BBQ Peach, Ricotta and Rocket Salad with Maple Balsamic Reduction

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3 portions


For the croutons:

  • 1 ciabatta roll
  • 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 60ml pure maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste) 
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the balsamic reduction:

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust taste)
  • 2 ½ cups balsamic vinegar

For the salad:

  • 3 peaches, ripe yet slightly firm peaches, halved and pits removed.
  • 60ml pure maple syrup (preferable amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 bag rocket salad


To make the croutons:

  1. Preheat oven or air fryer to 180°C.
  2. Roughly rip the ciabatta roll into shreds and place in a bowl. Add the olive oil, maple syrup, parsley, salt and pepper and toss to make sure the bread is coated.
  3. Spread the bread out on a baking tray or the air fryer tray.
  4. Cook for 13-15 minutes in the oven or 5 minutes in the air fryer until crisp and golden. 

To make the balsamic reduction:

  1. Combine the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar in a pan and whisk well.  
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil.
  3. Cook for about 20 minutes until the liquid is reduced in half and the balsamic glaze coats the back of a spoon. 

To make the salad:

  1. Heat your BBQ over medium-high heat. While it heats, brush the peaches with the maple syrup over the cut side and place a batch onto the hot grill, cut-side down.
  2. Grill for a couple of minutes, then turn slightly to create a crosshatch pattern on the flesh.
  3. Grill for another couple of minutes until golden-brown and slightly softened. Repeat with the remaining peaches.
  4. To serve, top the rocket leaves with the croutons, peaches and ricotta and drizzle with the maple balsamic reduction.

Chef’s tip: Making croutons is a great way to use up slightly stale bread — they will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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