Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spinach and Nectarine Salad with Tarragon Buttermilk Dressing

 I am in love...AGAIN!!!  I was (still am) totally in love with the Arugula with Golden Balsamic.  Truth is, this salad warrants the same "lovefest".  Really. This salad is just as light and delicious but a little more perfect for the summer months.  I know that I will be making this all-year long but instead of nectarines I will add pears or apples.  You must try this!!!!

Spinach & Nectarine Salad with Tarragon Buttermilk Dressing
adapted from The Best of Fine Cooking #40

6 ounces baby spinach
4 ounces frisee
2 yellow nectarines, sliced
1 avocado cut into cubes
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon sour cream
1 Tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1-2 Tablespoons chopped  fresh tarragon leaves
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine buttermilk, sour cream, vinegar, honey in small bowl or cup.  Whisk to combine and then slowly whisk in the oil to blend.  Stir in the tarragon and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Combine spinach and frisee in bowl, pour half the dressing over and toss light to coat all the greens.  Add nectarines and avocado and drizzle a little more dressing over entire salad.  Enjoy!!


  1. Hi Claire,
    I found your site through the Rowdy Chowgirl, and I'm so glad that I did. I think your recipes are great and your photographs/writing...wonderful! I look forward to reading more!

  2. Monet-
    Thank you for visiting my site! I am not a great write like Rowdy Chowgirl but hope that you find lots of recipes to cook and bake!!
    Now I am off to visit your site.
    See you soon.

  3. I made this salad last night to accompany NY Strip from Whole Foods and it was a hit! Even Jeff (the man who shuns most veggies) devoured it. Its my new summer favorite!

  4. Bridget!
    You have been such a wonderful supporter --I am so glad you are cooking, cooking, cooking! Thanks for sending friends my way, too!
    So glad you loved this salad!