Peach & Radish Salad

Peach & Radish Salad

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I am sad to say that I cannot. I’ve mentioned before that Michael’s Genuine is my favorite spot for brunch. And I don’t mean that it’s my favorite spot in Miami, I mean that it’s my favorite anywhere. Now that my due date is fast approaching (32 days left! But who’s counting…), I’m taking every opportunity to do things I soon won’t be able to. Like sleeping in and going out for fancy brunch with Tom.

One of the many daily specials at our fancy brunch was “Local Peaches” – a salad made with peaches, radishes, almonds, feta cheese and basil. Since Tom isn’t a huge fan of peaches, I was going to pass even though it was the dish that stood out from the menu. But then a server walked by with the dish and it was such a beautiful plate of food – all gem-toned peaches, bright radish rings and vibrant basil – that I knew I had to get have it despite Tom’s anti-peach stance. As usual, I was right. The peaches were the most memorable dish we tried and Tom loved it. It’s nice to be right.

Peach & Radish Salad

Of course, I had to try to recreate it at home. I couldn’t find local peaches, but I did find some nice-looking ones from Georgia which were the perfect almost-ripe for the salad. The peaches and radishes are sliced super-thin (a mandoline works particularly well for the radishes) and tossed with a little olive oil and a touch of white wine vinegar. Almonds are coarsely chopped and toasted. Basil is torn. Feta is crumbled. Everything gets assembled prettily on a plate and generously sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper. It’s a little sweet, crisp, crunchy and super refreshing. Seriously one of the best ideas I’ve ever stolen from a restaurant and the perfect summer side to a sandwich, or a beautiful appetizer for a fancy dinner party.

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8 Comments

  1. This sounds absolutely glorious! I became slightly addicted to a salad of radishes and feta, topped with some spunky red wine vinegar. It’s not quite peach season up here in Boston, but this will definitely be revisited this summer.

  2. Very interesting mix. I can’t wait to try this.

  3. Wow, this looks fantastic! And it’s so exciting that you’re due in about a month! Congrats, and I think we all hope you’ll keep posting, newborn and all :)

  4. Wow, gorgeous photo, so luscious! The spice of radish with the sweet orange and tart feta sounds like the perfect flavor explosion.

  5. sounds perfectly amazing… and the first picture is so gorgeous!

  6. This sounds like the perfect summer salad!! I can’t wait to try it. Fresh local peaches and all manner of stone fruit are in abundance where I am and I’m always looking for more ways to take advantage of this season. Thanks!

  7. I made this last night as I had some fresh peaches from our organics weekly delivery and it was YUMMY and so fresh! Been making recipes from your blog for about a year now. It’s my fave. :)

  8. I am addicted to this dish and tried to recreate it at home after I had it at Michael’s. I used a bit of sherry vinegar, olive oil and a touch of honey for the dressing. It worked well but I’m going to try it with white wine vinegar.

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