Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad with a zesty mint and lime dressing is the perfect little unique salad combination to showcase all of the beautiful fresh flavors of summer. Summer in a bowl has never tasted so good! Plus, it is easy to make, which is always a bonus!
Zesty Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad
I was experimenting with this tomato and nectarine salad the other night when my three-year old walked in from the backyard.
She popped up on her chair to see what I was making and exclaimed ‘an heirloom tomato salad, that will be so delicious’. I am pretty sure I had no idea what an heirloom tomato was until I was in my late twenties!
Here she is, all of three years old.....I don’t know whether to be ridiculously happy, or worried that she is spending wayyyyy too much time in the garden with me 🙂
Fruit In A Savory Salad? A Note On Ingredients To Make This Work.
It is so easy to get stuck in the rut of the straight-up lettuce, tomato, and cucumber salad with a really simple lemon and olive oil dressing.
Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a classic, but sometimes it is really nice to change things up.
This salad is the perfect mix of sweet, savory, spicy, and zesty!
It packs such a flavor punch that you simply cannot say no.
I made a huge bowl the first time around and the entire thing was devoured and requested again.
That has to be a good sign right?
A note on the ingredients we will be using:
- Heirloom tomatoes: these are available everywhere in summer in California, and I have noticed them slowly creeping into farmers' markets in Australia now too. If you can't find any heirloom tomatoes, then feel free to use any ripe summer tomatoes you can find. Different colors make for a fun accompaniment, and the yellow tomatoes can tend to be a bit sweeter, and pair so well with nectarine.
- Ripe nectarines: You can use any nectarines you can find - white or yellow. Got both? Throw both varieties in there for some extra color!
- Jalapeño: I find this is necessary for balancing out the flavors in this salad, but you can always leave them on the side if you are serving children or people who do not like spicy food.
- Lime juice and zest: zest the lime first, then chop in half and juice.
- Ginger: You really need fresh ginger for this recipe, ground ginger, or the pre-prepared ginger just won't work as well.
- Sesame oil: This can be found in the Asian section of most well-stocked supermarkets. Otherwise, you can get it from an international supermarket.
If you don't have nectarines, fresh peaches can be used in their place.
Preparation and Storage Tips
This nectarine salad is best made just before serving.
Given the juicy nature of the nectarine, it will get too juicy, and therefore soggy if made in adance.
The avocado will also discolor pretty quickly (although the lime juice will help to keep it lasting a little bit longer), so it is best served straight away.
Be sure to toss the salad gently, we don't want the avocado turning to mash, and that will give the salad a less than stellar texture.
This salad is best eaten when it is served.
Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, however, it may become extra juicy and not as delicious.
What To Pair With A Tomato and Nectarine Salad?
For dinner, I like to pair this tomato and nectarine salad with some whole-grain cous-cous and a nice piece of grilled salmon, but it also works well when served up all by itself for lunch!
You could also serve it alongside some:
- Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
- Homemade Rotisserie-Style Chicken
- 4 Ingredient Teriyaki Salmon
- Marinated Flank Steak from Recipes Worth Repeating
If you are looking for a unique salad recipe that is just a little bit different, but still a total crowd-pleaser, then look no further.
This nectarine salad is definitely one that will be making a reappearance for as long as the season lasts this summer.
Zesty Heirloom Tomato and Nectarine Salad
- 1 ½ cups cubed heirloom tomatoes
- 1 ½ cups cubed ripe nectarine
- ½ jalapeño pepper seeds removed and flesh chopped very finely
- tablespoon Zest and juice of two limes about 2 juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 ripe avocado cubed
- 2 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves torn
- Salt to taste I used himalayan pink salt
- Toss tomatoes, nectarine, jalapeño and half of the lime zest together in a large bowl
- For the dressing, whisk together the ginger, lime juice, sesame oil and a pinch of salt
- Add the dressing to the tomato mixture. Add in the avocado, sesame seeds and half the mint
- Gently toss to combine
- To serve sprinkle with the rest of the mint and a little bit of lime zest
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Hugh Randolph says
This looks delicious.
How far in advance can I make it before I plan to serve it?
Hi Hugh, I would try and make it as close to serving as possible. The avocado and nectarine can discolor pretty quickly, so although it will still taste delicious, it wont look as pretty 🙂 If you do prep beforehand, make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy
Sarah @ Champagne Tastes says
Oh man, I can't even explain how delicious this looks right now. I crave tomatoes all summer, and this is seriously making my mouth water. Love!!!
So many delicious flavors going on in this salad! I love that you added jalapeños and ginger to give it some zesty flavor. Going to have to try this one for sure!
Oh thanks Holly, I hope you love it!! I have been adding jalapeños to everything lately - so good 🙂
Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says
Haha, clever kid you've got there! This looks delicious, love the idea of using nectarines in a salad!
I know right, she is ridiculous 🙂 Nectarines are amazing in this salad, such a fresh flavor
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite says
What a fabulous combo of flavors! I love love all of these and it sounds delicious in a salad!! The mint is a winning addition for sure.
Oh thank you Sophia! The mint really makes a difference - like a really huge difference!
Azlin Bloor says
Love everything in this salad, the nectarines are a great addition and your choice of black sesame seeds is genius as far as looks are concerned! And I know just what you mean about experimenting with salads. All the adventurous ones are always eaten just by me!
At least it's not just my family - I think the adventurous salads are so much better! And thank you for your lovely words 🙂