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Peach Pecan Salad

This peach pecan salad is a unique side that compliments any meal! Juicy and sweet peaches pair perfectly with tangy goat cheese and crispy candied pecans!

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Peach Pecan Arugula Salad Recipe

Salads get a bad reputation for being boring but that is definitely NOT the case with this salad. When you need a quick and delicious side dish that compliments just about ANY meal, this salad is perfect.

Whenever we serve a grilled meat, pasta, or sandwiches, we love to pair it with a salad. The possibilities for salads are endless and they are a super simple side that you can prepare in advance.

What is Peach Pecan Arugula Salad?

This salad is a perfect combination of unique flavors. Arugula is used as the base for the salad which has a peppery and nutty flavor. It pairs perfect with nuts and fruit! In comes the juicy and sweet peaches. One of our favorite summer fruits, which are so good on salads. Candied pecans add a nice crunch and sweetness to the salad.

The dressing is a simple homemade honey Dijon vinaigrette which is a staple in our house! You can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for quick weeknight salads or lunches.

What to Serve with Peach Pecan Arugula Salad

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What is in Peach Pecan Arugula Salad?

bowls with arugula, goat cheese, peach, candied pecans, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, oil, salt and pepper. the ingredients to make peach pecan salad
  • Arugula – this peppery salad green has the most unique flavor. If you are tired of boring salads, you have to try switching them up with arugula.
  • Peaches – we love making this salad in the summer when peaches are their ripest! They are so sweet and juicy and pair perfectly with the peppery arugula.
  • Candied Pecans – the addition of a candied nut versus just regular nuts adds a great texture and sweetness. You can use any variety of candied or honey roasted nut you can find but we just love the combination of peaches, pecans and arugula.
  • Goat Cheese – this creamy cheese can instantly transform any salad from bland to bam! It has a rich creamy texture and tangy flavor. Other cheeses that work great for this salad are feta and shaved parmesan.
  • Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
    • White Wine Vinegar
    • Honey
    • Dijon Mustard
    • Oil
    • Salt, Pepper
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How to Make Peach Pecan Arugula Salad

Full Printable Recipe at Bottom of Page

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1 Carefully slice the peach through the center around the pit. Gently twist the peach to remove each half from the pit. Slice the peach into wedges.

2 In a small bowl or glass jar add all of the honey Dijon vinaigrette ingredients. Whisk together or shake the jar until evenly combined. Season to taste to personal preference with additional honey for sweetness, vinegar for acidity, or olive oil to reduce the acidity.

3 Add the arugula to a large bowl or evenly spread it out over a serving platter.

4 Scatter the peaches and candied pecans over the salad.

5 Use your hands to crumble the goat cheese into small pieces over the salad.

6 Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.

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FAQs Peach Pecan Arugula Salad

How to store Peach Pecan Arugula Salad?

Store leftover undressed salad in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can I make Peach Pecan Arugula Salad ahead?

You can make the salad ahead of time by preparing the dressing and storing in the fridge. Layer the arugula on a serving platter and top with the nuts and goat cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. Just before serving slice the peaches and place on top of the salad.

Is Peach Pecan Arugula Salad healthy?

This is a healthy salad with a mix of fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and healthy nuts. The dressing is a light dressing made with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar.

Vegetarian Peach Pecan Arugula Salad

This recipe is vegetarian.

Gluten Free Peach Pecan Arugula Salad

This recipe is gluten free.

Dairy free Peach Pecan Arugula Salad

For a dairy free salad use a vegan cheese or a dairy free cheese of choice.

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Peach Pecan Arugula Salad

A unique side that compliments any meal! Sweet peaches pair perfectly with tangy goat cheese, candied pecans and a honey Dijon vinaigrette.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 114 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 peaches, firm
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans, or pecans or nut of choice

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra light tasting, or 2 tbsp if you prefer a less vinegary dressing
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Carefully slice the 2 peaches through the center around the pit. Gently twist the peach to remove each half from the pit. Slice the peach into wedges.
  • In a small bowl or glass jar add all of the honey Dijon vinaigrette ingredients (4 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp honey, ¼ tsp salt, Pinch of black pepper). Whisk together or shake the jar until evenly combined. Season to taste to personal preference with additional honey for sweetness, vinegar for acidity, or olive oil to reduce the acidity.
  • Add the 6 cups arugula to a large bowl or evenly spread it out over a serving platter.
  • Scatter the peaches and 1/4 cup candied pecans over the salad.
  • Use your hands to gently crumble the 1/4 cup goat cheese into small pieces over the salad.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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NUTRITION

Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 739IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg
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