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)