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Salad With Peaches and Pecans

Spring Salad – Grilled Peach and Pecan

 Salad With Peaches and Pecans

 

My favorite fruit,after lemon, is the peach. I love it when stone fruit is in season. I have been waiting for the season commencement since the weather started to improve.
With the warm weather comes more entertaining so I have been pondering the creation of a new fresh weather salad to make for BBQ’s and visiting friends this year.

The salad I have created has the sweet caramel flavor of grilled peach with a zing and some crunch – enter pecans, mint from my garden and some lime.

I’m a Pecan Fan, I enjoy cooking with them for the myriad of health benefits and because they are equally suited to sweet or savory dishes. They are the one nut  that I have on hand in my pantry (or fridge) at all times for these reasons – as well as obviously enjoying the taste.

The recipe below is what I came up with for my new fresh salad. If  you invite me to your place for a BBQ in the coming months, this is what I am bringing along.  It is simple to make and has a nice combination of flavor and textural contrasts.

  • Serves: 4 as a side dish or 2 adults as a main
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 peaches halved and stone removed
  • 2 tablespoons of palm sugar – grated or finely chopped
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 80 grams rocket leaves
  • 3/4 cup of pecan nuts
  • large handful of fresh mint leaves – torn

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced – about 1 tablespoon
  • freshly ground pepper
  • juice from the baking pan that you cook the peaches in

Steps:

  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Put the palm sugar onto a board or a plate and press the cut face of each peach half into the sugar to coat
  3. Grill the peaches in a griddle pan until the juice starts to seep into the pan and the peaches have a nice griddle pattern on their face
  4. Put the peaches face up into the oven in a baking pan and cook for 10-15 minutes until the peaches are soft when gently squeezed but not mushy
  5. Remove the peaches from the oven to cool
  6. Using a vegetable peeler, peel strips of zucchini and place them on a serving plate with the rocket
  7. Scatter the pecans onto the plate and add the cooled peaches
  8. Mix the ingredients for the dressing together in a bowl and drizzle over the top
  9. Serve topped with the torn fresh mint leaves and fresh cracked pepper

Palm sugar coated peach

Hints and Tips:

  • Store your pecans in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Don’t confine your pecans just to dessert dishes.  If you need some more ideas on cooking with them you can find a range of great recipes on the Pecan site.

Are you a Pecan Fan? Have you tried using them in a savory dish? I would love to hear from you via the comments below.

*This is a sponsored post for I’m a Pecan Fan. I was financially compensated for this post.  I was also a Pecan Fan prior to writing this and use them often in my cooking. The opinions are my own.

This post is linked to Veggie Mama’s Meatless Monday.

Kyrstie

 

 

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  • Christine @ Cooking Crusade October 15, 2012, 10:04 am

    Yum, this looks like such a fresh and delicious salad. Perfect for upcoming summery BBQS! I don’t often use pecans in savoury cooking as they always get used in caramel slices hehe. But this looks like a good opportunity to use them in a salad!

    • Kyrstie October 15, 2012, 8:48 pm

      Ohh caramel slice and pecans sounds amazing! Two of my fav things 🙂 Give them a go in a salad you will love it.

  • Mademoiselle Slimalicious October 15, 2012, 7:53 pm

    It was lovely meeting you this weekend. I love pecan nuts too! 🙂

    • Kyrstie October 15, 2012, 8:44 pm

      Hi there, yes was so nice to meet you too and I know you are a Pecan Fan, I will continue to check out your lovely recipes for extra inspiration.

  • Rachael @ Determined Darling October 16, 2012, 12:58 pm

    That looks delicious! I haven’t used peaches in a savory dish yet but I really need!

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