Garden Salad with Peaches and Orange Blossom Dressing

Ottolenghi recently wrote an article for the New Yorker called Ottolenghi’s Simplest Recipes. It’s a funny, tongue in cheek article about his recipes and the way that people complain about the complexity and number of ingredients. And about the way that they change all the ingredients and then make commentary on them.

I am certainly guilty of the first, and have gotten over the second – mostly. I still sigh if I have to go shopping for a dish when I want to make it right now and there is some ingredient my pantry is not stocking atm. Having cooked a significant number of Ottolenghi’s dishes, I have moved on from strict adherence to his dishes to shaking them up to suit what is cheaper in our part of the world, what is in the pantry or fridge or on the kitchen bench, and what I can pick from the garden.

This recipe had its genesis in Ottolenghi’s first book Ottolenghi. But it is not recognisable as his any more. I’ve removed the non-vegetarian item, and used greens from our garden rather than the expensive (in my area) greens that he uses. I am ticking the recipe off in the book, but really only the dressing (fabulous) and the peaches are recognisable in the original. If you are looking for the original, check his books or his Guardian column.

The key here is to use sweet peaches (yellow-fleshed or a mix of yellow and white) that are at their peak, with none of that floury texture that they can have when unripe. It’s a dish that’s dazzling in its blend of colours and textures, and works well as a starter.

Similar recipes include Watermelon and Peach Salad with Basil, Tomato and Peach Salad, and Peach Salsa with Tofu.

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Peach Salsa with Marinated Tofu

Let’s celebrate Summer with its perfect stone fruits – and Peaches reign supreme during the Summer months. This is a quick and easy salsa with peaches. It can be used in any way you like, but here we have paired it with marinated tofu. The tofu is definitely optional – for example the salsa would go well with haloumi, or in lovely little lettuce cups. It would make a light lunch with some Middle Eastern flatbread. Chunks of watermelon, slightly salted, with the Peach Salsa on the side.

Tofu has a wonderful ability to absorb flavours and marinating it is such a pleasurable way to turn blandness into flavourful nuggets.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Green Guava Salsa, Pawpaw Salsa, and Pomegranate Salsa. Also try : Sticky Tamarind and Kaffir Tofu.

You might like to try our other Salsa recipes, other Peach recipes and other Tofu recipes. Or feel free to explore our easy Early Summer dishes.

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Watermelon and Peach Salad with Basil

This salad will change your mind about using watermelon in savoury ways

Goodness, how good watermelon is in the Summer. But we rarely use it in a savoury way. Rather, the mind brings images of slurping great arcs of watermelon at the beach, the juice running down your chin and arms.

But watermelon accepts acidic ingredients very well – limes, lemons, salt etc. And therefore making salads with it for those 45C days of Australian Summers is a perfect solution to the heat. Along with a Gin and Tonic, of course.

We have a collection of Watermelon Salads for you to explore – we brought together all our favourite salads in one post.

You might also like to try Watermelon and Feta Salad, Watermelon Salad with Mint and Olives, Spicy Red Radish and Watermelon Salad, Haloumi and Watermelon Salad, or Tomato and Peach Salad. Or try your hand at Strawberry Sorbet.

Browse our Watermelon Salads (and all of our Watermelon recipes), our Peach recipes, and our many Salad recipes. Or explore our Late Summer dishes.

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Tomato and Peach Salad

An exceptional salad of the best of summer fruits – tomatoes and peaches.

Long Summery days continue, although it is noticeably darker in the mornings now. Temps still soar and cool food is always best. This recipe combines the best of summer. Tomatoes and peaches.

Similar recipes include Tomato Salad with Parsley Oil, Red Pepper and Tomato Salad with Crispy Flatbread, and Broad Bean and Tomato Salad.

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