Grilled Peach, Chicken & Goat Cheese Salad with Honey White Balsamic Dressing

by jenna on July 9, 2012

Hey hey! How was your weekend?!

On Saturday, Adam and I met a few friends for a five mile hike around the Marin Headlands, through the beach, up rocky cliffs and ending at this amazing lighthouse (with a really scary swaying bridge over rocks and ocean). I started my hike with cornmeal pancakes and ended it with the most delicious grilled eggplant and mozzarella sandwich + a beer. The hike was almost entirely in the fog but there’s just something about the fog here that I love…and I always considered myself a sunshine girl! The Bay Area just gets to you, I guess. There’s nothing quite like it, and with the insane heat that’s been plaguing pretty much the rest of the country lately, I feel especially blessed to be surrounded by fog.

However, despite all this fog, it’s still summer and summer calls for salads. With fun stuff like grilled peaches! Oh.my.yes. Have you ever tried a grilled peach in your salad? Well let me tell you—it’s simply divine.

Last week after we got home from Tahoe, I pretty much ate this salad every day for lunch and dinner. I needed to detox from all the booze, jalapeno tortilla chips and spinach artichoke dip. It’s so simple, yet so totally delicious—the flavors just burst!

I used a bit of shredded rotisserie chicken in this salad, but you could also just use any sort of leftover cooked chicken that you wish. Then, I added soft chunks of goat cheese, grilled peaches and toasted hazelnuts. Are you drooling yet?

The dressing is white balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey. So easy. It’s the perfect lunch or light dinner, and is made complete with the roll of your choice. A meal isn’t a meal without bread, right?! For the record, I HIGHLY recommend these.

Enjoy this one, guys! It’s a new favorite around here.

Grilled Peach, Chicken & Goat Cheese Salad with Honey White Balsamic Dressing

serves 2

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Ingredients:

about 8 cups mixed salad greens, washed and ready to use

2 yellow peaches, slightly firm to the touch

1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

1 cup chopped cooked rotisserie chicken breast

2 oz fresh goat cheese

for dressing—

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

1 tsp honey

tiny pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Make the dressing first. In a small bowl, whisk together the white balsamic vinegar and the olive oil. Then, stir in the honey and and mix well. Add a pinch of salt. Set aside.

Preheat your grill to medium/high heat.

Slice peaches in half and discard pit. Place peaches, cut side down, on the preheated grill. Close lid and grill for about five minutes, checking occasionally. You want the peaches to soften and get those nice char lines across the bottom. Remove peaches when done and turn off the grill. Slice peaches thin.

To assemble salads, divide greens into two bowls. Top green with chopped rotisserie chicken, goat cheese crumbles, toasted hazelnuts and peaches. Drizzle dressing over the top and toss well.

Enjoy!

Time:

20 minutes

 

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Emily @ Life on Food July 9, 2012 at 3:20 am

I love the fog, especially in the woods or with a good book. That grilled peach looks fantastic. I would have trouble not eating it right up before the salad was ready.

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 9, 2012 at 4:05 am

Love this salad idea!! I love adding fruit to a salad … it adds so much flavor!

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Annie @ What's Annie Making? July 9, 2012 at 4:43 am

My mom used to grill peaches and pork chops all the time. I hated the chops, but loved the peaches. I’ll have to try them on a salad!!!!

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Lesley July 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

Love grilled peaches and sounds delish on the salad! Great idea!!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 9, 2012 at 4:56 am

This is so gorgeous Jenna! I too am on a big stone fruit kick and my fridge is currently overflowing with peaches and plums! I grilled some plums last night and they were absolutely divine. Can’t wait till my peaches ripen so I can make this salad too!

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DessertForTwo July 9, 2012 at 4:59 am

I fell in love with the fog, too. I guess when you grow up in Cali, it’s no big deal, but I was always amazed by it!

I made a grilled peach & chicken tender salad with buttermilk dressing from Fine Cooking last summer and it was to die for! I need to make this! :)

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Molly @ RDexposed July 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

Just the thought of fog is refreshing.
Same goes for this salad.

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Ali @ Gimme Some Oven July 9, 2012 at 5:16 am

Mmmm…love grilled peaches! They would be perfect on this salad!! :)

Gorgeous pics from the weekend!

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Mary July 9, 2012 at 5:22 am

Thank you!! This look so good. I’m attempting a sugar detox (not fruit!) this week and was wondering what the heck was going to replace my PB&J sandwich for lunch. THIS IS IT.

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JENNA July 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

yum! i bet this was so refreshing after a long day of hiking!

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 9, 2012 at 5:28 am

This looks so yummy! I’ve never had a grilled peach, but it sounds wonderful… also, I reeeeally want to move to SF- it’s a little daydream of mine. :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 9, 2012 at 5:31 am

This looks so summery! I love adding fruit to my salads – especially paired with the right cheese. I’ll definitely be making this as soon as peaches are in season in Ontario… only a few more weeks to go!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots July 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

this salad sounds like the perfect summer meal!

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock July 9, 2012 at 5:46 am

Mmm….you couldn’t be more right! A meal isn’t a meal without a little bread action.
Definitely tackling this salad! I love goat cheese and nuts in my salads…to my delight, this has both. And, the idea of throwing in leftover rotisserie chicken? Genius. This is perfect for my busy lifestyle. Thanks Jenna!

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Caroline July 9, 2012 at 6:05 am

This looks wonderful! I can’t wait to try this salad.

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Amanda at the red table July 9, 2012 at 6:07 am

I haven’t tried grilling peaches, but just last week, we grilled bananas — very good! Anything with goat cheese is automatically a favorite of mine :)

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Suz@avocadoandbasil July 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

Yum, yes, I am drooling!

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Cait July 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

And more importantly summer calls for salad with grilled fruit! :) This looks incredible.

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Lindsay @ Nourish July 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

mmm grilled peaches and goat cheese combo sounds delicious. thanks for the idea!

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Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat July 9, 2012 at 7:43 am

Mmm I made a grilled peach panzanella last week but think the nuts and goat cheese make this a perfect salad!

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Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 9, 2012 at 8:05 am

I wish I was in the Bay Area right now! That’s where most of my relatives live, so I’m familiar with the [awesome] fog, and am definitely missing it as I suffer through the heat here on the east coast!

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Maja July 9, 2012 at 8:06 am

Love this! Especially since I bought like 2kg of peaches on the market last weekend. Do you think I could “grill” them in a pan as well?

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Em July 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

Yum. So easy and yummy.
I will remember that salad dressing idea. Terrific!

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allie@sweetpotatobites.com July 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

mmm love grilled peaches! this is the perfect summer salad.

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Caroline L. July 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

Amazing photos from your trip! And this salad looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

This is a beautiful salad! I love the grilled peaches!

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Madeleine July 9, 2012 at 8:36 am

Yum! I love grilled peaches, what a great summery recipe!

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Maria July 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

You had me at grilled peaches! This salad looks amazing :-) I love the Bay area, so pretty! We went there last year for our honeymoon and am looking forward to visiting again sometime soon.

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Helene July 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

Love salad with fruit. I can’t wait to try your dressing recipe. Beautiful pics!

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Cassie July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

Gorgeous weekend, for sure. And this salad looks incredible, definitely lots of things that I love!

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Brittany @ Brittany Cooks July 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

Um…I think there’s a mistake in the recipe. I believe there should be three grilled peaches. Two for the salad, and one to eat during prep! ;) I love all the colors, I want some right now!!

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Gina July 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

Can you share the name of that trail? My boyfriend’s dad lives in Sausalito and I always want to go hiking while we are visiting, but I never have a plan so it never happens!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

What a perfect summer salad!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 9, 2012 at 9:37 am

This sounds absolutely delicious!! Great recipe, Jenna!

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carrian July 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

That dressing sounds amazing!

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Laura @ She Eats Well July 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

Summer means salad season in my mind. There are so many delicious seasonal fruits to put into salads, like peaches. Can’t wait to try this, especially the easy dressing!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 9, 2012 at 10:10 am

I just posted about balsamic vinegar! I love the stuff! Your dressing sounds wonderful, along with those grilled peaches.

I’ve hiked in the Marin headlands area (have a friend in San Rafael) – so gorgeous up there!

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themeaningofme July 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

Terrific choice for dinner on a hot summer evening. Can’t wait to try it. Been wondering what to do with my surplus of white balsamic!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

“Are you drooling yet?” — Yes Jenna, I am. :-)

Might need to make a trip to find some peaches…

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Megan @ Megan's Miles July 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

I also am in need of detox after my mini “staycation,” during which I drank too much wine and ate too much happy hour food. This salad looks delicious — thanks for sharing!

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Liz @ Southern Charm July 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

This salad does look refreshing!! Love the grilled peaches on it!

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Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Yum, I normally call that my “California salad” because it has fruits + nuts + cheese. Can’t go wrong :)

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Peg July 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Do you answer any comments.? I had asked about the glasses used recently on the drinkrecipe(s0 you posted and haven’t heard back. Thanks.

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jenna July 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m sorry! I do try to get to all of them but sometimes a couple get past me. Email me your question again and I will get back to ya Aasap :)

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Julia {The Roasted Root} July 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I LOVE salads like this! I seriously eat a salad every day and love using new vinaigrettes…yours looks great! I just caught up on your last post too about the book you read on the PCT…this cracked me up because my bf and I just hiked a 14 mile stretch of the PCT this weekend over Sonora Pass in CA. Fun post, definitely want to pick up the book!

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Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen July 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

This looks so great! I love the combination of peaches or nectarines and goat cheese. Can’t wait to make it.

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Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook July 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Loved the idea of the grilled peach in the salad! May need to purchase some white balsamic at Whole Foods tonight!

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Kimberly July 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Yum, this salad looks so refreshing! I agree about the Bay Area…I must find out how to get to that hiking spot in the Marin headlands!

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Jen July 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Seems like you’re always detoxing after weekends…which would be very unbalanced? Just listen to your body and call it “eating well”. You don’t require a Detox after a weekend of heavy eating, just return to normal healthy habits…

Looks delishi-o! Grilled fruit add an excellent touch to salads.

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Dana July 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Just made this for dinner!!! Only thing is I didn’t have any goat cheese or hazelnuts, so I grated some asiago and used toasted pine nuts instead and it was amazing!!!! I love the dressing too! Great combination of flavours! Thank you for sharing, this will definitely be a staple dinner for the rest of the summer :)

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domonique @ a bowl full of simple July 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I’m SO on the tahoe detox this week! will definitely add this to my diet this week.

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Mo July 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Today I was at Trader Joe’s and thinking…you are the prime reason I have spent hundreds of dollars there. Going through the isles I picked up goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and some other odds and ends that I use from recipes of yours that I have fallen in love with. Their garlic naan? To die for.

Anyways, I must say nearly every time I’m in a dinner rut I pull out my phone and scroll through your recipes. Always inspires something! :p Loved this one.

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Erin @ erinberries July 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

This sounds delicious. What do you recommend using for those of us who don’t have a grill at home? I have one if those Cuisinart Griddlers. Do you think that would work. (I’m obviously not a grill expert!) :)

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jenna July 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Try roasting your peaches instead if you don’t have a grill. That would be delicious!

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Doris @ vanillacocoberry July 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

I just had a divine juicy peach as I read this!! ..the landscape is beautiful and I will try to make this salad, also using the oven instead of a grill since I dont own one! <3

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Charise July 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

I am insanely jealous of your fog and cool temps. We’ve been DYING here in Ohio – high of 89 yesterday had people remarking how COOL it finally is, ugh!

I’m a big fan of grilled fruit, so this looks great!

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Nicole Sadowsky July 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

I agree! Summer does call for salads. I can’t wait to try this delicious combination of grilled peaches and goat cheese. Thanks!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

Grilled peaches are phenomenal! They are a staple during the summer to top my salads or for an easy dessert with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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Dani @ The Indecisive Wife July 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

I must try grilled peaches! They look absolutely delicious. Plus, you can never go wrong with goat cheese; ever.

I just started a blog and made a peach cobbler inspired by your cherry crumble recipe. I’d love for you to take a look if you’ve got an extra minute. Thanks!

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Lily O' Dare @ Candied-Life July 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

love honey, love goat cheese, love peaches! great photos. i want to recreate this without the chicken… delish!

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Cookin' Canuck July 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

This sounds like the perfect detox salad! There’s just something about grilled peaches that makes a salad into something really special. As for the eggplant sandwich and beer…I can’t think of a better way to top off a hike.

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Full-Flavored Life July 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

As always, beautiful photos!

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Barbara The Healthy Nut July 11, 2012 at 8:42 am

I can’t wait to try this . It should be called Peaches in Heaven!

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Stacey July 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

I made this for dinner last night and LOVED it! I added tons of sauteed mushrooms, too. Love the dressing; I always seem to make the most lackluster homemade dressings, and this one was beautiful in its simplicity.

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Laura F. July 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I think you should recreate the eggplant sandwich you are speaking of! I love eggplant and want more ways to use it! Or you could just email me what was on it and I’ll recreate it or try!

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Michelle @ Live Loudly July 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm

oh yum! Have not tried grilled peaches yet but I did throw some Pineapple on while the BF was BBQing and threw it in my salad. I’ve been loving Feta cheese in my salads lately and sesame seeds. I love the crunch from the seeds. Perfect mixture of textures. Thanks for this recipe!
-Michelle

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Kelly July 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Anyone who can make a salad taste this delicious deserves a medal! Just made this for dinner and it was amazing. Thank you!

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Kristina LaRue July 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

fog + hiking sounds so peaceful… this salad combo is dynamite!

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Hannah R. July 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm

This is delicious. I made it tonight for dinner. I forgot how wonderful grilled peaches and goat cheese are, how dare I do that?! Thanks for the recipe:)

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Jamie July 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Beautiful pictures, Jenna! Looking forward to trying out this recipe-it looks AMAZING! There are some great Olive Oil Co-Ops out in MN; here’s a link to an awesome one. The options are out of this world! http://shop.stillwateroliveoil.com/Balsamic-Vinegars_c6.htm

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Anita August 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Jenna,
Just made this for supper and we LOVED it!
Thanks for all your great recipes.

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