Smoky Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette, Dressing & Marinade

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The back roads of Central Texas have been alive with the sights and smells of local farm stands selling their most anticipated summer-season specialty – Hill Country Peaches. They are so sweet and delicious straight from the bushel, sometimes it’s hard not to greedily gobble them all up before arriving home.  Grilled Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade

This year I used restraint (by putting them in the car trunk), and we arrived home from Stonewall, Texas with plenty of this popular stone fruit to make peach cobbler, slow-cooker peach sauce, and ice cream – the July rite of passage. I even had a few extra to make an awesome salad featuring this grill fruit and the recipe I’m sharing today – Smoky Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette & Marinade. Read on the get more juicy details and the instructions.

jennifer fisher thefitfork.com peaches nectarinesWhat makes a Texas Hill Country peach so good? Is it the soil or the sun, the knowledge that the plump globes have likely just been plucked from a limb, the loving care of Texas farmers, the ritual outing to a farm stand or orchard, or (my guess) all of the above?

Grilled Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette makes a delicious summer season salad dressing and marinade for your favorite lean protein.

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Any peach will do for my dressing recipe, you don’t have to use fruit from Stonewall, Fredricksbug or another nearby town – but, if you can, please DO! In a real pinch you can even use thawed frozen peach slices, I won’t judge. If for some reason you end up with TOO MANY fresh peaches, learn how to blanch, package up and freeze them for later right HERE.

And because this is the Lone Star State where we like to kick up our sweet with spicy, I added a bit of ground chipotle to the dressing. If you don’t know what a Chipotle is (no, not the restaurant chain), it’s a fully ripe and red jalapeno that has been dry smoked. Chipotle has a pretty powerful flavor profile and its smoky heat can quickly dominate a recipe – a little goes a long way!

This Smoky Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette & Marinade is excellent on a salad of delicate lettuces adorned with a bounty of the season’s best offerings. Since I was already grilling peaches for my dressing, I just added some extra slices on the lightly-oiled grates. After grilling a couple minutes each side, the sugars in peaches become deliciously caramalized adding depth of flavor to any recipe.

Grilled Peaches

The vinaigrette takes a cold quinoa or pasta salad to a whole ‘nutha level and can also used as a marinade for steaks, chicken, pork or seafood.  Each 2 tablespoon serving has 45 calories and 3g of heart-healthy fats (complete nutrition in the printable recipe below). Grilled Peach Chipotle Vinaigrette Dressing on baby greens salad.

 

Grilled Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade
Smoky Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette, Dressing & Marinade
Print Recipe
Add a smoky-sweet edge to your next salad or grilled meat with this easy homemade dressing featuring Hill Country peaches and chipolte chili!
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 4 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 4 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 2 minutes
Grilled Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade
Smoky Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette, Dressing & Marinade
Print Recipe
Add a smoky-sweet edge to your next salad or grilled meat with this easy homemade dressing featuring Hill Country peaches and chipolte chili!
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 4 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 4 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Lightly oil grill and heat to approximate 400 F degrees. Place peach wedges across grates and grill for about 2 minutes each side or until softened (but no mushy) and caramalized with grate marks. Let cool for 2 minutes. *grilling optional, not necessary but will lend a smokier taste
  2. In small blender, add all ingredients. Blend, pulsing in 10 second increments, until everything combined and smooth – approximately 30 to 40 seconds.
  3. Chill until serving time. Lasts 4 to 5 days in the fridge. Use as dressing or marinade. If using as marinade, pour entirely off meat and discard. Make a new batch if you want a sauce.
Recipe Notes

peach chipotle viniagrette dressing nutrition

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2 thoughts on “Smoky Peach Chipolte Vinaigrette, Dressing & Marinade

  1. Is there anything better than summer peach season? I mean, really. We used to get a chipotle peach dressing from a farmer on the way to our lake house–this takes me back!

    • I feel like peaches can be finicky . . . . but when they are on pointe, there is nothing better (except watermelon 😉

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