Arugula with Grilled Peaches and Pepitas

The late summer is my favorite time to get creative in the kitchen. So many fruits and vegetables at their peak and lots of herbs calling to get thrown into recipes. This salad is a perfect side dish for barbecues or as a main dish that could support grilled chicken or fish.  Peaches are rich in a variety of phytonutrients including Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as potassium and fiber and their sweetness perfectly compliments that bitterness of the arugula.  Enjoy summer's bounty while it lasts!

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

The Salad

  • 1 bunch of arugula, washed and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, torn
  • 2 peaches, halved and pitted
  • Optional: 1/2 cup feta cheese

The Dressing

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat grill. Place peaches, cut sides down, on oiled grates and grill until grill marks appear, about 4-5 minutes. Remove and cool.

2. Toast pepitas in a toaster oven until slightly toasted but not dark.

3. Make dressing by shaking all ingredients together in a half-pint mason jar or whisking together briskly.

4. In a large salad bowl, gently mix arugula and mint leaves. Toss in toasted pepitas. Top with grilled peaches sliced and feta.

5. Dress lightly and toss gently. Serve immediately. 

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Amy Jackson Rind

Amy Rind works with busy women to reclaim their lives from the health burdens of stress, aging and fatigue. With practical, real food changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can truly begin to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Journey into healing by identifying your unique nutrition needs that will help you and your family feel better, think better and create the life you were meant to live.

Amy earned her 700-hour nutrition consultant certification with honors from Bauman College. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.