Fresh peaches and goat cheese headline this simple no-cook salad recipe. The 8-ingredient vinaigrette, made with pantry staples, takes minutes to make and is a delicious complement to the other ingredients in the salad. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time in the kitchen. Serve with herbed bread.
2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
2 cups sliced peeled peaches
1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 (5-ounce) package gourmet salad greens
2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
How to Make It
Combine first 8 ingredients; stir with a whisk.
Combine chicken and remaining ingredients except cheese in a large bowl. Add vinegar mixture; toss gently. Sprinkle with cheese.
Herbed bread: Unroll the dough from a (8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust. Fold dough in half; pat into a 9-inch square. Let rest 15 minutes. Brush dough with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Bake at 350° for 11 minutes or until golden.
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This salad is good, but I couldn't actually taste the peaches. I think the balsamic might be too strong. I used top of the season amazing peaches and I want to actually taste them - and therefore would not make it again.
What a wonderful summery salad! I usually make it the night after we have a rotisserie chicken so the meat is chilled. If you don't like regular goat cheese (my husband HATES it), look around for smoked goat cheese. Tastes wonderful, but without the sour sharp bite to it. This will be a summer staple!
Made this recipe as is and it was excellent! I had been searching all summer for a good entree salad worthy of guests and this is it. My husband gobbled it up. I made the herbed bread as suggested and the flavors were perfect together. This will be a new regular recipe as we have so many hot days in AZ when a delicious, cool salad is a perfect meal. By shredding the rotisserie chicken ahead, it was a very quick week night meal.
Used a breast from CL's lemon-rosemary whole roast chicken. Had great white peaches. Made the recommended herb bread with a combo of thyme, rosemary & oregano. Lovely summer meal, rated "special occasion" because it was so pretty and fresh and the peaches were a surprise.