Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Arugula Salad with Grilled Peaches and Prosciutto

I have been meaning to check out a local farm for some time and finally made it over when the farmers were there.  The farm is Merrick Farm in Farmingdale, NJ and I just love it.   An interesting fact is that scenes from the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds were filmed at the farm. The farmers, Juan and Susan, are such nice, friendly people.  They oozed passion for organic farming and even have grass fed beef available from their own cows!  They also run a CSA and since it was a pick up day when I went by, a lot of produce and fresh eggs were gone.  They did have Swiss chard, kale, arugula, and fresh garlic.  I didn't want to leave empty handed so I picked up two bunches of the fresh picked arugula and some fresh garlic.  My daughter and I took pictures at the farm which I will post soon.  I will be back at the farm to buy some beef. 

I have been craving grilled peaches since I saw this delicious salad on Stacey Snacks.  I decided that the arugula would be perfect with grilled peaches and I added some crispy prosciutto and goat cheese.  I tossed the salad with grapeseed oil and reduced balsamic vinegar.  Before grilling the peaches, I sprinkled them with light brown sugar and a little balsamic a la this Williams-Sonoma recipe.  My daughter Cailyn stated that this was the best salad she has ever had!  Peppery, sweet, salty, tangy, salad goodness.  Delicious! 

Today is my baby's 18th birthday and we will be in New York City.  Happy Birthday Cailyn!!


  1. Enjoy you day in the city. I'm sending birthday wishes Cailyn's way. Your salad looks perfect for a summer evening. Take care. Blessings...Mary

  2. Happy Birthday Cailyn!
    Didn't you love the grilled peaches?
    I am addicted to them!

  3. Happy Birthday Cailyn! Enjoy the city. Btw, love this Jen, Stacey got me thinking about peaches too.

  4. This would be marvelous....those lovely sweet peaches with the salty proscuitto. YUM.

    Happy Birthday to your daughter. They grow up so fast, don't they?

  5. I have never heard of grilled peaches...but I can imagine..teh salad looks so tempting with the cheese on top...perhaps i shd try grilled mangoes....i think theyre closet to peaches in texture.....I think t will be really good too...thanks for the idea . will def give this a go :))

    And happy birthday to your 'baby' Cailyn :)