grilled peach, corn & feta salad


grilled peach, corn & feta salad

Welcome to the best salad in the history of the world.

{Something personal about me: I have just a smidge of an obsessive personality.}

When I say that this is the best salad ever, I really mean it. I will eat this salad for the next week, overloading on corn, peaches, tomatoes and feta until I’m orange with yellow and red splotches and have salad fever.

And then I’ll move on to my next obsession most favorite thing. But, for now, this salad is THE best!

Before I give you the recipe, would you like to meet the newest member of our household? Drumroll please…Dear readers, I give you…Beauty!



Beauty is a peacock. From Michael’s. And I never in a million years thought I’d be posting photos of Beauty when I picked her up from the clearance rack.

Here is her story, copied and pasted exactly as I posted it on my personal Facebook page:

Yesterday I picked up a small decorative peacock from Michael’s clearance rack. Katie loves peacocks so I thought she’d love it just to play with. She & Kylie played with it a lot yesterday and this morning I saw it on the coffee table. I clipped it to some flowers on our fireplace mantle and waited. Katie came in awhile later and here’s what transpired:

Katie: Where did my peacock go?
Me: I don’t know, sweetie.
Katie: But I left it right here, I’m sure of it!
Me: Look! It flew up and landed on those flowers!
Katie: {takes a minute to think about it, and then…} So she’s alive! She must fly around when no one’s around!
Me: Yep, that must be it!
Katie: So I don’t need to buy a real peacock when I get to be a grownup! I already have one!

And now, she wants to know what to feed it.
{uhhh…bugs and grains, I guess?}
Okay, mommy, can we get some for her?
{uhhhh…sure honey, no problem}
And we’d better make sure that everything is really put away every night so she doesn’t accidentally eat something! {okay, sure, I’ll make sure the pantry door is always closed, sweetie}
And can we call Daddy? I have to tell him that my bird is really alive.
{uhhh. sure, go ahead and call him}
I’m going to bring it to school and show everyone that I have a real peacock!
{well, we’d better leave her at home where she feels safe, sweetie}
{right, sorry, I’ll work on that}.

And this, my friends, is what I get for lying to my 6-yr-old!

peacock in tree

I love that my daughter still lives in a magical land of fairies and peacocks. It will be a sad day when she realizes that magic and pixie dust aren’t real and that life isn’t always so magical. But for now, it’s a delight to be a part of her world.

And really, this salad is pretty magical and it’s waaay better than any boring ol’ pixie dust.

Talk about a great way to get more fruits & veggies into your diet! You absolutely have to use the best summer produce you can find – don’t be tempted to try this in any other season. There’s no dressing here, just a drizzle of a good olive oil, salt & pepper, so the flavor of the produce really shines. The combination of sweet corn & peaches with the salty feta is everything it needs!

peach, corn and feta salad

peach, corn & feta salad

Visit the following posts to see more stacked salads and get tips on presentation:

Tarragon Lemon Salad with Fresh Crab & Avocado   &   Stacked Salads, Plating Techniques



  1. says

    This is so beautiful and captures so many wonderful aspects of summer food! :)

    I love the story about your daughter…it’s great to see the world through their eyes every once in a while. She sounds so sweet and thoughtful!

  2. says

    That story cracked me up on FB. Remember when your kids were 2 or 3, and you could just agree or say “I don’t know” and move on? Then they get older and they challenge you! That’s where I am with Trevor and I’m realizing I actually have to pay attention. Note to self: no moe lies. Ugh. How will I get through the day? Lol. (and the salad? yes, please.)

    • says

      I do remember those days! Last night I found a movie that the girls used to watch when they were 2 & 4 about a troll who loves flowers. I got all teary-eyed remembering how one (or both) would creep in my room in the wee morning hours and I’d still be bleary-eyed (I don’t get along well with 4am). I’d turn that movie on and doze for another hour. Funny how that movie that drove me crazy back then brings me to tears remembering it now. Good tears though!

  3. says

    You have to love our children’s imaginations! Always a treat. Funny that imagination will have you leaving birdseed around your house now. :)

    And your salad looks scrumptious. Yum – grilled peaches!

  4. says

    That conversation of you and your daughter is priceless. :) What a stack of goodness you got on that salad and your presentation is amazing, Kristy! It’s first class in my opinion.

  5. says

    I think what you’re doing is adorable! (And I had to look twice at that first photo of Beauty…for a few seconds, I thought she was real.)

    Your latest obsession is fabulous, and healthy! Great work. :)


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