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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Feast

Hello all you lovely Lemons, Avocados, and the Bay readers!

My name is Jane and I'm absolutely thrilled to be guest posting for Tammy today, even if I am extremely slightly jealous that she's currently gallivanting around Italy and France. Le sigh. Tammy is such a sweetheart and I've really enjoyed connecting with her as she is a fellow West Coast blogger. A little background on me--I recently moved from Lake Tahoe up to Portland with my husband and our goofy dog and while it's not quite as sunny as San Diego, I absolutely love it so far! I blog over at In the Pink & Green where I share recipes, travel photos, and lots of other things that keep me smiling.

Today, I'm excited to share one of my favorite summer recipes with you! This time of year, I like to make meals that are easy, flavorful, and don't require turning on the oven if I can avoid it. I find myself craving dishes that are refreshing and try to use as much seasonal produce as possible.

If you're like me, then you are going to love this salad! 

The combination of flavors is incredible--the sweetness from the grilled peaches combined with the savory chicken, the tangy goat cheese, and the crunchy hazelnuts is just perfect. And that honey balsamic dressing? Amazing. I knew when I saw this recipe over at one of my absolute favorite blogs, Eat Live Run, I had to give it a try (what can I say, I'm a sucker for anything with goat cheese!) and it totally exceeded my expectations. You're going to want to make this. 

Trust me.

Grilled Peach, Chicken & Goat Cheese Salad with Honey White Balsamic Dressing
Recipe Source: Eat Live Run 
serves 2
about 8 cups mixed salad greens, washed and ready to use
2 yellow peaches, slightly firm to the touch
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1 cup chopped cooked rotisserie chicken breast
2 oz fresh goat cheese

for dressing—
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
(My grocery store didn't have white balsamic, so I used golden balsamic instead and it worked great! I had never tried it before making this recipe but it's absolutely delicious and not nearly as intense as normal balsamic)
1 tsp honey
tiny pinch of sea salt

Make the dressing first (clearly I didn't follow this direction...also instead of using rotisserie chicken, we just put some legs on the grill, cut up a few for the salads, and saved the rest for leftovers to have another night...like I said, summer dinners are all about simplicity for me!). In a small bowl, whisk together the white balsamic vinegar and the olive oil. Then, stir in the honey and and mix well. Add a pinch of salt. Set aside.

 Preheat your grill to medium/high heat.
Slice peaches in half and discard pit. Place peaches, cut side down, on the preheated grill. Close lid and grill for about five minutes, checking occasionally. 

 You want the peaches to soften and get those nice char lines across the bottom. Remove peaches when done and turn off the grill. Slice peaches thin.

 To assemble salads, divide greens into two bowls. Top green with chopped rotisserie chicken, goat cheese crumbles, toasted hazelnuts and peaches. Drizzle dressing over the top and toss well.

 Dinner is served!

This salad is honestly the perfect summer meal that's great for enjoying out on the deck with a glass of wine, I hope you enjoy! Thanks again Tammy for having me and feel free to stop by my blog and say hello! Xoxo

Thanks Jane, so happy I was able to connect with you through blogging too!


Lindsey B said...

This looks incredible, Jane!! I wish I had a grill so that I could grill up some peaches, but maybe I will try it out without the grill!

Miss Angie said...

That looks so delicious! Seriously!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Thanks again for having me Tammy, I am loving all your Instas from Europe :)

B Dav said...
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B Dav said...

Omg! That looks delicious!
Britt @ One&20

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

Oh my! That looks delicious. I need to incorporate this into our rotation of salads. Mmmm.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Yum X a million!

Carolyn said...

love grilled peaches in salads! so perfect for summer



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