Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

Holy Crapper, today is messing with my MIND!  It’s 60 degrees out right now with a chill in the air that is TOTALLY making it feel like fall.  I went down to make myself lunch and found myself craving soup and comfort food.  AHH, I’m not ready for summer to be over yet!! I had to keep checking the calendar. It’s July 26th Mai-Lis. Repeat after me, it’s only July 26th.  Your summer is not over yet, flip flops are still the footwear of choice and you still have a handful of amazing beach days left!

Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

People need to just chill out with the fall clothes and back-to-school displays, can we please just enjoy our summer without skipping ahead a few months?  We only have 3 real summer months here, and now they want to tell me that fall is upon us when its only halfway over? UM NO! Not fair!

Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

Well, if you’re one of those ready to whip out the pumpkin spice and apple cider, you can just leave now.  We will have plenty of time for that when it’s ACTUALLY fall.  For now, over here at A Sunshiny Day, we’re going to live in reality and talk about warm summer nights and foods like grilled peaches and pasta salad.

Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

This was another salad that I made for the party this weekend, and another salad that I have about 20 pounds of sitting in my fridge right now.  I’m trying but there’s only so much pasta salad you can eat in one week!  Even if it is a friggin’ delicious salad with sweet grilled peaches, goat cheese and peach vinaigrette.

Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

Enjoy!  Oh – and happy SUMMER! YAY!!!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

Fresh warm towels.

warmtowel

One of the awesome things that came along with Tom when we moved in together 4 years ago was this towel warmer.  It’s so awesome on cold days to grab a nice warm towel for your shower.  Kind of crazy that just a few days ago I was taking ice cold showers to cool off and now I’m talking about cozy warm towels, but hey – that’s what you get living in New England.  Warm towels make it all better :)

Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

Serves 10-12
Allergy Milk
Meal type Salad, Side Dish
Misc Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party

Ingredients

salad

  • 4 Large peaches
  • 1lb orzo (cooked & chilled)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/2 cup green onions (diced)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • fresh basil (for garnish)

dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt & pepper

Directions

1. Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Slice the peaches in half and remove the pits. Lightly spray the peaches with oil and grill for a few minutes until nicely charred.
2. Place a half of one peach in a blender or food processor. Add the other dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
3. Chop the remaining grilled peaches and toss with the salad ingredients. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to coat evenly. Serve with more crumbled goat cheese and fresh basil.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to Grilled Peach & Goat Cheese Orzo Salad

  1. Oooh a towel warmer eh?! My towels are in my fussy linen closet that takes on the temperature outside, so damn I would surely appreciate THAT during the winter!

    This recipe looks to die for. I’ll admit I still haven’t grilled peaches…. I need to!

  2. It’s been Fall like here, not gonna lie…I am loving it!

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