Summer Fruit and Goat Cheese Salad

A great salad for a summer supper.

Walking through the farmers market in my home town is one of my favorite activities. I will specifically plan my trips home in order to be around (and awake) for the market on Saturday mornings. Some of my favorite items to be found are fresh squeezed juice, homemade jerky, and fresh kettle corn made in a huge pot that I could probably sleep in. I really like the kettle corn.

Today’s find were some beautiful peaches, which I quickly made into this salad, as well as grilled a few for a future post. Also, I bought okra! I tried finding some in a “grocery” store around here, but it was literally black. Black, rotting okra is not acceptable. I hate Wal-Mart produce and try to avoid it like the plague, so I am not even sure why I bothered to look. Either way though, I bought okra for the first time and am excited to actually try it. It’s ridiculous how many foods are out there that I still have not tried.

So back to the peaches… These were juicy and wonderful! They mixed with the balsamic vinegar perfectly to form a nice dressing for the salad. And of course, the saltiness of the pistachios with them sweet peaches was a wonderful way to encourage more water (ie, lemonade) consumption on a beautiful summer day.

Summer Fruit and Goat Cheese Salad
Serves 4 (a light lunch/snack, or a large side)

4-5 cups lettuce mix of your choice (arugula, spinach, anything)

2 ripe peaches

2/3 cup blueberries

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

1/3 cup crumbed goat cheese

3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar (aged is thicker and has a more intense flavor)

Wash and dry lettuce, then place in a large bowl. Wash and slice peaches into bite-size pieces, leaving the skin on the peach for added texture. Scatter peaches on top of lettuce and discard the pits. Sprinkle blueberries, pistachios, and goat cheese on top of lettuce as well. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Toss together, and serve.

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