Sturdy kale and sweet peaches are a match made in heaven in this grilled salad. The pair is lightly grilled to give the salad smokiness and to help tenderize the kale and sweeten the peaches. They are tossed together with a slightly sweet and tangy homemade dressing and then finished off with salty fresh Parmesan. Simple perfection. I am clearly a bit obsessed with my grill lately. I am throwing it all on there–side dishes, main dishes, and even dessert. So isn’t it it time to do a salad on the grill? You better believe it!
I stated with a head of Kale. It is sturdy and a bit bitter, but one of the many greens I love. I cut the head of Kale in half and drizzled both side with olive oil and then seared on the grill for just moments. The kale becomes lightly charred which adds a bit of crispy texture to the salad, it also become much more mellow in the salad.
Then peaches. Because I am in the south, where peaches reign the supreme produce of summer. I already knew I loved grilled peaches with just a tad of honey for dessert, what about grilling them and tossing with a honey vinaigrette for a salad. Oh yeah! In case you have not grilled fruit, drop what you are doing and do it NOW–mind will be blown by how the grilling intensifies the pure sweetness of the fruit.
Then it is is easy, dice up the peaches and kale toss with some balsamic vinegar, and honey and you will have a salad that will convert any Kale hater to a Kale lover. Well, at least my husband ate the salad and actually ENJOYED it!
- 1 head organic kale, cut in half
- 2 peaches, halved and pitted
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Parmesan cheese
- Preheat grill to medium-high.
- Drizzle kale and peaches with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place peaches on grill, cut side down, along with kale. Grill for 2 minutes and flip kale. Grill for additional 2-3 minutes and remove kale and peaches from grill.
- Dice peaches into ½ inch cubes and chop up kale. Toss the kale with the honey and balsamic vinegar. I like to use my hands and really massage the kale with the dressing. If you feel that it is dry, add 1-2 more tablespoon olive oil.
- Toss in peaches with salad and generously grate with Parmesan cheese.
I like to finish the salad off with Parmesan. The salad needs a bit of the sharpness and saltiness to contrast with the sweet peaches and honey. And then it is just perfection!ale
So fire up that grill and let your next meal be complete–from salad, to meat, to side, to dessert!
For the Main Course Try:
For the Side Dish Try:
And for Dessert Try:
Mixed Berry Crisp