kitchen of love: arugula salad with parmesan, pine nuts, and grilled peaches February 11, 2008

Tasteoflove2Food is sexy, don’t you think? Well…most food is sexy. I’m not a believer in the chocolate and strawberries and champagne recipe for getting in the mood for love. Sure, I mean…that works, too. The truth is…I find lots of different foods sensuous for different reasons. Some make you feel warm and cozy. Some spicy foods really stimulate the senses and wake you up. Others, like truffle oil, awaken something very earthy and primitive in my brain.

I also think healthy food can be a big turn-on, too. You can eat something colorful, vibrant, filling, and delicious…and not feel like you need to lay around in your Juicy sweat-suit for the rest of the night. When I saw that Chris at MeleCotte was hosting a blog event around savory aphrodisiacs, I was really excited. As someone who isn’t really a chocolate eater, it’s nice to see a group of savory recipes that get people going.

Arugula has long been thought of as an aphrodisiac – as far back as the first century. Pine nuts are also considered one, due to their high Zinc content. I wanted to make a light, visually beautiful salad highlighting these two ingredients. I added shaving of salty Parmesan and quickly grilled peaches. I am adding peaches to my own aphrodisiac list – who doesn’t swoon a bit thinking of biting into a juicy, fleshy peach. All of the elements of this salad just work and it comes together in a flash. The pine nuts toast while the peaches are grilling. You make a quick dressing and plate it all together in a flurry of wonderful colors and textures, leaving you plenty of time for…other things.

Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, Parmesan, and Grilled Peaches – serves 4 as a starter or side salad

  • 1 bag of prewashed arugula or one heaping handful per person
  • 2 medium peaches, pitted and cut into 3/4 inch wide slices
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated
  • Vinaigrette: juice of one lemon, 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Make your vinaigrette to taste and set aside.
– Heat two pans – one grill pan and one small saute pan – to medium heat.
– On the grill pan, lay peach slices and grill for about 3-4 minutes. Turn over and repeat on other side.
– In the small dry saute pan, toast pine nuts lightly. When golden brown, remove from heat and allow to cool.
– Arrange arugula on plates. Place 1/4 of warm peach slices on each plate. Scatter pine nuts and shave Parmesan cheese loosely on top. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.

Go check out Chris’s blog MeleCotte. It’s a great blog from a fellow Atlantan. The round-up for her event – Kitchen of Love – should be up any day now.


Chris Feb 11, 2008 06:02 pm

What a fantastic salad! I love the idea of grilled peaches…and in February! It has been warm enough to bust out the grill…or grill pan. :) Thanks for participating in the event, my friend!

LisaRene Feb 11, 2008 06:02 pm

Very delightful salad! If I had to choose between truffle oil and chocolate it would be truffle oil for I too am not a big lover of chocolate.

Ann Feb 12, 2008 06:02 am

YUM! And yes, yes, yes… food is sexy. :-)

Mrs.W Feb 12, 2008 06:02 am

Yummy, yummy looking salad. Your post made me blush a little, too. :)
By the way, I’m a former Atlantan and must ask you… WHAT is the name of that lovely little mexican place in Decatur… something about a goat? I can NOT remember to save my life. Hopefully you know!

Jade Feb 12, 2008 07:02 am

This look so good (and definitely sexy :) – LOVE Arugula!

Tina Feb 12, 2008 09:02 am

Wonderful post and very true, so many other things are sensual and sexual. This event showed us all that =) Your salad looks awesome!

Angel Feb 12, 2008 09:02 am

your salad looks so lush! I agree peaches should totally be added to the list, they are so juicy and divine!

Hillary Feb 12, 2008 10:02 am

I’m not sure if it’s because you put the word sexy in my head or not, but yes I do find that salad sexy! Speaking of sexy/sensual foods, we asked a bunch of food bloggers what their top choice was, check out their answers on my blog on the lefthand rail :)

Mary Feb 12, 2008 05:02 pm

Your salad looks so delicious. And yes, very sexy.

Susan from Food Blogga Feb 13, 2008 05:02 pm

This is one of my favorite salads. I also loved arugula with fresh strawberries and walnuts. A sexy, summery salad indeed.

Nursing gowns Apr 25, 2010 06:04 pm

wow! i like your blog! it has a lot of good stuffs in here i mean food. :D actually im not a vegetarian guy but from now on i think im gonna try to be. LOL
wish me luck on my first month of being a vegetarian guys.

fertileaid views May 9, 2010 08:05 pm

now this is a sexy food. perfect for me, i’m on a diet. yay!