This salad could be dinner all by itself. Pair it with a grilled chicken breast, pork tenderloin, or small steak and you have an elegant supper worthy of a special occasion. Do the dressing and the bacon ahead of time and it becomes quick and easy as well.

Grilled Peach, Onion and Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

recipe by Linton Hopkins for Food & Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 pounds sweet onions, cut into 1-inch-thick slabs
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • 4 large ripe peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the sour cream, buttermilk, mint, parsley, chives and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
  3. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the bacon slices on the sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cayenne. Bake for about 25 minutes, until caramelized (the bacon will crisp as it cools). Let cool, then cut the bacon into bite-size pieces.
  4. Meanwhile, light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until softened and browned, 10 minutes. Separate the onions into rings. Brush the peaches with olive oil and grill over moderately high heat until tender, 1-2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate.
  5. In a large bowl, toss the onions with the peaches and bacon. Add the buttermilk dressing and toss to coat. Serve right away.

For more delicious ways to use peaches in season, see our recipe archive.