Thursday, August 25, 2011

Peach Pecan Summer Salad

Pair fresh peaches and blueberries with pecans and salad greens and toss them together for a great summer salad.  I call it a 'girlfriend salad'...the kind of salad that makes a perfect lunch for the girls.   And if you want to make it a little 'special', serve it up in an ice-bowl


 Peach Pecan Summer Salad
  • 6-8 cups mixed greens
  • 2 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 slices red onion, separated into rings and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup caramelized pecans*
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  1. Combine salad ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Toss with citrus poppy seed dressing just before serving...or serve dressing on the side.
Citrus Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  1. Combine orange juice, vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt in blender.  Cover and blend until smooth.
  2. With blender running, slowly add oil. Blend until thickened and smooth.  
  3. Stir in poppy seeds.
  4. Serves 4-6
*To caramelize pecans, combine 1/2 cup pecans with 2 Tablespoons sugar in a large frying pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar melts to a golden syrup and roasts the pecans (about 5 minutes). Turn onto parchment paper; cool and break into pieces. 

11 comments:

  1. sounds yummy-will definitely try this!

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  2. That looks and sounds absolutely yummy !!! I love the ice bowl too.
    Have a wonderful day.

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  3. I could drink the dressing alone! A beautiful salad to celebrate our peach season! Thank you, Judy :)

    Anna, Toronto

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  4. I recently served a salad like this and added a big scoop of chicken salad on top. So good!

    Your ice bowl is gorgeous!

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  5. Such a beautiful photo, Judy. This looks like a recipe I would do. Thanks.

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  6. This was so delicious! I had some perfectly ripe nectarines (from Maryland) that I bought at our local Old Order Mennonite produce place here in south central Kentucky and they were a fine substitute.

    I was out of berries but will try blackberries (or blueberries) in the future when available.

    Combined with the feta and the red onion and that fabulous dressing, OH MY! Next time I will make an ice bowl, esp. if I have some friends over, and also the homemade pecans.

    Even my husband and two boys said, "not bad" (and these are iceberg and ranch kind of guys)!

    I LOVE your blog! Come visit mine sometime -- canning like crazy right now.

    Just ordered two copies of your cookbook, too. Can't wait!

    Blessings to you all, Catherine Pond

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  7. I love the idea of this "girl friend salad"...what fun.

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  8. This looks like a fab end of sumemr salad. xx

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  9. These look so lovely and simple :)

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  10. This was great! I served this at a luncheon today and will definately use this recipe again. What a hit!

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  11. I was lucky enough to be at my sister's who made this salad for supper...yummmmmmm!

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