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Peach Arugula Salad

peach arugula salad

The 8th graders at Shining Mountain Waldorf School held a huge peach sale this week and we participated by ordering two cases.  Today, the boys and I picked up 40 pounds of luscious local Colorado peaches after dismissal.  Hands and faces sticky with juice, the boys dug in before we made it to the car.

Now, we are in peach heaven, flush with fruit.  Accordingly, I have been rifling through recipes to find a variety of ways to put our massive haul to good use.

Although it may be an unexpected pairing,  I have always enjoyed the combination of peaches and arugula; following is my go to summer salad, which works well for this time of year too.

Peach Arugula Salad

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  • 2 large peaches, sliced
  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby arugula
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
  1. In a large salad bowl, toss peaches and arugula
  2. Drizzle with green goddess dressing
  3. Serve

Serves 4

I served this at my birthday dinner with my favorite green goddess dressing instead of the vinaigrette above and it was a huge hit. The next night Chris (Josh’s mom) requested that I bring this salad to her house when we made dinner over there for our families.  The combination of peaches and arugula is very refreshing and lapped up by adults and children alike.  You can also try this salad with my spicy walnut vinaigrette, which has smoked paprika in it for a pungent change of pace.

What is your favorite way to prepare peaches?  Please let us know!  I still have 37 lbs to go!


posted on September 12, 2008

  1. Kelsey

    My favorite thing to do with peaches is grill them! You toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, orange and lemon zest and then put them on the grill! It’s so delicious and really healthy. You should definitely try it.

  2. What a lovely idea.. I love fruits in my salad, especially local ones :)

    http://www.bishulog.co.il/blog/2008/07/16/mangobabysalad/

    Love this site..

  3. Lesley Prince

    If I have lots of peaches, I like to make peach smoothies by whizzing plain yoghurt, peeled, diced peaches, orange juice and shots of pure vanilla, almond flavouring and honey to taste, if desired. Enjoy!

  4. Linda

    Wow! sounds like everything is just peachy there! Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    Love your site and I am happy to be subscribed, keep up the good work!.
    Checked out Yaara’s site and the pictures are awesome, slight problem in that it is not English, wonder would she consider doing a few in English?. That Brown bread looked amazing!
    God bless your day
    Linda-Loo

  5. Penny

    Thanks Elana! That salad looks delicious!
    One of my favorite ways to eat peaches is to “stew” them a little bit in a saucepan with a little sweetener (if needed)until they form a little juicey/syrupey sauce and then serve it with ice cream. (or you could serve it with a scoop of your yoghurt).

    Penny

  6. Dee/reddirtramblings @ reddirtramblings.com

    That looks so good. My favorite way to each peaches is just fresh with a tiny bit of sugar. Some Tofutti non-dairy sour cream would be good too. Oh, and sprinkle it with a little cinnamon.~~Dee

  7. Sally

    My favorite way to eat peaches is very similar to your salad. Just replace the arugula with spinach, replace the nuts with feta, and make a dressing of olive oil, rice vinegar, dried mustard, basil, dill, and lots of black pepper. Yum.

  8. Kelsey – Delicious; grilled peaches here we come.

    Ya’ara – Thanks.

    Leslie – My boys will love your peach smoothie recipe; thanks.

    Linda Loo – Thanks for your comment.

    Penny – Peach sauce with ice cream? Yum!

    Dee – Peaches and cinnamon are one of my favorite combos.

    Sally – Your salad sounds divine.

  9. ya'ara @ bishulog.co.il

    Hi again,
    I just thought of something – make your own dried peaches! Simply slice the peaches very thin and place them on a roof top (or another really hot surface) during the day, covered with a clean cloth, the same way you make sun dried tomatoes.

    Another way is to bake them in the oven until dried.

    This way you will enjoy them in the fall..

    What do you think?

  10. athena

    I would never have thought of putting peaches in salad with vinegar and olive oil.. eep. Doesn’t that just ruin the sweet peach flavor pairing it with vinegar and olive?

    I love peaches just with their own flavor. My favorite way to have them is in a peach cobbler with a nut crumble crust. Mmmm! Or even a simple lightly stewed peach compote over pancakes! Gosh, now I’m craving peaches like crazy :).

  11. Ya’ara -I love that idea!!!! I am going to dry them out in my oven on the lowest setting. I will stay away from the roof as the squirrels in my neighborhood are very aggressive.

    Athena -I tend to put fruits in my green salads, even with the vinegar and olive oil, it is quite tasty. Your cobbler sounds delicious, as does the lightly stewed peach compote over pancakes!

  12. Ninufar

    I don’t know if you have any left, but if you end up with some extra peaches that are not fully ripe, my favorite trick is to add them to red lentil or yellow-pea curry.

    (Living in the northeastern corner of the country, we mostly get not-so-luscious peaches. Cooked, they’re more interesting than zucchini and they make the dish smell nice!)

  13. Ninafur,

    Thanks, that is an amazing suggestion and one I will definitely try.

    Elana

  14. CoconutGal

    OK- so I guess I am on an Elana’s Pantry kick this week. I served this salad with grilled salmon last night, YUM!! This was my first time eating arugula! I’ve seen a few salads you’ve posted using it, so I decided to be brave and pick up a bunch at the farmer’s market. I was a little nervous while I was prepping it because I popped a piece in my mouth and whoa it was spicy!! But the addition of the sweet peaches and olive oil/vinegar was the perfect combo and the flavors mingled together very nicely. We loved the crunch of the walnuts.
    This is a new favorite! It’s going on our weekly rotation, gotta take advantage of peach season! (I will also try it with your Green Goddess Dressing, I’ve made that one several times so I know I like it!)
    I better make a Flickr account because I took a photo of this one too :-)
    Yum yum yum

    <3

  15. Farmgirl Susan @ farmgirlfare.com

    Yum! I love arugula and I love peaches, but I never would have thought to combine the two. Thanks for the delicious inspiration! :)

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