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Grilled Peach Salad

Lately I’ve been feeling like lunch is nothing but a disaster. Nothing ever sounds good, and I don’t really want to take the time to create a huge meal. If I feel that way, I wonder how many of you think that lunch is such a dread? I have a simple idea for how you can make quick, and delicious lunches without all of the prep work or bore of the common PB&J (but seriously, I totally don’t mind an occasional PB&J. Especially grilled, oh my gosh! It’s like gooey heaven.) Grilled peach salad for the win.

So, one night I got to thinking, wouldn’t lunch be easier if I could just change up simple ingredients from last night’s dinner and/or dessert 😉 to make lunch the next day? I’m not talking “leftovers” here. I want to use fresh ingredients, but from the night before. So I set out to experiment, and while it’s going to take a few months to show you all of my ideas, I wanted to jump right in with my first one.

This recipe was a cinch to make, and although you make think it’s “just a salad” let me reassure you, this salad is good for you, super flavorful, and super filling. When I heard about the “Add Some Life with olives and olive oil” campaign I knew it was the perfect way to explore lunch time. No, this isn’t something I’m being paid to say, it’s just two things, olive oil, and living life, that I believe in and want to share with you.

Add Some Life With Olive Oil and Olives

“The Add Some Life campaign strives to inspire you about the taste, versatility, benefits and importance of making olives and olive oil staples in your daily life. Whether it’s with our families, our careers, or the food we put on the table, we all strive to find things that can add more “life” to our experiences. Olives and olive oil are the perfect way to do just that. They add flavor. They add health benefits. And they add a sense of excitement to everyday life.”

Uh, adding more “life” to your experiences, especially with food is pretty much what I’m trying to preach all day everyday. This is totally my style of living. (You can find Add Some Life on Facebook, and Twitter

How to Use Dinnertime to Make Lunch

So, back to the recipe. Here’s an easy way to make a delicious lunch the next day using the ingredients from dinner the night before.

Take whatever ingredients you are using for dinner, and cut up, cook, or save a few for lunch.
For example, tonight we had Italian Nachos for dinner. Not healthy, but delicious. I saved a little of the alfredo, sausage and the peppers. Tomorrow, I’ll have pasta with alfredo sauce, sausage and peppers. The night before we had a Loaded Salad and grilled peach melbas. So, I used the avocado, already cooked speck, and a left over grilled peach for today’s meal. See, it’s obvious, but sometimes we forget that saving a few basics from dinner can change everything. And, think of the possibilities, lasagna sauce on garlic bread toasted in the oven with a little cheese, a few slices of left over chicken can make sandwiches, wraps, salads etc.

The best part about choosing to make a salad is that most anything goes, and an olive oil dressing takes two seconds to make and is much healthier for your body, especially your heart.

Can Peaches Be Frozen?

Peaches can be frozen for 8-10 months.

For best results, slice peaches and lay in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer.

When peaches are frozen, place them in a heavy duty freezer bag and store in the freezer.

Are Peaches Good For You?

Peaches have many health benefits.

Peaches are a source for dietary fiber, which contributes to digestive health, can help lower cholesterol levels.

Peaches are low carb, have abundant vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E.

Peaches have niacin, as well as minerals, such as, potassium, copper, manganese, and phosphorous.

Potassium helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

Will Peaches Ripen Once They Are Picked?

Peaches will continue to ripen after they are picked.

To speed up the ripening, put them in a ripening bowl or in a loosely closed brown paper bag at room temperature.

Grilled Peach Salad

Grilled Peach Salad

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 Peach Grilled, Cut open, remove pit, brush with olive oil and grill over medium heat
  • 1/2 Avocado sliced
  • Mixed Greens
  • House speck bacon, prosciutto, or thin ham, crisped in a pan

Dressing

  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar Honey Wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Whisk everything together in a dish and serve over a salad.
  • Toss everything on a plate and drizzle with dressing.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Peach Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 106IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Disclosure: The author received a premium gift package from the International Olive Council, including a Williams-Sonoma Salad Spinner, Crate and Barrel Salad Dressing Mixer and Crate and Barrel Serving Tongs for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.


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Cheney Family

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Yep, I love this idea. Often, we'll make extra quinoa or brown rice at dinnertime so that we could include them in our salads or wrap sandwiches the next day. Your salad is gorgeous!

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  • I love the idea of creating lunches the day before because it's less stress in the mornings rushing around trying to figure out what to make! This is a healthy alternative that would help to keep me on the lighter side 😉 hehe

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  • I am so bad with lunchtime. I really need to change it up and start rethinking my leftovers!

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  • This lunch looks fabulous!! Although breakfast is my very favorite meal I couldn't make it through the day without lunch so I'm going to love this series on lunches 🙂

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  • Love all your posts and pics… 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  • I've been needing some lunch inspiration lately, great post! That salad looks so fresh and tempting too. (Can you believe I just called a SALAD tempting? :))

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  • Great tips! I should really start doing something like this as I'm struggling to come up with tasty and easy meals now that I'm home full time. Oh, and that salad looks delish!

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