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Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

This Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette couldn’t be easier to throw together and it’s filled with flavor.
This Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette couldn't be easier to throw together and it's filled with flavor. The sweet peaches, fresh summer corn and salty feta are a to-die-for flavor combination!

Grilled peaches are one of summer’s most delightful pleasures. Although we have access to peaches year-round, I refuse to buy them at any other time of the year. It just seems wrong somehow; a peach in the middle of a snowy winter??

This grilled peach salad is often the very first dish I make once I get my hands on these beauties. I’ve made this one for you before, but this time I added a basil vinaigrette to up the flavor ante even more.

The presentation for this grilled peach salad is a bit different this time around, too. I love making a big presentation with salads – they’re so easy to arrange in fun, different ways – and this time I kept things really simple. No stacking or layering, just a plain white oval plate with the ingredients laid out so you can see their gorgeous grill marks – makes me drool just looking at these photos! I keep all of the ingredients on hand throughout the summer so I can make this grilled peach salad as often as I like.

This Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette couldn't be easier to throw together and it's filled with flavor. The sweet peaches, fresh summer corn and salty feta are a to-die-for flavor combination!

The basil vinaigrette also gets made often around here in the summertime as I always have more basil than I can use. I usually double the batch and pour it over either this grilled peach salad or even just over some quick grilled vegetables for lunch or a healthy snack.

Sometimes I’ll just break out my grill pan if I’m making it just for me; just because it’s summer doesn’t mean the grill pan has to wait! Of course, the smoky flavor you get from the grill can’t be duplicated, but my grill pan does the job in a pinch.

This Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette couldn't be easier to throw together and it's filled with flavor. The sweet peaches, fresh summer corn and salty feta are a to-die-for flavor combination!

The basil vinaigrette does need a bit of sweetness to balance the acidity; I use just 1/2 teaspoon of zero-calorie Truvia® Natural Sweetener which adds just the right amount of sweetness for my tastes. I love that just a little goes a long way and that tiny bit makes a world of difference in the flavor of the vinaigrette.

Be sure to use fresh lemon juice, too; it just won’t be the same without fresh ingredients. You’ll want to keep it on hand to toss with just about anything you throw on the barbecue!

This Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette couldn't be easier to throw together and it's filled with flavor. The sweet peaches, fresh summer corn and salty feta are a to-die-for flavor combination!

This Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette couldn't be easier to throw together and it's filled with flavor. The sweet peaches, fresh summer corn and salty feta are a to-die-for flavor combination!

Grilled Peach Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Yield: 0

This recipe serves about 1-2 people. I'll make the entire recipe for myself for lunch or a light dinner.

Ingredients

For Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Truvia, or 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1 heirloom tomato, thickly sliced
  • 1 summer peach, thickly sliced
  • 1 thin slice of a red onion
  • 1 ear of summer corn
  • 1/4 c high-quality feta cheese, crumbled
  • drizzle of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt, use very lightly; the feta is already salty & freshly ground black pepper, coarse grind {both to taste}

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients for vinaigrette into a high-powered blender. Blend until very smooth and set aside.
  2. Grill corn, peaches and onion slice over high heat until charred on both sides (peaches should be grilled but still fairly firm). Remove kernels from cob; discard cob. Arrange salad ingredients on a plate and drizzle with vinaigrette. Serve immediately.
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Matt @ Plating Pixels

Thursday 6th of August 2015

This is gorgeous Kristy! Love the grill marks and presentation. Hope you're enjoying your new smoker (not jealous at all here ;)

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 10th of August 2015

Hey Matt, thanks!! If you lived closer I'd have you and your family over for ribs! And some salad, too :-)

Rachel

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Such a perfect sounding salad for this time of year!

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 4th of August 2015

Thank you!!

ray

Monday 3rd of August 2015

That salad is gorgeous and delicious.

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 3rd of August 2015

Thanks so much, Ray!

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