Spicy Nectarine-Tomato Salad for a LetsLunch Picnic

peach tomato salad


Summer means picnics and so this month, LetsLunch, a monthly potluck on Twitter, is heading outdoors for a meal.

This is one of my favorite salads because of it captures the best of summer produce– stone fruits and tomatoes, is simple and has a surprising combination of zesty flavors.  The sharp bite of red onion slivers, chili pepper, cilantro, and lime provide a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of the fruit.  It’s a flexible salad and you could substitute whatever stone fruit you have and any variety of tomato. Just make sure both are ripe– the juices make the dressing.

This was one of the dishes my students learned to make at Draeger’s Cooking School in San Mateo, California recently for my “Superfood Your Summer!” class.  My next class there is in a few weeks and is also on picnic food.  If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley please join me for a Mediterranean Picnic– there are a few spots left.  For ticket information: http://www.draegerscookingschool.com/eventDetail.aspx?eventID=2056.  And for my full summer/fall lineup, visit my events page at The Doctor’s Spicebox.  Thanks and I hope to cook with you soon!


Nectarine and Tomato Salad

Serves: 8



4 ripe nectarines

4 plum tomatoes

2-3 tbsp red onion, cut into very thin slivers

red pepper flakes, to taste

2 pinches Kosher salt

3-4 tbsp minced cilantro

juice of 1 large or 2-3 small limes



1. Slice nectarines and tomatoes into 1/2 inch wedges.

2. Top with remaining ingredients and toss. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes and toss again before serving.


Nutrition Info: 38 calories, 9g carbs, 0g fat, 1 g protein, 37mg sodium, 7g sugar


Thanks for coming by! What other sweet-savory salad ideas do you have? Please share your ideas in the comments.  And please visit these other posts to see what other dishes #LetsLunch has brought to the picnic:

Annabelle’s Butterscotch Brownies at Glass of Fancy

Anne Marie’s Peachy Picnic Sliders at Sandwich Surprise

Betty Ann’s Adobong Mani or Peanuts in Garlic at Asian In America

Cheryl’s Perfect Summer Pesto

Grace’s review of The Great Outdoors Cookbook at Hapa Mama

Karen’s Watermelon Mint Cocktails at GeoFooding

Linda S.’s Spicy Nectarine and Tomato Salad at Spice Box Travels

Lisa’s Spinach and Three-Cheese Coil Pastries at Monday Morning Cooking Club

Margaret’s Pudding and Cookie Dessert Jars at Tea and Scones, Too

Sonya’s Lamb, Dukkah, Kale and Feta Rolls at Foodnutzz