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Grilled Peach-and-Feta Salad

Prep time 25 mins
Bake time 10 mins
Grill time 6 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
We found traditional peaches work better in this dish than white peaches, which have more sugar and water and don't hold up as well on the grill.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 4 peaches (not white)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tequila (optional)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 8 cups loosely packed Bibb lettuce leaves (about 6 oz.; 1 to 2 heads of lettuce), washed
  • 4 cooked bacon slices, halved crosswise
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange 1/4 cup pecans, chopped, in a single layer in a shallow pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 5 minutes.

  2. Peel and chop 1 peach. Cut each of remaining 3 peaches into 8 wedges.

  3. Process chopped peach, green onions, next 7 ingredients, and, if desired, tequila in a food processor 10 to 15 seconds or until smooth. Add oil, and pulse 3 to 4 times or until thoroughly combined.

  4. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high). Brush both sides of peach wedges with 1/3 cup peach dressing.

  5. Grill peach wedges, covered with grill lid, over 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear.

  6. Divide Bibb lettuce and bacon slices among 4 plates or shallow bowls. Top with grilled peach wedges. Sprinkle with feta cheese and pecans. Serve with dressing.

  7. Note: You can also use a grill pan to get those beautiful grill marks on the peaches.