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 needed some crunch too so I though Pistachios would be perfect. My idea for a Roasted Peach, Feta & Pistachio Salad was born!
I pre-heated the oven to 180C and started by slicing up the peaches into eighths and placing them in a roasting tin. 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 in a frying pan 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 Roasted Peach, Feta & Pistachio Salad was ready to take to the table. (If the dressing is too thick you can thin it out with a small amount of hot water).
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!
Allergy & Dietary Information for Roasted Peach, Feta & Pistachio Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
This recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, & Refined-Sugar Free. It’s also suitable for Paleo, SCD, Low Carb and Vegetarian diets.
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