One Ingredient Transforms Classic Greek Salad

Try Adding Sweet Peaches to a Savory Greek Salad

Classic Greek Salad with Peaches

In an ephemeral memory, I remember her disappointment when being served a Greek salad long ago at some swanky Chicago restaurant. It had all the requisite ingredients, but was composed with lettuce. Lettuce, she told us, was not supposed to be in a Greek salad.

With absolutely no Greek ancestry whatsoever, my wonderful mother was an ardent fan of Greek food. When she would return to Chicago to visit family and friends, dinner out with my Aunt Alice for Athenian chicken was on the top of her list.

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Grilled Peach Salad, Maple Bourbon Dressing

Grilled Peach Salad, Arugula, Farro, Blueberries, Red Onion, Bleu Cheese, Pistachio, Maple Bourbon Rosemary Dressing

Grilled Peach Salad

Bourbon Grilled Peaches, Arugula, Farro
Blueberries, Red Onion, Bleu Cheese, Pistachio Nuts

Maple Bourbon Rosemary Dressing

The kinship between peaches and bourbon is the foundation for this wildly flavorful summer salad. The natural flavor attractions and diverse tastes and mouthfeel of pickled red onion, bleu cheese, and pistachio nuts pull it all together like a molecular bond. Blueberries add a fresh sunny pop while farro adds a chewy texture and nutty earthy notes. It is all harmonized by the dressing, an over-the top sweet & savory maple-bourbon-rosemary blend that will have the adults swooning.

Grilled Peach Salad Recipe

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Grilled Peaches, Blueberries, Balsamic Molasses Syrup, Black Pepper

grilled peaches & oregon blueberries
balsamic molasses syrup/ black pepper/ vanilla ice cream

Luscious peaches, smoky and warm, right off the grill are paired with plump Oregon blueberries and a small scoop of premium vanilla ice cream. The sweet and tangy balsamic molasses syrup together with the unexpected black pepper spice results in captivating summertime dessert.

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A Peachy Dessert

Fresh Local Peaches
Puff Pastry Filled with Peach Jam and Brie
A Drizzle of Honey
Whipped Crème Fraîche

We made this dessert when I was in Chicago visiting my family. We were shopping at Whole Foods Market and asked the produce manager what his favorite fruit was that day. He said, “Local Illinois Peaches.” So that is what we bought and how this dessert came to be.
Initially we were going to grill or sauté the peaches in butter with sugar, but they tasted so delightful as is, we decided to leave them as nature intended. What shall we serve to complement these beauties? Last month I made a Baked Brie in Fillo with Preserves, that became the inspiration here. Tangy whipped crème fraîche would provide the perfect balance to the sweet fruit.
The photo above is of my neighbor’s peach tree here in Los Angeles. They told me to help myself. YAY! More peachy desserts are on the way! And a big thank you to my generous neighbors!

Cut puff pastry sheets into squares. Fill each square with a generous spoonful of peach jam and a piece of brie. Fold the corners together. Brush the pastry with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until puffed and golden brown.

Slice the peaches and arrange on the plates. Place warm puff pastry in the center, drizzle with honey then top with whipped crème fraîche.
A Splendid and Easy Peachy Dessert!