Summer Strawberry-Peach Salad with Goat Cheese

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Now ain’t this just the most cheerful looking salad you ever did see?

I’ve had a serious thing going on for fresh goat cheese lately, and I’ve been crumbling it on top of everything from pasta to grilled meats to crostini, and now, salad. What in the cheese-loving world was I ever missing! Hubby, however, is… skeptical but coming around.

Let’s face it, the man will eat anything if I wrap it in salami.

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Paired with tender, sweet peaches, crisp cucumbers and juicy strawberries, goat cheese is just about my favorite thing in the world since the Real Housewives of New Jersey and all their drama and gold chains came back into my life.

Oh, please. You watch it, too!

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Drizzled with a super-easy, sweet and tangy balsamic reduction, this gorgeous green salad is a great meal for getting your fill of vitamin C and iron! Replace the fruits with whatever you like if these ones aren’t your thing. Raspberries to substitute strawberries would be tasty, too. Cubes of fresh watermelon can push the peaches aside for an even more nutritious choice.

So, see? If you have peaches and strawberries lying around, they don’t always need to be made into a buttery cobbler or a sugar-high pie!

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Try this scrumptious summer salad for your lunch or as a side with grilled chicken, pork or fish! It’s easy enough for weekdays but pretty enough for laidback dinner parties during the warmer months. I think it would be even better with a sprinkle of fresh basil.

Pour a glass of crisp rosé or white wine and serve this salad with a soft loaf of garlic bread for a full dinner. You can replace the goat cheese with any other cheese you like, but you know me – I’d recommend going for the goat!

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Summer Strawberry-Peach Salad with Goat Cheese

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the salad:

4 cups mixed green salad leaves

12 fresh strawberries, sliced

2 ripe, juicy peaches or nectarines, sliced

1/2 large cucumber, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

For the balsamic reduction, optional:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Directions:

For the salad:

Lay salad leaves out on individual serving plates and top equally with strawberries, peaches, cucumber and feta. Drizzle with balsamic reduction (recipe below), if desired.

For the balsamic reduction:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together balsamic vinegar and brown sugar until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until glaze is reduced by half, 15-20 minutes. Glaze should coat the back of a spoon. Let cool and pour into a jar with a lid.

Enjoy!

      

52 Responses to “Summer Strawberry-Peach Salad with Goat Cheese”

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    Tieghan — July 19, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    It is gorgeous!! I love fruit in salads and I am seriously consuming my weight in fruit this summer. Especially strawberries and peaches. So good!! Can’t wait to make this salad this weekend. I obviously have everything on hand!

    Cannot get over this. It is stunning!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 19, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    I’ve been looking for good salads to make when I cook meat on the grill. I love the strawberries in this!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 19, 2013 @ 12:30 am

    Goat cheese, balsamic reduction – LOVE IT ALL! I just posted a balsamic reduction type dish too – love that we’re on the same wavelength!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — July 19, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    Such a pretty and summer-y salad. I love goat cheese and fruit together, it’s absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing this with us Georgia. Have stellar weekend!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 19, 2013 @ 12:55 am

    Such a pretty salad, and I could literally drink the balsamic reduction alone, I love it that much!

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    Ramona — July 19, 2013 @ 6:42 am

    This is one classy looking salad. It’s so gorgeous!! I love all the flavor combinations you have going on here. Beautifully done! :)

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    Joanne — July 19, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Truth – I can’t get enough of the Real Housewives of NJ.

    Double truth – watching it would be made infinitely better if I had a big bowl of this salad to eat. So in love with this.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 19, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    Gorgeous summer salad, Georgia! Love the fruit combination with the mixed greens and cucumber as well as the balsamic reduction. I’m craving salad now…right after breakfast! Mmm. Beautiful photos (as always)! And, bring on that feta! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ashley — July 19, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    This salad is so pretty – I love all the color! I just made something kinda similar and my husband was skeptical too at first (although didn’t complain one bit while he was eating it!). Have a great weekend Georgia!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 19, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    I love all the flavours in this summer salad! Simply beautiful!

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    cassie — July 19, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    This is like summer in a bowl! Gorgeous colors and flavors, Georgia!

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    Paula — July 19, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    What’s not to enjoy about this salad?! The balsamic reduction sounds lovely and so perfect for this.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 19, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    I’ve been loving adding balsamic to different fruits lately! I just have to try this salad!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 19, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    Goood lawd, if it were socially acceptable to bathe in that balsamic reduction, I probably would. This salad is summer personified!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 19, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    This is gorgeous! I mean it makes me want to dive right in with a fork and share nothing! Going to share on Facebook later today!!!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 19, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I adore summer salads with fruits, and I’m a big goat cheese fan, too. This one looks so refreshing!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 19, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    That balsamic reduction sounds incredible! I am loving adding fruit to salads this summer, this looks so colorful and yummy!

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    Jeanette — July 19, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    That balsamic reduction had me Georgia! I love summer fruits in salads so this is right up my alley!

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    Monica — July 19, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Everything always looks so vibrant and bright here. I have to try the balsamic reduction. Sounds like a great meal!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 19, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    this summer salad sounds incredible! i think it might even be better than my favorite strawberry poppyseed salad from panera! yum!

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    Kelsey — July 19, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Georgia, this salad is everything wonderful about summer (except ice cream, but that’s for another day). What lovely photos!

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    Eileen — July 19, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    This salad looks wonderful Georgia. Loaded with all kinds of flavors and so fresh – perfect for these super hot days when I don’t feel like cooking :) Have a great weekend!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — July 19, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    such a beautiful creation. I am loving strawberries, goat cheese, and spinach salad too lately. adding peaches sounds delicious

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    Ash- foodfashionparty — July 19, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    Oh yes, it is such a colorful and beautiful salad. There is definitely something about goat cheese, it is addicting.
    I’ve watched some episodes and always wondered…whether it was really happening..seriously:)

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 19, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    This looks refreshing and delicious, Georgia! All those colors and that balsamic reduction,,,this looks like one perfect salad.

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 19, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    DYING over this salad! It is so gorgeous Georgia!

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — July 19, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    Looks like the most amazing summer salad ever!

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    Dan from Platter Talk — July 19, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Yes!! I’m so happy you posted this – it is exactly what I’m in the mood for during this oppressive summer heat (not t hat I’m complaining!) I love the light yet satisfy look of this salad, created with all things summer. Thanks for posting, Georgia, and have a wonderful summer weekend.

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    Vicki Bensinger — July 19, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    What a lovely salad. I could eat this daily and never get tired of it and love the addition of strawberries and peaches in it. Beautiful photo and nice post.

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    Sister Spice — July 19, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    This looks so light and fresh and tasty; not to mention healthy! Yum!

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    Liz — July 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    I love peaches in salad…and the whole combination of ingredients looks amazing! Perfect for summer!!! DELISH!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 19, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

    Strawberry, peaches, and goat cheese? Yup, I’m on board!

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    Bam's Kitchen — July 20, 2013 @ 12:46 am

    I love how thick and rich that balsamic vinegar reduction looks. It really makes a salad special. Have a super weekend. BAM

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    Kelly — July 20, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    What a beautiful summer salad Gergia! i love everything about this and that balsamic reduction sounds incredible! Gorgeous colors and love the flavors!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 20, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    Peach season FINALLY arrived here in Michigan this week -this salad looks perfect!!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — July 20, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    That is one lovely salad. It’s got all the things I love and it’s beautiful!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 20, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

    With that luscious and thick syrupy balsamic dressing, I could dig into this gorgeous salad every single day :)

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    DessertForTwo — July 20, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    Yep, i watch it, too. And I love it. And I love this salad! I’m main lining goat cheese right now! So good!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — July 20, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    Wow what a lovely salad! I love the gorgeous fruit in it!

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    Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen — July 20, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    This is the prettiest salad.. I love the colors and the flavors. We eat salads a ton in the summer and I can’t wait to try this one!xx

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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook — July 21, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Yummo – this salad looks delicious! I love, love, love fruit on my salads. I’ve actually never had goat cheese before though; I’ll have to give it a try.
    Ps. Love the brown sugar in the balsamic – I’m sure it’s great with that added sweetness!

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    Kathy — July 21, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    What a beautiful looking salad! I will be trying this soon!

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    john@kitchenriffs — July 21, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    I think I’ll eat anything wrapped in salami, too. ;-) But no need to do that with goat cheese – I love the stuff just as it is. This is a seriously good looking salad – love the flavors you’ve put together. Good stuff – thanks.

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    Archana — July 21, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    that salad is calling my name! it looks soo good. The best part though, is that glistening thick balsamic reduction! yummm!!!

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    Patty — July 21, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    Beautiful salad Georgia! I saw it on Pinterest this morning and was smitten!
    I’ve had a thing for soft crumbled goat cheese for quite a while now- it’s just too good;)
    Bring on the peaches-they look lovely in your salad and I’m sure they taste delicious;)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 22, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Oh I love fresh goat cheese too! This salad is gorgeous Georgia!!

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    Alyssa — July 22, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    There’s nothing I love more than fruit in salads. This looks light, fresh and perfect for summer, Georgia!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 22, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    Your food is always so attractive with all the beautiful colors and fresh ingredients! I want this salad everyday. All my favorite fruits in here too. :) Very pretty!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 23, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    YES! This is just the kind of food I want to eat at the end of July. Light! Fresh! Colorful! And salads are always better with a little bit of fruit. :)

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — July 27, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    Mr. P is addicted to balsamic reduction… He drowns stuff in it.. Know he would go crazy with this salad!

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — July 29, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    That balsamic reduction looks like dark, tangy deliciousness! It looks so beautiful against the colors of the salad. Plus, you know, goat cheese makes everything better :)

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    Ashley — August 18, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Beautiful combination! I love these flavors – sounds like a great salad!

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