Peach, feta and pecan salad

I had a peach and nut salad recently that was like a big candy salad.  The peaches were sweet, the nuts were candied and the dressing was sweet.  It was a sugar overload.  I think when adding fruit to a salad you need to balance out the sweetness.  This peach, feta and pecan salad is the perfect example – the peaches are sweet but the salty feta and a simple, bright white wine vinaigrette balances things out – all you need to add are some mixed greens, crunchy nuts and a little red onion and you’re done.

Peach Feta and Pecan Salad

You want to make sure that you use really ripe peaches – the peaches are what makes this salad.

Peaches

I know people are starting to talk about the fall but it’s really hot here and it’s going to be hot for the next two weeks. So this salad is still in order for toasty, hot Los Angeles.

Peach Feta and Pecan Salad

This salad comes together quickly – in  about 10 minutes.  It doesn’t take very long to prep all your ingredients and I think the best way to toss this salad is with your hands.  It’s a delicate salad and needs a light touch so it doesn’t fall apart.   So if you don’t mind getting your hands covered in a little vinaigrette  – then give it a toss!

Peach Feta and Pecan SaladA couple of notes:

This is a delicate salad so you’ll want to divide the dressing in half.  Toss the first half of the dressing with the mixed greens.  Add the remaining ingredients to the dressed mixed greens and toss with the second half of the vinaigrette.  Toss gently so that the peaches and feta keep their shape.

Before mincing your onion, soak the slice of onion for a couple of minutes in a little water – this will remove some of the harsh, raw onion taste.

You can swap out nectarines for peaches.  I can’t help but wonder if plum would be good – let me know if you try them instead.

Peach, feta and pecan salad
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Serves: 2 to 4
A quick, fresh salad using peaches, feta and pecans.
Ingredients
  • A 5 oz bag mixed spring greens
  • 2 peaches - sliced
  • 2 oz of feta cheese - diced
  • ½ cup of pecans
  • 2 tbs minced red onion
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 tps honey - 1 small squeeze
  • 6 twists of black pepper from a pepper mill
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the mixed spring greens and set aside.
  2. Slice peaches, dice feta and mince the red onion.
  3. Whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, honey and black pepper.
  4. Toss half the dressing over the mixed greens. Add all the rest of the ingredients to the mixed greens and toss with remaining dressing.

 

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16 comments on “Peach, feta and pecan salad

  1. Crystal | Apples & Sparkle

    This is salad perfection! Such great balance of flavors. I had to smile today at the grocery store when I had super sweet cantaloupe and honeycrisp apples in my shopping cart. Such a great time of year – a little bit of summer/a little bit of fall! I need to make this salad though before the good peaches are gone. : )

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Crystal – I hadn’t thought of it that way but you’re right – a little bit of summer/a little bit of fall – that’s a great way to describe this time of year. Have a great day!

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  2. Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen

    I really can’t wait to try out this salad! I know what you mean about balancing sweet with salty, and I think you’ve done a great job with this combination of flavors. I also love your tip about soaking onions in water – I had never heard of that before!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks, Julia. Your date, cheese and almond salad inspired me to make this :). Definitely try the onion tip – it makes a real difference. Have a good one.

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  3. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    You had me at peaches and pecans! You’re taking me back to my Southern roots with this salad! I am a big fan of fruit and lettuce salads, so this one suits me just fine. Your photographs are beautiful, and they shout ‘summers not over yet!’ Thank you, Geraldine!

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Hi Traci – it’s so hot here fruit is sort of mandatory for lunch – something cool. A lot of people grill the peaches before adding them to a salad but I think this worked well without grilling – because it’s too darn hot to grill! Have a good one.

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  4. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron

    I love this salad! It has all of my favorite salad components: something sweet, something salty, and something crunchy. Looks perfect for a hot day, although I am a little jealous of your warm weather, it is officially fall here in Canada, aka: cold 🙁

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    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks, Denise. Don’t be too jealous – we’re having a horrible heat wave – 103 degrees today and continuing for the next week. Have a nice cool day in Canada!!

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