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Grilled Peach and Walnut Salad


it’s summer tiiiiiiiime! well, i think it’s technically spring, but i’m on summer vacation. so i had to buy some gorgeous peaches at the grocery store.

i thought about trying the whole grilled peach-proscioutto thing… but i don’t eat meat…

so i made more rabbit food for myself. and it was so good it was like dessert. the major winning contribution to the dish: honey balsamic reduction. oh man, that’s going to be my new fruit dip. it was sweet and tangy and went muy well with the grilled peaches.

Grilled Peach Walnut Salad


  • 1 peach
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • honey
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • mixed salad greens (dark)
  • goat cheese

Slice peach in half and place face-down on a grill until it starts to get soft. For about a minute, place walnuts on the grill and take off when you can start to smell them (make sure not to burn them). 

Mix together honey and balsamic vinegar (i did about 1.5 tbsp honey to 1/4 cup balsamic). Heat in saucepan to thicken. Add about 1/2 tbsp olive oil, stir, continue to heat for 45 seconds to a minute, then take off heat. 

In a bowl, toss greens, walnuts, crumbled goat cheese, and honey balsamic. Top with slices of grilled peach.

i bought some of this lemon balsamic glaze in amalfi while i was studying abroad and i’ve still yet to try it. but it tastes so good. when i went in to the small shop the lady was letting us taste a bunch of free samples of aged balsamic glazes and i’m so happy i’m home now and i can start eating it!

but does anyone have any suggestions of how to cook with lemon balsamic glaze? the bottle says it’s a good salad dressing, on fruit, on ice cream … but does anyone have some fantastic recipe to offer?

pronounced: (ball-sah-mick vihn-ai-gret) 

for Valentine’s Day i promised to make dinner and decided i wanted to make something special (but simple and healthy!)

this fig balsamic glaze was absolutely delicious, and the whole dinner was ready in about half an hour


(note: the recipe calls for “fig balsamic vinegar” but i used a heaping tablespoon of fig spread [that is usually paired with cheese] and 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar]

6 (5 ounce) salmon fillets
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon white wine
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup fig balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. 

Coat a small saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook and stir garlic until soft, about 3 minutes. Mix in white wine, honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. make sure you taste it before putting it on the fish! mine was a little tangy at first so i added a little bit more honey 

Arrange salmon fillets on foil-lined baking sheet. Brush fillets with fig balsamic glaze. 

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 14 minutes, or until flesh flakes easily with a fork. Brush fillets with remaining glaze, and season with salt and pepper. Use a spatula to transfer fillets to serving platter, leaving the skin behind on the foil.Garnish with parsley.

I served the salmon over a bed of wild rice (courtesy of rice-a-roni) and served sauteed mushrooms and asparagus on the side 

my valentine’s day gift to andrew was to promise not to spend 20 minutes photographing the food. so i took two snapshots with my crappy phone camera and called it a day

Spinach Salad - my mom makes this fantastic salad all the time and it’s always a hit, so to add some healthy greens to the table i hunted down most everything i needed in the huge outdoor market in Barcelona

-spinach leaves (i always de-stem them)

-dried cranberries

-candied walnuts

-chopped red onion

-diced avocado 

-bleu cheese crumbles [this salad had to do without - my friend is sadly allergic]

-balsamic vinaigrette [the dressing was just olive oil, balsamic vinegar, one clove of garlic finely chopped, and a little bit of lemon juice]

i have sooooo missed being able to make a healthy addition to a meal