Chicken Salad with Peaches & Blue Cheese (Gluten Free!)

I’m on a bit of a blue cheese kick at the moment, let’s just accept that and move right along to talking about how amazingly delicious this salad is. Every single thing about this salad is a good thing. When you combine so many good things together, you end up with a very great thing. This salad is awesome. I was a bit skeptical about these flavors working together. Even though I love peaches and blue cheese, I wasn’t sure how well they would actually complement each other. It turned out to be a delicious combination. I think the key is to make sure your peaches are super ripe. The sweetness really counterbalances the tangy blue cheese and the vinaigrette.

I originally saw the recipe in my current favorite cookbook Real Simple: Meals Made Easy, but luckily it’s also on Real Simple’s website. I am definitely planning on making this a couple more times while there are still ripe peaches around. I also think that this salad would be really scalable for smaller or larger serving sizes. I actually scaled it down for 2 and we had leftovers the next day. It would also make a tasty work lunch, if you kept the peaches and dressing separate until serving.

Chicken Salad with Peaches & Blue Cheese (adapted from this recipe.) Makes 6 servings.

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, cut crosswise into 1-inch strips (about 12 cups)
  • 1 2- to 2 1/2-pound rotisserie chicken, meat thickly sliced 0r 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 peaches, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, sliced into pieces
  • 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  1. If using rotisserie chicken, skip to step 2. If using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, wash and prepare chicken. Pat dry with paper towels. Season with kosher salt, pepper and a light sprinkling of garlic powder and paprika. Depending on time and preference, the chicken can either be baked in the oven or cooked stove top on a grill pan. I basically followed this recipe for the chicken. Easy, peasy.
  2. Arrange the lettuce, chicken, peaches, cheese, and almonds on a platter.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Drizzle over the salad.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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