Sometimes simply prepared fruit makes the best dessert- especially in fucked-up hot weather like this. But, when weather’s weird, harvests don’t always work out as expected, and sometimes your favorite fruits taste like garbage.
We found ourselves with some serious garbage peaches last week and it took us by surprise. They smelled great!! They seemed perfectly soft without being mushy!! They tasted like Granny Smith apples… if Granny Smith apples also tasted like saw dust. We were heart broken but we didn’t want to waste them.
Vinaigrettes bring a new depth of flavors to otherwise kind of Meh foods and, in addition to making foods taste just generally better, their assertive flavor profiles can cover a wide variety of culinary sins. We paired our shitty peaches with the Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette we had intended for melon, and turned a boring, disappointing bowl of fruit into a bold, delicious treat that we couldn’t stop eating.
Berry and Disappointing Peach Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
- 3 Peaches- Disappointing ones are ideal, but this obviously tastes wonderful with sunny, sweet, ripe peaches
- 1/2 cup Blackberries
- 1/2 cup Blueberries
- 2-4 tbsp Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
- A sprinkle of Poppy Seeds or a little twist of Lemon Zest makes a nice garnish, if you feel fancy
Thoroughly wash your fruit. We like to slice Peaches the same way we do Avocados: take your biggest knife and cut all the way around the fruit, stem to bottom, and then give it a twist until one half breaks away from the pit. Cut the pit-free half normally into bite-size slices. Slice the pitted half with the pit intact, breaking each slice off as you go.
Add your Berries and sliced Peaches to the bowl you will be serving from. Toss with the Dressing and let it sit for at least 5 minutes in the fridge, or on the counter. As we write this, we just realized how fucking awesome this would be with vanilla custard or on top of yogurt for breakfast with granola.