Friday, September 4, 2015

Grilled Almond Peach Salad with Almond Poppy Seed Peach Dressing

My peach harvest was bounteous this year
and I created a new recipe to feature their juicy goodness.
This salad is perfect for late summer, early fall, when 
the peaches are at their best.  My daughter and I planted
what we thought was the same peach tree, and mine
ripen a whole month earlier than hers, so we have them 
for a long time!  There is nothing better than a peach fresh off the tree.

The surprise ingredient in the dressing and the pecans
is almond flavoring, which just amps it up and gives it
amazing wow factor!!

I just adore green salads with fruits, nuts and cheeses and
this one has all of the right ingredients.  You could easily
top it with chicken for a main dish salad.

If you don't feel like grilling the peaches, use
them fresh.  They have a firmer texture fresh.
Both are delicious.

Grilled Almond Peach Salad
with Almond Poppy Seed Peach Dressing

1 very ripe and juicy peach
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
3 T. honey
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1 T. poppy seeds
1/4 tsp. salt

Blend all of the above in a blender.  The peach needs to be
ripe and juice.

Almond Sugared Pecans

3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. water
2 1/2 C. whole pecans
1 tsp. almond flavor

Place the sugar and water in a heavy saucepan.  Stir it over
medium high heat until the sugar is bubbling.  Pour in the
pecans.  Stir them until constantly as the water boils out
of the sugar.  Just before the sugar turns dry, add the 
almond flavoring.  Continue to stir until the sugar
becomes dry and crystalized.  Pour onto a sheet of
tin foil sprayed with Pam.  Break apart and let cool.
(This just takes minutes and you need a lot because 
you will be snacking on them.  Save whatever you don't use
and use them on another salad or dessert.)

Grilled Peaches

Peel and slice 3-4 ripe peaches.  Heat up grill or a grill pan.
Grease the grill or grill pan and lay peaches down on their
sides to get a good grill mark.  Turn over and do the same
on the opposite side.

Grilled Almond Peach Salad

5-6 C. cut up greens, I used Romaine lettuce and Kale
1 bunch chopped green onions
1 C. sliced red cabbage (optional, but fun for coloring)
1 C. Feta cheese
Grilled peaches
Almond Sugared Pecans
Almond Poppy Seed Peach Dressing

Toss the greens, onions and cabbage and place in a large
salad bowl.  Sprinkle the cheese, peaches and pecans on
the top of the salad.  Toss with dressing just before serving
so it doesn't wilt.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying the
peaches from my garden this year.  Hope
you give this a try.


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  1. Juicy peaches, crisp sweet pecans and that summery dressing are all hitting my virtual tastebuds (coupled with the fact that I've not yet had lunch) and I'm now hitting the fridge for one of those nectarines and some bleu cheese ASAP. At least that's what I THINK is in there.

    Wow. Simply cravish.

    We tried a splendid new Indian market this week, and one of my buys was a little bag of white poppyseeds (along with THREE different kinds of PINK salt, just for the little Susan display on my new kitchen counters).

    Off to find a salad,


  2. Love these types of salads..thank you:)

  3. Sounds fantastic, J!!! I've done grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream---love. This totally takes it to a new realm.. Thanks--trying it!

    Jane x

  4. Your salad looks and sounds delicious and perfect for Labor Day weekend! I love the addition of almond extract for an extra pop of flavor too. :)

  5. This salad looks amazing. Grilled fruit is so nice with great texture. I love the addition of sugared pecans on fruity salads. Definitely a keeper. Happy Saturday.

  6. Oh, yum! This is my kind of salad. Wishing for one for dinner tonight. '-)

  7. What's not to love in this salad?! Everything I love lives there ahahah
    I'm giving this a try before Autumn is definite and I have to turn to your more hearty recipes.
    Thank you for sharing,

  8. Mmmmmm peaches and poppy seeds are my weakness, so this salad looks heavenly!! Will definitely be trying this soon!!

  9. Grilled peaches are the best! What a delicious salad and the pecans sound amazing. A true Southern Salad ;)


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