Spinach Salad with Grilled Peaches and Blue Cheese

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Peaches: Not Just for Dessert!

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

Grilled 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

Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Recipe adapted from Michael Symon

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.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 403kcal Calories from fat 302
% Daily Value
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 9g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Comments

  1. From reading another blog, I learned about “grilling” peaches for the first time last year and I gave it a try. Our family LOVED IT! It’s been a year since and I haven’t made one this year. Your beautiful salad just reminded me. Your salad looks so refreshing and delicious! Must enjoy this salad before summer ends!

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Very pretty and I’ll bet very flavorful! I think the family should all get together and get you a gas grill for Christmas:@)

  3. Great salad! Cheese and peaches.. sounds like a great combinations. I wonder if adding a bit of chicken 🙂

  4. Liz, I’ve actually never grilled any fruit before, and so this post left me wondering why! I love the other flavours you’ve added into this salad, especially the blue cheese and pecans.

  5. I love grilled peaches. . and tossed with the spinach, blue cheese and pecans?! oh my goodness, love!! I want this salad for lunch!

  6. I love grilled fruits- they get so sweet and a little smoky. Blue cheese is the perfect complement.

  7. Too funny, I have a gas grill and keep trying to talk Sous Chef into a charcoal grill since I think they add a little more flavor and diversity.

    This salad is perfect for our hot weather – I’m going to try it next week when we return from the wedding!

  8. This salad looks delicious, Lizzy. I could eat peaches every day during the season and I’m always looking for a new way to serve them. I can almost taste the peach-blue cheese combo.

  9. I love this kind of salad, “sucré-salé” together ! And with blue cheese it must be delicious !

  10. this is a great idea to sweeten up a salad!

  11. I’m just starting to see local peaches in quantity. They’re at all farmers markets and a few stores, but not yet at the store where I usually shop. Anyway, love the idea of peaches in salad! Grilled peaches have such wonderful flavor, don’t they? I love roasting them, too, but grilling makes more sense at this time of the year. Fun recipe — thanks.

  12. This looks gorgeous: summery, colorful and so delicious! I love it 🙂

  13. Hi Lizzy, I’ve been so MIA from my blog for weeks, and also from commenting on blogs, that I’m starting to feel guilty for not visiting and commenting, at least!
    Your Grilled peach salad, is elegant, delicious, and superb! Lately, I’ve been seeing at our grocery stores all these gourmet salads, prepared with nuts, fruits, and cheeses with the salad dressing included on the side…but I would much rather build my own salad with all my fresh ingredients, like yours, and certainly make a yummy and healthy lunch out of it. Well done, my dear friend…missed you! xoxo

  14. claudia lamascolo says:

    I will bet the mustard puts that perfect blend of flavors to these!

  15. This is soooooo super gorgeous! Love it and all the beautiful produce in it! Pinning!

  16. I’m not ready for the season to end, so bring on the peach recipes! I recently tried grilled fruit and I was amazed how delicious it tasted. Your salad is simple and healthy!

  17. So pretty, i love grilled peaches and blue cheese sounds just perfect!

  18. Liz, this is just gorgeous! Love it.

  19. Lizzy,
    Your salad looks perfect. My hubby prefers the charcoal grill to the gas grill.
    Annamaria

  20. Lizzy, this looks wonderful. I have never thought of using peaches in a salad, even though I have had berries in salads before. This is a must to try. Grilling fruit is something I haven’t done either, sounds delicious.

  21. 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 =)

  22. 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 😀

  23. Lizzy, that is a very pretty salad! I’ll skip the blue cheese and munch on the pecans. I love Pecans! Sorry peaches 🙂

  24. Hotly Spiced says:

    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

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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.

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

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

  31. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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