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Grilled Peach Spinach Salad


4 ripe peaches, pitted and quartered
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
½ pound bacon, roughly chopped (optional)
8 cups spinach, chopped to bite size pieces
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
½ cup pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

½ cup (4 ounces) crumbled Danish blue cheese
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup sour cream
¼ teaspoon sugar
salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat on one side and medium heat on the other. Lightly brush the peaches with oil and grill over medium until nicely marked, about 4 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, place a flat cast-iron skillet on the grill over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  2. Combine the spinach, red onion, grilled peaches, pistachios and bacon in a large bowl.
  3. Make the dressing: Mash the blue cheese with a fork in a bowl. Mix in the buttermilk, sour cream, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Toss with the salad just before serving. Top with basil.