Okay, nothing against the tin cup fruit salads but we can definitely do better. Hit up your local farmer's market or grocery store and get some seasonal fruits. Plus it up with some fresh herbs and cheese and you have something truly simple and delicious. Let's dive into this seasonal Stone Fruit and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese.
Farmer's Market Finds
We found some wonderful fruits and more at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Here's what we got for the base of the salad.
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Donut Peaches
- Crab Apple Plums
- Dark Cherry Tomatoes
Start by prepping all the fruits, removing pits, and cutting the fruit into medium sized pieces. We don't want them too small but small enough to fit a couple of pieces per spoon or forkful.
Dressing and Herbs
For the dressing and aromatics we have some basil and lemon thyme. And for the dressing it can't get any simpler, a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice. The lemon will brighten the overall flavor of the dish.
Finish it off with some good sized chunks of Feta Cheese. You can obviously leave the cheese out for a dairy free option or change out the cheese if you're not a fan of Feta.
Bring it all together
The best thing about this salad is obviously the flavors, but secondly it is how fast it all comes together. Recipes don't need to be difficult or overly fancy to be delicious and this definitely fits that bill. Ultimately, get the most fresh seasonal fruit you can find, add in some aromatics and a simple dressing, and within minutes you have a healthy fruit salad that will leave everyone satisfied.
Watch the Recipe Here!
Watch the step by step on how to make this Stone Fruit & Heirloom Tomato Salad!
Watch this version below for a quick top down process.
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The only complexity to this dish is it's flavor. Fruit salads are versatile, simple, and easily elevated. Find the freshest fruit available to you, made a simple vinaigrette, and add your favorite cheese. We made this with heirloom tomatoes and seasonal stone fruit, added a simple lemon dressing for brightness, and added nice sized pieces of feta cheese. Give it a try!
- 1-2 heirloom tomatoes
- handful dark cherry tomatoes
- 1-2 plums
- 2-4 crab apple plums
- 1-2 donut peaches
- 1-2 nectarines
- 1 lemon, for dressing
- lemon thyme (regular thyme works great as well)
- extra virgin olive oil
- After prep, there isn't much to do other that plate up this salad. Start by cutting medium pieces of heirloom tomatoes, go around the side to avoid the center of the tomato. Don't get rid of the center, use it to taste the ripeness of the tomato.
- Cut all of your stone fruit into medium pieces making sure to remove the pits. You can cut around the pit or carefully cut the fruit in half, twist apart, and remove the pit to get more out of each piece of fruit.
- Add the tomatoes and stone fruit to a bowl as you prepare them. Now add in leaves of basil (you can tear them if the leaves are too large), leaves of lemon thyme (removed from stem), a little lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to the bowl. Give it a good mix.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and and add to your serving dish.
- Now add in chunks of feta cheese to the serving dish in with the fruit. You could add the cheese in previously into the mixing bowl if you prefer but this allows people to work around the cheese if they're not a fan.
- Add a little more fresh thyme and salt and pepper if you like to the plated dish for presentation.
- Do I need the lemon? Absolutely not, it isn't mandatory but it does offer a brightness of flavor to the dish
- Can I substitute fruits or tomatoes? Absolutely. The best way to go about it is to find flavors you like and build your perfect fruit salad, just make sure it is ripe and also seasonal works best.
- Prep Time: 10