Grilled Peach Bread Salad

by Pamela

bread salad, grilled peaches

So two days later, people are still talking about the Lady Gaga meat dress she wore for the MTV VMA’s.  I have to admit that looking at all of those pictures of the bovine bedecked belle actually made me queasy.   Don’t get me wrong, I like me the occasional cut of red meat, but using a piece of flap meat to cover my flap isn’t something I’d ever consider doing. Of course neither have 99.9% of the population which is why Lady Gaga did it.

I thought the dress was appropriately timed, albeit not intentionally, to appear everywhere on a Monday which just happens to match up with the ongoing movement of Meatless Monday.  I have to say it inspired me not to eat meat.  I couldn’t even look at a piece of meat after seeing pictures of the meat dress plastered everywhere I went.

As summer is winding down (for some of us, weather wise, summer never happened) on the calendar, I’m starting to get to the end of my little cherry and yellow pear tomatoes.  So I’m using them in just about everything.  I love making a bread salad with these little sweet tomatoes so I decided that my Meatless Monday meal would be a bread salad.

The pear tomatoes are my favorite to use in a bread salad because they are so sweet.  I let the balsamic vinegar bring the tangy to this salad.  Of course, I couldn’t let this salad go the traditional route, that would be blasphemy!  The end of summer also brings lots of juicy peaches into our house.  I eat so many peaches it’s a miracle I don’t end up looking like a peach come October.  I decided to add some grilled peaches, to bring some unexpected flavor to the traditional Italian bread salad.

Since the grill was already being used to make the grilled peaches, I decided to grill the bread too(instead of toasting it).  Grilling the peaches would intensify their sweetness and soften them up a bit and grilling the bread meant I could use the fresh bread I had just bought instead of letting it get stale.  So grilled peaches were on the party list along with fresh mozzarella, basil and shallots.  It’s a small party but that let’s each of the ingredients shine through.  Plus each ingredient brings a mixture of textures which makes your mouth think it’s eating more than it actually is.

If you’ve never had bread salad before, think of it as a caprese salad with a few more ingredients, and it uses less dishes.  Instead of serving the bread and salad on their own plates, everything goes into one big bowl.

Relationship Advice

On the topic of dressing, strange clothes not salad dressing, I’m about to throw all of us ladies right under the bus. I’m about to out us to the guys with a list of 5 Things Men Don’t Know That Women Wear.

  1. We wear big ol’ granny panties.  Yep, we do.  We’re not always prancing around in those cute little boy shorts (that feel really weird under pants) or sporting pieces of neon colored dental floss that ride up our butt cracks threatening to slice us in two like a cheese wire.  We don’t just wear them during our special time of the month either.  We like getting our vintage JCPenney catalog look on.
  2. We wear this stuff called shapewear.  That’s just a fancy word for a compression garment that hides all of our unsightly bumps, bloats and sags.  We want  you to believe that our bodies are flawless but we’ll  never let you be in the room when we remove this garment because we don’t want to be held responsible for giving you a concussion when our fat loses it’s pressurization.  Just like you can’t lose cabin pressure when flying in a plane, you can’t fly us when our fat loses pressure.
  3. When we like you we sometimes put some of your cologne on so that we can smell like you.
  4. When we go out with you and your male friends we will dress sexier than usual so we draw your friends attention.  It’s not that we don’t still love you, but we really like the attention and getting our ego stroked as much as you do.
  5. We keep that size 2 dress in our closet because someday it will fit us again.  No, we don’t think about the fact that it will probably go out of style by then.  For us, that size 2 is like a medal of honor, and you wouldn’t throw that out now would you?

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Grilled Peach Bread Salad

Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil (divided)
  • 4 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Large Shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 6 Large Basil Leaves (sliced into thin strips – chiffonade)
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Peaches (washed, pitted and cut in half)
  • 8 1″ Thick Slices French Baguette
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Yellow Pear Tomatoes (washes and cut in half)
  • 1/2 Pound Fresh Mozzarella (cut into small dice)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions

Start your grill.

Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shallots and half of the basil into a large bowl.  Whisk to combine ingredients and add some kosher salt to taste (you may be adding more salt later so don’t go crazy adding salt here).  Whisk ingredients again.

Brush both sides of the bread slices with the remaining olive oil.

When the grill reaches 400 degrees Farenheit, lay the peaches (flesh side down) and the oiled bread on the grill.  Don’t walk away from the grill, it won’t take long for the bread to brown.  Once the bread browns to your likeness flip it over.  The peaches will also brown.  When they show grill marks, turn them over.  (The skin side of the peaches will blacken a bit and not really brown.)  Remove the bread when it reaches your desire of doneness.  Remove the peaches when the skins start to turn darker or a bit black.

Cut the bread into 1″ cubes.

Slip the skins off of the grilled peaches and cut into 1/2″ pieces.

Re-whisk the olive oil and vinegar mixture if it has separated and add the tomatoes, mozzarella, cubed bread and grilled peaches.

Toss to combine and add salt and pepper to taste.

Top with remaining basil and serve.

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14 comments

Enlightened Omnivore October 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

What a fab salad idea, I will be making it today!
Someone needs to create a dress of fruit or veggies, it probably will not get the same amount of press, but it will be much easier on the eyes…

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit September 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

So funny! :) Love the sweet peach bursts in that beautiful salad! Meat dress is just nasty. :P

Caitlin (EatFeats) September 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

My boyfriend has walked in on that cologne thing before. Um…hey honey…just want to remember you every time I smell myself? He thought it was a little weird, but he’s all for me sluttin’ it up around his friends–and I think THAT is a little weird.

Pamela September 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

he wants to show you off…consider it a compliment (guys aren’t very good in that dept. – take what you can ;) )

Lentil Breakdown September 15, 2010 at 10:28 am

I have to admit, I haven’t had a bread salad either. Wish I could say the same for those JC Penney panties.

Pamela September 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

JCPenney panties rule!

The Cilantropist September 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

I have to admit that I have never eaten a bread salad, although I have a sneaking feeling I would love it. :) All the colors here are beautiful!

Dionne Baldwin September 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

After seeing that dress this salad is perfect. Ok, I take that back. This salad looks amazing even without seeing that disgusting dress. The title “Grilled Peach Bread Salad” intrigued me because I’ve never heard of bread in a salad title and this totally looks like it’s the perfect salad to have for dinner. A nice fresh chopped salad with bread and grilled peaches and…oh and before I forget I’m jealous at all the loot from your garden! My tomatoes are green and I haven’t even gotten many zucchini’s. Not much luck this year so far, but I like your post! :)

Lora @cakeduchess September 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I have to try this salad. I love the combination of flavors. Your post was hysterical!!! (as usual);)

Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks September 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Thumbs up on the grilled peaches in the panzanella and the short-cut for grilling the bread. My tomatoes are finally in bounty and I have some gorgeous Mr. Stripey’s that will be beautiful in this salad. Thanks.

lisaiscooking September 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

This salad is a great mix of flavors including the flavor from the grill. Now, I feel like I need another bread salad or two before summer is gone!

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