Taylor Thursday & Peach & Arugula Salad

taylor thursday

Here's Taylor dressed up as a salad! I think we'll have to consider this for Halloween...

When Taylor’s fur is long it’s a lot like Velcro… attracting all sorts of things to her beautiful golden coat.  After a play session it’s not uncommon to find twigs stuck in long feathery tail, burs between her fuzzy toes, or weeds tacked to her slender legs and long ears.  Weeds are spiny and sticky and is the worst thing to pick out of her fur.   This is what happens when Taylor and her boyfriend are allowed to run in the trails.   They run, chase each other and wrestle.  Lucky, a cream color lab, with his short coat shows no signs of running wild in the trails.   Taylor, on the other hand, looks like she’s camouflaged and ready for combat.  That or she looks like she was tossed in a bowl of salad.   

Which brings me to a recipe for a simple yet delicious Peach and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese & Pine Nuts.  (I know I’ve been all about salads this week – first with the Kale & Quinoa Salad and now this)  A couple of weeks ago we had a market salad at Pizzeria Bianco in Scottsdale.  It was a beautiful salad with  juicy but firm yellow peaches, arugula and goat cheese.  It was lightly dressed in a red wine vinaigrette.  The wonderful thing about fresh quality ingredients is that you don’t have to fuss with it for it to be good.  The ingredients speak for itself.  We have been taking advantage of the fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables that we’re finding at our farmer’s market.  When we saw delicious sweet white peaches at the market last weekend, we couldn’t resist buying a few to recreate the salad at home.  The sweet peaches sit on top of a bed of peppery arugula and is topped with fragrant toasted pine nuts, a sprinkle of tangy goat cheese and a light red wine vinaigrette.  It’s a great summer salad that is incredibly easy to make.

peach & arugula salad

It looks like summer on a plate right?

peach & arugula salad

This plate has 4 peach slices instead of 3... because I'm greedy 🙂


peach & arugula salad

Look at Taylor go! I forgot to mention that there's a lot of wild rosemary in the trails. She usually runs into and through these rosemary bushes resulting in a very fragant dog.


taylor & lucky

They're so cute together!

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  1. louise says:

    i REALLY REALLY love this post! i genuinely love reading your blog (sometimes i just look through blogs at the photos shh don’t tell). what a creative tie in with Taylor and your description of the food is enticing and the photos are gorgeous as always (like that plate)
    happy weekend!

  2. Susan says:

    I remember that yummy salad, can hardly wait to make it! Taylor’s as cute as ever! Can hardly wait to see you all tomorrow.

  3. kitchenrunway says:

    Louise: Thank you so much – that means so much to me! Sometimes I just look at the pictures on other blogs too… 🙂

    Amy: Awww – thanks!!!

    Susan: It was such a good salad and a great way to highlight the delicious peaches of the season. See you soon!

  4. Frank Gin says:

    Looks like our granddog had a great time! She is such a beauty! Lots of yummy food…..and green food is not my fav’ color.

  5. kitchenrunway says:

    Michelle F: Thank you!! We think she’s pretty cute too! 🙂

    Frank Gin: yup… I think you’re allergic to green food! Glad you approve of the peach salad!

    Katie: Awww… thank you!!

  6. kitchenrunway says:

    Valentina: Awww…. Thank you!! 🙂

    The Duo Dishes: Thx!! It was pretty funny until we had to get her all cleaned up! Weeds… definitely no fun.

  7. Beth says:

    I just love your dog! I just lost my precious 11 yr old girl recently so I know how much a dog enriches your life…they are a joy to have and yours looks adorable and very special! She’s a natural model as well!! Keep these wonderful posts coming…you’ve enspired me to post some stories and pictures of my wonderful Brandy…thanks! Love the salad, it looks delishhhh!

  8. kitchenrunway says:

    Beth: Thank you!! I’m so sorry about your lost. I sure she had a wonderful 11 years with you. They definitely add so much to our lives – they are truly such special animals! I think she’s used to having her picture taken that she now knows how to pose & “smile”. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the Taylor post and I can’t wait to read stories of your lovely Brandy. Take care!

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