The Perfectly Simple Summer Salad Recipe


When I'm not painting, I'm cooking... I don't often share recipes but this one I just had to. This perfect summer salad is so simple, delicious and honestly so simple to make! If you're in an area where you can access fresh cherries and peaches, pick some up and give this salad a go!

Summer Flavours

Oh my, peaches! I just had to share this with you all. Spending the summer back home in Ontario, peaches and cherries are everywhere. They're in season here in August and we just can't get enough. We've been out in the countryside for most of the summer, stopping at fruit stands and farmers markets grabbing these by the bushel! Short on space and without my art studio, I've been using my creativity towards cooking, and last week made this absolutely delicious salad that my girls have asked for now every day since. Bursting with fresh flavours and vibrant colours, this salad is not only delicious, but also incredibly beautiful to served, packed with nutrients and really easy to make. It's one of these salads that you can take to a backyard barbecue or to an afternoon tea or light lunch. It also took me just a few minutes to assemble the dressing which you can store for another day.  Don your kitchen apron (not the painter's kind) and prepare to create the perfect, refreshing simple summer salad recipe that will leave everyone marveling at your culinary wizardry!

I apologize for only having the one photo. I made this salad for my family and didn't take photos of the process. When I make it again (likely tomorrow!), I'll take more photos and add them to this post. 



  • Baby Spinach (1/2 cup/person) - I used 2 cups with the following quantites.
  • Peaches (4-6 or as many or few as you'd like, sliced)
  • Cherries (½ cup, pitted, I used black cherries)
  • Cherry Tomatoes (¼ cup, sliced in half)
  • Ricotta Cheese (¼ - ½ cup)
  • Sliced Almonds (2 tbsp)
  • Pumpkin Seeds (1 tbsp)


  • ½ Cup Light Tasting Olive Oil 
  • ¼ Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • Maple Syrup (2 tbsp)
  • Dijon Mustard (1 tbsp)
  • Dill (finely chopped)
  • Basil (finely chopped)
  • Garlic (1 clove, grated)
  • Shallots (1 small, finely diced)
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste. 


  1. Mix all the dressing ingredients together until combined and emulsified. 
  2. In a large, flat salad bowl, lay down a bed of the baby spinach.
  3. Place the sliced peaches on top of the bed, arranging them evenly throughout. 
  4. Sprinkle the pitted cherries and cherry tomatoes on top of the peaches.
  5. Sprinkle the ricotta cheese, and lastly the seeds. 
  6. Dress the salad and serve immediately. 

A few modifications because well, sometimes its hard to find things or we have our tastes… 

You could swap the ricotta cheese for buratta or a very soft mozarella. I think I'll try it with buratta next time, but we're limited with what we can find here. 

Dill. This is in my opinion the ingredient that makes the salad. I just love dill, but if you're not a fam, you could swap it for just a bit more basil. 

Balsamic Vinegar. You could swap for balsamic glaze, but then reduce the amount of maple syrup to adjust for the sweetness in the glaze. 


Why am I sharing a recipe with you? 

Cooking is my love language. I love to feed my family and friends. It's how I express my affection and care for others. So, if felt fitting to share this with you today. Many years ago, I went to culinary school because I wanted to really understand the fundamentals of cooking and baking. There are so many similarities between cooking and visual arts. If you guys enjoy this recipe, let me know and I can share more and more often! 



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1 comment

  • Michelle: September 17, 2023
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    This looks amazing and I would love to make it this week. Is there an amount of diilu recommend in the dressing?

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