Once summer comes rolling around, I have to make some sort of tomato mozzarella salad. Sweet, fresh tomatoes pair so beautifully with the creamy cheese and fresh basil, but you know what makes it even better? Some grilled peaches. And some corn. And an incredibly delicious pistachio herb vinaigrette. Throw it all together and you have this glorious grilled peach, tomato, and corn salad. This, for me, is the definition of a great summer salad. If only I could make this year-round!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
If you're like me, the last thing I want to do is slave away in an 80-degree kitchen. Luckily, all you have to do for this grilled peach, tomato, and corn salad is grill some peaches and cook some corn. If you just so happen to be grilling for a barbecue, this salad would be the perfect accompaniment.
I used yellow peaches since white peaches are much more delicate but you can also use nectarines. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit. Toss them in olive oil and place them on the grill until grill marks appear. Flip the peaches over and grill on the other side until grill marks appear.
You can cook the corn on the grill but since I was cooking the peaches on a grill pan indoors, I sauteed the kernels on a pan.
Now for the dressing. I'm not going to sugar coat it. This pistachio herb vinaigrette is money. I love adding nuts to my salads so why not add it right to the salad dressing? Whisk together chopped pistachios with fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, a touch of dijon mustard, and olive oil. Season it with salt and pepper and there you have it.
Toss the grilled peaches with the sauteed corn, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced shallots, fresh basil and mint, and the pistachio herb vinaigrette. Isn't she a beauty?
I just love all the different textures and flavors that this grilled peach, tomato, and corn salad has to offer. I'll be having this salad on repeat for the next couple of months!
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