This Mediterranean inspired pasta salad combines crushed olives with Grilled Peaches to create a savory dish with a touch of sweetness. Grilling the Peaches intensifies their flavor and adds a hint of smokey goodness which pairs perfectly with the blue cheese. Georgia Peach Pasta Salad takes pasta salad to a new level and is great for a light lunch, or as the star side dish at your next pot luck gathering.
This grilled fruit and pasta salad recipe can be served with blackened fish, shrimp skewers, grilled chicken, and more. Georgia Peach Pasta Salad only has eight ingredients and is easy and fast to make. Get the simple, fresh items together and make this Georgia Peach Pasta Salad recipe today.
1 pound Fusilli Pasta (or your favorite pasta)
4 Peaches, pitted and sliced into halves
4 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided)
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
10 to 12 large Green Olives, pitted and crushed
4 ounces of firm Blue Cheese
½ Cup sliced Almonds
¼ Cup chopped fresh Parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook pasta in salted water as directed while oiling grill grates and heating grill to high heat. Drain cooked pasta, cover, and set aside. Drizzle peach halves with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and grill for 2 minutes on each side until charred with grill marks. Set aside to cool. Slice blue cheese into thin chips and toss with cooked pasta, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, crushed olives, almonds, parsley, then salt and pepper to taste. Cut grilled peach halves into 3 or 4 slices per half, add to pasta mixture, and toss gently to combine. Serve and enjoy.
Place blue cheese in the freezer for a few minutes to make slicing easier.
Add crushed red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.
For a low-carb version, substitute grilled zucchini for the cooked pasta.