I don’t know about you, but salads as a main course are not something I crave in the fall and winter months.  In summer, however, I am all about them.  I suppose it’s just the bounty of fresh produce that makes salads so appealing, and the subsequent absence in the winter making me less enthused.  Other than strawberry spinach salad, I don’t normally gravitate to fruit-salad combos, but this one just works.  And bonus, it involves grilling, another one of my favorite things about summer.

Mixed greens are topped with a grilled chicken breast marinated in a raspberry vinaigrette which is also used to dress the salad.  Fresh raspberries, grilled peaches, baguette slices with brie, and candied almonds finish the whole thing off for a meal that embodies this season of plenty.  We loved the balance of sweet and savory, and the variety of textures this dish provides.  This makes a lovely lunch or a light and healthy dinner, and it’s most definitely not your run of the mill, boring salad.  I’ll definitely continue making the vinaigrette separately as well to expand my repertoire of homemade salad dressings.


For the candied almonds:
½ cup slivered almonds
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. butter
Pinch of salt

For the raspberry vinaigrette:
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup fresh raspberries
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. minced fresh basil
1 tbsp. shallot, finely chopped
¼ cup olive oil

For the salad:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. honey
4 1-inch thick slices French bread
4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
Salt and pepper
4 thin slices brie
1 cup fresh raspberries
4-6 oz. salad greens (I used a mix of baby spinach and romaine)


  • 01

    To make the candied almonds, toast the almonds in a small skillet over medium heat until light golden brown.  Stir in the sugar, butter and salt and cook until the sugar dissolves and coats the almonds.  Transfer to a plate to cool.  Break into pieces and set aside.

  • 02

    To make the vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, raspberries, mustard, honey, basil and shallot in a small bowl.  Whisk together well, mashing the berries with the whisk.  Drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly to incorporate.  Reserve ½ cup of the mixture for the chicken.  The rest will be used to dress the salad.

  • 03

    Heat the grill to medium-high.  Immerse the chicken breast halves in the reserved marinade and let sit for 15 minutes, turning once or twice to coat evenly.  In a small bowl combine the oil and the honey.  Brush the mixture onto both sides of the baguette slices and the cut sides of the peaches.

  • 04

    Season both sides of the chicken breast halves with salt and pepper.  Grill until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer registers 160˚ F, about 3 minutes per side.  Grill the peaches until lightly marked and the baguette slices just until lightly toasted.  Flip the baguette slices, top with the brie and continue to cook just until the cheese is melted.

  • 05

    Toss the salad greens with the reserved vinaigrette.  Gently toss with the fresh raspberries and the candied almonds.  Plate the salad mixture, top with the grilled chicken, peaches and baguette slices.  Serve immediately.


  • What a GORGEOUS salad Annie! I definetly crave salads in the summer, especially ones studded with fruit. :)

  • I also enjoy salad so much more in the summer. Grilled peaches sound like a special addition!

  • This salad is a beauty!

  • Looks gorgeous! I LITERALLY made almost this exact salad for dinner just 2 nights ago. I was so impressed with the flavor of the grilled peaches!

  • I agree – summer is undeniably the season for entree salads, and this one looks delicious! I adore fresh berries topping my salads; grilling peaches is something I need to try.

  • I also crave salads for a meal in the summers. Love the idea of marinating and dressing the salad with the raspberry vinaigrette, and I also love the addition of grilled peaches!

  • I love fruit in my salads! Of course it depends on the combinations, but this one definitely looks like a winner. And perfect for summer.

  • Crystal Power

    This looks absolutely beautiful! I am not a fruit-salad fan normally, but for raspberries and grilled peaches, I might make an exception. So pretty…

  • Beautiful. I am the same… I crave hearty meals in the winter but I love summer salads. I like grilled meals because my husband and I can both work. He grills while I prep the other ingredients. This works really well for us. Plus my kids LOVE fruit/salad combos! Winning meal!

  • Alicia

    This looks delicious. Love the use of all the fresh produce. I will have to try this soon!

  • Cindy

    I like your new page design. Easier to read.

  • I agree summer time is all about the salads for me. This one has so many great things I love (raspberries, almonds, peaches), that I can’t wait to try it!

  • I did a post today about loving summer salads, as well. This salad looks incredible. I know Michael and I would absolutely love them.

  • Lindsay

    This looks delicious! I love sweet, fruity salads <3

  • Too funny…I made the Strawberry Spinach Salad last night again! I love it. Now I’m going to have to try this one too. :)

  • I can almost taste this salad. those colors are FANTASTIC.

  • Can’t wait for my raspberry’s so I can make this!

  • I am with you on craving salads in the summer, except I love adding fruit to mine. This one looks great. I’m sure it will be on our menu soon!

  • I adore salads in the summer too, in fact it is what i eat basically every night (cancel out the health factor with a bomb load of chocolate afterwards…but ah well!). Ive always wanted to try strawbs or other berries in the salads but my mum turns her nose up at me when i suggest it! Maybe this is the recipe to convert her… :)

  • Your dish has a great color! The raspberries and peaches give life to the dish!!

  • Leslie Hardesty

    Made this for dinner this past week…it was AMAZING!!! Great summer dinner. The vinaigrette, raspberries, peaches and almonds were a perfect match and the Brie crostini were very yummy…a creamy pairing with the salad. It was so refreshing and tasty. Loved how it incorporated the berries across the dish and the peaches which are in season in VA!

    Annie, I really enjoy your blog–you make it fun and so flavorful. I stopped cooking the past 3 yrs—work/grand school– and I really appreciate your guidance and creativity as I am now back in the kitchen. You are an inspiration and so talented! Thank you for all you do!

  • Jenna

    This salad dish was AMAZING! :) My family & I absolutely loved it!

  • I just wanted you to know my family like everything. This is a great recipe. The chicken tasted so good and it was moist. I really enjoy following your blog. Keep up the good work!