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What I Love About this Salad

When it comes to salads, I need to have something semi-hassle-free, otherwise I won’t want to make one at home haha. BUT, this Grilled Peach & Chicken Salad fits that bill and it’s one of the reasons I love it so much! 

All you need are a few simple ingredients, a hot grill (or grill pan) and a hungry appetite. You can have this scrumptious summer dinner ready to go in 30 minutes!

Also, can we just talk once again about my love for peaches? Because I LOVE peaches! 

How to Make Grilled Peach & Chicken Salad

The first step to creating this salad is getting the chicken going on the grill (or grill pan indoors – check out this one!). Preheat your grill to medium heat, lightly coat the chicken with a little olive oil (helps it not stick to the grill) and seasoned salt and grill until perfectly cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.

When the chicken has about 5 minutes left on the grill, you want to bring out your peach slices! Now, grilling peaches can seem like a weird thing to do, but it helps give the peaches such a fun flavor! The sugars naturally caramelize and they become warm and sweet. To grill the peaches, let them grill on each side for a couple minutes just to get the grill marks. Carefully use a pair of tongs to flip and remove the peaches from the grill.

Next up comes the homemade croutons! They are SO worth it (and can even be made days in advance), but store-bought also works well if you don’t want to make homemade. If you haven’t tried making homemade croutons, I highly recommend it. All you need is a few slices of Italian/Tuscan/Country/Baguette bread, butter and about 5 minutes of time.

The final step before assembling is whipping up a quick vinegarette made out of dijon mustard, white wine vinegar and honey. It’s to die for!

Ways to Customize this Salad

Another thing that a salad needs to be for me to make it is customizeable. That way you can work it into any night of the week depending what you have on hand! Don’t like blue cheese or don’t have any on hand? Sub in feta or goat cheese! Don’t want to make a homemade dressing? Use your favorite store-bought! Laid out salmon instead of chicken? Grill it up! Don’t want to grill the peaches? Leave them raw! The possibilities are endless…

After you take a bite out of this Grilled Peach & Chicken Salad, you will be surrounded by summer flavor! We love to whip up this recipe as a quick and delicious weeknight meal after a long, hot day. It’s so refreshing and vibrant!

Looking for a peach dessert to help you use up some of your peaches? Check out this Biscuit Peach Cobbler or this Peach Crumble!

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Grilled Peach & Chicken Salad


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Grilled Peach & Chicken Salad is a summer dream! Succulent peaches are grilled alongside the chicken until perfectly seared with grill marks. Top the salad with the grilled peaches, chicken, homemade garlic croutons and bleu cheese. Drizzle with a white wine honey vinaigrette and you have a salad loaded full of summer flavor! This salad is perfect for sitting out on the back deck, listening to the crickets sing and sun set.


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Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken tenders or breasts
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 3 peaches, cored and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 8 oz spring lettuce mix
  • 3/4 cup bleu cheese crumbles

For the croutons:

  • 3 cups bread cubes, about 1/2 inch big, such as an Italian, Tuscan or baguette bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

For the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

For the salad:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium heat. Evenly coat the chicken with the tablespoon of olive oil and seasoned salt. Grill for about 5-8 minutes on each side until cooked all the way through.
  2. Grill the peach slices for a couple minutes on each side to create grill marks, using a pair of tongs to gently flip and remove them from the grill.
  3. Place the spring lettuce mix in a big bowl, top with the blue cheese and set aside for the rest of the toppings.

For the croutons:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While the chicken is cooking, toss the bread cubes with the melted butter and garlic salt until evenly coated. Bake for about 3 minutes before flipping and baking for another few minutes, or until the croutons are perfectly golden brown.

For the dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, honey and salt. Whisk in the olive oil until a smooth dressing forms.

To assemble:

  1. Top the already prepared bowl of salad with bleu cheese with the grilled chicken, grilled peaches and homemade croutons. Drizzle with the dressing and gently toss to coat or serve the dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don’t like bleu cheese, you can sub it for feta or goat cheese.
  • The croutons can be made a day or so in advance and stored in an air-tight container once cooled.
  • To meal-prep this salad, store the dressing separately from the rest of the salad to not wilt the lettuce.

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If you make this recipe and love it as much as I do, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, rate the recipe, or share a picture tagging @kjandcompany or using #kjandcompany so that I can see your fun pictures 🙂

Thanks for following and cooking along with me!

 

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