Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches us that the seasons have an effect on our body’s rhythms, balance and growth. Thus, eating foods in season becomes imperative to preserve our health. Currently in season, peaches are considered both a sweet and an acidic fruit in TCM. They help with liver stagnancy and their sweetness assists with a smooth flow of energy. (Ask your acupuncturist if you are experiencing Liver Stagnation).
Peaches are also very cleansing for your digestive system, which can even help with weight loss. Naturally, eating peaches exclusively will not provide weight loss benefits, but including a variety of colorful, cleansing fruits in your salads—such as peaches, pears, plums, apples, oranges and berries—can help keep your digestive system clean and balanced. Try grilling up some peaches for this recipe on Memorial Day!
Grilled Peaches a la Rosemary over Arugula Endive Salad
- Prepare a grilling pan (or grates) by spraying with non-stick grilling oil, then set grill to medium heat.
- Put peach halves in bowl with olive oil, rosemary and kosher salt, and toss to coat.
- When grill is preheated, put the peaches on, cut side down, and grill for 4 to 5 minutes, until charred lightly, then flip and grill 3 to 4 more minutes until softened slightly and charred. Remove and set aside to cool slightly.
- Prepare individual salads by arranging endive leaves between 4 salad plates, then top each plate with 1/2 cup arugula, place one grilled peach half on top of the arugula, tear one mozzarella ball in half (for each salad) and place on top, then drizzle with a little balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkle a dash of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.