Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grilled Peach Salad with Finocchiona


Most of the time I avoid sweet flavors in my savory dishes (although I love savory flavors in my sweets, go figure!) but I do love fresh fruit with savory - especially salty - food; cantaloupe with prosciutto is one of my favorite ways to start a meal. So when I saw Jamie Oliver's recipe for Grilled Peach Salad I had a feeling that I would love it with some of our fabulous local peaches.

n.o.e.'s notes:

- I didn't have bresaola (very thinly sliced, cured, dried beef) but I did have some wonderful finocchiona (a dry Italian salami with fennel), cured at a nearby restaurant/specialty store, that I used. Prosciutto would also be great with this salad.

- In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit that I threw my peaches on a stovetop grill pan, along with the requisite herb sprigs. I also chopped some of the herbs and tossed with the peaches and olive oil before grilling.

the verdict:

This is my new favorite summer salad. I love how the flavor-filled herbed grilled peaches combine with the savory ingredients, and the dressing does a lovely job of pulling it all together. I actually licked the plate when this salad was finished! The first time I made this salad, I was eating dinner by myself, but I have since made it for my husband and daughter, and they both love it as much as I do.

10 comments:

Tracey said...

I've fallen behind with my commenting so I'm sorry I haven't visited your site to comment on all of the great things you've been posting. I'm going to take a look around now and get caught up :) I've never grilled peaches, but I hear they're delicious like that so I'll have to give it a go!

mike said...

Grilled peaches - I've never tried those. They look fantastic amongst the herbs. I am going to have to go get my grill out from the basement! Yikes - it's almost Sept.! I'll use my grill plate on the gas stove - that will suffice. I'm going to have to try this - my fall greens are starting to come up! Looks delicous Nancy (as always)!!!

natalia said...

This is great ! I love Jamie Oliver's ideas ! I'm surprised you can find finocchiona !!!

Kayte said...

Agree totally with the sweet/savory savory/sweet comment. This looks lovely, there is just something about roasting that brings out a whole new depth of flavor in peaches. It looks so lovely and elegant, too.

Natashya said...

Just lovely! Remind me to grill some peaches.. I love this salad!

pinkstripes said...

It is a perfect summer salad! I haven't tried grilled peaches yet, but will soon.

Mary Ann said...

This salad looks so pretty and fresh. What a great way to use those delish GA peaches!

Cathy said...

I like sweets with savory flavors and savory flavoes with sweets, so I know I'll love this. Earlier in the summer I came across some recipes involving grilled peaches that caught my interest, but I never followed through. I'll definitely have to try this one - it looks fantastic

Jenny said...

I love grilled peaches on salad. They are so yummmmy.

Sweet and Savory said...

The peach market should do well after your posting this recipe. It is different (for me) but pulls me right to it.