Peach and Tomato Salad with Pancetta and Basil
The key to making these summer ingredients sing in harmony is proper seasoning.
Why This Recipe Works
The key to this salad is choosing the best peaches and tomatoes; there’s no substitute for ripe, sweet, in-season fruit. Salting and draining the tomatoes helps concentrate the flavors by removing excess liquid that waters down the salad. We balance the naturally sweet fruit with acidic cider vinegar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in the dressing. Crispy bits of pancetta and sliced scallion keep the salad on the savory side, and torn basil leaves add a fresh, herbal note.