Trader Joe's Wild Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre Salad

By Tiffany Detweiler - Friday, August 02, 2013

I love Trader Joe's, I'm a regular customer and I'm always eager to see what new items they put out! They have had some really delicious new items this summer but I think my favorite has been the Wild Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre! Now, I know what your thinking (cause I thought the exact same thing), "Oh my gosh that sounds SO yummy! ....but what do I do with it?" its not the type of cheese you just slice up and munch away on, but I have found the BEST way to showcase this delicious sweet and tangy cheese!

Sweet and Smokey Summer Salad
This yummy summer salad is made up of grilled peaches and asparagus, mixed greens, fresh cucumbers, candied almonds, Wild Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre and drizzled with a salted balsamic honey syrup!  

The grilled Peaches and Asparagus have that oh so tasty smokey BBQ flavor, while the cucumbers and almonds add crunch and texture, top the whole thing off with the creamy sweet and tangy Chèvre and a drizzle of the salted balsamic honey syrup and your in summery salad heaven! 

It's also super easy to put together! 

Grill as many peaches and asparagus as you like
Slice up some cumbers
you can either buy candied Almonds or you can make a small batch like I did
(Candied Almonds - 1 Cup of Almonds - 1 tablespoon of honey - 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of sugar - thoroughly mix in a bowl until almonds are coated place on cookie sheet and roast in over at 250 degrees for an hour - when done roasting let cool on counter till room temperature and place in an airtight container)
I used a bag of my favorite mixed greens
crumbled up some of the chèvre
and made a quick balsamic syrup to go on top
(Salted Balsamic Honey Syrup - 3 tablespoons of honey - 4 tablespoons balsamic - 1 teaspoon of sea salt - mix all ingredients well - add to sauce pan and cook on low/medium heat till the mixture has reduced to your liking- you can keep it a vinaigrette if you prefer but I like the way balsamic tastes after it has reduced a bit and thickens)

To me this is a perfect summer dinner and now is a great time for utilizing Peaches in your cooking (not just baking) because August is National Peach Month!

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