Grilled Peach and Basil Salad

grilled peach and basil salad close up

Peaches are out there now and I am so loving the sweet taste these summer days. Peaches are definitely one of my favourite fruits and I cannot get enough when they are in season. I prefer peaches pure or in a fruit salad or dessert.

Combining the sweetness of peaches with a savoury dish was something that reminded me of 70s cookbooks, when using fruits in a meat dish was considered to be “exotic”. We all know Toast Hawaii. But then I was taught better.

Lately I came across a few good recipes for combining peaches with – for me – new things. Such as using peach on a crostini with cheese, on a burger or in a vegetable salad.

I found a good match for the sweet peaches with basil and almonds. The dressing for this salad is also a nice combination of sweet and savoury by using olive oil and black pepper with maple syrup. Putting peaches in the oven or on a barbecue gives the fruits a divine aroma that you will not forget. I just loved the taste of these grilled peaches.

Finally I would like to share this beautiful “ode to the peach” by Coco from Roost with you.

grilled peach and basil salad

What you need for two people:

  • 3-4 peaches, not too ripe
  • A good handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 100g almonds, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • t tablespoon maple syrup
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C
  • Slice the peaches and grill them in the oven for about 15 minutes
  • For the dressing, mix olive oil, water, maple syrup and lemon juice
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper
  • Toss the grilled peach slices, basil and almonds together and pour on the dressing
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