Peach season – one of the most wonderful times of the year. Southern Ontario is one of the best locations for growing peaches. Every August fresh, plump, fragrant peaches and nectarines arrive by the basketful in grocery stores and farmers’ markets. This year we made the trip to the town of St. Jacobs – about 1 hour west of Toronto – to pick the perfect basket of peaches. But, what to make? After a little brainstorming and experimentation, we came up with this delicious seasonal peach salad with goat cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is a perfect picnic salad or for weeknight dinners.
To make this salad you will need to peel the peaches. Peeling a peach is exactly the same as peeling a tomato. Mark an “x” through the skin on the bottom of the peach. Place the peach in a heatproof bowl. Pour boiling water over the peach. Let it sit for 10-20 seconds. Lift peach out of boiling water. Peel skin, starting at the “x”. If the skin is still tight, place it back in the boiling water. It should peel quite easily.
Peach Salad with Goat Cheese Dressing
Seasonal Peach Salad with Goat Cheese
- 4 fresh peaches peeled and cut into wedges
- 4 ounces herb coated goat cheese
- 1 small head of leafy green lettuce
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Whisk together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Dress the lettuce as you like.
- Combine peaches and goat cheese in a separate bowl, lightly dress with vinaigrette and toss.
- Place lettuce on serving dish and scoop peaches and goat cheese on top.
Sometimes the simplest salads are the best salads. My daughters love salads with fruit in them. In fact, this is a great way to get children to eat their greens. You could easily add spinach or kale to boost the green factor in this salad. As is, it is a delightful addition to any summertime meal and a lovely way to enjoy peaches. I just love this picture I snapped at the farmers’ market in St. Jacobs…anyone want some peaches?!
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