The guests of Platypus Wine Tours will frequently ask our Culinary Staff for recipes for some of our unique and delicious dishes. Once again, we are sharing the recipe for one of our famous salads, perfect for sharing with summertime visitors.

This Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad is a delicious, beautiful, vibrant dish that captures the essence of August in California. It’s perfect for a light lunch or a side dish for a summer barbecue.

Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad


Preparing the Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • One tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • One teaspoon Honey
  • One Garlic Clove, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Other Ingredients

  • Four ripe Peaches, halved and pitted
  • Four cups of Baby Arugula
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Goat Cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted Walnuts
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette



  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the peach halves with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and Pepper.
  • Grill the peaches cut-side down for about 3-4 minutes or until grill marks appear. The peaches should be slightly softened. Remove from the grill to cool slightly.
  • Combine the baby arugula, crumbled goat cheese, and chopped toasted walnuts in a large bowl.
  • Pour the Balsamic Vinaigrette over the arugula mixture and toss gently to coat.
  • Arrange the grilled peach halves on top of the salad.
  • Drizzle a little more Balsamic Vinaigrette over the peaches.

Serve immediately and enjoy the burst of flavors in this refreshing summer salad! Enjoy!


Plan Your Wine Country California Visit with Platypus Wine Tours

Platypus Wine Tours offers the best and safest way to see wine country California at its best. Ride comfortably in one of the Platypus modern, well-equipped vehicles throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma County as you visit several well-chosen boutique wineries in the area.

You may sign up for a join-in tour or arrange a personal tour to see specific elements of wine country California.

Relax, watch, listen, and enjoy the scenery of wine country California as you move comfortably and safely between your destinations. No worrying about driving and parking along the way since your professional Platypus driver will be responsible.

For more information about Platypus Wine Tours through wine country California, visit the website. You can even make your reservations while there.

Or, if you wish to speak to a professional about some element of your journey, phone 707-253-2723.