Grilled Peach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Blue Cheese and Honey Balsamic Syrup

by on August 14, 2011

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I’m starting to come around on salads. Historically, I haven’t been much of a salad person but this summer we’ve been enjoying them for dinner at least once a week. Salads, I’ve finally realized, hold more possibilities than just convenient leafy receptacles for all the items I’m looking to clear from the refrigerator crisper.

I spent a bit of time conceptualizing today’s Grilled Peach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Blue Cheese and Honey Balsamic Syrup, debating in my mind between toasted and candied pecans, blue cheese or goat cheese, arugula or no arugula. I was really happy with how it all materialized on the plate. I caramelized sweet, juicy peaches on a hot panini grill, then arranged them over a bed of mildly peppery baby arugula, filled them with a few dabs (not too much!) of tangy, creamy Point Reyes Original Blue and a smattering of toasted pecans and finally drizzled them with honey balsamic syrup.

Yes, I think I can definitely get used to salads. 🙂

Grilled Peach Salad with Toasted Pecans, Blue Cheese and Honey Balsamic Syrup

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeanette August 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm

What a pretty salad, love the combination of sweet grilled fruit, salty blue cheese, crunchy pecans, and tangy balsamic syrup!


2 bellini August 15, 2011 at 4:08 am

I could easily get used to this salad every day as well.


3 Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook August 15, 2011 at 4:40 am

We just had a similar dish at a local restaurant. It was fabulous! Thanks for sharing.


4 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living August 15, 2011 at 4:51 am

This salad is like summer on a plate – love it!


5 Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef August 15, 2011 at 5:46 am

Yum, Kathy! This is a DELICIOUS looking salad! Peaches are so fabulous this time of year in the northeast, I’ll have to make this!


6 Jan August 15, 2011 at 6:14 am

This looks fantastic! I love adding fruit to salads because it makes them so much yummier! Love the dried thyme in the dressing 🙂


7 DessertForTwo August 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

I think you could win anyone over on salads with this combination!


8 Susie Bee on Maui August 15, 2011 at 11:03 am

That is a beautiful salad! Wish we could get decent peaches here.


9 Kathy August 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Susan, the beautiful mangoes, guavas, passion fruits and papayas you have in your midst more than make up for the peaches! 🙂


10 HeatherChristo August 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

This salad look so elegant and delicious!


11 RJ Flamingo August 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

All I’m missing is the grill, dang it! I have to think of something…. 🙂


12 Kathy August 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

You could try roasting!


13 megan @ whatmegansmaking August 16, 2011 at 3:47 am

beautiful!! What a fun salad 🙂


14 Marla August 16, 2011 at 6:17 am

Such a pretty salad Kathy!


15 Shelby August 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

I’ve been trying to embrace salads, lately, and this will definitely help the cause! I’d definitely opt for first cheese though… I could never get used to blue cheeses’ taste of rubbing alcohol and feet 🙂


16 patsy August 17, 2011 at 5:19 am

What a visually appealing salad! I love a really good salad with different textures and flavors… they are so much more satisfying.


17 Lisa Tognola August 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

Great to meet you at BlogHer ’11 Kathy! I’m a humor blogger but also enjoy blogging about food. I think your peach salad recipe is next on my list! Yum! Thought you might enjoy my latest post about my husband’s garden 🙂
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18 Eliana August 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm

This salad almost looks too good to eat. Love that you used arugula for the greens. It’s peppery flavor makes me want to do a happy dance every time I have it.
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19 Yuri August 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I am so curious about this dish I’m gonna have to make it soon. Grilled peaches and pecans… heaven. Looks great!
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20 Julia August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I LOVE salads, glad you’re comin around 😉 What a beauty too!


21 Megan's Cookin' September 15, 2011 at 7:37 am

This is a salad I could dig into. Arugula is on the shopping list. I need to make this before the fresh peaches disappear from the Farmer;s Market.
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22 Kristen September 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I adore grilled peaches but we always have them for dessert. I never once thought to include them on a salad. What a great idea!
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