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Stone Fruit Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pecans, and Balsamic Glaze

by flavorthemoments on July 31, 2013

stone fruit salad with ricotta salata, pecans, and balsamic glaze

Stone Fruit Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pecans, and Balsamic Glaze is a bed of mixed greens topped with fresh peaches, nectarines, and cherries, ricotta salata cheese, and toasted pecans.  Balsamic glaze is drizzled over the top for the easiest dressing ever.

stone fruit salad with ricotta salata, pecans, and balsamic glaze

I’m extremely sad that summer is flying by for many reasons.  Don’t get me wrong, fall is my favorite time of year by far, but I’m not ready for the rat race to begin again, and I’m certainly not ready to say my good-byes to peaches, nectarines, cherries, and the like. This salad is my tribute to some of my favorite summer fruits.  They may be gone from the farmer’s markets soon, but my memories will linger on. :smile:

stone fruit salad with ricotta salata, pecans, and balsamic glaze

Whenever I’m carousing through the farmer’s market, I always make a stop for a huge bag of stone fruit.  I end up spending $10 on just that.  Why?  Because I can’t decide between yellow peaches, white nectarines, yellow nectarines, plums, pluots in every color, and apricots.  Oh yeah…I forgot cherries.  The $10 doesn’t even include them.  I’m obsessed. The craziest thing is that I have all that delicious fruit and I don’t even bake with it because we just eat it all like crazy.  If it’s not earmarked for baked goods, we just scarf ‘em.  :smile:

stone fruit salad with ricotta salata, pecans, and balsamic glaze

I was shopping through Trader Joe’s looking for cheese, when I saw Crumbled Ricotta Salata.  I was ecstatic.  I love ricotta salata, and the fact that it was already crumbled was such a bonus.  It was also a great price.  Sold!  It’s just perfect in this salad.

A few weeks back I made my Roasted Golden Beet and Citrus Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette, and I loved that dressing, and I thought about using it with this salad.  I’ve been using a lot of balsamic glaze, however, and I decided to use that instead.  I love that sweet, tangy glaze so much — I could drink it.  What an easy way to dress a salad, too.  :grin:  This salad is summery, easy, and delicious.  No complaints here!

stone fruit salad with ricotta salata, pecans, and balsamic glaze

Stone Fruit Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pecans, and Balsamic Glaze

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 sevings

Stone Fruit Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pecans, and Balsamic Glaze

Stone Fruit Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pecans, and Balsamic Glaze is a bed of mixed greens topped with fresh peaches, nectarines, and cherries, ricotta salata cheese, and toasted pecans. Balsamic glaze is drizzled over the top for the easiest dressing ever.

Ingredients

3 cups mixed greens

1/2 large peach, pitted

1/2 large white nectarine, pitted

4 large cherries, pitted and halved

1/3 cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese

1/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted or glazed

Balsamic Glaze, for drizzling

Instructions

Place the mixed greens on a serving platter. Place the remaining ingredients atop the greens, and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

You can buy pecans already toasted, or simply place the pecans in a skillet over medium heat and toast 3-5 minutes or until fragrant. Keep a close eye on them as they burn quickly.

Ricotta Salata cheese can be substituted for goat or feta cheese.

Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion July 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm

First of all – these pictures are beautiful my dear! Love all the colors – you are right, it is like summer on a plate. I’m a plum kinda girl, all the way.

xo Jackie

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flavorthemoments July 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Thank you, Jackie! I love colorful salads like this. Sounds like you would love this with plums!

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Ashley August 1, 2013 at 5:12 am

Oh this salad is so right up my alley! I could eat salads like this all the time! I totally agree with you about all the summer produce – I’ve been buying it like crazy to make sure I eat as much as possible before it all goes away! I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do when berries are out of season…. haha

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

I’ve been doing so much with fruit lately that I feel like my blog is dying for a savory dish! ha I need to try your mixed berry salad with the poppyseed dressing. I know I will love that one, too!

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Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies August 1, 2013 at 5:30 am

Until this year, I thought I hated peaches, nectarines, and apricots. I’ve been avoiding them for probably 10+ years, until they just smelled SO good at the grocery store a few weeks ago and I bought a couple apricots… and ate them all as soon as I got home. I have to try this salad now that I know these fruits aren’t my enemies :)

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 7:39 am

I’m glad you’re not enemies with them anymore! I think this salad will help even more. :)

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Christine August 1, 2013 at 7:52 am

I never thought about a salad with cherries. I made one with peaches, yes! But cherries! That’s so awesome!!! Love it.

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

Thank you Christine! Any fruit works, really. I just throw in what I have!

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Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste August 1, 2013 at 9:13 am

This looks so flavorful and fresh! Love pairing tangy balsamic with sweet fruit!

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

It’s a wonderful combination that I just can’t get enough of!

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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Fall is also my favorite season. This salad is a great tribute to all the wonderful fruits of the summer. Gorgeous Marcie!

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thank you, Anne! As much as I’ll miss summer fruit, I’m definitely looking forward to fall!

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Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 August 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm

You’re always making my hungry with your salads. This one is as beautiful looking as I’m sure it is delicious.

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Thanks, Nicole! I feel the same way about your blog…I get very hungry!

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Paula August 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I love salads with fresh fruit in them! Sounds like a very flavorful salad and your pictures are wonderful!!

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Thanks, Paula! I about ate the whole thing myself. :)

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Ash- foodfashionparty August 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

The pairing of fruits, ricotta and balsamic sounds delicious. This is a great dish to salute the beautiful fruits.

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flavorthemoments August 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

It really was tasty!

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