Peaches with walnuts and feta

A truly ripe peach is a juice bomb. It requires a special, forward-leaning eating position, or else the juice will collide with either your t-shirt, your laptop, or the one important paper on your desk amongst all the other miscellaneous crap. Despite this trickery, a snatched and frenzied slurp-fest can be a real pleasure; un-fussed and fuzzed.

If you find yourself up against a batch that are a bit under-ripe though, this is the recipe for you; they’ll be capable of holding their own in the pan. Grilling also works.

If there’s anything a heap of honeyed peaches is crying out for, it’s a little salty somethin’ somethin’. Two courses of action that will never let you down: pig route, cheese route. Grilled bacon slots in effortlessly like the cool kid at school. A sharp cheese like a feta or goat’s will seem more restrained but delivers similarly satisfying results. S’ up to you.

Pan fried peaches with walnuts and feta

6 slightly under-ripe peaches
Olive oil, for brushing

For the dressing

1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 generous teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped mint
1 teaspoon chilli flakes


150g feta cheese
1 large handful of walnuts

Preheat a heavy based frying pan or skillet over a medium heat. Meanwhile, cut the peaches in half and remove the stones. Brush each one generously with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place each peach cut side down in the pan and leave until slightly golden. Turn them over carefully and give them a minute or so on the skin side then remove and allow to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, cut each half into 4 wedges.

Toast the walnuts by putting them in a dry pan over a fairly low heat and leaving them for a few minutes, moving them around regularly to stop them burning. Remove and set aside.

Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients together well and seasoning with pepper and just a little salt as the feta is salty. Combine in a bowl with the peaches – gently, to stop them breaking up. Arrange on a plate and garnish with the feta and walnuts. Serve immediately.

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13 Responses to “Peaches with walnuts and feta”

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  2. Lizzie

    Lovely. Just like with watermelon I imagine the feta works beautifully.

  3. gastrogeek

    What an inspired combination. Love the sweet salty thing you’ve got going on there.

  4. Rambo

    My mouth just filled with saliva.

  5. Su-yin

    AH! This was what you tweeted about. I had visions of it, but I must say it looks better than I imagined. Yum.

  6. Ladies who Lunch in Hants

    Wow, this dish just looks so mouth watering, cant wait to try it. Thank you.

  7. Janae Monir

    This looks absolutely FABULOUS. Thank you for sharing :)

  8. Gourmet Chick

    I love these sweet and savoury combinations – just made Ottolenghi’s mango and soba noodle salad for dinner the other night which was a similar combination. And I agree a ripe peach is the bomb!

  9. Caitlin @ Roaming Tales

    That looks sublime! Great photo, by the way! :-)

    I adore peaches and am lucky enough in California to have a supply of juicy, eat-over-the-sink peaches from the farmers’ market all summer long. But it’s great to have other ideas on how to use them, especially since there tends to be a glut toward the end of the season.

  10. Slobbering on the keyboard

    My mouth just watered up!

    you know, every time I end up with a bag of peaches, I keep praying that at least one of them would turn out to be sweet…with no luck, of course. So I go ahead and make melbas out of them.

    I think I’m going to give this a try next time!

  11. Tv Food and Drink

    That looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. What is the best way to tell if the peaches are in the right state of “under-ripe?” I have no sensitivity to these things. Thanks! – Gary

  12. Helen

    Hi Gary – hmmm it’s hard to describe but you basically want it to have a little firmness left to it when you feel it. You know how a really ripe peach feels soft in your hand? Well it’s a bit firmer than that. I do hope that helps a little bit! The best way is to just get some and have a go I reckon.

  13. shayma

    cheese, fruit, nuts-gorgeous. x shayma

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