Delicious fresh peach salad, with fresh cherries, pecan and goat cheese. A great late summer salad!

Is it hot where you are? It’s another scorcher here, with the “feels like” temperature exceeding 40° C. for the third straight day. I lose all desire to cook supper in this heat!

My favourite way to beat the heat and avoid cooking is a big summer supper salad for dinner and this is one of my favourites. It’s like a party of flavours in your mouth – fruity fresh peaches and cherries, smooth and creamy goat cheese, peppery arugula, sweet pecans and the tangy balsamic vinegar. Um yummmm!

This recipe is also almost no cook. The pecans will need about 8 minutes in the oven but if you’re organized, you can make a batch ahead and have them ready for your summer salads.

Need some meat? This salad would be great with cold, leftover grilled chicken or quick-seared scallops on top.

Balsamic Fresh Peach, Cherry, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans

Fresh Peach, Cherry, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

A wonderful fresh, flavourful main-course salad you will feel good eating. Will make 2 or 3 large supper salads

  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 peaches (ripe, or nectarines)
  • 12 cherries (ripe, or you could substitute dried cranberries)
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil (or canola)
  • 1/4 tsp. each of salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese (about a 140g roll)
  1. Make the candied pecans: with oven rack in centre of oven, preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly butter the parchment.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl, stir together butter, sugar, corn syrup, spices, and salt. Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Carefully remove from microwave and add nuts, stirring to coat. Spread nuts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet, separating any clumps.
  3. Bake, stirring nuts once with a spatula halfway through baking, until golden and bubbling, about 8-10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet on a rack for 30 minutes, then break into small clusters with your hands.
  4. Candied nuts keep in an airtight container at room temperature 1 week.
  5. Wash arugula, spinach and mixed greens, then spin dry. Place in a bowl and toss together. Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk balsamic vinegar with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  7. Drizzle dressing over greens and toss to evenly coat. Arrange a nest of greens on each plate. Divide peaches and cherries among salads. Crumble 2 tablespoons goat cheese evenly over top of each salad. Sprinkle with candied pecans. Serve immediately.


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  • Good Morning Jennifer,

    Your recipes are amazing and I share your site with everyone! I want to make the candied pecans but do not see the ingredient list in the recipe only the instructions, can you please let me know where I can find it?

    Thank you for sharing your passion for food, Donna

    • Hi Donna, I think the candied pecans part must have gotten lost in translation somewhere along the way. I’ve added in a quick and easy skillet candied pecans for you. Sorry about that. When I switched recipe card software, a few things didn’t transfer across.

  • I truly believe everything is better with pecans, especially salads. Especially paired with the robust, nutty flavor arugula brings to the table. I make a similar salad with beets, strawberries, and spiced pecans. I need to try it with candied, though. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • I’ma pecan fan, as well, Mary. I always have a big jar handy for salads and baking. I’ll warn you, candied pecans are addicting ;)

I love hearing from you, so if you have a question or something isn't quite clear, I'm happy to help. If you made this recipe, I'd love to know how you liked it ~ Jennifer

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