Grilled Peach Salad

The oppressive heat of summer is approaching all too quickly.  Am I the only one that feels like we missed spring altogether?  On the bright side, this warm weather brings with it some benefits, one of them being fresh, juicy peaches.

Peaches are arguably one of my absolute favorite summer fruits.  There is just something about noshing on a peach that is perfectly in season that makes me happy.  The juice runs down your chin, and your fingers feel sticky by the end of the process, but it is well worth it.  When I made my trip to the market this week, I found the most beautiful peaches.  I took one bite out of the fruit and I immediately smiled.  It may have been the best peach I have ever tasted.  I decided to make one of my favorite light summer salads.

Adding fruit to salads is a great way to turn everyday greens into something special.  Grilled peaches, spicy arugula, and tangy lemon vinaigrette are such a perfect combination.  It is amazing how grilling peaches completely transforms the flavor of the fruit.  Not only does it create great grill marks, but it also enhances the peaches’ already sweet flavor.  I like to add crumbled feta cheese and thinly sliced red onion to the salad to give it some texture.

Grilled Peach Salad

Serves 4

  • 4 ripe peaches, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups baby arugula, washed
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  1. Place a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Brush the peach slices with some of the lemon vinaigrette.  Place the peaches on the grill and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  3. Place the arugula, feta, onion, and mint in a large serving bowl.  Drizzle with the remaining lemon vinaigrette and toss to coat.  Arrange the grilled peach slices over the salad and serve.

If you don’t like arugula, feel free to use something like baby spinach leaves. You can also experiment with different fruits. I have made this salad with nectarines instead of peaches, and it was fantastic.