Rich, nutty pecans complement the creamy tang of the goat cheese and peppery arugula balances the sweet juicy peaches and drizzle of honey in a simple, satisfying salad that lets the pure flavors of the ingredients shine.

Virginia Willis
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008


Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place pecans in a shallow dish. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Roll goat cheese log in the pecans to coat. Refrigerate the log until firm, if necessary, then cut into 8 rounds.

  • Place arugula in a medium bowl. Add oil, lemon zest and juice and toss to coat; season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  • Divide the arugula among 4 shallow bowls. Nestle 2 peach halves into each portion of greens, top each half with a round of pecan-crusted goat cheese and drizzle each salad with 1 tablespoon honey.


Tip: To toast chopped pecans, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

288 calories; protein 7.7g 16% DV; carbohydrates 35.5g 11% DV; dietary fiber 3.3g 13% DV; sugars 31.5g; fat 15.1g 23% DV; saturated fat 5.1g 25% DV; cholesterol 13mg 4% DV; vitamin a iu 1270.7IU 25% DV; vitamin c 20.3mg 34% DV; folate 36mcg 9% DV; calcium 93mg 9% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 27.5mg 10% DV; potassium 397.7mg 11% DV; sodium 278.8mg 11% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV; added sugar 17g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Wonderful salad! As others have note this is an excellent mix of salty/tangy/sweet crunchy/creamy etc! I also just sprinkled the pecans on the greens and laid down a dallop of goat cheese. And I lightly grilled the peach halves first as suggested by someone else and added the honey to the oil and lemon before adding it to the greens. May add poached chicken the next time to make it a full meal. YUM! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really quite excellent. Made a few minor changes... Rolled the goat cheese in pecans but it fell apart when being sliced so it turned into a goat cheese and pecan crumble - which was excellent anyway. I mixed the honey into the other liquids and drizzled a small amount on the arugula and then tossed it. After salad was assembled I then drizzled a little more dressing on the peaches. I didn't even use 1/4 of the dressing on a serving for two. Wonderful flavors and textures. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
YUMMY and healthy! (Just a bit confused at first on what the ingredient but firm peaches was. yikes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was excellent! I didn't bother to roll the goat cheese in the pecans just sprinked them on the greens and laid down a dallop of goat cheese mixed with thyme. But the BEST change I made was to lightly grill the peach halves first. Excellent hot/cold salty/tangy/sweet crunchy/creamy interplay. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy and delicious. Perfect blend of sour/sweet crunchy/creamy. Read More