Grilled Peach Salad

Using fresh summer peaches this grilled peach salad with balsamic vinaigrette is a fresh and fruity salad which is perfect as a BBQ salad. I have walnuts in my salad but other great additions are grilled peach salad with burrata or feta cheese.

Grilled Peach Salad - peaches on a Le Creuset grill pan
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Enjoy my sticky and sweet Maple Syrup Grilled Peach and Nut Salad this summer. Hot fruit with herbs and sticky sweet nuts combine to create a great summer dish.

To celebrate the bank holiday I’ve joined Le Creuset to get my grill on! Le Creuset has a great range of grills including the new Signature Rectangular Grill. It’s made of cast iron and being hob safe you can also pack it away for camping and use it on the BBQ.

Waitrose has their new season of peaches in and although still a little unripe they are perfect for this as the heat softens them perfectly and they make for a wonderful grilled peach salad.

I loved laying out the ingredients as they were all so photogenic. The rich brown of the nuts, the mix of tones with the sprouts, fresh green herbs and a mix of earthy green and purple leaves. Plus the warm and inviting peaches with their pinks and oranges tones. However, their smell when cooking was what made me the most hungry for the grilled peach and walnut salad.

Why you’ll love this Grilled Peach Salad recipe

  • Peaches are one of my favourite fruits, they are sweet and juicy & when combined with the crunchy walnuts and sharp balsamic vinaigrette. Trust me, you’ll love it too.
  • It’s a great way to use peaches that aren’t quite ripe yet as when cooked they soften.
  • A grilled peach salad prosciutto is the perfect summer lunch. It makes a great side dish for any BBQ. Quick to make and quicker to eat!
  • Grilled peach salad with balsamic vinaigrette is juicy and the dressing adds a delicious level of acidity to the finished dish.
Grilled Peach Salad

Grilled Peach Salad Top Questions

Does Grilling peaches soften them?
Why do you grill peaches?
How ripe should peaches be for grilling?
Can you grill peaches inside?
How do you grill fruit indoors?
What can you do with peaches?

Ingredients

Grilled Peach Salad ingredients

For the full recipe and instructions scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.

PEACHES

I love peaches in desserts and in this grilled peach salad with honey vinaigrette recipe. They are sweet, sticky and juicy.

In order to enjoy this dish as a grilled peach salad burrata, you simply need to slice your peaches and grill them and serve them with a fresh burrata. It couldn’t be easier.

NUTS

In this fruit and nut salad, I used pecans and walnuts as they are two of my favourite nuts and they take on the maple syrup glaze so well. It softens the warm nuts and makes them just a little sweet.

How to make Grilled Peach Salad – step by step

With the pan on medium heat, add the herbs and peaches. Add a little water and maple syrup. Grill the peaches until hot and sticky.

  • Chop up the peaches into quarters and remove the stones.
  • Pull the rosemary off the stem and do the same with the thyme.
  • Warm up the Le Creuset grill pan to a medium heat (or do on the BBQ) and add the herbs. Add the peaches on top with a 3 tablespoons of water. Allow the peaches to warm up for a few minutes each side.
  • Drizzle over the maple syrup and move the peaches around so they get a good coating. Carefully add a little more water if it dries out too quickly.
  • When the peaches start to brown remove them from the heat.
  • Add a little more water and maple syrup to the grill pan and add the chopped up nuts. Move them around so they get coated in the syrup.
  • Leave them for a minute and then remove from the heat.

Just look at the beautiful peaches as they caramelise!

Maple Syrup glazed walnuts and pecans

pecans and walnuts on a grill
maple syrup coated nuts on a grill pan

Warming up the walnuts and pecans was a great idea and used the pan that had just cooked the peaches. The flavour of the herbs and sweetness from the peaches are still there.

I drizzled them with a little extra maple syrup to make them beautifully sweet and a little softer. Plus it gives them a super caramel flavour to the finished salad.

Serving up the peaches was so incredible. They smelled amazing. The fruity and sweet smell makes you want to eat them all. The herbs had infused their smell and of course their taste too.

Grilled Peach Salad being assembled

The glistening maple syrup nuts topping the salad were so appealing. I’m surprised there was any left when it was served as I kept snacking on them.

Caring for your Le Creuset pans

Due to the sugary nature of the recipe, it is likely that if the pan is too hot the sugar will burn. If this starts to happen reduce the heat and carefully add a little water to the dish. If the grill pan has burnt pieces after let it soak in hot water and follow the cleaning instructions on Le Creuset’s website.

https://www.lecreuset.co.uk/care-and-use#wineaccs-cleaning

Mine caught a bit but after a soak and putting the grill pan back on the heat the last of the burnt sugar came off very easily. Le Creuset also sells a cleaner and brush to keep your pan looking new.

close up of the Grilled Peach Salad with glazed walnuts

If you like the look of this you might enjoy my Focaccia Party Bites topped with Parma Ham and Peaches

Top Tips

  • Warm the nuts slowly to give the maple glaze time to infuse and for your nuts to soften.
  • A grilled peach salad goes perfectly with so many toppings, you can use up what you have in the fridge and make the perfect BBQ side dish.
  • You can use slightly unripe peaches for this recipe as they cook and soften.
  • Pimp up the salad with a fresh and creamy burrata. A grilled peach salad burrata is amazing.

Grilled Peach Salad Serving Suggestions

This fruit and nut salad are perfect served as is. It doesn’t need any fancy dressing, the maple-glazed nuts add the perfect sweetness and just enough crunch.

I would recommend serving the salad with croutons or rice to make a full meal from the salad. But it also works as a side salad to a BBQ with friends and family or with a spicy curry.

I also had this grilled peach salad on a pizza and it was incredible.

Other cheeses to try are parmesan – large flakes really work well. Another of my favourites is a grilled peach salad with goat cheese.

fresh peaches in the grill pan with fresh herbs

Equipment

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  • serving bowl
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • jam jar (or small bowl and spoon to mix the dressing)

Grilled Peach Salad Substitutions and Variations

A grilled peach salad goes perfectly with so many toppings, you could add honey or balsamic vinaigrette, or you can even add prosciutto and goat’s cheese.

I have also made this peach and walnut salad with torn-up pieces of fresh mozzarella and that is absolutely delicious *chef’s kiss*. A grilled peach salad burrata is also worth trying.

Grilled peach salad with balsamic vinaigrette is in my opinion the best but you can add some mustard to the dressing to add it some warmth to the sauce.

Storing Grilled Peach Salad / Making ahead of time options

This salad is best fresh, the warm peaches do not keep well in the fridge as the peaches can go soggy after being cooked and then cooling down.

If you want to make this salad ahead of time, I would prep your leafy greens and chop your peaches, make any vinaigrette you want to have and then just cook the peaches, and nuts and assemble when you’re ready to enjoy your cooked peach salad with walnuts.

making Grilled Peach Salad

FAQS

Does Grilling peaches soften them?

Grilling peaches does soften them a little, it also allows the sugars to caramelise which creates little patches of crispy, soft and juicy peaches. Grilling peaches soften them perfectly for a grilled peach salad.

Why do you grill peaches?

You grill peaches to soften them for a cooked peach salad and to caramelise the sugars. Peaches taste wonderful when heated up. You grill peaches when using them in this grilled peach salad with walnuts for a savoury dish but you can also serve grilled peaches as a dessert with ice cream.

How ripe should peaches be for grilling?

Your peaches can be a little under-ripe for grilling as when you cook them they soften the same as if they were fully ripe. You can also use ripe peaches, just cook them a little less.

Grilled Peaches on the grill for the Salad

Can you grill peaches inside?

You can grill peaches inside. I grilled them on the hob on my Le Cruset pan, it creates an indoor grill but you could also grill peaches on the BBQ. You can even grill them under the oven grill (broiler) for ease.

How do you grill fruit indoors?

You grill fruit indoors on high heat with a griddle or grill pan. You may need a little flavourless oil to stop your grilled fruit from sticking to the pan. The caramelised sugars make grilled fruit indoors even better.

What can you do with peaches?

With peaches, you can make a grilled peach salad, you can make a cooked peach fruit salad or you could make a summer fruit pie. Peaches are sweet and juicy and go perfectly with Pimms too! A grilled peach salad with balsamic vinaigrette adds some acidity to the juicy peaches.

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Recipe

Grilled Peach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sisley White
Using fresh summer peaches this grilled peach salad with balsamic vinaigrette is a fresh and fruity salad which is perfect as a BBQ salad. I have walnuts in my salad but other great additions are grilled peach salad with burrata or feta cheese.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, English, International
Servings 6 people as a side salad
Calories 391 kcal

Equipment

  • serving bowl
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • jam jar (or small bowl and spoon to mix the dressing)

Ingredients
  

Peaches and nuts

  • 4 peaches
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water you might need a little extra
  • 2 stems resh rosemary
  • small handful fresh thyme
  • 100 g peacans
  • 100 g walnuts

Salad

  • bag of salad leaves
  • lentil sprout mix (optional – I got mine from Waitrose)

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions
 

Grilling the Peaches

  • Chop up the peaches into quarters and remove the stones.
  • Pull the rosemary off the stem and do the same with the thyme.
  • Warm up the Le Creuset grill pan to a medium heat (or do on the BBQ) and add the herbs. After a few seconds add the peaches on top with a 3 tablespoons of water. Allow the peaches to warm up for a few minutes each side.
  • Drizzle over the maple syrup and move the peaches around so they get a good coating. Carefully add a little more water if it dries out too quickly.
  • When the peaches start to brown remove them from the heat.
  • Add a little more water and maple syrup to the grill pan and add the chopped up nuts. Move them around so they get coated in the syrup.
  • Leave them for a minute and then remove from the heat.

Salad Instructions

  • Place the lettuce leaves on a plate, add the warm peaches and nuts.
  • (As a lovely extra flavour sprinkle a few lentil sprouts on the top.)

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Add the Vinaigrette ingredients to a jam jar and shake to combine. Or add them to a small bowl and mix together with a fork.
  • Drizzle over the salad and serve.

Notes

Soak the dish straight away with hot water as it makes it a lot easier to clean off the caramelised sugar.
The sugar from the peaches and maple syrup might burn on the pan if if it’s too hot. If it’s starting to burn lower the heat. See my notes below for how to clean the pan. As it’s not non stick it will catch a little but the pan is easy to clean following Le Creuset’s instructions.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 258mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 339IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword balsamic vinegar, Easy grilled peach salad, Maple Syrup Grilled Peach and Nut Salad, peach, peaches, salad, side dish
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10 thoughts on “Grilled Peach Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    Ooh Sisley, this looks delicious. I’ve just been given a griddle pan and have absolutely no idea how to use it – or at least I didn’t until I read this recipe 😀

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