My husband and I were at a recent event where grilled peaches were served as the salad course. They were delicious. I’ve been grilling peaches for years as a dessert but never thought to turn them into a salad so the next time we grilled some, we put our own spin on a grilled peach salad.
The salad is composed of nuts, the grilled peaches, microgreens, goat cheese, and a drizzle of a honey and balsamic reduction. You can change-up the ingredients so easily too, depending on what your likes are. I used hazelnuts, because they were on sale, and arugula microgreens because of their mild peppery flavor which added a nice contrast to the mild goat cheese.
The first time I made this I didn’t have nuts. Oh I had bought them earlier that day but forgot to pull the package out of the grocery bag and it ended up getting tossed in the recycling container before I realized it.
The next time I made this dish, I really loaded up on the nuts and the arugula microgreens…ha!
I also made this for a friend and used a bit of agave nectar instead of the balsamic reduction. A drizzle of honey would also be good.
To Grill Peaches –
Cut peaches along the seam all the way around and twist halves off the pit.
Brush cut sides with vegetable or grapeseed oil. Cook cut side down on a hot grill until fruit has grill marks, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Brush tops with oil, flip peaches over, and move to indirect heat. Cover grill and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or till fruit is tender.
When flipping peach halves over, add a sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon.
To Make A Honey Balsamic Reduction –
Stir 1 cup balsamic vinegar with 1/4 cup honey in a small saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the vinegar has reduced to 1/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
To Assemble –
Place grilled peach on a bed of chopped nuts. (Or skip the nuts and place on a bed of microgreens.) Add goat cheese and drizzle with honey balsamic reduction. You can add the microgreens to the top of the peach section instead of on the bottom too, just whatever looks good to you.