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Peach, Basil and Hemp Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

Posted in Salads by janet @ the taste space on August 8, 2013

Peach, Basil and Hemp Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

Give me leafy greens and I will make salad.

Give me fruit and I will eat it.

Give me a CSA share and I will become creative. Or lazy, your choice.

Same salad, different fruit and new herb. Still as delicious.

I added fresh basil as a unique flavour hidden amongst the greens.

And those hemp seeds? They are really growing on me. They are my new salad topping, including fruit salads. ;) I picked up a few of my pantry staples online, and decided to splurge on these hemp seeds since they were on sale.

Peach, Basil and Hemp Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

I am used to a later peach season from Ontario (and they have finally arrived, too!), but local peaches were out in full force when we arrived in Texas. Sweet, juicy peaches. I have to remind myself that buying too many is often fool-hardy. Their peak ripeness has a short window. But once they are juicy: pounce. Peaches for breakfast, peaches as a snack and peaches for dinner. Peaches for a salad work so well because they make their own dressing, to boot. I still supplemented it with the nice citrus dressing from earlier in the week, though.

Peach, Basil and Hemp Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

This is my submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays and this month’s Cooking with Herbs.

Peach, Basil and Hemp Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette

1 peach, chopped
3-4 leaves basil, chopped
1 tbsp hemp seeds
2 cups leafy greens

citrus vinaigrette

1. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dressing.

2. On a plate, place the leafy greens and basil. Top with the chopped peach and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Drizzle with dressing.

Serves 1.

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  1. Erica said, on August 8, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Love this combination!

  2. Suzanne @ hello, veggy! said, on August 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Looks mighty tasty! I love peach and basil together; they make a lovely couple :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Thanks Suzanne. Basil seems so weird but it works well with many fruit. I like it with strawberries, too. :)

  3. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said, on August 8, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    A perfect summer salad. And I’ve been crazy for hemp seeds lately. Eating them right now on my oatmeal. :)

  4. Johanna GGG said, on August 8, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    love peaches but think of them less often for salad than strawberries – I think I like peaches as they are but this salad looks lovely. I haven’t been buying hemp seeds – have enjoyed eating them but not the price. It must be interesting being in a different climate and seeing the differences in food there – esp all the wonderful fruit in a warmer climate!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 8, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Yeah, I think the best part is that some of the tropical fruit tastes better here. The citrus (oranges and grapefruit) are so sweet and juicy, I am constantly amazed… it is also nice to get these locally throughout the year, instead of just in the summer, like in Canada. ;)

  5. Leslie said, on August 8, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Beautiful, refreshing salad! I just got some peaches too (I’m in Toronto) and they are awesome — juicy and sweet — so now I know how to use them up. And just discovered hemp seeds too! They’re wonderful and have a lovely, nutty taste, perfect as a salad topper (we also made vegan twice baked potatoes with hemp and miso in the mixture ..totally awesome).

  6. Genevieve said, on August 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I love salads with fruit in them, especially in the summer. Both the strawberry and peach versions you’ve posted are calling out to me right now! I bet the avocado would work well in this one too. I’ve been adding hemp seeds to my smoothies lately, but I haven’t tried sprinkling them on salads – I’ll have to remember to do that next time!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Thanks, Genevieve. I love all your fruity combinations as well. I was *so close* to making your jicama nachos recently but my pineapple wasn’t ripe.. next time! :)

  7. sprint2thetable said, on August 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    You know I love peaches – I’m in the Peach State! This made me laugh… when you see my #strangebutgood recipe for tomorrow. I think you could make it vegan with tofu… ;)

  8. Eileen said, on August 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    The Texas peach is famous–you’re so lucky to get to live right in the middle of peach territory! This salad sounds wonderful–sweet & crispy & pungent. :)

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Thanks, Eileen. I still think California is definitely the place to live if you want delicious food all year round, but Texas definitely has its perks, too. :)

  9. Crista said, on August 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    mmmmmmm!

  10. Veronica Sheppard said, on August 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Sounds like a unique mix of flavours and I’ve been trying to expand my salads lately, I might just give this a try :)

  11. Joanne said, on August 8, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Fruity salads in the summer make me so happy! Especially peaches. They are my fave right now.

  12. dawnhutchins said, on August 9, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    I think this is one of your best creations yet!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Karen said, on August 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    BEAUTIFUL salad with amazing ingredients Janet! Thanks for entering this into Cooking with Herbs, Karen

  14. Tami said, on August 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I have peaches on hand to make this!

  15. sarojinididi said, on August 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Nice salad- loving those hemp seeds. We bought some a while back and we’re managing to slip them into so many different dishes! We are posting hemp and peanut butter on 15th this month at http://www.theyogivegetarian.blogspot.co.uk if you are interested.

  16. kimmythevegan said, on August 9, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Mmm this sounds great! I love peach season!!!!! =)

  17. misscruciferous said, on August 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    I love the pairing of peach and basil. I made a peach basil smoothie earlier this week. So good. I’m making this salad next.

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Nice! A smoothie sounds like a great idea, too. I must admit I have never thought of putting basil in a drink!

  18. Deb in Hawaii said, on August 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    You hit the peach bonanza there! I wish we could get good ones here. That peach & basil combination makes my mouth water. Thanks for sending it along to Souper Sundays this week! ;-)

  19. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on August 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Gorgeous salad Janet! I agree- a peach and basil smoothie sounds fantastic as well!

    Sorry I’ve been absent from your blog recently, having a hard time keeping up recently! Still here though and loving your recipes :)

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