This simple peach salad recipe is perfect for summer. It’s light and fresh and delivers an incredibly satisfying crunch. Seasoned with just lemon, salt, pepper and a bit of sumac, this summer salad is truly all about the produce.

white plate with peaches, sweet corn and cucumber on it

About the Recipe

I stand by the idea that the simpler a side dish, the more delicious. When you use high-quality ingredients (especially ripe produce) half of the work is done for you. This peach salad recipe leans on ripe peaches, in-season sweet corn, and crunchy English cucumber. 

Those three ingredients mingle so well together all they need is a bit of salt, pepper, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. If you’ve got it, a sprinkle of astringent ground sumac makes this simple salad feel very high-brow.

To streamline things I have you steam the corn in the microwave. It’s a super simple process and takes just a couple of minutes. I use plastic wrap (I promise it doesn’t melt) but you can also cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate.

sweet corn in a glass bowl with plastic wrap on top

Tips for Making the Best Peach Salad

  1. Use ripe peaches: the more ripe your peaches are, the more flavorful the salad will be. Under-ripe peaches will still work, and thankfully the lemon juice will soften them a bit, but the salad will be slightly less sweet and flavorful.
  2. Roll-cut the cucumber: if this knife-cut is new to you, check out the step images I’ve included in this article, or watch this video on how to roll-cut vegetables. I love this knife technique because it increases the surface area of a vegetable and makes for a gorgeous presentation.  
  3. Season to taste! Toss all of the salad ingredients together then give it a quick taste before serving. Season with additional salt, pepper, lemon juice or vinegar to taste. Don’t be afraid to add more salt! 

Variations

  • Any other stone fruit such as peaches, plums or apricots will also work well.
  • If you don’t have scallions, use a few tablespoons of shredded white onion (shredded on a large-hole box grater). You could also try very thinly sliced red onion here.
  • For more flavor, add chopped fresh basil, parsley, cilantro or mint.
  • Make it a meal and serve Grilled Lime Shrimp over top.
  • Toss in some fresh arugula or baby kale.
white plate with peaches, sweet corn and cucumber on it

FAQs About This Recipe

Can I use a regular cucumber instead of an English cucumber?

I don’t recommend using regular cucumbers (aka pole cucumbers). It’s best to use thin-skinned cucumbers with small seeds such as English cucumbers (long slender cucumbers which usually come individually shrink-wrapped, sometimes labeled Hothouse Cucumbers) or Persian cucumbers (short narrow cucumbers sold in packs of four or five on small trays). These varieties of cucumbers are flavorful, less watery and leaps and bounds more enjoyable than classic pole cucumbers. 

Can I use canned peaches?

I would not use canned peaches for this fresh salad. They lack flavor, have a mushy texture, and will likely add too much liquid to the salad (even when drained). Fresh peaches are absolutely a must in this salad.

Can I use canned or frozen corn?

Technically? Sure. You can use canned or frozen corn, but I must say—fresh sweet corn is best.
If you can’t find any fresh sweet corn, opt for a high-quality frozen sweet corn. Thaw it in the microwave for one to two minutes before draining and adding to the salad.

Why lemon juice and vinegar?

A great question! Both ingredients add acid to this salad and if you don’t have both, go ahead and substitute one for the other. However, I find the two strike a really nice balance of acidity. The lemon brings a tart brightness, while the white wine vinegar is more savory and subtle.

Simple Peach Salad with Sweet Corn & Cucumber

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Yield 5 –6 cups
Category Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Lauren Grant

Description

Light and refreshing with a satisfying crunch, this peach salad is the ultimate summer salad! Creamy sweet corn, crunchy cukes, and juicy ripe peaches get tossed with simple flavors that enhance the in-season produce.

Ingredients

  • 2 ears sweet corn, shucked
  • 2 peaches, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 english cucumber, roll-cut or cut into chunks
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Ground sumac, for serving

Instructions

  • Cut corn from cob then transfer to a medium microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons water; cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes then carefully remove plastic, drain and transfer to a large bowl with peaches, cucumber and scallions. 
  • Add oil, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt and 10 turns of cracked pepper; toss to combine. 
  • Season with additional salt and vinegar to taste. 
  • Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with ¼–½ teaspoon sumac and a bit more flaky sea salt.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 3.5gSodium: 225mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7g
Keywords peach cucumber salad, peach salad, sweet corn salad
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white plate with peaches, sweet corn and cucumber on it

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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