Grilled Peach Salad with Peach Cumin Dressing

During the summer months, I live for super fresh salads, bursting with the flavors of the season’s evolving produce. And right now I’m in peach mode, thanks to Harry and David and their sweet Oregold Peaches from the Pacific Northwest.

Do you know about Harry and David? I was introduced to their fabulousness about a dozen years ago, when the office where I work received Harry and David gift towers from clients and contractors at Christmas time. Let me tell you…those towers were the talk of the office, and the  most anticipated gift of each holiday season. Stacks of exquisitely boxed yumminess…perfectly sweet and juicy fresh pears, specialty candies, large crunchy nuts, crackers and cheese, and their famous Moose Munch. Ahhhhhh…their famous Moose Munch…

Harry and David is known for their top-notch food gifts. And I can whole heartedly testify to that. When we received a box of Oregold Peaches from Harry and David recently, they proved to be everything I  expected to experience. They were delivered right to our door, absolutely perfect and ready to eat. Their warm peachy scent is intoxicating, and their flavor and juiciness is sublime. We’ve been eating them straight out of hand, diced on cold cereal and yogurt for breakfast, and grilled for salads and desserts. They are simply heavenly.

This Grilled Peach Salad with Peach Cumin Dressing gets an extra pump of summer from grilling the peaches and red onions. Grilling brings out another layer of flavor and texture, and adds to the beauty of the salad.

I also whipped up an easy dressing using the fresh Oregold Peaches, to further pronounce the fruit’s goodness in the salad. The fresh ingredients take a quick whirl in the blender, and the dressing’s ready to go. Its flavor is warm from the peaches and cumin, and bright from the lime. I could drink this dressing. It’s so good!

The salad is assembled on a bed of greens with a small handful of torn fresh herbs. Each time I create a summer salad, I take a little trip out to our herb garden for a random collection of flavors. It’s hard to believe how such a small gesture can impart such a big impact. In this salad, I especially love how the mint mingles with the peaches, and the cilantro with the cumin and lime. They were just meant to be together.

If you’re looking for a salad that relishes all this season has to offer, give this a try. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the goodness of summer at your table.

Be sure to check back next week, when I’ll be sharing a grilled peach recipe in dessert form!

Grilled Peach Salad with Peach Cumin Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

    for the grilled peaches and onions:
  • 2 large ripe peaches, cut in half, pits removed
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced into 1/4'' rings (don't separate the rings)
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • for the peach cumin dressing:
  • 1 large ripe peach, peeled, pit removed, and diced
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T. honey
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • for the salad:
  • 8 c. mixed greens
  • 1/4 c. roughly chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 c. roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 c. sliced roasted almonds
  • 1/3 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, if desired, over the finished salad

Preparation

for the grilled peaches and onions:

Heat grill or a stove top grill pan to medium heat. Lightly oil the grates/pan.

Brush the cut sides of the peaches and both sides of the onion with the olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place peaches on grill cut side down, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until nice char marks appear. Flip and grill for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Grill both sides of onion slices (don't separate the rings) for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until nice char marks appear. Remove peaches and onions to cutting board. Cut peach halves in half. Cut onion slices in half, if desired, or just leave in whole rings, separating the rings.

for the peach cumin dressing:

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. This will produce approximately 3/4 cup of dressing. Double recipe for more dressing, if desired. This can be made several hours prior to serving.

to assemble the salads:

Toss the greens with mint and cilantro, and divide between 4 salad dishes. Top each salad with 2 peach slices, plus a bit of onion, almonds, and feta. Drizzle with peach dressing. Sprinkle with additional kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.

Source

from a farmgirl's dabbles

Oregold Peaches make a delightful gift. Surprise someone you know or treat yourself to peach gifts from Harry and David, and savor the goodness of sweet, sweet summertime.

I’ll be hosting a peach chat on Harry and David’s facebook page tomorrow (Thursday, August 2nd) at 3:00 CST. I’d love for you to join me!

This post was sponsored by Harry and David. But all opinions are 100% my own. Oregold Peaches are absolutely fabulous!

   

45 Responses to “Grilled Peach Salad with Peach Cumin Dressing”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

    What a beautiful salad, Brenda! I can’t wait to try this – sure to be scrumptious with the grilled peaches and that fabulous dressing!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Laura. :)

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    Elissa — August 1, 2012 at 10:46 am

    This salad and the dressing sound simply amazing!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Elissa! It is so good. My girls used the dressing as a dip for all their veggies one night. Yum!!

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    Kim | At Home With Kim — August 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Just shared this on FB…. PERFECT looking summertime salad. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      I hope you like this, Kim – please let me know. And thank you for sharing – much appreciated! xo

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    jill — August 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Oh Man…..!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Yes, it’s THAT good! ;)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This salad is fabulous! Love it!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you, Katrina! Always so nice to hear from you – hope you’re having a great week. :)

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    Sandy @ RE — August 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Oh, man, this looks so good. Wish we could eat it for dinner … together!

    I love their peaches, too. The best!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Yes, peach salads together. And then we can share dessert again. Okey dokey? ;)

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — August 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    This salad looks heavenly!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Monique!

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    Sweetsugarbelle — August 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This looks delicious!!!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks, Callye! xo

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    kristy @ the wicked noodle — August 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I agree that fresh summer salads can’t be beat! Love the combination of peach and cumin; sweet and smoky are always good together.

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you, Kristy! Cumin is definitely a favorite of mine, and it marries with peaches so wonderfully.

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    Aggie — August 2, 2012 at 7:21 am

    oh my this looks just heavenly!!! those peaches sound so luscious! and that dressing…I have to make this!

    • Brenda replied on August 2nd, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Thank you, Aggie! It’s so perfectly summer.

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    Amanda — August 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    what a perfect summer salad, sounds wonderful!

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    Maria — August 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Gorgeous salad and I love those peaches!

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    Patricia Peterson — August 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve nominated you for a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”! Come check it out at http://www.twogirlscookingblog.com/2012/08/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
    Patricia

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    katie — August 6, 2012 at 6:16 am

    gah… this looks and sounds amazing. I’ve been digging all things peaches lately so this is right up my alley!

    • Brenda replied on August 6th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Katie – wonderful to meet you!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — August 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Another fantastic excuse to eat peaches! I just looooove peaches!

    • Brenda replied on August 9th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Mmmmmm…hope you give this a try. Thanks, Jen!

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    Good Food Good Friends — August 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I love putting fruit on the grill. It brings out their natural juices and sweetness. Can’t wait to try this with the cumin dressings. Sounds amazing!

    • Brenda replied on August 9th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I hope you like it! :)

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    Lisa | With Style and Grace — August 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Such a gorgeous salad!! I’m obsessed with peaches right now.

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    Rachel Cooks — August 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I love the spices in the dressing. I bet it is fabulous!

    • Brenda replied on August 9th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      It is, Rachel…I need to make more before peach season is over! :)

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