Looking for a filling salad? You’ll love Grilled Ham Salad on spring greens, with fresh peaches, goat cheese, toasted pecans, and balsamic dressing.
One of the gifts I received for Mother’s Day this year was a subscription to Food Network Magazine. That’s where I discovered this recipe for Grilled Ham Salad With Peaches and Goat Cheese. I was thumbing through the September 2014 issue that recently and saw the recipe for a grilled ham salad… with peaches. It got my attention), because it sounded so different from other salads I’ve made.
The combination of ham and fresh peach slices sounded interesting to me. Guess what? They go WELL together! Who knew? Plus… just about ANYTHING with fresh peaches has to be wonderful, right?
Well, my curiosity got the best of me and I ended up making this salad for dinner for my husband and myself a couple of nights ago. Even as I was making it, I truthfully wasn’t sure we would like it… but guess what? We both LOVED it! It was WAY better than I thought it would be, and THAT was a great surprise!
What’s IN A Grilled Ham Salad?
The grilled ham salad is a filling entree for dinner. You’ve got your meat (ham), dairy (creamy goat cheese), peaches (fruit), toasted pecans and lots of lettuce (veggies). Top it off with a homemade balsamic dressing and how could you NOT love a salad like this?
I only tweaked the original recipe just a bit. This grilled ham salad is quick to throw together, easy on the eyes, and completely delicious! I hope you will give this delicious salad a try.
Is This Grilled Ham Salad Hard To Make?
The answer is no. Ham slices are quickly grilled (indoor or outdoor), peaches are sliced, dressing is whisked together, and salad is created! This grilled ham salad is very easy to make!
Here’s a photo of it, ready to eat…YUM! Sometimes just taking a chance on a new recipe ends up being a great decision when you find a GREAT tasting meal! This grilled ham salad would be a wonderful dish to serve on a hot day!
Hope you will consider making this grilled ham salad. I think you will be surprised with how good it tastes! Have a great day.
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Recipe Adapted From: Food Network Magazine, September 2014 issue, pg. 82
- 1/2 cup pecans , chopped
- 1/3 cup olive oil (plus more for grill)
- 2 - 1 inch thick slices ham (approx. 7 oz. each)
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chives , chopped
- 1/2 Tablespoon Tarragon (I used dried)
- 1 shallot , finely minced
- 3 fresh peaches , peeled, pitted, and sliced into 1/2 inch wedges
- 8 cups fresh spring greens
- 1 pinch Salt and black pepper , to taste
- 4 ounces goat cheese , crumbled
- Preheat a grill to medium heat. (I used an indoor grill to prepare the ham)
Brush the grill lightly with olive oil. Place the ham slices on the grill; heat through (about 2-3 minutes per side). Remove the ham when heated through; set aside to cool, then slice into 1/2 inch strips. Set aside.
Lightly toast chopped pecans over medium high heat in a dry skillet. Stir pecans occasionally, until toasted (about 5-6 minutes). Be careful to not let them burn. Set pecans aside to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, herbs and shallot. Slowly whisk the olive oil into the mixture; Mix until emulsified.
Place salad greens, pecans, ham, and peaches in salad bowl. Add the salad dressing and GENTLY toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange salad onto serving plates, and top with crumbled goat cheese. Serve and enjoy!
**Original recipe uses 2 Tablespoons of sherry vinegar or white balsamic vinegar (instead of the regular balsamic vinegar I used).**
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