Crook's Corner's Green Peach Salad

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Author Notes: How to make good on rock hard peaches, from Chef Bill Smith's 2005 cookbook Seasoned in the South.Genius Recipes

Serves 4-6

  • 2 1/2 pounds unripe peaches, peeled and sliced as for pie
  • Scant 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons strong-flavored extra-virgin olive oil, like Greek or Lebanese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint chiffonade
  1. Toss the peaches with the sugar and salt. Let them sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Fold in the pepper, oil, and mint.
  3. Serve cold within a few hours of preparation, as it will become mushy overnight.

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about 1 month ago Nancy Charlton

I did make the peach salad, and it was a big hit. Had to prepare the peaches only an hour before, but they were sufficiently macerated. I did use some lemon juice after I had it all assembled, as it seemed to need something more. The friend who came with me said, "I'll definitely be making this a lot."

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about 1 month ago Nancy Charlton

I'm going to make this for a potluck his evening, but I'm going to use firm, not green but not quite ripe, peaches. I will also sprinkle them with lemon juice to prevent turning dark before adding salt and sugar. Mint sounds great, and I have an abundant supply just outside my door. I think honey would substitute well for all or part of the sugar. Possibly another time I'll try some flavored oil.

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about 1 year ago AntoniaJames

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Have been making this all summer. Most recently, the only hard peaches at the farmers market were white peaches, so I used those. Different -- more delicate in flavor and even green, a bit sweet -- but utterly delicious, and so very pretty! ;o)

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almost 2 years ago SLK

What a nice surprise! Made the recipe mostly out of curiosity, and was really impressed with the results. Have made it twice in the last week. Love Food 52!

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almost 2 years ago Ceege

Yum. I have farm peaches in my fridge right now. Looks as though I will be running to store tomorrow to buy some fresh mint. Will let you know how I enjoy this dish.

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almost 2 years ago alflynn

I love cheese with fruit and with Greek or Lebanese olive in the recipe I wondered how a good salty feta would be with it.

Any thoughts?

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almost 2 years ago Diana Hunt

What's a mint chiffonade? Sounds like some sort of dessert with Cool Whip or something!

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almost 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

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Ha! It's just the leaves, stacked together, rolled together like a cigar, then sliced thinly crosswise (the technique helps you get a clean cut without bruising the leaves). In French it means something like "little rags".

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almost 2 years ago DeirdreMS

Would any kind of fresh greens go with this?

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almost 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

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I would let the peaches macerate first, then toss in some watercress or another flavorful, sturdy green.

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about 2 years ago SuzanneS

I have a peach tree so am wondering how unripe they can be? Completely green or just on the firm side of ripe?

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almost 2 years ago Kristen Miglore

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Sorry for missing this question, Suzanne. Very firm peaches work great, and I think at Crook's Corner they may actually source green ones. If you try it that way with green peaches from your tree, please let us know what you think!

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about 2 years ago giuia.grady

An absolutely perfect recipe! Very simple, very delicious.

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about 3 years ago debnc

Fantastic recipe! It also works with ripe peaches.

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about 3 years ago may1girl

Love this recipe so much! So simple yet so delicious. I just made it again for the first time since last summer. And even though I forgot to add the olive oil (LOL) everyone loved it.

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about 3 years ago jwlucas

Delicious! I enjoyed this at Crook's Corner's tonight. Perfect night to dine al fresco, and and Bill Smith even had his legendary honeysuckle sorbet on the menu.

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almost 4 years ago Bevi

I would make anything from Crook's Corner - the best shrimp & grits and Hoppin" John I ever had in my life!

And a mean, clean special cocktail menu as well!