Peach lovers always look forward to this time of year when their favorite fruit becomes more plentiful. Peach trees in this area aren’t producing yet, but many varieties can be found in grocery stores and produce markets throughout the region.

It’s hard to beat a fresh peach pie or cobbler, or even just a peach picked fresh from a tree. But, if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your peaches this summer, you might want to try this Fresh Peach Salad.

It’s such a refreshingly different way to eat the fruit. It a great salad, but it’s so tasty, you could almost serve it as a dessert.

It’s best to use freestone peaches for this recipe. However, if you can’t find anything but clingstone peaches, you may have to hold the peach quarters together with toothpicks after taking out the seeds and filling them with the pineapple mixture.

I love serving this salad with a Caesar Chicken Sandwich and a glass of lemonade!

FRESH PEACH SALAD

2 1/2 cups drained, crushed pineapple

1 cup flaked coconut

1 cup sour cream

1 cup cottage cheese

4 medium-size fresh peaches

Additional fresh peaches

Mix together all the ingredients except the peaches and chill. Just before serving fold 4 unpeeled fresh diced peaches into the pineapple mixture.

Make peach cups by cutting fresh peaches into quarters, cutting to about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Twist the seed out. Fill peach cups with the mixture and serve on a bed of lettuce. Makes enough filling for 10 peaches.

Note: Use the additional fresh peaches to make the cups.

CAESAR CHICKEN SANDWICHES

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1/4 cup bottled Caesar salad dressing

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

2 hamburger or Kaiser buns, split

2 (1-ounce) slices provolone cheese

1 tablespoon purchased Caesar salad dressing

2 leaves romaine lettuce

2 slices tomato

Grill chicken breast halves. Blend chives with Caesar salad dressing. Brush 1/4 cup Caesar salad dressing mixture on chicken just before removing from heat and juices run clear.

Toast buns, cut sides down, on grill during last 1 to 2 minutes of cooking time. Place cheese slice on each chicken breast half and cook just long enough to melt the cheese.

Spread bottom halves of buns with 1 tablespoon of Caesar salad dressing. Top each with lettuce, tomato and cheese-topped chicken breast half. Cover with top halves of buns. Makes 2 sandwiches

Note: Fried, breaded chicken breasts can also be substituted for grilled chicken.

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