This grilled peaches and prosciutto salad is a refreshing and vibrant summer salad that's easy to make. Sweet and salty from the peaches and proscuitto, creamy cheese and crunchy nuts all contribute to a balanced summer dish! Feel free to customize the salad by adding grilled chicken or shrimp for a heartier option.
Peaches And Prosciutto Salad
This is not one of those salads that goes back to the kitchen, the platter is cleaned when it leaves the table!
There is no roast meat main dish that's going to steal the show from this salad because it is the show! Unless you're talking about this glazed ham recipe which ofcourse wouldnt be fair to serve them on the same day, flavors galore, may be intimidating for the roast 🙂
Wondering if this colorful salad is best enjoyed during a specific time of year or reserved for special holidays? The answer is yes and no. The freshness of the grilled summer peaches enhances the overall experience but this recipe can be enjoyed year-round. All you have to do is adapt to the seasonal produce by choosing the ripest fruits available. Every season has something to offer.
Summer truly is the time to reap the benefits of the markets, stalls, supermarkets and get the best fresh special treats. Strawberries used in my Vino Cotto and Strawberries with ice cream, Capres Salad, bocconcini on these caprese sticks and this Peaches And Prosciutto Salad all add a touch of elegant and delicious summer treats!
Why Make This Peaches and Prosciutto Salad
Here are just a few reasons to make this delicous summer salad!
- The sweetness of ripe peaches (and better after grilling!)
- The savory and salty notes of prosciutto
- The ease and simplicity of making this salad without putting the stove on. If you have an electric grill this is perfect, outside grill whatever works to get the char on the peaches.
- I added the timing on the recipe card to allow for other delays like heating elementse etc. but this salad is so much quicker to make!
- It makes a wonderful light lunch or dinner and again, so delicious!
- The balance of contrasting flavors that you get in every bite with a burst of pomegranate.
- Rich source of vitamins and antioxidants from peaches.
- Protein-packed prosciutto and its low-fat content
- Contributing to a well-rounded, nutritious salad.
Ingredients You Will Need
Ripe peaches, prosciutto, crisp lettuce and other ingredients ensure a satisfying crunch. Fresh, ripe peaches, prosciutto, crisp lettuce (iceberg, romaine, Italian salad, summer mix with rocket etc.) The full recipe card is at the bottom of this post.
Peaches: Fresh, whole peaches.
Proscuitto Crudo: The better the proscuitto quality the better the salad, that simple.
Lettuce: Any lettuce type or greens mix works here.
Oranges: The juicier the better but any ripe and ready oranges are good.
Pomegranate: For the pop of flavor in your mouth each time you bit into one!
Salad Dressing: Whip up your favorite salad dressing. You can also make a quick dressing with lemon juice, salt & pepper, olive oil and fesh herbs. Use balsamic vinegar instead of lemon, add fresh orange juice with lemon and honey for something sweet, many options.
How To Make Grilled Peaches And Prosciutto Salad
Toast the nuts: Nothing worse than using all the beautiful ingredients and piling un-toasted nuts over! We are toasting the nuts in this recipe.
In a pan, add the nuts (dry toast) and medium heat, wait for them to toast. With a wooden spoon, move them around so that they don't burn.
Tip! Once you get the aroma of lightly golden nuts, remove them from the pan onto a cold plate or board/clean surface. They will stop cooking.
Prep the peaches: Wash, clean and de-pit. Use a pairing knife and cut the peach in half around the stone, then take it in your hands and twist. Twist towards yourself and then away, it should fall apart. If not, it might be a little harder so start slicing from the outside in. Slice fairly thick peach slices because they burn to quick on a hot grill.
Preheat the grill: Preheat a clean grill to medium-high heat. Spray or brush a single light coating of olive oil over the peach slices and grill both sides until lightly charred.
Prep the lettuce: Wash and tear the lettuce. Always try to get the lettuce as dry and possible either in strainer/colander or a salad spinner which works like magic in the kitchen!
Tips for Serving:
- Serve immediately to enjoy the contrast of warm grilled peaches with cool burrata.
- Pair with a crisp white wine or sparkling water with a slice of lime for a refreshing beverage.
Assemble: Assemble the lettuce first on the platter, followed by the rest of the ingredients and arrange to your likeing. Finish with folded proscuitto falling into little bundles all over the salad. Gently tear the burrata across the platter and place the grilled peaces randomly all over the platter.
Drizzle and Season: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic glaze and olive oil. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Optional Drizzle: For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle a bit of balsamic reduction over the salad.
Optional: Whisk up a simple vinaigrette to use on the salad.
How To Get The Best Results When Making This Salad
- Try and get fresh ingredients including cheese, fruit and vegetables.
- Choosing ripe and juicy peaches and opt for high-quality prosciutto even if it means you change the ones you see and don't particulary like. Explore variations that are available to you.
- This grilled Peaches and Proscuitto Salad is a wonderful standalone appetizer, something different for a main course or a side dish that pairs well with any mains.
Tips for preparing peaches and prosciutto
There's always that extra measure step or two that you can take to make it extra special and delicious.
- Peeling and slicing peaches
- Handling prosciutto with care
- Maintaining freshness and presentation
Frequently asked questions about Peach and Prosciutto Salad;
Can I substitute prosciutto with other cured meats?
Absolutely! There are many substitutes so choose any from Capicola (similar to proscuitto), salami, bacon, pancetta and ham to name but a few. They are not the same flavor profile but that's okay that's why they are called substitutes.
Can I use another fruit instead of peaches?
If you can't find peaces then another stone fruit will work, try plums or nectarines.
Substituting Burrata cheese?
Not the easiest to find all the time so try other fresh cheeses like goat cheese, feta (not the crumly one, go for the block), you can also use goat feta or a combination. It really just depends on what you can find. Fresh mozzarella, bocconcini (smaller balls), Fiora di latte (fresh mozzarella sheeps milk cheese).
How can I store leftover peach and prosciutto salad?
This is not the best type of salad to store away but you can. When you make the dressing, don't add it to the salad, this way, any leftovers can be saved in a container, sealed, in the fridge.
More Summer Salads
- Caprese Salad Sticks
- Pesto Pasta and Chicken Cold Salad
- Berries Prosciutto And Cheese Salad
- Spinach and Berry Salad
- Italian Summer Salad
Grilled Peaches And Prosciutto Salad
- 4 ripe peaches halved and pitted
- olive oil for brushing
- 2 to 3 cups lettuce
- ½ cup walnuts toasted
- 1 burrata cheese
- 8 slices prosciutto crudo
- ¼ cup pomegranate arils
- 1 orange for garnish halved
- extra virgin olive oil
- Maldons flaky sea salt
- Grill the Peaches: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Lightly brush the peach halves with olive oil and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear. Remove and set aside.
- Assemble the Salad: On a serving platter, arrange the lettuce. Nestle the grilled peach halves throughout the lettuce and add the chopped walnuts. Gently tear the burrata and scatter it over the salad. Drape the prosciutto slices over the peaches and burrata.
- Drizzle and Season: In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic glaze and olive oil. Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish: Garnish with pomegrante arils, halved orange, olive oil, and flaky sea salt. Serve with crusty bread and a drizzle of balsmic vinegar, optional.
- Optional Drizzle: For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle a bit of balsamic reduction over the salad.