I was making a salad for dinner last night and as I got to the point where I was going to start layering it, I decided I didn’t want a regular tossed salad, I wanted something different. Anyone that knows me or reads my posts knows how much I love salads especially green salads that have fruit in them. But I’ve had quite enough of spinach salads with strawberries, thank you.
I really wanted something with peaches, walnuts and cheese. I would have preferred using goat cheese if I had any, but I couldn’t find any at the store the other day so I would have to settle for Feta. I put the grape tomatoes away since I didn’t think they would go well with peaches and got online to see if there was anything that looked like what I wanted to make. I found a couple of recipes, but the closest one was a Taste of Home recipe I ended up using as my model. I did tweak it a little bit, and the dressing can stand to be tweaked a little more in my opinion, but it’s a really good start.
I first made this recipe in September 2012, still in the early days of my blog. The pictures were unclear–certainly not enough to inspire you to try this luscious salad like you should. I remade this delicious salad yesterday (January 2015) and tweaked it — this time to perfection! I added an extra peach and 4 additional tablespoons of honey to the salad dressing. Wow, it was sensational. I also adjusted the salad ingredients a little. This time I made it with two 6-oz. bags of romaine lettuce with shredded carrots and red cabbage and skipped the spring mix entirely. Either way works fine, and if you prefer another lettuce use whatever you like! I served it to several ladies and teenagers who were helping me in the kitchen make 40 cream pies for a pie eating contest are having at our church on Sunday night. Everyone wanted seconds and the bowl was completely cleaned out with a few of them wanting more!
If you’re looking for a fabulous green salad recipe with fruit, then this salad’s for you! This is a great summer salad when peaches are readily available. The peaches, toasted walnuts, and feta cheese add sensational flavor to the other ingredients in the salad and the tasty peach vinaigrette is utterly awesome! Give it a try and you will have your company wanting more, just like mine!
Spring Mix with Peaches, Walnuts and Feta is a sensational salad that’s great for holiday entertaining–especially in the summer.
This scrumptious salad is to die for! Once you take a bite, you won’t be able to stop!
Here’s a plated view with the homemade peach dressing added on top.
Here’s what I did.
I put two bags of romaine lettuce with carrots and red cabbage in a large salad bowl. Add sliced cucumber, sliced red onion separated into rings, and 5-6 miniature bell peppers, cored and sliced.
.Microwave 6 slices of bacon on a microwave safe plate with a paper towel underneath and on top of the bacon. Set aside to cool. Break into 1-inch pieces. Toast walnuts about 5-10 minutes in an oven or toaster oven at 350. Add toasted walnuts and bacon to the salad.
Add sliced peaches and feta cheese on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
These are the ingredients you will need for the salad dressing.
I substituted honey for the sugar in the recipe because I am trying to stay off sugar as much as possible. I increased the honey in the recipe so the dressing wasn’t as tart. I also added a peach. I used the chopper option of my emulsion blender. I did not peel the peaches, but I quartered them when I put them into chopper container. This salad dressing was amazing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Spring Mix with Peaches, Walnuts and Feta is healthy, low calorie, and gluten free.
The salad dressing was incredibly tasty. My additions of an extra peach and more honey made this delightful dressing spectacular.
Here’s the recipe.
SPRING MIX WITH PEACHES, WALNUTS AND FETA
(Recipe inspired by Taste of Home’s Tossed Salad with Peaches, Country Women, August/September 2008)
- 3 medium peaches
- 2 6-oz. bags romaine lettuce with shredded carrots and red cabbage
- 2 slices red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 thinly sliced cucumber
- 2-3 large red, orange and yellow miniature peppers, cored, and sliced into rings
- 6 bacon strips, cooked and broken into 1-inch pieces
- ½ cup whole walnuts, toasted
- 4-oz. pkg. Feta cheese, crumbled
- In a large salad bowl, layer the romaine, miniature bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, bacon, walnuts, Feta cheese and 3 of the peaches, sliced and unpeeled, set aside.
- To serve, place salad on plate.
- Drizzle with salad dressing.
- 2 medium ripe peaches, unpeeled
- 6 tablespoons honey or sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- Cut peaches in quarters; place in a blender. (Don't peel the peaches).
- Add honey (or sugar), oil, lemon juice, vinegars and salt; cover and process until blended.
You won’t be able to get enough of this delectable salad! Serve it often during the summer when fresh peaches are available.
Eat and enjoy!
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