Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peach and Goat Cheese Salad

We are now in mid July, fully immersed in Summer.  Which in my house means kids, messes, AC, iPads (see kids), lots of margaritas (again, see kids) and fruit, especially peaches.  I freaking love peaches.  I don't even care about the fuzzy skin, I just love the sweetness, the texture and how it feels to eat them.  You really have to consume them when they are super ripe and juicy.  So when I see them for sale, they call to me and next thing I know, I have a pallet of them from Costco.  But this has made me start using them in different ways and right now, my most favorite is this salad.  It could not be easier, more delicious or more summer.  It's always a crowd fave and you can add or remove any ingredient you don't like.  Don't have baby kale?  Use spinach or mixed greens.  Don't like onions?  Forget them!  Not feeling goat cheese?  Use feta!  My point is, use peaches on a salad and you won't regret it.  This salad goes amazingly well with grilled chicken, pork or fish.  Great side dish for a BBQ!

What You Need:
1 Bag of Baby Kale (or spinach).
2 Small Ripe Peaches - sliced
1/2 small onion - thinly sliced.
4 oz Goat Cheese - crumbled (or feta).
Favorite Vinaigrette (always and forever my favorite here) or just use EVOO and vinegar.
Salt and Pepper to taste.

What You Will Do: 
Empty bag of greens in a bowl.  Slice peaches in half and remove the pit, then slice them in small wedges.  Thinly slice the onion and crumble the goat cheese.  Add all the toppings to the greens, season with salt and pepper and add toss with your favorite dressing. 
Serves: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes

OK, let's assemble this beast.  First, dump your bag of greens a large bowl.  Next, wash and slice your peaches.  It is super easy to remove the pit from a fairly ripe peach.  Just cut in half and yank it out.  Then slice each half into 1/2 inch thick wedges.

Next, thinly slice your onion.  I only use purple onion in this salad for the taste and color.  But use what you have on hand or prefer.

Then get your goat cheese crumbled.  I have an irrational hatred towards per-crumbled goat cheese.  I just think the taste and texture is off.  But, you do what makes you happy and most importantly, what is easy!  I use about 1/3 of a package.  By the way, my absolute favorite goat cheese if from Trader Joe's and my second choice is Costco's. 

After your toppings are in, season with salt and pepper and toss with your favorite dressing or just EVOO and a good vinegar, such as champagne vinegar. 

We have this salad about once a week during peach season and it always hits the spot.  If you are feeling really fancy, add some candied pecans or walnuts too! Let me know if you try it!

What's your favorite way to use summer peaches??  Tell me in the comments!