Peaches, Beets, Walnuts & Gorgonzola

The ‘urban garden’ has been a moderate success – ok, so the potatoes weren’t exactly abundant! The tomatoes are going strong though, the herbs flourishing (even two types of basil I’ve been unable to grow before) and these pretty salad leaves, the first harvest. One is a type of rocket, the other is known as ‘bull’s blood’ – presumably due to its striking red veins. Both have a slightly bitter flavour, a good foil for the sweet peaches and creamy cheese.

These were supposed to be grilled. I forgot to light the BBQ, so I cooked them gently in a little butter and black pepper. I tossed them with the salad leaves, some walnut halves, roasted beets, crumbled gorgonzola – all drizzled with a dressing made by whisking olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. A little chopped mint is good too if you have it.

Category: Fruit, Garden, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Salads, Side Dishes, Starters, Vegetables 25 comments »

25 Responses to “Peaches, Beets, Walnuts & Gorgonzola”

  1. Peter

    Helen, thank you so much for the link. It appears good food is alove and well in London…no more boiled beef! lol

    This is a sexy salad (reaching over with my fork).

  2. Peter G

    Great advice Helen and well said…I too have too many cookbooks gathering dust. I’ll have to agree with Mr Kalofagas about this last salad. It is very sexy!…cheers

  3. Christie @ fig&cherry

    How about drinks? They won’t burst your bikini bubble!

    Also, I thought I was the salad combo queen, but sadly I was wrong. You, my dear, wear the crown. I’ll be the princess instead… ;)

  4. Ben

    All your salads look great. I cant wait to try this one with garganzola, I haven’t had it in years.

    Bens last blog post..Conquering yeast

  5. Lisa

    What a creative and mouthwatering blend of flavours. As always, your vegetarian options are irresistible.

    Lisas last blog post..Brown Lentils and Rice with Roasted Onions and Spicy Baked Tortilla Chips

  6. Olga

    That looks absolutely amazing. I bet it tastes great too!

    Olgas last blog post..Anna Cooks

  7. Kevin

    That salad looks and sounds so good!

    Kevins last blog post..Cole Slaw

  8. Wendy

    A belated happy blogoversary! Trying to decide which of these salads is my favourite. Maybe this one (I’m a sucker for blue cheese) or the squash… They all look great!

    Wendys last blog post..Ardnamurchan

  9. Simon

    Great job Helen, you have proved this week that salads aren’t:

    a) boring
    b) a garnish to a main meal!

    Some good ideas that I will be trying in due course.

    Congrats on your year anniversary as well.

  10. Helen

    Thank you all!

    Lisa – Thanks. I will try to get a ‘no croutons’ entry in this month – I have one in mind!

    Christie – drinks is a brilliant idea, you could be on to a winner there. No alcohol though, that would not be good for the bikini bubble!!

    Simon – Hello! Thanks for the comment, that is exactly what I was trying to do, glad to hear it came across. See you soon x

  11. sarah@tastespotting

    always love using sweet fruit in savory dishes…

    sarah@tastespottings last blog post..#19469 – Pan-Roasted Salmon over Fresh Greens with Garlic and Basil

  12. Lobster Recipe

    Looks and sounds great. You can’t go wrong with walnuts and gorgonzola!

  13. Lizzie

    This salad looks gorgeous – what a great array of colours!

    Lizzies last blog post..Bouga Restaurant, Crouch End

  14. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen

    These are all great salads, Helen! it is hard to chose my favorite from your selection – maybe this one, but the one with halloumi was great – but then there was the squash one too.

    I love food bloggers and all the inspiration I get from everyone on a daily basis! Thanks for the link! :)

  15. joey

    This is one gorgeous salad! And I agree with you 100% about the food blogs — the recipes speak to me more because I know they are made by humans like me! :) Thanks for the links!

    joeys last blog post..Salsa Verde

  16. Niamh

    This looks delicious! I have just very greedily eaten a block (yes, a block) of blue sheeps cheese from Ireland. Crozier Blue – highly recommend it, although maybe not this level of piggery!

    Cheers for the link :-)

    Niamhs last blog post..Taste of Cork

  17. Johanna

    So sad to see the end of the lovely salad series – and what a way to end – I love peaches in a salad but have never done them grilled or bbqed – will need to keep that in mind for the summer

    Johannas last blog post..Tagged: Top Ten Photos

  18. aforkfulofspaghetti

    Peaches AND beets? Is the end result not a little on the sweet side?

    Looks the part, though – a visual stunner!

    aforkfulofspaghettis last blog post..back in the kitchen… kind of. Oh, and a no-bake cheesecake.

  19. Sharona May

    Looks like a wondeful salad! I enjoy a salad with unique ingredients. :) I just made a sandwhich with a similar mixture of flavors: peaches, goat cheese…. YUM>

    Thanks, Sharona May

    Sharona Mays last blog post..Prosciutto, Goat Cheese & Peach Panini

  20. Mansi

    Aah! this looks like a perfect summer salad! peaches and beets…and all those greens! how much healthier could it get?!:) I’d like to invite you to please send this in for my healthy cooking blog event!

    Mansis last blog post..Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries – Easy Healthy Dessert

  21. Syrie

    Beautiful Helen. The flavours must be fantastic.

    Syries last blog post..Treat yourself to roasted garlic & prawn pasta

  22. sam

    Maybe you’re going to get to the stage where you just do what you feel like at the moment instead of planning and plotting for it. I totally understand where you are now – it’s a place where I used to firmly be and I swore I would never change. But I did change much to my own surprise and I moved into a different space. I still love my blog for the moments we have together, but I no longer so much expect it to be the center of everything like I perhaps once did. Maybe I am being too cryptic for a Monday afternoon….? Please excuse me.

  23. Paula

    Great looking salad. it looks delish!

    Paulas last blog post..BlakeBakes Real Butterscotch Pudding

  24. Helen

    SPaghetti – Funnily enough it wasn’t. Now you mention it, I hadn’t even thought that it would be but it does sound like that. I wonder why I didn’t think that before I made it? Anyway, it tasted great, maybe because the beets were only in small pieces. It was sweet, but not overly so.
    Sam – Hello crypic. Gosh, you are thinking a lot for a Monday afternoon aren’t you?! It’s ok though,as now it’s Tuesday and I can understand you. I guess the ‘salad days’ thing was a spur of the moment thing really. I mean, I had a couple ready to go at the beginning and then it snowballed from there. I know what you mean about ‘planning’ – that definitely wears off over time and you go with the flow a lot more. I used to fret over the blog – how much traffic I was getting, what I should be posting about etc but I do find I’ve calmed down a lot and realise it actually isn’t the centre of everything, as you say. I really enjoy the way your blog has progressed. I love the posts where you just have a photo and not many words, because that’s what you feel like doing I guess. It’s working! You have made me think – thank you.

  25. Jeanne

    What a beautful salad – and thank you for your very kind mention as an early inspiration *blush*. You are so right – the best thign abotu food blogs is not only the recipes but the glimpses into people’s lives and the stories that make those particular recipes dear to them. Look forward to many more years of reading your blog!

    Jeannes last blog post..Deconstructed cherry pavlova "shots"


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