design this salad for color – I take my summer stone fruits seriously (very seriously). When I get my hands on perfectly ripe peaches, plum, or apricots, I do everything I can to let their natural flavor shine. The last thing I do to a good, ripe peach, is add sugar or cook it down. If I subject a good peach to that, it’s because I have an overabundance – not a problem I complain about.
As I was saying… every ingredient in this salad is designed to complement the stone fruits, including the blackberry basil dressing. Blackberries aren’t just for color – their acidity and tartness balance the sweeter fruits.
Goat cheese, almonds and arugula add enough complexity without overpowering the stone fruits’ honeyed-nectar flavor. Mint, mozzarella, and hazelnuts would make great substitutions if you’d like.