Grilled Peach Salad with Mixed Greens, Blue Cheese, and Honey Mustard Dressing

Grilled Peach Salad with Mixed Greens, Blue Cheese, and Honey Mustard Dressing
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About This Recipe

Greetings culinary enthusiasts, vino aficionados, and California gastronomy lovers! I'm Lily, your Napa Valley guide, here to introduce a summer sensation: the Grilled Peach Salad paired with Mixed Greens, Blue Cheese, and an irresistible Honey Mustard Dressing. This dish encapsulates Napa Valley's celebrated farm-to-fork principle, making it an ideal choice for those sultry summer nights.

The catalyst behind this honey mustard salad dressing recipe was a serendipitous sojourn through the scenic vineyards of Napa Valley. An orchard, flush with luscious peaches, beckoned. Their tantalizing aroma was the muse I needed. When combined with sharp blue cheese and crisp mixed greens, and drizzled with a homemade honey mustard recipe, the result was nothing short of a gastronomic homage to Napa Valley's rich agricultural heritage.

Considering a light main course? This mixed green salad fits the bill seamlessly. Alternatively, consider it a complementary side to grilled seafood, poultry, or a succulent steak. And if the sweet tooth beckons post-meal, a zesty lemon sorbet or timeless vanilla bean ice cream, crowned with a splash of local honey, is recommended.

For those keen on procuring top-tier ingredients, Napa Valley's bustling farmers' markets are the go-to destination. The St. Helena's Farmers' Market and the Yountville Farmers' Market are replete with aromatic peaches, artisanal blue cheese, and the freshest of mixed greens. Crafting the perfect honey mustard dressing recipe? Source your honey from the esteemed Marshall's Farm, a touch that ensures genuine Napa Valley sweetness.

Wine connoisseurs, a vibrant Napa Valley Viognier or a lightly chilled Pinot Noir accentuates the myriad flavors of this salad. I recommend a visit to renowned wineries, including Darioush Winery and Matthiasson Wines, to curate the perfect bottle for the occasion.

To sum it up, the Grilled Peach Salad intertwined with Mixed Greens, Blue Cheese, and Honey Mustard Dressing is a culinary journey through Napa Valley's opulent offerings and unparalleled wines. By selecting local ingredients and pairing your meal with a quintessential Napa Valley wine, every bite and sip transport you to this bewitching wine country.

To all those ready to embark on this culinary adventure, Bon appétit and joyous cooking!

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Peaches

The Sun-Kissed Jewel of Summer - Peaches

Peaches are undeniably the summer's radiant gem. Grown predominantly in the warm climates, these fuzzy-skinned fruits are juicy, fragrant, and packed with health benefits. Their sweet and tangy flavor profile brings a burst of sunshine to every dish, especially when grilled, as their natural sugars caramelize, intensifying their flavor.

Why are peaches the ideal summer fruit?

  1. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Peaches are packed with Vitamins A and C, essential for skin health.
  2. Low in Calories: A great snack option for those watching their weight.
  3. Digestive Health: The dietary fibers in peaches support good digestive health.
  4. Antioxidants: These help in fighting off free radicals, which can lead to premature aging and diseases.

Mastering the Art of Grilling Peaches

Grilled peaches, with their smoky char and intensified sweetness, are a game-changer for salads, desserts, or even on their own. Here’s how to achieve grilling perfection:

  1. Choose the Right Peach: Opt for firm, yet ripe peaches. Too soft, and they might become mushy on the grill.
  2. Preheat the Grill: Ensure your grill or grill pan is at medium-high heat for those ideal grill marks.
  3. Brush with Oil: Lightly coat the peach halves with olive oil. This prevents sticking and enhances caramelization.
  4. Placement: Always start with the cut-side down for a beautiful char before flipping.
  5. Grilling Time: Typically, 3-4 minutes per side will do. Look for defined grill marks and a slightly softened texture.

Grilled Peach Salad FAQs

  1. Can I substitute another fruit for peaches? Absolutely! Grilled nectarines or apricots can be a delicious alternative.
  2. I'm allergic to nuts; can I omit the almonds? Yes, you can leave them out or replace them with toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for some crunch.
  3. How should I store leftover salad? Store the salad without the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Dress just before serving.
  4. I don't have blue cheese; what can I use instead? Feta or goat cheese can be a delightful substitute, offering a tangy flavor profile.
  5. What tools do I need for this recipe? A grill or grill pan, a salad bowl, a whisk, and a knife are essential for this recipe.

Ensuring Your Grilled Peach Salad Shines

  1. Chill Your Serving Plates: A cool plate can help keep your salad crisp and refreshing, especially on a warm day.
  2. Taste as You Go: Always taste the honey mustard dressing before adding it to the salad. Adjust the seasoning to your preference.
  3. Pair with Wine: This salad sings when paired with a wine that complements its flavors, such as a Napa Valley Rosé or Viognier. The wine's fruity notes elevate the grilled peaches and tangy cheese, creating a harmonious dining experience.

Bon appétit and embrace the joys of summer with every bite!

Recipe Overview

Grilled Peach Salad with Mixed Greens, Blue Cheese, and Honey Mustard Dressing
Lily Anderson
4 servings
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Ingredients List


For the salad:

  • 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped

For the honey mustard dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Brush the peach halves with olive oil and place them cut-side down on the grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are tender and have well-defined grill marks. Remove the peaches from the grill and allow them to cool slightly before slicing into wedges.
  3. In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, grilled peach wedges, crumbled blue cheese, and toasted almonds.
  4. To make the honey mustard dressing, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard in a small bowl until well combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Just before serving, drizzle the desired amount of honey mustard dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  6. Serve this delightful Grilled Peach Salad with Mixed Greens, Blue Cheese, and Honey Mustard Dressing alongside a glass of chilled Napa Valley Rosé. The fruity, refreshing notes of the wine perfectly complement the sweet, smoky flavors of the grilled peaches and tangy blue cheese, making this a true celebration of our beautiful wine country's summertime bounty.

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