Meatless Monday: Peach Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

By: Mallory Stuchin

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Bad news: There are only a few glorious summer days left. Good news: Peaches are in their prime. Eat them.

Biting into one of these ripe little gems, with their oddly velveteen skin and juicy flesh, is guaranteed to make you appreciate the end of summer. But a single peach is not dinner. To turn the pie favorite into a savory meal , Kelsey adds chopped heirloom tomatoes and sharp feta cheese with a tangy basil-Dijon dressing. The dish is simple and packed with late-summer flavor, making it ideal for an outside meal as you enjoy every last bit of sunshine.

INGREDIENTS
BASIL VINAIGRETTE:
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup good-quality sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 small shallot, roughly chopped
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
SALAD
1 1/2 pounds heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped
4 to 5 ripe peaches, sliced into wedges
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, for garnish
DIRECTIONS

For the dressing: Combine the basil, olive oil, vinegar, honey, Dijon and shallots in a blender until the dressing emulsifies and the basil is pureed. Season with salt and pepper.

Combine the tomatoes and peaches in a bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. Top with the feta cheese. Serve at room temperature.

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