Peach, Goat Cheese & Honey Croutons Salad / Ensalada de Melocotón, Queso de Cabra y Picatostes

Sometimes I laugh at people who think that eating healthy must be boring. Does that make me an awful person? Because I can’t help it, that’s so funny that I must laugh at their faces!
They don’t imagine how much sweets I get to eat. And burgers, pizza, bread, pancakes, tacos… Everything homemade, healthier and tastier. Does this sound dull to you?
What’s that with people thinking that a healthy lifestyle is all about eating plain, boring salads?? Sure, I still eat a lot of salad, but hey, plain salad?? It’s been years since I last had a salad which wasn’t amazing.

Like this one, for example. Peppery arugula, tangy goat cheese, sweet grilled peaches and crispy croutons drizzled with honey… and then a balsamic dressing. Could this get any better? I guess not.
I love how eating healthy has helped me discover that there are a million ways of turning everyday food into something really special by simply using spices and condiments in a way you’d never thought of! Back then when I did not eat healthy, I could not think of adding fruit to my salads (if I ever had salads haha)… or using honey and vinegar instead of fatty, sugary dressings, for example. I surely eat (and feel!) better now health-wise, BUT I also get to eat tastier food!
Sure I still occasionally crave decadent, sugary sweets which don’t feel healthy in the slightest. But when it happens, I have my dessert and enjoy it too. Life without dessert just doesn’t feel right 😉
Back to the salad, you have to try this one before peach season is over. You’ll be amazed at how awesome the flavour combination it is. And the texture, oh, don’t forget those crispy croutons! Definitely one of the salads I’ve ever had, I need it to be my lunch again anytime soon!
Makes 2 side salads or 1 awfully big salad (Consuelo-Sized-Salad):
100 gr. arugula
1 peach, sliced
50 gr. crumbled goat cheese
30 gr. day old bread (I used baguette)
a drizzle of honey
balsamic vinegar and salt to taste
Grill the slices of peach. If you don’t feel like firing up the grill just for the peach, you can always pan-fry.
Saute croutons (on low heat, they easily get burn!) with a drizzle of honey on top.
Add arugula to a bowl, toss croutons, crumble goat cheese and arrange peach slices on top. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and add salt if desired.
Enjoy!
This is part of the 3/1 seasonal challenge. For more info, go to my breakfast post or Stephanie’s info post!
Consuelo xx
{ESPAÑOL}
Espero que reírme en la cara de la gente que piensa que comer sano es aburridísimo no me haga una mala persona. No puedo evitarlo, es que es algo que me hace muuucha gracia.
La gente no se imagina la cantidad de cosas ricas que como: dulces, pizza, hamburguesas, pan, tortitas, tacos… lo que sea, pero eso sí, hecho en casa, que es mucho más sano y delicioso. ¿Acaso eso suena aburrido?
No lo entiendo, no. ¿Cómo puede alguien pensar que comer sano es solo inflarse a ensaladas? Que sí, que yo ensalada como mucha, pero de aburrida tiene más bien poco.
Pongamos de ejemplo esta ensalada: rúcula, queso de cabra, dulces melocotones a la plancha y crujientes picatostes glaseados con miel. ¡Y que nadie se olivide del chorrito de vinagre balsámico!
Me encanta cómo comer sano me ha hecho darme cuenta de que hay millones de maneras de convertir la comida de cada día en algo muy especial usando ingredientes y especias de una manera que nunca antes habría llegado a imaginar.
Si me hubieran dicho hace un par de años, cuando no me iba la comida sana, que se le podía poner fruta a la ensalada y que saliese así de buena, no me lo hubiese creído en absoluto, vaya. Y es que ahora como mejor, en términos de salud y tal. Pero también como comida mucho más deliciosa.
Y claro que todavía me apetecen postres decadentes que quizá no sean tan, tan buenos para mí. ¿Y qué pasa? Me como mi postre, y lo disfruto. Mucho. Porque una vida sin postres no suena bien 😉
Volviendo a la ensalada, tenéis que probarla antes de que se acaben los melocotones. Os sorprenderá lo buena que es esta combinación de sabores. Y qué textura, los picatostes añaden un toque crujiente que es de lo mejorcito que hay.
Es uan de las ensaladas más buenas que probado, me da a mí que toca hacerla otra vez ya pronto.
Salen 2 ensaladas o 1 ensalada enorme:
100 gr. rúcula
1 melocotón, en rodajas
50 gr. queso de cabra, desmenuzado
30 gr. pan del día anterior (yo baguette)
un chorrito de miel
vinagre balsámico y sal al gusto
Pasad los melocotones por la plancha y saltead los cubos de pan a fuego lento (¡se queman pronto, cuidado!) con un chorrito de miel.
Echad la rúcula, rodajas de melocotón, queso de cabra y picatostes a un bol y aliñad con el vinagre balsámico. Podéis añadir sal si queréis, pero yo no lo veo necesario.
Esta receta es parte del “3/1 seasonal challenge”. Para más información leed este post o el que escribió Stephanie. No olvidéis de mirar su receta, que tiene una pinta genial.
Un beso,
Consuelo

24 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie @ Eat My Tortes August 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    haha we both made salads as our lunch dishes! great minds think alike 😉 I love your version with honey and croutons–I’ll give it a try as I STILL have peaches! I don’t think they’ll ever finish…

    • Reply Consuelo Morcillo August 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Yes haha, I can’t wait to see which dinner recipe you come with. Yours are always fantastic! I’d love to try your version, but we can’t get halloumi here :( Although the hazelnuts make a lovely addition! x

  • Reply Ashley @ Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine August 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I loooove fun, healthy salads like this! I also like eating healthy, but I also enjoy deep fried things… such a dilemma.

    • Reply Consuelo Morcillo August 28, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Nah, you can have both! Indulgences are part of a healthy lifestyle, right? 😉

  • Reply Shashi Charles August 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Eating healthy is most definitely not boring – specially when it can be followed by dessert :)
    honey and goat cheese in this salad sounds GREAT!

    • Reply Consuelo Morcillo August 28, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Yes, dessert is always the best! I’m glad you like it 😀

  • Reply Josefine August 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    This looks perfect! I think I know what’s for dinner 😀
    And I totally get how you don’t think eating healthy is boring. Especially not when you can have salads like this!

    I really love your 3/1 seasonal challenge. Great ways to enjoy the last peaches :)

    • Reply Consuelo Morcillo August 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      It isn’t boring at all, indeed! I’m really glad you like it. Let me know if you try it c;

  • Reply yeste lima August 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Imposible aburrirse comiendo así y tal cómo lo compartes y lo explicas mucho menos.

    Tiene una pinta que te mueres, por eso hay que probarlo para no morirse de ganas, jjaja.

    Besos Consuelo

  • Reply Ashley August 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I absolutely love salads like this – especially with the peaches and goat cheese! And those honey croutons sound pretty fantastic as well. Definitely will be making this! Add a few slices of chicken and my husband will eat it as well : )

    • Reply Consuelo Morcillo August 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Aw grilled chicken would have made a great addition too, I’ll try that next time I’m making this! I’m glad you like it c:

  • Reply Allie BakingAMoment August 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Just loving all the peachy recipes, Consuelo, keep ’em coming! 😉

  • Reply Mary Frances McNellis August 29, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Peaches in a salad – yep, sounds perfect. Who said healthy eating wasn’t delicious? This will prove them wrong! Yum!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen August 29, 2013 at 3:55 am

    LOVE the sound of those honey croutons! What a satisfying salad!

  • Reply kumars kitchen August 29, 2013 at 7:49 am

    WONDERFUL SALAD,LOVED THE CRUNCH FROM THE CROUTONS,CAN HAVE THIS ANYTIME OF THE DAY :-)

  • Reply Irina @ wandercrush August 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Delicioso. Honey croutons? I’ve got to try that soon. I bet they caramelise nicely!

  • Reply Inma September 15, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Rúcula y melocotón,que buena combinación,debe estar buenísima .Me la apunto pa la próxima
    Besos

    • Reply Consuelo September 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

      ¡Qué bien que te guste! Muchas gracias :-)

    Leave a Reply