Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries

When was the last time you were struck by something so dazzlingly beautiful, it caught your breath for a moment? For me, it was the morning I made this Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries.

Raspberry Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Feta, and Almonds

A cause for and byproduct of writing a food website is that I spend an inordinate portion of my day focused on, well, food. When I’m not editing my own food photos, I’m flipping through inspiring ones in magazines, and more often than I care to admit, I’m eating one recipe while plotting the next.

While food is my passion and inspiration, it is also my routine, and as such, I sometimes forget to step back and appreciate it for its intrinsic beauty. Then, in the midst of a hectic week, I nearly fell off my stepladder when I leaned over to photograph the first shot of this Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries.

Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Raspberries, and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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It was just so stunning. The brilliant color of the peaches and raspberries stood proudly beside the crispness of the greens; the creamy hunks of feta warmed against the hot, smoky grilled chicken and toasted almonds. It was a visible, edible jubilee for sweet summer, and when I finished the photos and sat down to enjoy it for lunch, it was as if every bite existed as a reminder to celebrate the fresh, fleeting joy of summer.

Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries bids us to load our grocery carts wild abandon. Let juicy peaches overtake your counter! Always opt for the extra carton of raspberries! Bake cherry blackberry crisps, stir blueberries into your coconut French toast, and dare to put beets in your risotto! Summer is here, and it’s only right that we should feast.

Summer Peach Chicken Salad with Raspberries and Feta

In addition to being a tribute to summer flavors, this Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries involves little effort beyond grilling the chicken, yet tastes complex and well composed. I’d serve it in my flip flops with gusto for a late afternoon meal with friends, just as proudly as I’d plate it for a fancy ladies luncheon. Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries is equal parts earthy and enchanting.

Another critical component of this Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries is the greens. It’s easy to obsess over a salad for it’s fixin’s (and when those fixin’s involve ripe summer fruit, crunchy toasted almonds, grilled chicken, and tasty feta, who can blame you?), but at the core of any green salad are, wait for it…the greens. I used Earthbound Farm Kale Italia Blend, which offers a dynamite medley of baby kale, peppery arugula, and radicchio. Although I enjoy different greens, at home I typically gravitate to spinach, because it’s the easiest—or so I thought. It was just as fast for me to use the Kale Italia, but the layers of flavor and nutrients it added to the final dish were so superior, spinach alone may never do it for me again.

Summer Peach Salad with Raspberries, Chicken and Kale

I’m sharing Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries as a part of one of my favorite monthly traditions, the #EatSeasonal recipe round up. Every month, our group posts a seasonal produce guide, then creates coordinating recipes to inspire your meals. July is a beauty!

July Seasonal Produce Guide #EatSeasonal

I hope this Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries, along with the tasty collection of #EatSeasonal recipes linked at the bottom of this post, sparks you to celebrate July your table.

Grilled Peach Raspberry Chicken Salad with Feta and Kale

May your plate be piled high, the late summer sun shine through your window, and the peach juice run freely down your chin!

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Peach Salad with Grilled Chicken and Raspberries

A healthy and beautiful peach salad with grilled chicken, raspberries, and feta in a honey balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect dish to celebrate summer!

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Peach Salad

  • 3 ounces Earthbound Farm Kale Italia salad greens
  • 2 small grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 small peaches, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

Directions:

  1. Divide the salad ingredients between two plates.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients: balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. (Alternatively, you can shake all of the ingredients in a tightly sealed jar until combined). Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of dressing over the salads, then gently toss to coat. Enjoy immediately.

You will likely have some of the honey balsamic dressing left over. Store it in a tightly sealed container in your refrigerator for up to three weeks, then use it to make this peach salad again!

All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Don’t miss the rest of these fabulous recipes from our #EatSeasonal team:

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Want to try Earthbound Farm Kale Italia? You can download a coupon right here. Shhhh—I already printed two.

I’m sharing this post in partnership with Earthbound Farm. As always, all opinions are my own, and thank you for supporting the brands and companies who make it possible for me to provide quality content to you!

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

30 comments

  1. It is pretty stunning. Fruit in summer is awesome in salads. Especially lots and lots of fruit. It makes me sad when winter comes and I think back to past bounty. Oh, well. Better to appreciate it while we can!

  2. This is gorgeous! And this time of year is perfect for enjoying fresh fruit :)

  3. Y-U-M!!!! Loving that this salad just SCREAMS summer, Erin! Can’t wait to stock up on tons of produce at my farmers market this week — first up on the menu afterwards? This salad, for SURE.

  4. I am all about fruit in my salads! But how have I never thrown peaches in? This is a gorgeous summer dish!

  5. Hey girl This looks really good!!

  6. I agree with you, this really is a astunning dish!  I love the addition of peaches here, I bet it tastes incredible!

  7. I see this in my lunch future! Gorgeous!

  8. This is exactly how I like to eat in the summer: fresh and easy and colorful. Definitely a salad worthy of taking a moment to pause and admire all it’s beauty!

  9. Yes please. This screams July!

  10. This salad looks delicious! I love that you used sliced peaches – they are so perfect for this time of year!
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  11. Glad you didn’t fall of the step ladder friend!  This is a stunning salad!

  12. This is definitely a gorgeous salad! I can see why you almost fell off the stepladder! :) I can never turn down fruit in my salads!

  13. Well this is absolutely stunning!  I want this for dinner now!

  14. We have a big box of Kale Italia in our fridge as I type! My husband is so cute – he makes salads for the week every Sunday with it and I use it for smoothies. But now I’m wishing it was peach season here so I could peach it up!!! Soon right?? :) Can’t wait for my first juicy-over the counter bite!

  15. What a show stopper. Such a pretty dish. Defo the type food I love to eat in the summer.

  16. Oh yummy! I would love chicken with peaches and raspberries :)

  17. Dear Erin, what a fabulous summer salad. I could have this in the morning , afternoon or evening. Such a perfect summer meal. xo, Catherine

  18. What a gorgeous salad!  It screams summer and healthy!  Can not wait to enjoy it. 

  19. This salad looks and sounds fantastic Erin! Love your produce guide for July. Super helpful!

  20. This really is a stunning salad Erin and you photographed it beautifully! It’s just perfect for summer!

  21. Such a gorgeous salad! It has summer written all over it!

  22. I can totally relate to your food obsession. It’s pretty much all I think about. There is no denying the beauty that is this dish. I love that food can be both stunning and tasty all at the same time. I can’t wait to make this gorgeous salad this summer. Pinned.

  23. This salad is gorgeous! I also think about food constantly. I can’t help it. I love preparing it, I love eating it, I love looking at it. It’s all so good! No shame in that I think!

  24. Love that you called this a “peach salad with chicken” and not a “chicken salad with peaches”. Emphasis on the summer produce – the best part! :)

  25. Beautiful! And looks delicious!

  26. Salads are perfect hot weather food(I live in desert). Using leftover chicken makes this quick. I know my daughter and l will love it.

  27. wow this sounds delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe, looks quite simple to make.

    Simon

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