Grilled Peach Salad
One of my favorite summer fruits are peaches. And I know that I keep telling you that different summer fruits are my favorite summer fruit, and well… guilty as charged. But I really do love peaches. And I really do love hitting that point in the summer where you start to see peaches at the grocery store and farmers market because seriously guys, what experience is more SUMMER than sitting outside with peach juice running down your face?
This salad is quick, easy, and delicious. I decided to grill the peaches because grilling them brings out their flavor and creates a wonderful crust. I also like the grillmarks. In addition to grilled peaches, this salad has candied pecans, cinnamon-honey chicken, and a little cheese. Because what salad doesn’t need just a little bit of cheese? The flavors of all the different ingredients come together to make a salad that is really dynamic. The sweet juicy peaches play well off the crunchy spicy nuts, and the chicken is both savory and sweet. It’s a pretty perfect summer salad, if you ask me.
Grilled Peach Salad
1 chicken breast
1/4 cup candied pecans (recipe here)
4 cups mixed greens
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Mix together cayenne and cinnamon, and rub into chicken breast. Cook over medium heat until cooked through.
While the chicken is cooking heat up your grill or grill pan. Brush the grill with vegetable oil. Slice your peach and brush each side with vegetable oil as well. Grill over medium heat for 4 minutes on each side.
When the chicken has cooked, slice and return to pan. Pour honey over the chicken and allow to simmer.
Build your salad with mixed greens, grated parmesan, candied nuts, peaches, and chicken slices. Top with the dressing of your choice (we recommend raspberry vinaigrette)
Haley J.10.07.2009 at 19:50
I would also say that every salad requires a fruit and something crunchy / salty. You’ve got both here with the peaches and pecans! Sounds delightful. Peaches truly are the hallmark of summer.
Dana Allen-Greil10.07.2009 at 21:00
So, I’m pretty lazy about certain things. Like there is no way I’m going to make candied pecans when I think plain-‘ol pecans are pretty darn scrumptious. But I’ve made grilled peach salad before and yours sounds a little fancier and a bit yummier. So next time I’m going to try honey/cayenne/cinnamon instead of salt/pepper/balsamic vinegar. (Did you really not use any acid in this?)
I have to say, though–how can you have a summer salad with grilled fruit and NO goat cheese? Parmesan cheese is just so…well, it’s just not goat cheese. And it’s especially not goat cheese from the farmer’s market. (Very sad, by the way, that the goat cheese guy at Takoma Park market has passed away–the farm still has the goats and the equipment but no one to make it.)
Anyway, I adore your blog and can’t wait for the next installation. With lots of profanely beautiful photos, please.
elena15.07.2009 at 13:59
I LOVE goat cheese, but Dan hates it, so I try and work around it.