Monday, September 27, 2010

Grilled Peach Salad with Goat Cheese

The husband and I recently purchased approximately 100 million peaches at Costco.  Now, looking back, this may not have been the wisest move for a family of two.  It has been scientifically proven that peaches are ripe for 3 seconds.  So, when all 100 million peaches ripened at the same time, we had a lot of eatin' to do.

Grilled Peach Salad with Goat Cheese
Serves 4

2 peaches*, halved and pitted
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Mixed greens (about 8 cups)
3 ounces goat cheese

Heat grill to medium.  Brush both sides of the peaches with melted butter.  Place peaches on the grill; cover and grill until peaches are charred and softened, about 4-5 minutes per side.  (Please note, if you grill in the dark, it will be challenging to tell when the peaches are charred in a photogenic manner. See picture above.)  Quarter each half and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add the greens and toss to coat.

Divide the dressed greens evenly among 4 plates.  Sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.  Arrange peaches on the side.

*If you have 100 million ripe peaches, consider grilling several extra and serving them with vanilla ice cream.  You will enjoy it very much.

A final word about peaches:
There is a common misconception about peaches that they come from a can, and that they were put there by a man in a factory downtown.  While this fallacy was perpetuated by 1996 hit song "Peaches" by alternative rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, it is simply not true.

Peaches grow on trees.  


  1. Erin,
    Peaches freeze beautifully. I peel and slice and add Fruit Fresh to keep from browning and a bit of sugar. I place these in ziploc bags in the freezer. What a treat to pull out fresh peaches in February and add to a boring casserole. They also are great to can. A bit more time consuming than freezing though.

  2. Frozen peaches = genius! I'll try this for sure. And I bet they make a mean peach cobbler. :-)

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