Not even kidding, this salad is AMAZING! Main reason why I like it so much is because come summertime, peach stands are everywhere in Texas! Local farmers showcase their homegrown peaches in every parking lot, every street corner, and at every food/culture festival all over the greater San Antonio area! It's fun, it's festive, and it's oh soooo Texan!
Up until this point I have DREADED the summer months in Texas. They're hot, sticky, and the mosquitos are widespread. TBH, I truly haven't acclimated to this weather until recently. 9 years ago I moved here from Reno, NV. Northern Nevada spoiled me with mountain/desert air, zero humidity, and minimal bugs (my preferred way to live).
My transition from NV to TX was terrible. I had horrible allergies, an over-abundant growth of acne, styes in both eyes, while fighting for sole custody of my son (long story - separate blog post). But the one thing that I found enjoyable was seeing an array of peach stands scattered throughout my unexpected home-to-be. The sight was quite lovely, and I couldn't help but be charmed by it.
Overall, I was luckily enough to turn a bad memory into a good one!
So here is my Smoky Summer Peach Salad! Hope y'all enjoy it!
Time: 20 Minutes Yields: 3-4
2 cups of greens - I used arugula because that’s what I had in my fridge! Feel free to use field greens or spinach.
1 large ripe peach, diced
1 cup of cooked bacon, diced
¼ cup of feta, blue, or goat cheese – this truly depends on your taste buds! If you prefer sweeter flavors go with goat, if you’re in the mood for savory go with feta. If you like a combination of both, do blue cheese!
½ cup red onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Pinch of Himalayan salt
Pinch of black pepper
Prepare and chop all ingredients as listed above.
Throw everything in a bowl (except smoked paprika)– mix and serve.
Garnish with sprinkled smoked paprika.
1/8 cup pecans
1/8 cup pumpkin seeds