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Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese

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Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese: A delicious, seasonal salad with juicy, fresh peaches that are caramelized on the BBQ.


Overhead view of a bowl of Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese

Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese

Peach season comes and goes too darn quickly. I need to get my fill of pies, crisps and cobblers while this juicy, fragrant fruit is available at my favorite produce stand. I haven’t spotted any local peaches, yet, but the Georgia peaches have been succulent and flavorful. When we had a group of friends over for dinner, I decided to go rogue and make a Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese.
Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese in a white textured serving bowl

Why Grill Fruit?

I’m sure those of you seasoned cooks out there know how wonderful grilled fruit tastes. The grilling process actually caramelizes the sugars and along with the evaporation of liquid that occurs with cooking, the fruit actually tastes sweeter, even a bit more concentrated in flavor.

Try grilling any stone fruit or slices of pineapple and serving them with a scoop of vanilla for dessert. Mind you, this is much easier if you own a gas grill and can control the heat more accurately.

We, at Chez Skinny Chick, have to deal with a stubborn man who will not give up his charcoal grill nor supplement it with a gas version for his sweet wife to use. So proceed with caution and let your coals die down or set up half your grill with indirect heat if you’re in the same boat.

Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese

Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese

Recipe adapted from Michael Symon

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 firm peaches, peeled, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2-1 cup crumbled blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Grill peaches, flat side down over low heat till warmed (may use outdoor grill or grill pan). Set aside to cool before slicing each half into 4 pieces.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking together the garlic, vinegar, mustard, honey and salt. Slowly whisk in the remaining olive oil.
  3. For a composed salad, place spinach into bowl and arrange peaches, nuts and blue cheese over greens. Drizzle with a bit of the dressing.
  4. To serve, drizzle with more dressing and toss.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g
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36 comments on “Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese”

  1. Love the grill marks on the peaches. With the combo of sweet and savory ingredients, it does look like a winner salad. P.s. I agree that the aforementioned husband should give his said sweet wife a grill in exchange for all the chocolate treats she bakes =)

  2. This is such a pretty salad Liz…I absolutely love the idea of the roasted peach and the blue cheese…great combo.
    Hope you are having a fabulous week ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Lizzy, that is a very pretty salad! I’ll skip the blue cheese and munch on the pecans. I love Pecans! Sorry peaches ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Now this is my kind of salad! I can’t wait for peach season and I can’t believe I didn’t take advantage of all the stone fruits that were in season while I was in NY. I love sweet fruits like this with blue cheese and nuts – excellent combination xx

  5. What a great way to use peaches! I’ve been using them in desserts and eating them as is (lots of them) but never thought of adding them to a salad. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I love how everyone not in GA gets beautiful GA peaches yet the only decent ones that I can find are from California!! I love the flavor combination here! And I have been eating peaches on my salads for months! It’s almost as good as dessert…almost. Love!

  7. I have grilled peaches, they are AMAZING. Your salad is divine for sure and great blue cheese pecan additions.

  8. Stunning, I love grilled fruit in salads everything you say is right the flavour just explodes. I must give this salad a go its simply stunning.

  9. Yeah, this salad does it for me. Grilled peaches and blue cheese…totally gets me. Love the simple vinaigrette too. Totally fabulous, Liz!

  10. Beautiful AND delicious!! I’ve never combined peaches and blue cheese, but you make it look like they belong together. Great salad!

  11. I love peach season and am always sad when it’s over too soon too! I love that you decided to grill them, it sounds amazing with the spinach, pecans and blue cheese!

  12. This is a beautiful salad… love how you displayed it.

  13. Hmmm, peaches often get overlooked for salads. Love it!

  14. Grilled peaches are the best and I love this high tech salad!

  15. That is one incredible salad. I LOVE grilled peaches in a savory dish.

  16. Presentation is gorgeous! Perfect! Love fruit in my salads.

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