Dear readers, I am sorry for my recent lack of posts. My excuses: very busy, no internet, oven broken…you get the idea. 🙂 But hopefully you’ll forgive me, because this is one fantastic salad. In fact, maybe one of the best I’ve made.
I don’t know about you, but ever year when September hits, I go through the same mildly traumatic realization: No peaches or berries or melons all winter?! But then I’m distracted by pumpkins and squashes and I get excited again. But consider this a last attempt to savor those perfect summer peaches before they disappear completely from the produce stands.
Also…my excuses about were actually true, including my broken oven. Until my landlord responds, you’ll be seeing lots of raw and stove-top only recipes from me. 😉
Also note: I don’t have a grill, so I used my handy countertop George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine. If you have an outdoor grill or something similar, that will be just perfect.
Makes 2 medium salads
- 4 cups arugula
- 1 ripe peach
- 1 medium shallot
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1/4 cup toasted almonds (can use raw, but toasted adds a nice flavor touch)
- 2-3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup
- pinch of cinnamon, to taste (don’t omit! This really makes the salad)
Slice the peach into slices about 1/4 inch thick.
Grill the slices until soft and juicy, according to your grill’s instructions (see note above.) Meanwhile, chop the almonds and slice the shallot.
To caramelize the shallot, heat 1 tsp of the honey and a tiny bit of the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook until they are soft and, well, caramelized. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, remaining 1 tsp of honey,and cinnamon. Adjust to taste. When the peaches and shallots are done cooking, assemble the salads – add the arugula as the base, then top with the peaches, shallots, goat cheese, and almonds. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Enjoy!
What seasonal fruits and vegetables will you miss most about summer?