If you’ve never tried fresh peach in your summer salads, now is the time to start! This soft and juicy fruit adds a bite of sweetness to every mouthful, and it is perfectly balanced by the acidity of cherry tomatoes, and the savory onion notes of the chives. My recipe is 100% vegan and is such a quick light lunch to eat in the garden on a sunny day, this peach salad will become your favorite for the summer!
We’ve all been there. It’s late in the afternoon and you’re suddenly starving, having missed lunch because it’s just too warm. I always stand in front of the open fridge, hopelessly staring inside, as if something delicious will suddenly leap out at me! However, now I have an alternate option – my recipe for summer peach salad.
This vegan peach salad recipe will take you the grand total of five minutes to make, from start to finish. The sunshine is calling, and you will have a big salad bowl of chopped lettuce, tomato, peaches and herbs in no time at all. Read on to find out how to make my perfect summer salad!
Fruit in salad… tell me more
A salad with fruit (as opposed to a fruit salad) is a wondrous thing, but many people are skeptical – the fruit is technically out of place resulting in a sweet-savory combination which some cannot get behind. Salads are such a versatile meal, and fruit adds an extra dimension of flavor. Without seeming too pedantic, we already add some fruit to our salads in the form of tomato… but, no pressure!
Personally, I think honey or maple vinaigrettes are considerably sweeter than a salad dotted with chunks of fruit, so if you’re worried about the salad being too sugary, then try a mustardy dressing to balance the flavors.
Other fruits you can try in your salads are figs, cubes of juicy watermelon, maybe some slivered strawberries, grapes or orange. There are so many options, but my favorite is without a doubt a downy ripe peach blushing pink.
Peaches make this salad so refreshing, especially if the peach season is in its prime, and you will know if it is because the crates of peaches at the grocery store will be omitting the sweetest scent, and you won’t be able to resist buying a tray-full.
100% vegan peach salad recipe
What are your favorite vegan ingredients to add to a salad?
Mine are definitely sweet cherry tomatoes and creamy avocado – especially when they are summer-ripe, the tomatoes are plum and juicy, and the avocado is pristine, bruise-free and melt-in-the-mouth. Who can say no to avocado so perfect?!
My peach salad is 100% vegan because, in the peak of summer, all the fruits and vegetables are sublime. They are perfect. They don’t need any unnecessary garnishes, any cheese or creamy dressings, which can weigh down the lettuce and smother the crisp vegetables, so the intense freshness is lost.
Most peach salad recipes include goats cheese or feta, but I wanted my salad recipe to be vegan to emphasize the fruit’s flavor, and keep all those fresh herbs light and crisp.
Feel free to add extra vegan ingredients to this peach salad – here are some ideas:
- Sundried tomatoes
- Crusty bread – either fry some day-old baguette in oil and garlic for crispy croutons, or rip it up and toss in your dressing to soak up all the flavors like in a panzanella bread salad
- Couscous or quinoa – add these grains depending on how hungry you are
- Other summery herbs such as basil or oregano
Salad for lunch and dinner
My vegan peach salad recipe is not only the ideal quick summer lunch, but it can also accompany dinner.
On a warm evening, a heavy meal can be too filling, especially all those carbohydrates such as potatoes, rice, pasta, so this light peach salad is the perfect side to your dinner. Keep your dinner light and vegan by eating a mezze platter with my delicious and easy recipe for hummus, or otherwise, this salad perfectly complements chicken so try my chicken vegetable skewers, smokey and charred from the barbecue. With a side of peach salad, your meal will be light, fresh and ideal for summer.
Try adding peaches to your vegan salad this summer for a light, fresh, and quick lunch, and you will soon find it's your new favorite salad recipe!
Vegan Peach Salad
My vegan peach salad recipe is full of tomato, avocado, fresh herbs and lettuce, and of course, delicious ripe peaches. It is the perfect easy summer lunch to eat outside in the sun, and can be made in less than five minutes.
1 Pound/500g lettuce
2 ripe peaches
1 ripe avocado
Peach syrup or peach-infused vinegar - you can also use canned peach juice
For the salad:
For the dressing:
Cut all the vegetables and fruits into your desired shape and put everything in a big bowl.
Mix all the ingredients for the dressing and add it to the salad.
Serve it with some bread on the side.