For those summer nights when it's too hot to cook, but you're not willing to sacrifice taste, try this Honey Lime Peach Salad with Roast Beef and Turkey. You can prep it in minutes and the result is a light and refreshing summer salad packed with protein.... No oven necessary.
There are certain things that are infinitely better in the summertime. My summertime love list currently consists of:
- way too much ice cream
- eating every meal on my deck
- white jeans and rompers (yes, I still love rompers)
- fresh peaches that are at their ideal level of ripeness
- salads for dinner
Give me a salad for dinner during a blizzard and I'll laugh you right under the table. But give me a salad for dinner on a 90 degree humid day and I will probably be on the ground professing my love for you. There are many plusses to eating salads for dinner, including the fact that they're often light and refreshing and they can usually be made without turning on your oven. And so far this (VERY HOT) summer? The oven is best kept off. But the problem with a lot of salads is that they don't involve protein. Or if they do, they want you to turn on your oven or grill to cook it. So, I'm excited to be working with McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli today to show you a this fun summer peach salad packed with protein. No oven required!
When I was building my salad, I had a tough time deciding which type of deli meat to use. I knew I wanted peaches in my salad and I absolutely love the peach and roast beef combination, but I also knew McKenzie's Maple Honey Turkey would be delicious with my honey lime salad dressing. So, instead of forcing myself to make this difficult decision, I decided to use both! For my friends in the Northeast, McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli products are available at Shaw's Supermarkets... Just look for the orange packaging!
This salad has a lot of good in it, but it's those fresh peaches with roast beef and turkey that really make it. OK, the dressing is pretty tasty, too. In fact, I'd probably be perfectly happy just eating the wrapped peaches dipped in the dressing if I didn't have any arugula on hand.
But for the sake of eating a proper meal even when it's 90 degrees out, I recommend making the full salad. In addition to the deli meat, peaches, and dressing, I used arugula, goat cheese, and pistachios. A little fresh cracked pepper adds some bite, too. Side note: if you're in need of a quick snack, deli meat with fresh cracked pepper is one of the most delightful things. And you can eat it standing at the kitchen counter. Which is how most of my snacks are enjoyed.
Oh, I may or may not have drizzled a little extra honey over my peach salad, too.
Don't make me decide if I liked the roast beef wrapped peaches or turkey wrapped peaches better; I really tried to come to a conclusion. Not only did I eat this salad, but I also continued eating additional peaches on the side and alternated between the roast beef and turkey. At the end of my meal, I was none the wiser. I guess I'll have to try the experiment again soon!
This is a summer meal I can feel good about since it's light and healthy, packed with vitamins and protein. And I especially love that that McKenzie meats and cheeses are made with all natural, clean ingredients and have no hormones or antibiotics. Not only do they make this American Angus Roast Beef and Maple Honey Turkey, but they also have other kinds of turkey, various varieties of chicken breast, uncured ham, uncured bacon, and artisan cheeses. I am on the hunt for their Thanksgiving Gobbler turkey because Thanksgiving dinner sandwiches are my favorite sandwich of all-time and this turkey seems pretty necessary for it! You can see all their products here.
This peach salad is best enjoyed al fresco and I highly recommend eating it while sitting on your deck or patio. But if you don't have a deck or patio, just open a window and enjoy that nice summer breeze. Orrr maybe keep the window shut and enjoy some AC or a fan. No matter how you enjoy it, just be happy you gave your oven a break and got dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Do you incorporate deli meats into your summer meals?
Honey Lime Peach Salad with Roast Beef and Turkey
- 2 peaches, sliced into wedges
- 4 slices McKenzie American Angus Roast Beef, cut into thirds
- 4 slices McKenzie Maple Honey Turkey, cut into thirds
- 3 cups arugula
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
- ¼ cup crushed pistachios
- Honey Lime Dressing (recipe below)
- Black pepper
Honey Lime Dressing
- 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- Wrap each peach wedge in a piece of deli meat.
- Place arugula in a large bowl and toss with goat cheese, pistachios, and half the honey lime dressing.
- Divide salad into two bowls and top each with wrapped peaches and additional black pepper. Drizzle more salad dressing and additional honey over the top, if desired.
Honey Lime Dressing
- In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper.