Summer Grilled Peach Salad

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Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Joe Maer
Recipe from Southern Living

Gorgonzola cheese gets gooey and delicious melted over the grilled peaches in this amazing summer salad recipe. There's a perfect balance of salty and sweet goodness.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 4 large fresh, ripe peaches, halved
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (4-oz.) wedge Gorgonzola cheese, broken into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup honey*
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives

Preparation

Hands On: 20 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
  2. 2. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Gently toss peach halves in 1 Tbsp. olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Grill peaches, cut sides down, covered with grill lid, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Turn peaches, and place 1 cheese piece in center of each peach; grill, covered with grill lid, 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese begins to melt.
  3. 3. Toss arugula with remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Arrange arugula on a serving platter; sprinkle with toasted pecans, and top with grilled peach halves. Drizzle peaches with honey, and sprinkle with chives.
  4. *Aged balsamic vinegar may be substituted.
Executive Chef Haller Magee, Satterfield's Restaurant, Birmingham, Alabama,
July 2011