I love homemade salad dressings, and I am sooo excited about this one! First of all, this salad couldn’t be easier to throw together and everyone always loves it. Guaranteed if you bring it to a potluck it will be gone and you’ll get recipe requests. I developed this peach vinaigrette dressing on a whim a few days ago because I had a box of peaches a dear friend gave me and putting one in the salad dressing just seemed like the right thing to do. Like it was just meant to be. And I’m telling you what, it certainly was the right thing to do!
I used my mom’s poppy seed vinaigrette dressing as a base and altered it a little from there. She has made that dressing for years and it’s still one of my favorites today. I added a little mayo to give it some creaminess and the put in a whole peach, which was about 1/2 – 3/4 of a cup. I recommend adding 1/2 a cup, tasting it, and adjusting from there.
It is no secret that I hate peeling fruits and veggies, so I just don’t. Ha! I put it in with the skin on and then blended it all up with my immersion blender – just be sure you add the poppy seeds after you blend it. I actually loved how it turned out when I left the peach skin on, it left little dark red flecks in the dressing that were just lovely. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender or a food processor too!
I left the measurements for the peanuts and dried cranberries slightly variable in the recipe, this is totally personal preference and up to you. I like to add about a cup, toss it all together and adjust from there. There isn’t a right or wrong answer, so don’t be afraid of the variable measurements!
Let me know what you think of this Quick Spinach Salad with Peach Vinaigrette Dressing, it’s one of my favorites!