Sweet Corn, Peach, and Cherry Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese and a Lime Dressing


This Friday marks the day, five years ago, when I wore a long flowing white dress, hands clammy carrying a bouquet of the most vibrant pink orchids I have ever seen, walking down a narrow sandy walkway that opened up into a beautiful view of the Olympic Peninsula, and said 'I do'. Five years ago I stood in the most breathtaking place I've ever known (Victoria, BC), with my love, my best friend, and my partner, and committed my life to him wholeheartedly. I've never had one ounce of doubt, from the very first day we met, until this day today. I loved him the first day I met him, and knew that instant that I wanted to share my life with him. His smile is intoxicating. His personality, charm, sense of humor, and compassion towards others inspires me to continually be a better person. I love him to pieces.

This Friday we are going back to that special place where he proposed. The place where we started our lives together. Victoria will always have a special spot in my heart. It is the place that I started my first adult career. I met so many wonderful friends there. I fell in love with the West Coast, its cold icy Pacific waters, lush green forest, and towering mountainous landscape. I traded mosquitoes, birch trees, and hot summers, for slugs, moss, and a cool temperate climate. Since buying a house here in Seattle, the West Coast feels much more like my home now than a temporary residence. I can see that we are slowly starting to put down roots here, and while exciting and comforting, mildly terrifying in the same sense. Now if only I could convince my family to move out here.

As we (quickly) approach this Friday, I've been trying to get the house in some sort of state that's conducive to relaxation and happy thoughts. As soon as we take two steps forward, something unravels that causes us to take three steps back. We leave this Friday for a week, and as soon as we return we are (finally) throwing a house warming party. It is motivating me to get things put away, and finally make a decision on patio chairs (why am I so indecisive?). I want to hang those tiny globe lights in the back yard, purchase a patio rug (why are the old ones, the most expensive ones?), and get a charcoal (or gas) grill. I've been waiting on my indigo blue velvet couch for 2 1/2 months, and have been putting off most of the decorating until it arrives. Last weekend I finally painted the front room, and arranged some furniture. I'm not sure about the color, but I'm never really sure about paint colors.

With all of my time spent being indecisive, I've been thriving on really low maintenance light dinners full of fresh produce. I made the mistake of turning the stove to 500ºF on Sunday to cook some pizza, and probably wont be doing that for the rest of the summer. The idea of pairing sweet slightly acidic fruit in salads with fresh vegetables and a creamy cheese or nuts, is something I can get behind. This salad was a result of emptying the fridge and putting all of my favorite 'summer foods' into one place. It's a lighter meal, one to be paired with a nice slice of bread and a glass of wine. At least I can be decisive when it comes to my food.

SWEET CORN,  PEACHES AND CHERRY SALAD WITH CREAMY GOAT CHEESE
makes 2 large salads

1 cob corn (1 cup kernels)
1 small peach, sliced
1 cup cherries, de-pitted
1 small shallot, sliced
6 cups of your favorite greens (lettuce, arugula, spinach etc.)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lime
salt and pepper to taste
2 oz soft goat cheese

Boil or grill 1 cob of corn. Once cooked, remove the kernels with a knife.

Slice the peach, cut the cherries in half and remove the pit, and slice the shallot.

In a large bowl, toss the greens, corn, peaches, cherries, and shallots with 2 tbsp of olive oil and the juice from one lime. Season with salt and pepper.

Plate the salad and then add the goat cheese at the end.

22 comments:

  1. SO GORGEOUS. You photos just blow me away! An I love these summer flavors and ingredients!

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  2. This salad looks great. Yes, it's been waaaay to hot in Seattle these past two weeks to be putting the oven on. Happy Anniversary and enjoy your trip!

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  3. All of the bounties of summer in one bowl! I love it!

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  4. oh man oh man oh man, happy anniversary!!!!!! that is so so exciting :)

    and this salad is BEAUTIFUL.

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  5. What a beautiful salad! You have to love the great summer combination of cherries and corn. :)

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  6. All of this is so incredibly beautiful -- this perfect salad (all my favorite things!) and this gorgeous, so thoughtfully written reflection on your anniversary, where you've been, and where you're going. Happy happy anniversary to you! And good luck with decision-making :)

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  7. This is such a beautiful passage. I hope your happiness continues for many years to come. No question most delicious salad I have seen today.

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  8. Happy anniversary! And thank you so much for sharing your reflections on married life; so beautifully written. Wishing you many, many more years of happiness.

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  9. that is healthy and delicious! I would add tomato sauce and basil to make it perfect

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  10. so deliciously gorgeous - well done on the photos

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  11. Beautiful! Your pictures are just lovely.

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  12. The more fruit in a salad the better :)

    Also yes on the globe lights, those are the best for outdoors!

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  13. Anonymous18 July, 2014

    Stunningly beautiful photos and the recipe sounds and looks divine. I will be making it ASAP.

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  14. Wow - 5 years?! Such a fun milestone to celebrate! Cheers to many, many more years of love and salads like this! xx

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  15. Beautiful photos and luscious salad. That creamy goat cheese with the other textures and flavors make this a "pinned". Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Happy Anniversary Heather and Brent!

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  17. now THAT is one good looking salad.. love it! definitely perfect for summer, love that your used stone fruits!

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  18. Anonymous20 July, 2014

    Just wanted to let you know I made the salad and it was awesome! So delicious and summery. Thanks for the recipe!

    A.

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  19. Anonymous22 July, 2014

    Just made it for dinner! It was a hit! So good,

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  20. Smiling from ear to ear over here. Happiest (belated) anniversary to you two, lady. I hope you had the best weekend. <3

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  21. Insanely gorgeous photos! Thank you for such a beautiful post :) I will try this salad tonight.
    And I am from Duncan! Victoria really is stunning, but Seattle has it's charms, too.

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  22. Many congrats on five years of marriage! Gorgeous pics, gorgeous salad :)

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