Toasted Pecan Peach Salad

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Toasted Pecan Peach Salad will cause you to forget you’re eating veggies! It’s so sweet and savory, you’ll be making this southern peach salad over and over again.

peaches with goat cheese and toasted pecans on a white plate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Toasted Pecan Peach Salad is as simple to make as slicing fresh peaches and arranging them on a bed of spinach leaves! What makes this summer peach salad even more delicious is sprinkling goat cheese and toasted pecans on top.

Can you say “lip-smacking good?”

This fresh peach salad is also vegetarian and healthy. You’ll get enough protein from the nuts and cheese to get through the day, and the flavor of the peaches will keep you smiling until your next meal.

peaches in baskets at the farmers market

What Type of Peaches Should I Use?

In North Carolina, we wait on the produce trucks to bring freestone peaches up the mountain every summer. If we can’t wait, we travel down the mountain to get some.

I always know when summer is about to end because the peaches start leaving the building (kinda like Elvis). That’s when it’s time to make this fresh peach salad.

This year, I really hate to see the peaches go. I’m hanging on to the last freestones I can find because there’s nothing like them. They’re tart and fuzzy on the outside, super sweet on the inside, and easy to pull apart from the pit.

freestone peach salad with goat cheese and pecans.

How to Make It

  • Slice peaches and set aside.
  • Place spinach leaves or mixed greens on a large plate.
  • Arrange fruit on top of the greens.
  • Place pecans on a sheet pan. Spray pecan pieces with cooking spray. Toast in a 350 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes, then cool. Dust with salt if desired.
  • Sprinkle salad with goat cheese and toasted pecans.
  • Serve with your favorite vinaigrette, or eat as is.

You don’t even need dressing for this salad. It’s just that good. But, if you decide you do, a sweet peach salad dressing would fit in perfectly.

Blend fresh or frozen peaches with bottled vinaigrette and you’ve got a simple peach salad dressing!

Recipe FAQS

Can I use frozen peaches on this salad?

In this case, frozen peaches won’t yield the same results. But, if you want to chop them up and serve them diced, they would probably work just fine.

What if I can’t find freestone peaches in my area?

Any sweet summer peach will work in this recipe. Freestones are easier to slice and work with, but if you can’t find them in your area, feel free to substitute another type of fruit.

Can I substitute the spinach?

Sure! Feel free to substitute romaine lettuce, arugula, or mixed greens. You can also use feta cheese, walnuts or pistachios if desired. Grilled peach salad is especially nice if you’d like to make that addition.

More Peach Recipes

If you love peaches as much as I do, try my other delicious recipes before they’re gone for the season…

 

fresh peach salad topped with goat cheese and toasted pecans on a bed of spinach.

Toasted Pecan Peach Salad

Toasted Pecan Peach Salad is sweet, savory and refreshing. It's topped with southern freestone peaches, sun-dried tomato goat cheese and toasted pecan crumbles. 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 225kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 freestone peaches sliced
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomato goat cheese
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped and toasted

Instructions

  • Slice peaches and set aside.
  • Place mixed greens on a large plate.
  • Arrange peaches as you wish on top of the greens.
  • Spray pecan pieces with cooking spray. Bake in 350 degree oven for 3 -5 minutes, then cool. Dust with salt if desired.
  • Sprinkle salad with goat cheese and toasted pecans.
  • Serve with your favorite vinaigrette, or eat as is.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. 

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I can’t wait until peaches are available this summer! This recipe is going to be delicious.

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