This gorgeous arugula salad with juicy grilled peaches just screams summer. One of my (as well as the BF’s) favorite summer pastimes is grilling in the backyard. Grilling and summer just seem to go hand and hand, don’t they? While grilling can be a much healthier alternative to frying your foods, there can be a few downsides. Recent studies have shown that grilling meats (whether red or white meat) at high temps can create cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (try saying that 5 times fast!). Sounds scary right? Luckily, grilling fruit at high temps don’t create the same harmful compounds (check out this post for some safe and healthy grilling tips).
Grilling the peaches helps to caramelize it’s natural sugars so it helps bring out the natural sweetness of the fruit. I find the sweetness of the peaches perfectly balances the slight bitterness of the baby arugula. This refreshing salad is so simple to make and makes a great entree or healthy side dish. It’s sure to be the star of your next barbecue!
For the dressing:
3 tablespoons EVOO
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
For the Salad:
8 cups baby arugula
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 oz crumbled blue cheese
Preheat grill to high
Halve and pit 2 peaches and cut each one into 6 wedges
Brush peach wedges liberally with oil and grill for 30 seconds on each side
Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and pepper to taste
Add arugula and red onion to the dressing and toss lightly to coat
Arrange grilled peaches on top of salad and sprinkle blue cheese on top.