Something magical happens when you combine crumbly, smokey bacon with a sharp bleu cheese and sweet, grilled nectarines. I love the combination of juicy fruit with crispy bacon and the sharp flavors of a nice bleu cheese.
This salad would also be great with many different fruits; it can be prepared as an autumn salad with grilled pears, which would be a special addition to any Thanksgiving or holiday table.
Grilled nectarines and peaches may sound weird; I thought so too, at first. My dad grilled some peaches many summers ago and served them just like that; on a plate, sprinkled with salt and pepper and drizzled with olive oil. They didn’t even need anything else to go with them. Once you slice into one, you’ll see. This technique goes for many fruits; the grill caramelizes the outside, causing the sugars in the fruit to deepen just a bit more.
This salad is actually very simple. Just choose your favorite bleu cheese (we chose a slightly smokey Danish bleu), crisp up some bacon, and toss everything together with freshly chopped romaine and a sweet balsamic glaze. Perfection.
To make this salad a meal, consider adding a piece of grilled salmon or chicken.
Nectarine, Bacon and Bleu Salad
Serves 2 as a side salad or 1 as a dinner salad
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
1 head of romaine lettuce
3 strips of thick bacon
A few ounces of bleu cheese (to your liking)
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Slice each nectarine, carefully removing the pit. Coat the nectarines with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Grill until there there are slight char marks and the nectarines have caramelized a bit. You’ll know they are done when they lift from the grill without too much force (so be sure to use enough olive oil!).
While the nectarines are grilling, heat a pan and cook the bacon until it is crispy enough to crumble. Once it is done, remove the pieces to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb the excess grease.
Once everything is done, slice the grilled nectarines, crumble (or chop) the bacon, and while you’re at it, chop up some refreshing romaine. Top the romaine with your decadent nectarines, bacon, and crumbled bleu cheese, and drizzle with a little olive oil and balsamic glaze. Bon Apetit!
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