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Grilled Peach Salad with Orange Blossom (4)

Grilled Peach Salad with Orange Blossom

Ottolenghi and Tamimi describe this salad as "summer bliss, offering contrasting textures and aromas," and I could not agree more.  I used white doughnut peaches and they were the best choice when I shopped for my ingredients, but yellow peaches would add a deeper lovelier color to this salad.  You may also skip the grilling step completely and just add raw peach segments to cut down on the prep time and clean up afterwards.

Course Appetizer or Main
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword Baby Chard, Endive, Grilled Peaches, Orange Blossom Water, Peaches, Salad, Watercress
Author Adapted from "Ottolenghi, The Cookbook, by Yom Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Ingredients

  • 5 ripe peaches
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 red or white endives, leaves separated
  • 1-¾ oz watercress
  • 1-¾ oz baby chard leaves
  • coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits.  Slice each half into 3 wedges, place in a bowl, and add the olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Toss well to coat them.

  2. Place a ridged grill pan over high heat and leave for a few minutes so it heats up well.  Place the peach wedges on the pan and grill for a minute on each side.  You want to get nice charcoal lines on all sides.  Remove the peaches from the pan and leave to cool.

  3. To make the dressing place the orange blossom water, vinegar, and maple syrup in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Drizzle the oil in slowly while you whisk to get a thick dressing.  Season to taste.

  4. On a serving platter, arrange layers of peach, endive, watercress, chard and speck.  Spoon over enough dressing to coat all the ingredients but not to drench them.  Serve straight away.