Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

Here it is, September already, and I’m in full on denial. Maybe that should be “fall” on denial! I keep seeing little signs, although you wouldn’t know it by the weather. Or the glut of fruits & veggies at the store. When I saw the Colorado peaches (imho) some of the best peaches in the world, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon.

Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon
Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

I love that fruits are more and more straddling the line of sweet & savory, and this salad does exactly that. You know how I’ve been going on about the July/August issue of Midwest Living? (You can click the tag at the bottom of the post to see some of the great dishes inspired by them.) Well, here’s a recipe inspired by their Bacon, Bleu Cheese & Nectarine Salad.

Unfortunately, I left the magazine back home or I’d probably be stealing more ideas! I also forgot the radishes, which would have given a welcome “bite” to contrast with the fruity dressing & peaches. Try making the bacon for this salad in the oven – so easy and virtually no clean up. And as long as you’re cooking it, make extra for BLT’s.

Buffet Style Bacon - I make my bacon like this in the oven - so easy!
Buffet Style Bacon – I make my bacon like this in the oven – so easy!

Since I made this while I was up “nord” in Minnesota, I couldn’t pick the arugula from my garden, so I used some spring mix and spinach. Spinach is always inexpensive and a great way to stretch a few of the pricier mixes. This salad would be excellent with kale, too. Remember, if you can buy your salad greens in bundles or heads, you’ll pay a lot less than you would for those little bags.

Bacon keeps well and freezes beautifully – always buy on sale. Use a coupon if you have one or check the website of the producer. Feta is much better (and less expensive) if you buy a block instead of crumbles. Watch the price per pound. “Near the Deli” cheese goes on special often and coupons may come out months ahead of the sales but have long expiration dates. Pick up the coupons from the hang tags if you see them, then hang on to them.

Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon
Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 to 3 peaches, pitted and cut into wedges, tossed in a little lemon juice, 1/2 of a peach reserved for the dressing
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice (for the peaches)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • several grinds of black pepper (be generous)
  • 2 to 3 cups loosely packed baby arugula
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced
  • slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled (try the oven bacon)
  • 1/2 cup Feta (peppered is great, here) crumbled

In a blender or small food processor, combine the half peach, the onion, vinegar, oil, mustard and salt & pepper. Cover and blend or process until smooth, adding a little water if needed to thin to a dressing consistency. Taste and adjust; this should be a bit tart to balance out the sweetness of the peaches.

On a platter, arrange greens, and top with remaining peaches, radishes, bacon and cheese. Drizzle with a little dressing and pass the rest on the side.

Note: this makes enough dressing to double the salad or to have enough for another salad, later. The full amount is included in the nutritional facts.

from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8 g 12 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 9 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 18 mg 6 %
Sodium 729 mg 30 %
Potassium 173 mg 5 %
Total Carbohydrate 8 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 15 g 30 %
Vitamin A 36 %
Vitamin C 20 %
Calcium 21 %
Iron 5 %

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And, as I do almost every Friday, I’ll be linking up to Angie’s Fiesta Friday  – this is Number 135, hosted this week by Jhuls @ thenotsocreativecook and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen. It’s also become a ritual to link up to Saucy Saturdays! What a fun group of bloggers and I love that they feature a “new” blogger every week.

29 thoughts on “Arugula & Peach Salad with Feta & Bacon”

  1. We are big salad eaters around here– and this looks awesome! Sweet peaches, bitter arugula and the salty bacon– perfect! Thanks Mollie. Your recipes are always things I’d love to it!!

        1. I put a chart on the recipe, it was a bit high, 729, or 30 percent of a 2,000 calorie diet, but not too bad! Since I’ve been helping the folks I kind of stopped running the nutritional values of my recipes, but you’ve inspired me with your post last week and I’m going to be a LOT more careful about what and how much I eat. This is the 1st summer I didn’t just automatically drop the few extra winter pounds and I was chunky to start with! I’ll be running around nakey this winter if I don’t do something, lol!

    1. Thanks! It was a really fun salad. My son & his girlfriend really seemed to like it – I was rooting around in the fridge for the rest and my son had finished it off! And he’s not much of a big salad eater.

  2. This is not the first time I’ve heard about Colorado peaches being the best, sorry that they aren’t to be found here in my part of Florida. However that doesn’t mean I can’t make your delicious sounding salad with peaches from another state. 🙂

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