Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad is 
Simple and Refreshing!

This Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad is so easy and so refreshing.  It's the ideal late summer salad to help you take advantage of the later summer harvest.  Here in Michigan, our locally peaches ripen starting in August.  They are super juicy and delicious.

I apologize as this is such a pretty salad, but the pictures are not great!  Unfortunately, I failed to photograph a really colorful version of this salad that I made for a gathering.  

What the photos lack, I promise, the flavor more than compensates for!  

Do try this refreshing Peach Cucumber Salad while the summer fruits are still available.

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A Little Peach Lore, Nutritional Value + Chinese Food Therapy Uses

This Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad is bursting with sweet and savory flavors, and a perfect blend of soft and crunchy textures.  But there's even more to it than meets the eye ~ and the tongue!  It's an antioxidant-rich, heart healthy salad.

Cucumbers and tomatoes are technically botanical fruits.  Tomatoes have many heart healthy benefits, while cucumbers have a cooling nature, ideal for balancing summer heat.

Peaches are believed to have first been domesticated and cultivated in Zhejiang province of Eastern China, and widely cultivated in Persia.  The botanical name for peach, Prunus persica, reflects its early Persian origins.  The genus Prunus includes cherries, plums, apricots, and almonds in the rose family.  The kernels of the peach stone are edible, with a similar taste to almonds.

One medium peach contains around 2 grams of a mix of soluble and insoluble fiber which may aid digestion.  

Peaches are also good sources of vitamins C, E, K and A; potassium, manganese, and niacin, along with antioxidants which protect us against the aging effects of oxidative damage.

Chinese Foods for Longevity and Food Cures Books

In Chinese Foods for Longevity, The Art of Long Life, by Henry C. Lu, peaches are used in Chinese food therapy to help promote blood circulation.   They are also used for treating lung disease, excessive perspiration, including night sweats ~ ladies over 50, take note! ~ and bleeding.  

Peach kernels are most valued in Chinese food therapy.  They break up blood coagulation, useful for treating hypertension with headaches, injuries, and weak menstruation.  

Add to that the amazing health benefits of tomatoes, and cooling energy of cucumbers, and this Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad is an ideal especially helpful for keeping cool during peak summer heat.

Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad Recipe

  • 2-4 peaches, chopped
  • 3-4 baby cucumbers, or 1-2 English cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • Several plum, grape, or cherry tomatoes ~ gold or red, cut in halves or quarters
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • About 1 Tbsp. each xvoo & balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 tsp. maple syrup
  • Pepper & optional pinch of salt

Add fruits (peaches, cucumbers and tomatoes) to a large bowl.  Squeeze lemon juice on top.

In a small jar, combine xvoo, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.  Close lid on tightly, shake, then pour over salad,  and toss.  Season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad Add-Ons & Note

 NOTE:  If omitting oil, adjust use of maple syrup and seasoning to taste.  Top with chopped or ground nuts or seeds for a little added fat instead.  See the Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad Add-Ons section, below.

Also try adding any of the following to your Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad

  • A handful of chopped flat Italian parsley
  • Thin sliced basil or mint leaves
  • 1/4 of a small red onion, finely diced or 2 scallions, thin sliced
  • Chopped walnuts or hazel nuts (roast first for about 15 minutes at 350ยบ +/- ~ pay attention and maybe stir a bit half way through so they get nicely browned without burning)
  • Chickpeas (drain and rinse if canned, possibly roast first for added crunch)
  • Homemade croutons made with good quality, whole grain bread
  • Vary the dressing:  Sub brown rice vinegar and a little toasted sesame oil, San-J Tamari Lite, and brown rice or maple syrup for the balsamic vinegar and olive oil
  • Other Sweeteners:  You can sweeten with whatever sweeteners you prefer, such as stevia, monk fruit, xylitol, agave, or a little organic cane or brown sugar as per your preferences, I prefer the maple syrup in this personally, and don't tend to use much of the alternative sweeteners

More Summer Cucumber and Tomato Salad Combinations

Cucumber and Squeezed Tomato SaladA 'Squeezed' Cucumber Tomato Salad ~ with lemon, pepper and a hint of salt, is also good with fresh basil or parsley, and optional Flax oil
Cucumber Tomato Beet Onion SaladCucumber, Tomato, Avocado & Red Onion Salad
Cucumber Tomato Corn Pepper SaladCucumber, Tomato, Corn and Colorful Pepper Salad ~ also great with black beans added; combine with salsa, lemon, or the same balsamic vinaigrette as the Peach Cucumber and Tomato Salad recipe, above

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