Whipped Feta & Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette for #SundaySupper

As the days start to get just a wee bit shorter, #SundaySupper and Gallo Family Vineyards are getting together for one last summer party for Labor Day. And I am celebrating some of my favorite late-summer flavors with a light, fresh salad that complements one of my favorite summertime wines. Pour a glass of Gallo Family Riesling and toss together this Whipped Feta & Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Whipped Feta & Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

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I know it was just a few days ago that I talked about how excited I was for The Bug to go back to school. In some ways I am looking forward to this, but in some ways, I want this summer to last forever. It was filled with so many great experiences and amazing accomplishments.

Just before the “official” start of summer, I got to meet so many of my blogger friends at a conference in Miami. I went to Vermont for a week filled with family, fun, and, of course, lots of ice cream. The boys and I spent a lot of time at my mom’s, which meant plenty of beach and pool time. I reached some personal goals with this little ol’ blog here. The Hubby and I had a getaway to Orlando that was both busy and relaxing, and which happened to coincide with the Food & Wine Conference, where I had the exciting opportunity to not only meet so many friends, enjoy amazing food, and learn a ton, but also to be a speaker and share a few things I’ve learned along the way. Plus, we also got to be among the first to try Gallo Family Vineyards’ newest wine, which just so happens to be one of my favorite varietals – Riesling. And I love it – light, crisp, fruity and refreshing. A perfect summer wine, though I’d happily drink it anytime of year!

And now what am I facing? The Hubby starting a new job. A move out of my home state for the first time, and all the craziness that this entails. I could use a few more days at the beach. A few more ears of corn. A few more laps in the pool. A few more afternoons on my mom’s front porch with a glass of wine. A few more fresh peaches and blueberries, perhaps on a salad like this…

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I know I’ve been on a peach and blueberry kick lately, but I just can’t help myself. Since having my favorite late summer New Jersey fruits for breakfast and dessert just isn’t enough, I had to make a savory dish, too! Whipped Feta & Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette brings those flavors together in a light lunch, appetizer, or side salad, or you can double up the ingredients or maybe add some grilled chicken or pork for a more substantial dinner salad.

The sweet, luscious peach, caramelized just a bit on the grill, adds freshness to the pepper arugula and salty and smooth whipped feta. Chopped hazelnuts bring in the texture (though I think pistachios would also be fabulous, but I was out of them, or even some pecans) and a toasty, nutty flavor, while the smooth and tangy Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette ties it all together.

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See those two lovely appetizer plates so beautifully waiting to whet your appetite before one last grilled summer dinner? Yeah, I might just have dumped them both on one big plate and polished them off myself.

You know, just trying to savor summer a little longer.

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Gallo knows all about the importance of family and the meals that bring us together, and we are coming together to celebrate the fun that we had this summer with all of our special families. Learn more about the wines of Gallo Family Vineyards, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, and check out the store locator to try some of their wines yourself.

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Do you still need some recipes and inspiration for your last summer shindig? Check out all of the fabulous ideas at the bottom of this post and in the Gallo Family Vineyards Labor Days Recipes collection! Make sure you pair these with Gallo Family Vineyards Sweet Red or the new and fabulous Riesling for a sweet summery celebration. And here’s a dollar off for you!

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Whipped Feta & Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
Late summer flavors in a sweet & savory appetizer, side, or light meal.
Author:
Recipe type: Salad, Side, Appetizer
Serves: 4 as a side or appetizer, 2 as a main course
Ingredients
For the salad:
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 peaches, halved and pit removed
  • Arugula
  • 2 Tablespoons hazelnuts or pistachios
  • Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
For the Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ Tablespoon honey
  • ½ Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
For the salad:
  1. Crumble the feta into a food processor, add the Greek yogurt and olive oil, and process for several minutes, until smooth and creamy. Store in the refrigerator until ready to assemble the salad.
  2. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Place each peach half on the grill, cut side down, for 4-5 minutes. Flip over and grill for another 4-5 minutes, or until caramelized and juicy. Alternatively, you can roast them cut side up on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes at 425°F, or until tender.
  3. Place arugula on four small salad plates or two large ones. Top with one or two peach halves (one for a side or appetizer salad, two for a main course salad), then dollop about two tablespoons of the whipped feta on top of each peach half.
  4. Sprinkle each salad with the nuts and drizzle with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.
For the Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  1. Combine the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Enjoy!

Want more summer flavors?

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And here is the rest of the #SundaySupper Labor Day menu to pair with Gallo Family Vineyards Sweet Red and Riesling wines:

Labor Day Beverages:

Labor Day Savory Bites:

Labor Day Desserts:

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Comments

  1. says

    Where has whipped feta been all my life? Thank you for sharing that gem. Well, the whole salad is utterly fantastic. It definitely would be a main course for me.

  2. says

    I recently made a spinach salad with grilled peaches…such a great combination! I’m loving your whipped feta AND your blueberry vinaigrette! SO delicious!!!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh this sounds absolutely amazing. Ugh, its too bad peaches and blueberries aren’t in season all year round because I could eat this forever and ever. Good luck with all your crazy fun adventures coming up =)

  4. says

    I have never had whipped feta, this looks so good! I’m still all about summer dishes (I’m in Florida, so it’s “summer” here until December, haha). I hope your move to a new state goes well!

  5. says

    It is so hard to pick just one memory from the summer as the best! Maybe the highlight would be the Food and Wine Conference…getting to see so many blog friends is always a treat!

    As for the salad, this is one I could definitely see myself eating ALL the time – love the flavors!

  6. says

    Ugh, I know. I’m not nearly ready for summer to end either. Sounds like your summer was just as busy and fun-filled as mine!

    I keep getting peaches in my Door to Door Organics box, and they’re honestly not my favorite fruit to just eat on their own, so I’m always looking for recipes to use them up. This one is a winner!

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