Green peach salad with feta

When life gives you green peaches, make a salad!
When life gives you green peaches, make a salad!

I’m sure we’ve all jumped the gun on peach season seeing those perfectly fuzzy fragrant bulbs sitting in our grocers produce section just screaming out to be bought. It’s still a bit early in the season for peaches, so if you gave into the calling, you more than likely to end up with crunchy fructose deficient duds. But don’t despair! Green peaches are actually delicious if you know what to do with them.

“What the hell would you do with a green peach, I mean that’s like wilted lettuce isn’t it?”

Technically if you’re hoping for them to ripen in your fruit bowl, you’ll be waiting a long time, since the sugar content of stone fruit does not increase once they are picked. What’s more likely to happen is that they’ll go from hard and dry to soft and mealy.

“So what do you do with them? Load them into a potato canon and shoot them at your neighbor’s dog?”

Well, you could do that, but that’s mean, and a good way to get your ass kicked, not to mention the fact that you’d be wasting a perfectly good peach. What you really have to do is shift your thinking a bit and treat it like a vegetable.

“WTF!?”

Think of it as a fragrant veggie that’s somewhere between crisp and crunchy and refreshingly tart with a mellow aroma. They’re especially good added to salads and make excellent pickles.

“Dude, you’re a genius”

While I’d like to take credit for figuring this one out, I actually got the idea at some restaurant out in Cowra/Canowindra (NSW Australia) or thereabouts. The salad and dressing on the other-hand is a product of some daydreaming (after my anger with Fresh Direct subsided for charging me $4 for apricot sized green peaches).

I know the flavors are from all over the place, but it works. I like the way the intensely earthy sesame oil harmonizes with the barnyard notes of the goat cheese and the floral peachiness coming from the unripe stone fruit. Likewise, the creamy feta offsets the tartness of the green peaches nicely.

So what unconventional ways to rescue an ingredient have you found?

for dressing (enough to dress 2 side salads)
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice vinegar (or yuzu juice)
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp fish sauce
1/8 tsp salt

for salad
salad green such as spinach or arugula (I used baby mizuna)
1 green peach peeled then cut into 1/8″ batons.
crumbed feta cheese
fresh ground black pepper

Whisk the dressing ingredients together.

Lightly dress the salad greens, toss to coat then plate. Dress the peach batons separately, tossing to coat then scatter over the greens. Sprinkle some feta on top then grind some black pepper. Serve immediately.

Great with an off-dry Riesling.

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com/ courtney

    This is my first visit and you cook the way I like to. Most times just improvisisng. The salad sounds very refreshing.

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com courtney

    This is my first visit and you cook the way I like to. Most times just improvisisng. The salad sounds very refreshing.

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com/ Heather

    Ooh, you could make peach umeboshi (ankuboshi?). Or use them like a green papaya and make som tam. Yum. What a cool idea, Marc.

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com Heather

    Ooh, you could make peach umeboshi (ankuboshi?). Or use them like a green papaya and make som tam. Yum. What a cool idea, Marc.

  • http://www.justgetfloury.blogspot.com/ Ginny

    You really are a genius! A great idea!

  • http://www.justgetfloury.blogspot.com/ Ginny

    You really are a genius! A great idea!

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/ Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,C

    Dude, you ARE a genius! This is a great idea. It looks so refreshing.

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    Dude, you ARE a genius! This is a great idea. It looks so refreshing.

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    marc! this is one of my favourite posts so far! beautiful picture and i just adore peaches. nice one :)

    p/s thanks for the pancake tip. i used to make them that way but it’s too much of a fuss and i’m not really a morning person. haha. it does work pretty well though. love fluffy pancakes. i guess i could always execute job delegation and reap the fluffy rewards after. ;)

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    marc! this is one of my favourite posts so far! beautiful picture and i just adore peaches. nice one :)

    p/s thanks for the pancake tip. i used to make them that way but it’s too much of a fuss and i’m not really a morning person. haha. it does work pretty well though. love fluffy pancakes. i guess i could always execute job delegation and reap the fluffy rewards after. ;)

  • http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com/ EAT!

    Nice combination of ingredients. I like the simplicity of the recipe.

  • http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com EAT!

    Nice combination of ingredients. I like the simplicity of the recipe.

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com/ Peter

    Marc, very clever…a good use of an under-ripened fruit.

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com Peter

    Marc, very clever…a good use of an under-ripened fruit.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Heh nice job with the underripe peaches. Looks gorgeous (I *love* feta) I tried using feijoas in som tam rice paper rolls once…it so did not work LOL!

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Heh nice job with the underripe peaches. Looks gorgeous (I *love* feta) I tried using feijoas in som tam rice paper rolls once…it so did not work LOL!

  • http://appetiteforchina.com/ AppetiteforChina

    Great photo. Peach and feta sounds like an interesting summer-y combo.

  • http://appetiteforchina.com AppetiteforChina

    Great photo. Peach and feta sounds like an interesting summer-y combo.

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  • http://blog.lemonpi.net/ Y

    I wish I’d seen this during the Summer when I was unfortunate enough to buy some deceptively ripe-looking stonefruit!

  • http://blog.lemonpi.net Y

    I wish I’d seen this during the Summer when I was unfortunate enough to buy some deceptively ripe-looking stonefruit!

  • http://seedsvegetable.blogspot.com/ Ray

    I still need to know what to do with all of my green peaches. One of those green peach recipes would have been good to put here. The wind split one of my peach trees in half and I have lots of green peaches to use urgently!

  • Candie

    The wind just split my peach tree in half…I have 300 green peaches sitting on my counters…I need recipes!

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