The culinary crew at Platypus Wine Tours is always on the lookout for outstanding seasonal menu items to serve their guests during their outings. The menu changes throughout the year based on the available ingredients.

In September, in wine country California, many fruits and vegetables are in season, so using some of these is a treat.

One very delicious item, much in demand by all, is the California Harvest Salad.

To share what’s good, we have added the recipe for this refreshing and nutritious salad that captures the essence of wine country California.

            “California Harvest Salad”

Ingredients: Salad

  • 6 cups Mixed Greens (such as Baby Kale, Arugula, and Spinach_
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Fresh Corn Kernal (grill or broil for extra flavor)
  • 1 cup Diced Ripe Peaches or Nectarines
  • ½ cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • ¼ cup Chopped basil Leaves
  • ¼ cup Toasted Pecans or Almonds (for additional crunch)


Ingredients: Dressing

  • ¼ cup Extra-virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions: Prepare the Dressing

  • Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, minced garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside to let the flavors meld while you prepare the salad.
  • Assemble the Salad: In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn kernels, diced peaches or nectarines, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped basil leaves.
  • Toss the Salad: Drizzle the dressing over the salad ingredients.
  • Mix Gently: Toss the salad to coat all the ingredients evenly with the dressing.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle the toasted pecans or almonds on the salad for extra texture and flavor.
  • Serve: Serve the California Harvest Salad immediately as a refreshing and nutritious appetizer or side dish. This salad pairs beautifully with grilled chicken or salmon for a complete meal.


The California Harvest Salad celebrates the vibrant flavors of late summer. It is colorful and satisfying, making the most of the season’s bounty. Enjoy this salad with friends and family while soaking up the warm September weather of wine country California.

Reserve Your Place for a Tour of Wine Country California

Be safe, relax, and enjoy a magnificent Tour through some of the boutique wineries of wine country California. The transport is delightfully comfortable, and the host will point out the critical points along the way.

You can make your join-in or private reservations with Platypus Wine Tours by visiting their website.

You may also get answers to your questions and work out the particulars of your special private wine tour through wine country California by phoning Platypus at 707-253-2723.