Healthy Recipe: Summer Salad with Grilled Peaches, Fresh Cheese & Pistachios

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Summer Salad with Grilled Peaches, Fresh Cheese & Pistachios

Recipe by Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN | Photo by Erin Kunkel

Salad is sometimes an afterthought. Not here! Get excited for summer with this show-stopping plate, filled with peppery greens, fresh creamy cheese, and seasonal stone fruit. Grilled peaches are extra enticing, adding a smoky element that balances the fruit’s natural sweetness. Try them on at your next cookout, and throw on some grilled chicken, to make it a full meal.

Ingredients

4 peaches or nectarines, halved and pitted
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white (golden) balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 cups (½ lb/250 g) baby arugula or mizuna
4 oz (125 g) fresh mozzarella or burrata cheese, drained and patted dry
3 tablespoons roasted, salted pistachios

Instructions

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush the cut surface of the peaches with 1½ teaspoons of the olive oil. Place the peaches, cut side down, over the hottest part of the grill, and cook until rich grill marks form, about 5 minutes, rotating the peaches a quarter turn partway through cooking. Flip the peaches and continue to cook until heated through, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the peaches to a plate and set aside. When cool enough to handle, cut each half into four slices.

In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the vinegar, the honey mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Drizzle in the remaining 1½ tablespoons olive oil while whisking, until thick and creamy. Add the arugula and toss to lightly coat the leaves.

Arrange the dressed arugula on a serving platter or individual plates. Top with the fresh mozzarella and grilled peaches. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the pistachios and serve.

Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1 salad

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories 269
Protein 10 g
Carbs 20 g
Fiber 3 g
Fat 16 g
Saturated fat 5 g
Sugar 16 g
Sodium 400 mg

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