fresh peach and fennel salad – for perfect peaches

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Fresh Peaches when they’re perfect are, well, perfect! Sadly, in my part of the world peaches are most often dry and mealy. To make them palatable, I usually cook them in butter and sugar. However, every so often, I’ll bite into a peach and discover that elusive taste and texture. It happened yesterday. As the sticky juice dribbled down my chin, I pulled out my mandoline to make this salad. I always have recipes floating around in my brain bank waiting to be released, but I have to wait until I find the ingredients. 

If you’re anything like me, feeding a crowd can be overwhelming. It’s fun when I minimize the work by serving large bowls of interesting salads with something off the grill. I usually serve two or three salads with enough variety to ensure there’s something for everyone. My gang is pretty adventuresome so salad making is stress-free which makes for a very happy mama!

fresh peach and fennel salad - for perfect peaches

FRESH PEACH AND SHAVED FENNEL SALAD slightly adapted from Food and Wine
SERVES 6

1 fennel bulbs—halved, cored and very thinly sliced on a mandoline or with a sharp knife
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Sea salt
2 peaches, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 tablespoon small tarragon leaves
Freshly ground black pepper

fresh peach and fennel salad - for perfect peaches

THE STEPS:

  • In a bowl, drizzle the fennel with the vinegar.
  • Season lightly with salt and let stand, tossing occasionally, until slightly wilted, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the peaches, parsley and tarragon and toss well.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.

THE LOVE: This salad will only work if your peaches are outrageously delicious. You’re working with only two ingredients so there’s no where for an inferior product to hide!

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fresh peach and fennel salad - for perfect peaches

one year ago: pizza sauce

two years ago: fresh raspberry pie

three years ago: stuffed portobello mushrooms

fresh peach and fennel salad - for perfect peaches

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