Summer Peach Salad

peach and blue cheese salad

A good meal is a sum of all its parts, no matter how simple it may be. A summer peach salad with only a few ingredients can be outstanding, if each ingredient can not only stand on its own but creates a beautiful harmony when they are all tossed together.

The sweetness of fresh ripe peaches plus the flavors of creamy, sharp and tangy blue cheese, sweet red onions and baby greens drizzled with a honey lemon dressing complement each other in a way that has you eating bite after bite until the whole salad quickly disappears. You may be wondering why something so simple as a summer peach salad has me singing its praises. My husband doesn’t care much, one way or the other, about salads and he hasn’t stopped raving about this one yet.

sweet summer peaches
Summer Peaches, Perfectly Ripe And Ready To Enjoy

If you buy peaches that aren’t quite ripe, wait a day or two before preparing this salad. For this recipe, use your very best extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. I would suggest Danish Blue or Gorgonzola cheese, as they are the mildest of the blue cheeses and their flavors complement the peaches when crumbled atop the salad.

 

peach and blue cheese salad
Pleach And Blue Cheese Salad With A Honey Lemon Dressing

Summer Peach Salad With Blue Cheese And A Honey Lemon Dressing

Serves 2, adjust the recipe according

  • 1 or 2 fresh peaches (depending on size), pitted and sliced into wedges

  • 1/4 of a red onion, cut into slivers and soaked in ice water for 30 minutes

  • 2 – 3 c. torn mixed greens such as baby spinach, arugula, bibb or romaine

  • 1/4 c. crumbled blue cheese

  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

  • 1 Tbsp. honey

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder

  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Tips:

  • Avoid peaches that have a green tinge to their skin.

  • When shopping for peaches, they should have a slight sweet smell.

  • A ripe peach will have a slight give at its stem end.

  • Be gentle with peaches, they bruise easily.

  • Peaches get softer and sweeter as they ripen.

  • Once peaches are ripe, you can slow further ripening by storing in the refrigerator.

  • A little drizzle of honey added to a lemon based dressing is all the extra sweetness needed for sweet summer peaches.

  • Soaking onions in ice water makes them milder but is an optional step.

  • I like to use a mix of baby greens, good ones are arugula, spinach and romaine.

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When is a salad not just a salad…when it is a summer peach salad topped with crumbled blue cheese dressed with a sweet homemade honey lemon dressing. My husband is not a big salad eater, he can take them or leave them. I know that when he eats his entire side salad before even taking one bite of the main course, it is really good. Search out some sweet summer peaches, make this salad and see for yourself.

 

 

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83 thoughts on “Summer Peach Salad

    1. I’m glad you like the combination of peaches and blue cheese Lea Ann, I believe it creates a wonderful taste sensation. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  1. This sounds absolutely delicious and since I bought peaches yesterday I’ll definitely be making it. Thanks Karen.

    1. Thank you Darlene, I do hope you have a chance to try the peach salad. I really believe you would enjoy it. I’ve had queso de Cabrales while in Spain and it is a great blue cheese and would be perfect in this dish.

    1. Hi Pam, While I like feta with watermelon, the bleu cheese is my choice with the sweet peaches. I do hope you will try the combination.

  2. Peaches are terrific in salads. We love combining them with blue cheese, too, or sometimes feta. Such a nice pairing! This dish screams summers to me. Good stuff — thanks.

    1. Glad you like the peach salad John, thank you. It seems our tastes in salads are similar, I’ve got a Moroccan one coming up in a future post. 😁

  3. We love this Karen! Couldn’t ask for a better salad this summer! Thanks for the recipe! And love the honey lemon vinaigrette!

    1. Thank you Anna and Liz, I’m glad you like the peach salad and honey lemon vinaigrette recipes. Everyone should take advantage of this wonderful peach season if they can.

    1. I’m glad you like the peach salad with the blue cheese Ronit. I think it made a delicious summer salad and appreciate your compliment.

    1. Thank you Pam, I hope you will enjoy the peach salad recipe if you get a chance to try it. Peaches are my favorite summer fruit as well…I have been enjoying one with yogurt every morning for breakfast while they last.

  4. Just when I think I cannot find a new recipe, one does appear on the horizon πŸ™‚ !! Have not used blue cheese with peaches and surely am looking forwards to being able to try . . . well, in about six months time !! . . . be careful, be well . . .

    1. Hi Eha, I think the flavor combination of peaches and blue cheese is worth waiting for. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish, they are much appreciated.

  5. Lovely, simple, and so fresh! I just got samples of a new vegan feta, and I think it would be the perfect substitute for the blue cheese here. Nice and briny, a good salty contrast to the sweet, tender peaches… Mm, I can practically taste it now!

    1. Hi Tandy, I’m glad you like my changing headers, thank you for letting me know. I know we all have are likes and dislikes but peaches are so good, I would think everyone would enjoy them.

  6. This sounds like an amazing salad! I can totally understand why your husband eats it all before hitting the main course. We happen to have a ton (like 25+ pounds) of peaches on the counter right now, and we’re looking for fun ways to use them. I think I just found a new way! The blue cheese + peaches sounds like it’s right up my alley!

    1. Wow David, that is a lot of peaches. Would you believe my husband wrote on Facebook that the peach salad was the best dish he’s had with the name salad. πŸ’• I’m glad you like the recipe.

    1. Thank you for your compliment and wish Bobbi. I hope you enjoy the peach salad if you get a chance to make it, we thought the combination was excellent.

    1. Thank you Atreyee, I’m glad to know that the tips were helpful. I think the honey lemon dressing sounds perfect for topping grilled stone fruit. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely compliments Abbe. I’m glad you like the new look for the blog…thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy the peach salad if you get a chance to make it over the summer.

  7. oh yum karen. this looks so good. i would love some right now even tho it’s 9.30pm and i’ve had dinner and i’m about to have icecream and choc sauce! but still….

    1. Thank you Judy, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe for the peach salad. There is a wonderful farm just north of you (sorry I can’t remember the name) that I thought grew the best peaches in New Hampshire.

  8. Karen, Last week I made both Peach Rosemary jam and Apricot Rose jam. I love capturing “summer in a jar” for my many customers at market.
    The Ripe Mango chutney of three weeks ago flew out the door. Next up is Ripe Tomato Chutney made with local heirloom tomatoes.
    Cool indoor projects while Mother Nature attempts to steam us all who venture out.
    Your salad looks light and refreshing. Diane

    1. Hi Inger, I hope your local peaches are starting to be picked and that you get try the peach salad soon. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  9. Peaches and gorgonzola are one of my favorite flavor combinations, so putting it into a salad is a brilliant idea. Our local peaches are just now coming to the market, so this will be made soon. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m glad you agree with me Ron about the great flavor when combining peaches and blue cheese…espiecially gorgonzola. Hope you enjoy the salad if you get a chance to have it over the summer.

  10. We have been eating a ton of dinner salads lately, Karen. Peaches and blue cheese sounds so great together, I’m definitely going to be adding this one into the salad menu rotation! Yummmmm πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Marcelle, I know you and your family have been having salads for dinner lately. I love salads anytime of the year but especially during the summer. I think you would enjoy the peach salad and appreciate your nice compliment.

  11. I love fruit in salads and your recipe couldn’t be more timely now that peaches are in season. We have a shortage taking place in S.C. this year due to the extreme heat. And just before I read your recipe, I pureed my last few peaches to make bellinis. I’d love to find more peaches at the fruit stands (I never buy them in a grocery store because they’re picked too early) to make this summer-perfect salad!

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