National Doughnut Day when I received an armful of doughnut peaches, both my favorite kind of doughnut and my favorite kind of peach. I turned a few of them into a refreshing salad with peppery arugula, shards of ricotta salata, and a tarragon-flecked vinaigrette.Related: Good Question: Quick and Easy Salad With Ripe Peaches? (Images: Emily Ho)
Also known as Saturn peaches, these saucer-shaped fruits are so charming and sweet, with a lower acidity than yellow peaches. I love using doughnut (or donut) peaches in salads because the slices are perfectly bite-sized, but regular white peaches or even yellow peaches are also lovely. You want them to be ripe enough to offer a luscious bite of juiciness but firm enough that they hold their shape and don't soak the greens. To give the salad a nice balance of flavors, I paired the peaches with spicy arugula and a light vinaigrette with a touch of tarragon and mustard. Ricotta salata cheese provides a slightly salty, slightly creamy element and, if you like, you can add a handful of pistachios for crunch. This salad is sure to become a regular on my table throughout this glorious summer of peaches (doughnut and otherwise). Happy peach season!