Peach And Bacon Salad

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This loaded peach and bacon salad is all you need for an easy yet really, really special brunch. Perfect for guests, or your next family meal! Peach and bacon salad is a very simple recipe to make and only takes minutes, it’s full of flavor with the sweet and savory taste.

Did you know there are many health benefits of peaches? In fact, they are considered a superfood that is packed full of vitamins and minerals. They can also provide numerous health benefits including:

Peach And Bacon Salad

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into lardons (1-by-1/4-inch pieces)
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill pan
  • 4 firm peaches, cut into sixths 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon honey 
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed and thinly sliced 
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces

Directions

  1. Add the bacon lardons to a cold skillet and heat over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Reserve the fat in the pan and keep warm; there should be a little more than 4 tablespoons fat.
  2. Meanwhile, lightly oil and preheat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the peaches with a little of the reserved bacon fat and season with a little black pepper. Grill until fragrant and clear grill marks appear, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, mustard and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the warm bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a large bowl, drizzle the dressing over the kale; toss to coat. Taste and season with a little more salt and pepper as needed. Transfer the kale to a serving platter and top with the tomatoes, peaches, pecans and bacon.

Peach And Bacon Salad

Before you say “that does NOT sound like a salad” let me say that peach bacon salad also has arugula in it so it actually IS a salad. But peach bacon arugula salad with almonds has too many words. So peach bacon salad it is!

Peach Bacon Salad: Wonderful main-dish summer salad with fresh peaches or nectarines, crispy bacon, toasted almonds, and arugula in a simple, homemade honey mustard dressing

This pretty little number makes a great main-dish salad for hot summer days (or nights). Peppery arugula tossed in an easy homemade honey mustard dressing, fresh ripe peaches or nectarines, crispy bacon and toasted almonds combine for a salad that is juicy and crunchy . . . at the same time. Say what??? I said it. I don’t regret it.

If you are serving as a main-dish salad, double the quantities to serve two people. The nutrition info in the recipe card assumes you’re making two side dish salad servings. If you want to make it for a big ol’ crowd, try cooking your bacon in the oven, remove from baking sheet, add almonds and bake them for about 10 minutes.

If you want more protein, add grilled chicken, but for me, this salad is the tits just like this:

Peach bacon salad: Wonderful main-dish summer salad with fresh peaches or nectarines, crispy bacon, toasted almonds, and arugula in a simple, homemade honey mustard dressing

Here’s a tip: If you happen to have a bounty of those hella good summer peaches and tomatoes, make my twist on peach tomato salad with a sweet and sour lime-ginger dressing.

PEACH BACON SALAD

  • Yield: 2 servings 1x

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 ounce raw almonds
  • 1 ripe peach or nectarine
  • 2 1/2 ounces baby arugula (about 2 1/2 large handfuls)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon mild mustard, such as Dijon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook the bacon first. Place into a cold skillet. Turn to medium-high heat and cook a few minutes on each side, flipping regularly, until crisp. Remove bacon strips and place on paper towel to drain. Crumble into large bits once cooled.
  2. Coarsely chop the almonds and add to the bacon fat. Cook, stirring often, until they look and smell a little toasty, 2-3 minutes. Remove and place next to bacon strips.
  3. Cut peach or nectarine into bite-size pieces. Reserve half to garnish.
  4. In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together: oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Add arugula and half the peach chunks and toss well to coat everything.
  5. Place arugula on a serving dish and top with remaining peaches, toasted almonds and bacon bits.

NUTRITION

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 297
  • Fat: 23
  • Carbohydrates: 15
  • Protein: 12

Peach and Bacon Salad with a Maple Balsamic Glaze

  • yield: SERVES 2-4 AS A MAIN OR 5-6 AS A SIDE.
  • prep time: 20 MINUTES
  • cook time: 25 MINUTES
  • total time: 45 MINUTES

A delicious grilled peach salad with smoky bacon, crunchy walnuts, and a maple balsamic glaze. Gluten-Free and Paleo-friendly.

Ingredients

Peach and Bacon Salad

  • 4 slices streaky bacon
  • 3 peaches, stones removed cut into 6-8 wedges
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, freshly torn
  • ¼ red onion, thinly diced

Maple balsamic glaze

  • 4 Tbspn balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbspn maple syrup

Instructions

  1. First, make the glaze. Place maple syrup and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Place on low heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, it should start to thicken. Remove from the heat and it should thicken some more. If it is too thick you can add some water until you have your desired consistency.
  2. Heat a drizzle of oil on the barbecue hot plate or in a frying pan or grill pan on the stovetop. Cook the bacon until crispy; set aside on a paper towel to absorb excess fat. Or cook under the grill in your oven, until crispy, which should take roughly 3-5 min each side.
  3. Next, cook the peaches. You can cook them in the bacon fat or choose a new pan. Heat a drizzle of oil in a grill pan on the stovetop. Cooked for 2-3 min each side until caramelized.
  4. In a small frying pan lightly cook the walnuts for a couple of minutes until they are golden, turning frequently, set aside.
  5. Assemble the salad. In a bowl place the spinach leaves, red onion, and basil leaves toss all together. Then place on a platter, place the grilled peaches evenly on the top. Break up the crispy bacon into small pieces, sprinkle over the peaches and then add the walnuts on top. Drizzle the balsamic maple glaze over the top.
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes

I used streaky bacon in this salad, use whatever you prefer.If you are following a strict Paleo diet then look for good quality Paleo compliant bacon at your local butchers.Use good quality balsamic vinegar, look out for additives such as “caramel colour” or sulphites.This peach and bacon salad will keep until the next day but the peaches may go a bit soggy, so it is best eaten on the same day as you make it.If you don’t have time to make the glaze a drizzle of balsamic vinegar will be a quicker option that will work well.Using a grill pan works better than a frying pan and you will get more caramelization on the peaches.

PEACH AND BACON SALAD

  • 5.0 STAR RATING
  • PREP 8 MIN
    COOK 12 MIN
  • 220.0 CAL
    SERVING
  • EASY
    EFFORT

INGREDIENTSSERVES 4

  • 125g fine green beans
  • 8 rashers dry-cured unsmoked streaky bacon
  • 1 red onion
  • 2large peaches
  • 120g baby leaf salad
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp Ranch Dressing
  • crusty breads

PREPARATION

Trim the fine green beans. Cut the red onions into thin wedges. Halve and stone the peaches.

METHOD

  1. 1 Blanch the beans in boiling salted water for 2 minutes, until just tender.
  2. 2 Drain and refresh under cold running water; set aside.
  3. 3 Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Griddle the bacon slices for 2-3 minutes each side, until crisp.
  4. 4 Remove from the pan and leave to drain on kitchen paper.
  5. 5 Griddle the onion wedges for 2 minutes each side, then transfer to the plate with the bacon.
  6. 6 Cut each peach half into quarters.
  7. 7 Add to the griddle pan and cook for 1 minute each side. Remove and set aside.
  8. 8 Pile the salad leaves on a platter or divide among 4 serving plates.
  9. 9 Break each bacon rasher into 2 or 3 pieces, and arrange on top, with the beans, onions and peaches.
  10. 10 Scatter over the basil leaves and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  11. 11 Drizzle over the dressing, and serve with crusty bread and extra dressing on the side, if you like.

Grilled Peach and Bacon Salad

Grilled peach and bacon salad is bursting with flavor and texture. Filled with grilled peaches, strawberries, goat cheese, walnuts and BACON all topped with a balsamic honey vinaigrette.

GRILLED PEACH AND BACON SALAD

When picking out peaches, I recommend smelling them. Make sure they smell like how they should taste, sweet. They should be slightly soft to the touch. Avoid ones that are too hard or super soft.

My family loves eating grilled fruit. Peaches, nectarines and pineapples are great fruits to toss on the grill. Grilling really brings out the sweetness of the fruit. Since we have so much beautiful produce this summer I thought that grilled peaches would be the perfect thing to add to a salad.

To make this salad I start with butter lettuce. Romaine and arugula would be great alternatives. Top with chopped, crisp bacon, soft goat cheese, walnuts, strawberries and of course the grilled peaches.

For the dressing I like making an easy balsamic honey vinaigrette. Balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey and a little s+p mixed up and drizzled over the salad. The honey and balsamic vinegar really adds nice flavor to the dish.

The bacon and grilled peaches are the stars of this salad. Here are a few alternatives for add-ins.

  • candied nuts
  • raspberries
  • pecans
  • blueberries
  • grilled chicken

This grilled peach and bacon salad is great as a side but can also make a nice light lunch or dinner salad. On a side note, grilled peaches are also AMAZING with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream

Grilled Peach and Bacon Salad

Grilled peach and bacon salad is bursting with flavor and texture. Filled with grilled peaches, strawberries, goat cheese, walnuts and BACON all topped with a balsamic honey vinaigrette.

SERVINGS

Ingredients 

  • 7 cups chopped lettuce I used butter lettuce
  • 5 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 2-3 peaches sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

BALSAMIC HONEY VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Place bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess fat.
  • Chop bacon into bite-sized pieces.
  • Heat grill to medium-high heat. Spray grill with non-stick cooking spray and place peach slices on grill.
  • Grill peaches for 1 minute on each side.
  • Place lettuce in a large bowl. Add chopped bacon, grilled peaches, goat cheese, sliced strawberries and walnuts.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEACH

1. Packed With Nutrients and Antioxidants

Peaches are rich in many vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds.

One medium-sized peach (5.4 ounces or 150 grams) provides approximately :

  • Calories: 58
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Fat: less than 1 gram
  • Carbs: 14 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin A: 10% of the DV
  • Potassium: 8% of the DV
  • Niacin: 6% of the DV
  • Vitamin E: 5% of the DV
  • Vitamin K: 5% of the DV
  • Copper: 5% of the DV
  • Manganese: 5% of the DV

Peaches also offer smaller amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and some B vitamins.

In addition, they’re packed with antioxidants — beneficial plant compounds that combat oxidative damage and help protect your body against aging and disease. The fresher and riper the fruit, the more antioxidants it contains

In one study, juice from fresh peaches demonstrated antioxidant actions in healthy men within 30 minutes of consumption

Fresh and canned peaches seem to have similar amounts of vitamins and minerals — as long as canned varieties are unpeeled

However, fresh peaches have higher levels of antioxidants and appear to be more effective at protecting against oxidative damage than canned ones

Summary
Peaches are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also contain beneficial
plant compounds like antioxidants, which can help protect your body from aging
and disease.

2. May Aid Digestion

Peaches may contribute to healthy digestion.

One medium-sized fruit provides about 2 grams of fiber — half of which is soluble fiber, while the other half is insoluble

Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool and helps move food through your gut, reducing the likelihood of constipation 

On the other hand, soluble fiber provides food for beneficial bacteria in your intestines. In turn, these bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids — such as acetate, propionate, and butyrate — which feed the cells of your gut.

Short-chain fatty acids in your gut may also help reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and ulcerative colitis

Peach flowers are another part of the fruit that may benefit digestion. They’re commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat digestive disorders.

Animal research shows that compounds found in the flowers may effectively increase the strength and frequency of gut contractions, which helps maintain the proper rhythm to push food along smoothly

While studies often use peach flower extract, an herbal tea made from the flowers is commonly consumed in Korea

Summary
Peaches contain fiber, which contributes to smooth digestion and a lower risk
of gut disorders. Peach flowers also provide certain compounds that appear to
support a healthy gut.

3. May Improve Heart Health

Regularly eating fruit — including peaches — may promote heart health.

Peaches may lower risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels

What’s more, test-tube studies show that peaches may bind to bile acids — compounds produced by your liver from cholesterol.

The bound bile acids — together with the cholesterol they contain — are eventually excreted through your feces, which may help lower blood cholesterol levels .

Additional test-tube and animal studies found that peaches may reduce total and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, as well as blood pressure and triglyceride levels

Research in obese rats further reported that peach juice may lower levels of the hormone angiotensin II that raises blood pressure

While these effects seem promising, more studies are needed to confirm them in humans.

Summary
Peaches contain compounds that may help reduce risk factors for heart disease,
such as high blood pressure, as well as triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
However, more studies in humans are needed.

4. May Protect Your Skin

Peaches may have protective effects that help keep your skin healthy.

Test-tube studies indicate that compounds found in peaches may improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture — thus improving skin texture

What’s more, both test-tube and animal studies show that extracts made from peach flowers or flesh applied directly to the skin may help prevent UV damage

Peach flower extracts were also found to delay the development of skin tumors in mice

However, more research in humans is needed before conclusions can be drawn.

Summary Compounds
in peaches and peach flowers may help keep your skin healthy by maintaining
moisture and protecting against sun damage. However, more research is needed.

5. May Prevent Certain Types of Cancer

Like most fruits, peaches provide beneficial plant compounds that may offer some protection against various cancers.

Specifically, peach skin and flesh are rich in carotenoids and caffeic acid — two types of antioxidants found to have anticancer properties 

Test-tube and animal research has also shown that compounds in peach seeds may limit the growth of non-cancerous skin tumors and prevent them from turning into cancerous ones

Not to mention, peaches are full of polyphenols — a category of antioxidants shown to reduce the growth and limit the spreading of cancer cells in test-tube studies

Peach polyphenols may have the ability to kill cancerous cells as well, without causing any damage to healthy ones

In one animal study, these polyphenols were particularly effective at preventing a specific type of breast cancer from growing and spreading.

Researchers reported that a person would need to eat about two to three peaches a day to consume an amount of polyphenols equivalent to that used in the study

In another study, postmenopausal women who consumed at least 2 peaches or nectarines each day had a 41% lower risk of breast cancer over 24 years

However, few studies have been done in humans, so more research is needed.

Summary
Compounds found in peaches may offer some protection against cancer by limiting
the formation, growth, and spread of cancerous cells. However, more studies are
needed to confirm these benefits.

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