Tomato and Peach Salad with Buttered Bread and Pistachios


It’s starting. It’s starting. It’s starting!!!

Get pumped. Get in the mood. Get out your pretty sandals and toe nail polish. It’s TIME!

…I’m talking about summer… and not the dreaded jean short, bikini life-styling, good beach hair part of summer that is totally stressful. I’m talking about peaches. With fresh peaches and ripe tomatoes, summer is set! Also, jean shorts are dumb… they’re either getting shorter or I’m getting older. They’re probably getting shorter… just sayin’.

This salad is a summer celebration. Yea… I said it. Also.. there’s bread and butter in this salad because a) I can’t help myself, and b) it’s delicious!


Let’s talk!

Let’s talk about my first sighting of heirloom tomatoes and yellow peaches in the grocery. It’s a bit early for tomatoes but I just had to treat myself. The peaches have an early summer tartness and I can’t wait to get into July to enjoy their candy sweetness.


Also… can we talk about how bread belongs in every salad ever?

In this salad concoction, big bite-sized hunks of bread are sautéed with butter and olive oil Once they’re toasty good, we toss in a load of salted and shelled pistachios, a good sprinkling of sea salt, and fresh cracked black pepper.

Don’t eat this straight from the pan like I did. Bread and nuts aren’t considered a real salad without lettuce.


Peaches are sliced. Tomatoes are diced. Bread is readied. Mozzarella crashes the party.

The usual summer suspects.


Salads are meant to be shared.

Sidenote: I wish guys knew these seven very special words… “Do you want to split a salad?”.

That phrase could really be a game-changer in the dating world. (I’m not wrong.)


This salad is entirely satisfying. It’s leafy green and dressed very simply with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It’s topped generously with warm, toasty, and crunchy bread and pistachios. Fresh peaches and tomatoes shine bright… totally ready to show off their summer-selves. When it comes to salads, I under-dress the leaves and heavily season the top with salt and pepper.

It’s summer. Let’s get all up in it!

Tomato and Peach Salad with Buttered Bread and Pistachios

makes 2 servings

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2 cups big chunks of bread

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/3 cup salted and shelled pistachios

salt and pepper to taste

3 big handfuls clean lettuce

balsamic vinegar and olive oil

1 ripe peach, sliced thin

1 ripe tomato, sliced thin

8 small fresh mozzarella balls, cut in half

salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saute pan over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil. Add bread chunks and toss to coat in fat. Allow the bread chunks to toast and brown until golden on most sides. Add the pistachios and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

In a medium bowl toss together greens and a drizzle of oil and vinegar. Use as much or as little dressing as you’d like. Divide greens into prepared bowls. Top with peach slices, tomato sliced, mozzarella, and bread and pistachio mixture. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately.

51 thoughts on “Tomato and Peach Salad with Buttered Bread and Pistachios

  1. Could not agree more about the bread! If every salad came with some good croutons or a crostini on the side I would never have to order sandwiches at restaurants. I love love salads but having a little hunk of bread nearby just satisfies any lingering carb cravings ;)

  2. This looks so good but I have long wait until I have peaces and tomatoes! I must live in the wrong part of the country!

  3. OK. I was here earlier and i could not for the life of me figure out how to leave a comment. Goodness i need more sleep. Crazy rant over…

    Anyway… my neighbor has peach trees and has given me an all access pass for the summer. I cant wait for them to bloom!

  4. My boyfriend and I regularly share a salad. He totally knows those 7 magic words. He’s a keeper.

    If I hadn’t spent the morning at the dentist, I’d be at the grocery store right now looking for fancy summer produce to make a salad. Sounds sooo good right now! I bet some fresh basil in there would be amazing too.

  5. This is an absolutely beautiful take on the traditional panzanella tomato bread salad. I’ve never thought about putting peach in this salad, but I believe the sweetness would be great. I remember you had made a peach and mozzarella crostini, so I believe that the flavors will meld nicely.

  6. I just, just posted something on Facebook saying that I was bored with my usual salad routine (generally whatever greens and bottled dressing I have on hand with a chopped tomato and maybe, on an exciting day, a bell pepper) and asking for good ideas.
    And then, of course, Joy the Baker blows it out of the water. Thank you for this. I’m printing this out and taking it to the grocery store right now.

  7. This looks incredible! A good pinch of salt on top of my salads is so my guilty pleasure… I can feel my blood pressure rising but it tastes so awesome!

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