Overhead shot of an arugula peach salad in a bowl.

Fresh Peach Salad

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

This beautifully simple salad features fresh peaches paired with just the right amount of crunch, tanginess and sweetness from the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy this Summer salad for a light main or delicious side or started salad.



For the Dijon Dressing

  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp water (or more to adjust consistency)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

For the Candied Walnuts

  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar (coconut sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar etc.)
  • 12 tbsp water

For the Tofu Feta

  • 1 packaged extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tsp sea salt

For the Salad (per salad)

  • 2 big handfuls of fresh arugula, spinach or mixed salad greens (or any mixture of greens)
  • 1 fresh peach, sliced
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  1. Press the tofu for 30 minutes using the instructions in the notes section. Once pressed, crumble the tofu into chunks in a bowl or container. Add the rest of the tofu feta ingredients and mix well. Let sit for 30 minutes. I like to make the tofu feta 1 day in advance.
  2. To make the candied walnuts, heat a skillet over medium heat then add the walnuts, sugar and water. Stir frequently for about 5 minutes until all the nuts are coated and the sugar is melted. Remove from heat and let cool in the pan.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl or container.
  4. Prepare 1-4 bowls ready to make the salad (the dressing, walnuts and tofu make enough for 4 salads). Start with a base of greens, then add 1 medium-sized sliced peach and 3 tbsp of fresh chopped basil to each bowl. Divide the candied walnuts between bowl. Add a few tbsp of the tofu feta to each. Drizzle each salad with dijon dressing. Serve right away.

Keywords: peach arugula salad, summer peach salad