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This weekend we had escaped out of London to a beautiful country house about an hour’s drive away. We were staying with another 4 couples (all friends of Dan’s from University) and a couple of kiddies and had planned to chill out and spend a bit of time together, catching up, playing board games, eating and drinking and generally not doing very much.
5 meals, 5 couples so it was suggested that everyone take charge of a meal and cook for everybody else. Dan and I got lunch on the first day and decided to do a BBQ. Settling on my Lime & Garlic Salmon Skewers and Dan’s Homemade Burgers, we decided to do two salads to accompany them so I started racking my brains.
I knew I wanted to do something with peaches as they are amazing at this time of year and I love paring sweet with salty so I decided to roast them (so they’d be extra sweet) and add feta for the tangy saltiness.
I pre-heated the oven to 180C and started by slicing up the peaches into eighths and placing them in a roasting dish. I drizzled some olive oil over the top of them and a pinch of salt and popped them into the oven for 20-25mins until they started to soften and caramelise.
Meanwhile I sliced up the feta into cubes about 1cm big and I toasted the pistachios until they had just started to brown.
Then it was time to assemble the salad. I used a base of bagged salad – watercress and rocket and laid the peaches, feta and pistachios on the top. I seasoned the salad well and then made a quick dressing by mixing together the wholegrain mustard and honey and drizzled it over the top and the salad was ready to take to the table.For me personally, it was the highlight of the whole meal. The grilled peaches were amazingly sweet and I loved the contrast with the creamy salty feta and the spicy mustard. I cooked what I thought would be plenty for 10 people, hoping for some leftovers but the entire thing disappeared! Definitely a crowd pleaser and the most beautiful salad for a hot summer’s day!! Coming tomorrow…Salad #2 Grilled Halloumi, Caramelised Shallots, Green Beans & Pine Nut Salad with a Lime Dressing!