Summer is the perfect time to enjoy delicious and nutritious salads. This Grilled Peach Salad with Lemon Blackberry Dressing is one of our new favorite easy summer salads. I recently saw a lifestyle influencer share this recipe on Instagram and knew immediately that I would try it, and Friend, it did NOT disappoint!
The grilled peaches add a wonderful sweetness and flavor to the salad, while the lemon blackberry vinaigrette provides a delicious tartness that perfectly complements the peaches. Oh, and did I mention goat cheese?
Balsamic and goat cheese are two of my favorite “fancy foods,” but you could easily substitute feta if goat cheese isn’t your thing. I can’t understand you but to each her own. 😉
An Easy Summer Salad Recipe That’s Also GORGEOUS!
This salad isn’t just gorgeous; it’s also packed with nutrients, including protein if you add grilled chicken, making it a great choice for a healthy meal. These pasta bowls make great dinner salad bowls.
I cheated a little and used pregrilled frozen chicken breast strips, but I highly recommend grilling your own! It would have tasted much better with seasoning and a slight char on the chicken.
Impress your friends and serve this for a luncheon because the presentation is spectacular. Admittedly, your husband will be impressed too. So grab those succulent summer fruits and be the hostess with the most-est!
Do you have a favorite summer salad recipe? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! And let me know if you make this Grilled Peach Salad with Lemon Blackberry Dressing. I have a feeling you’re going to love it too!
Speaking of gorgeous and entertaining, these DIY Graze Boxes are also a jaw-dropping choice for feeding and impressing friends.
Grilled Peach Salad with Lemon Blackberry Dressing
Grilled Peach Salad with Lemon Blackberry Dressing
- 1 Package Arugula Spinach Mix
- 6-8 Small Peaches
- 4 Chicken breasts, cooked as desired
- 1 cup Blackberries
- 1 log Goat Cheese or pre crumbled goat cheese Substitute feta cheese if desired
- 1 cup shelled Pistachios; Pecans work as well
- 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
Fro the Dressing
- 1 small lemon; zested and juiced
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
- Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Slice peaches in half and remove pits.
- Brush halved peaches all over with avocado oil, and place sliced side down on preheated grill. Let cook 3-4 minutes, moving as needed to achieve more grill marks. Flip over and cook 3-4 more minutes. Meanwhile make salad dressing.
- Take peaches off the grill and assemble the salad. Place greens in bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Slice peaches and add to top of greens. Lay sliced chicken on top.
- Add the goat cheese, then sprinkle on blackberries and chopped pistachios. Drizzle with a little salad dressing and serve with additional dressing.
While peaches are grilling, MAKE THE DRESSING
- Pour lemon juice and zest in small bowl.
- Add honey and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add 1/2 cup blackberries and smash with a fork. Add balsamic vinegar.
- Whisk mixture while slowly drizzling in the olive oil until emulsified.
I had a cortisone shot in one knee. It helped, but I developed headaches. The headaches lasted as long as the shot did. I’ve had total knee replacement in both knees, and am so glad I did.
That’s good to know Diane, thank you.
Mmn, sounds good to me! I’ve been daydreaming about strawberry salad all day today too. 🙂
Hope your knee feels better, take care Paula.
Okay, now I want strawberry salad too… with blue cheese and poppy seed dressing. 😂
I had cortisone shots and thought that the shot did provide relief. Not a cure, but the relief is amazing.
Love grilled peaches!
I was feeling a little better but then twisted that knee when I stepped out to feed the cat last night. Hopefully relief will come sooner rather than late though.
Have an AMAZING DAY!
Hi Paula. I had a cortisone shot in my knee last August that minimized the pain for about 2 weeks. I had arthritis in my left knee with basically no cartilage. The bone on bone resulted in a fracture in my tibia. In November I had a total knee replacement. It was a brutal surgery but so glad I finally did it. Good luck with your shot.
Thanks so much Peggy! I’m glad you’re doing better; that sounds very painful. My issues have to do with two meniscus tears and something else involving a “pothole” in my cartilage causing the bone to bruise and swell. 🤷🏼♀️ I had the shot Tuesday and felt good but by yesterday, it started to hurt again. Then last night I stepped out to feed the cat and she got underfoot and I twisted things around in there pretty good. 😫
Anyway, hopefully things will calm down in there with rest.
Hugs to YOU!
Hi Paula. After weeks of physical therapy last year with no real improvement in my knee pain, I saw an orthopedic doc who suspected I had a torn meniscus. He was surprised when an MRI showed that all the cartilage in my knee was gone, and I had severe arthritis. I got the cortisone shot more than a year ago, and it was incredibly helpful. The doc said a total knee replacement was in my future, but I’ve had no more knee pain! Another factor is continuing daily PT exercises to keep all my leg muscles strong and flexible. I’m convinced that has saved me from surgery on both knees. (The knee replacement is probably inevitable at some point, but I’m happy to push it off as long as possible.) I hope the shot gives you good results – for me it was definitely the right choice.
I hope you delay the inevitable for as long as possible Cathy. I have two meniscus tears; one is small and one is “complex”. But then the MRI showed some issue with a “pot hole” in some cartilage and bruising and swelling in one of my bones. I didn’t even know bones could swell. Anyway, I initially felt better after the injection but then yesterday things began to feel tight again and last night I stepped out to feed the cat and she got underfoot and it’s worse than ever. 😩 Hopefully the cortisone is still kicking in and with some rest, I’ll not have to have surgery.
Yikes! That sounds like a pretty complicated knee situation. And those darn cats don’t help. We love them, but I don’t know how many times I’ve tripped over either the cat or the dog being underfoot (especially since they seem to love to lie on the floor by my side of the bed, so they are right there when I get up in the dark!). I will say some prayers for good knee healing for you.
Thank so much Cathy. Prayer works!
Good morning, Paula! I’m late to the blog-reading party after a busy weekend. But as the weekend came with a surprise delivery of fresh picked peaches, I’m SO happy to read this recipe this morning!! I will definitely be grilling some of these to use in a salad!
I’m so sorry about your knee!! My own story is as painful as yours- torn meniscus 23 years ago on one knee, arthroscopic surgery to shave the tear and remove some damaging arthritis. PT and for over 15 years, such awesome relief! Since then though, no more cartilage in that knee, very little in the other. I have had the shots twice and they did nothing for the worst knee, helped a bit on the other. Now I’m facing knee replacements in both knees, but I trust my orthopedic surgeon implicitly and while I’m not looking forward to the surgery and subsequent PT, I am definitely looking forward to relief! Probably be doing the worst knee first, then a couple of weeks later, the other. I will be so happy when I can do stairs without wincing in pain!! I hope twisting your knee the other night hasn’t damaged the effects of your shot! Hang in there!! I’ll let you know how my replacements go when the time comes later this Fall!
Hugs and prayers,
Oh Donna, I’m so glad you’re going to have surgery! I’ve heard from many people that they are so happy they did it.
Enjoy your yummy peaches! My favorite way to have them is sliced over ice cream. But I also love this peach baked oatmeal. It’s like eating candy for breakfast.