Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Grilled Peach Salad with Feta and Honey Balsamic Glaze

Every time I hear the word peaches I immediately start singing the song “Peaches” by The Presidents of the USA. Sing it with me people:

Movin’ to the country gonna eat a lot of peaches
I’m movin’ to the country I’m gonna eat me a lot of peaches

May that song now be stuck in your head all day long. You are welcome.

My mom was kind enough to stop by Mood’s, a local farmers’ market, and pick up a couple pounds of peaches for me. Last year I used my bulk supply to make peach jam. This year I wanted to change it up a bit.

After unsuccessfully searching for ideas in my massive stack of cookbooks and bookmarked recipes I put the peaches aside and began to make dinner. The ribs that I had been slow cooking all day were almost ready. Approximately 2.2 seconds before we were ready to eat I decided to incorporate the peaches into our meal. I did another search and found this recipe. The peaches were phenomenal. We devoured them. The ribs? I won’t be making them again. The marinade was bland. I was thoroughly amused that the highlight of our meal was something that was last minute and took almost no time to make. Ahhh life, you are a stinker sometimes.

After successfully serving the peaches as a side dish for our entree I decided to experiment with them as a salad. This time I added some chopped cashews to give the dish a little crunch. I do not have any pictures of the salad with the glaze. It gets messy in a “I need to devour this right away” kind of way that is not too photogenic.

Grilled Peach Salad with Feta and Honey Balsamic Glaze


4 peaches

1/2 cup honey

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup cashews, chopped

5 ounces baby arugula


Mix honey and balsamic together and blend well. Set aside.

Halve peaches and remove pit. Slice into quarter pieces.

Place quarter pieces with one side down onto a heated grill. (I used a grill pan.)

Grill until peaches are tender and grill marks appear. Flip and repeat on opposite side.

Remove from grill and brush with glaze.

Arrange the glazed peaches on a bed of arugula. Top with chopped pecans and crumbled feta. Serve immediately.

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27 Responses to “Grilled Peach Salad with Feta and Honey Balsamic Glaze”

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    RavieNomNoms — August 17, 2011 @ 3:11 PM

    I love the mixture of feta and fruit! I think it is fantastic. Something about the tanginess of the cheese and the sweetness of the fruit just goes so well together

    • Wendy replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 4:09 PM

      You are so right! The combo of flavors really work together in this salad.

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    Lisa~~ — August 17, 2011 @ 6:19 PM

    The grilled peaches look so wonderful as does the whole salad.

    Cook Lisa Cook

    • Wendy replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 9:41 PM

      Thanks Lisa! The salad was incredibly tasty.

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    Tiffany — August 17, 2011 @ 6:44 PM

    I recently paired grilled peaches with balsamic! Great minds think alike, I suppose 😉

    • Wendy replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 9:41 PM

      Tiffany I wholeheartedly agree. Great minds do think alike:)

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    Mike@The Culinary Lens — August 17, 2011 @ 6:48 PM

    I cannot believe how good grille peaches are. Feta and Balsamic Really pull this together.

    • Wendy replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 9:42 PM

      Mike can you believe that I rarely eat grilled peaches? Forgot how good they are until I made this. So easy to make too.

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    Melissa@EyesBigger — August 18, 2011 @ 2:59 AM

    I love that song by the Presidents (and it is stuck in my head now). I’m a on a big fruit and feta/balsamic vinegar kick this summer, especially with watermelon. I think it would be perfect with peaches.

    • Wendy replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 6:59 AM

      Finally someone else who loves that song. I thought i was the only one:)

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    Shelby — August 18, 2011 @ 7:06 AM

    Looks DELICIOUS!

    • Wendy replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 7:47 AM

      Thanks Shelby!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 18, 2011 @ 8:08 AM

    I love fruit and cheese combinations and you have a great one in this salad!

    • Wendy replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 8:45 AM

      Thanks Lana!

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    Eliana — August 18, 2011 @ 9:45 AM

    OMG I totally think of that song too whenever I hear the word peaches. Now I’m going to have it in my head all day long. and what a gorgeous salad – almost looks too good to eat.

    • Wendy replied: — August 18th, 2011 @ 9:56 AM

      Haha Eliana that’s what I wanted to accomplish. Had to torture someone else with having the song stuck in their head all day:)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 18, 2011 @ 1:29 PM

    What a wonderful salad! I’d love to serve this for company.

    • Wendy replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 7:48 AM

      Lauren I’ll be happy to come over if you serve this salad:)

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    claire — August 18, 2011 @ 2:53 PM

    Looks good and easy! My kind of salad!

    • Wendy replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 7:48 AM

      Claire it is so easy!

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    Kate @ Food Babbles — August 18, 2011 @ 10:43 PM

    I now have the song Peaches swirling around in my head but that’s ok 😉 This recipes looks awesome!! My mouth is watering. Going to definitely need to make this!

    • Wendy replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 7:49 AM

      Kate my apologies but I felt I could not be the only to suffer having that song in my head:)

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    Georgia Pellegrini — August 19, 2011 @ 12:11 PM

    Grilled peaches are incredible this time of year! I put them on my pizza and everything.

    • Wendy replied: — August 19th, 2011 @ 12:31 PM

      Georgia I’ve never had peaches on my pizza. Will remedy that a.s.a.p. Sounds delish.

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    leslie — August 21, 2011 @ 11:55 AM

    YUM! I love love love grilled peaches!

    • Wendy replied: — August 22nd, 2011 @ 6:35 AM

      Leslie they are my new favorite thing to throw on the grill. Yum is right!

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    Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir — September 11, 2011 @ 11:32 PM

    This looks awesome! If only I had a grill to get those beautiful marks on my peaches.

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