SUMMER SALAD

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Summer is just the best. Such a boring thing to say, I know, but isn’t it though? So in a fit of experimental laziness, I combined my favorite things about summer (stone fruit, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh herbs) in a bowl and called it a day.  The result? sweet, earthy, tart goodness. The tomatoes have enough sweetness to not get overwhelmed by the fruit, and the herbs add a refreshing kick to the whole thing.  It’s pure summer, and a really interesting twist on a boring fruit salad.

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INGREDIENTS

For 2 – 4

1 large yellow peach

1 heirloom tomato (I used the pineapple variety for their color and flavor)

1 cup cherries, halved and pitter

2 tablespoons basil, chiffonade (rolled up and chopped into ribbons)

2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon mint, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon agave nectar

3 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Slice up the peach into thin slices, roughly cube the tomato into one inch chunks, and combine with the cherries in a bowl.  Add the herbs.  In a small lidded container or with a whisk, combine the lime juice, agave nectar, olive oil, salt and pepper until mixed together.  Pour over the herbs and fruit and combine to dress.  Enjoy!