Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Caramelized Shallots, Toasted Almonds, and Goat Cheese

Dear readers, I am sorry for my recent lack of posts. My excuses: very busy, no internet, oven broken…you get the idea. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜‰

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.

Ingredients

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)

Directions

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?

 

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10 responses

  1. This does look like one fantastic salad! I love fall and all that comes with it but I will miss being able to get as much cold, juicy produce (like cucumbers!) as my little heart desires. But squash is truly a great trade-in! Yum. A few peaches in the CSA this week, may have to try this out soon. Thanks for sharing this deliciousness.

    • Thanks Rachel! I hope you do try it. I’m totally with you on the cucumbers too! I just love adding cucumbers to sandwiches. Hopefully autumn’s squashes will do for now! πŸ™‚ What’s your favorite squash recipe? Thanks for stopping by!

  2. For me, the Seasons are in reverse so I’m already missing pumpkin 😦
    Can’t wait ’til stone fruit Season hits here – not too long to go now. I will definitely be adding this to my list of new salads to try. It looks and sounds like a beautiful combination.

    • Oh! Where do you live? Maybe there’s canned pumpkin somewhere you could get your hands on? I am jealous of your stone fruits already…peaches are integral to my well-being. πŸ™‚ I hope you like the salad!

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