Casual Friday Night Grillin’

After a long work week, when Friday finally arrives, I like to relax and enjoy a glass of wine and an easy grilled meal.  Normally it’s pizza night on Fridays, and I actually did make my son his pizza, but for a more adult palate, this quick to pull together salad was perfect.  My favorite Italian deli has delicious chicken or pork sausage rolls.  They are spiraled and skewered together; perfect to throw on the grill.  You could also use Italian sausage grilled and cut into disks for this salad as well, but I do like the presentation of the whole roll.  Having peaches and fresh figs on hand, I wrapped each peach wedge and fig half in proscuitto and lightly grilled them to soften and warm the flavor.  Goat cheese was a perfect compliment to sprinkle on.  The heat of the salad slightly warmed the cheese and the arugula.   I served the salad with roasted garlic bulbs to spread on a pesto rolled bread.  The combinations of flavors and textures were fantastic! 

Arugula & Goat Cheese Salad with Grilled Chicken Sausage and Proscuitto Wrapped Peaches and Figs

1 chicken sausage roll or 2-3 sweet Italian sausage links
2 peaches, peeled (I use a knive) and cut into wedges
3 fresh figs, cut in half
4 Proscuitto slices – cut in half
3-4 cups Arugula
2 oz Goat cheese

Vinegrette:
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 thinly sliced green onion
Salt & freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, onion, salt.  Add in olive oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified.  Set aside.

Wrap each peach wedge and fig half with proscuitto.  Thread the peaches and figs on a skewer for easier handling when grilling.  Heat the grill to medium heat and place on the sausage roll and peach & fig skewers.  Grill until browned well, turning once. 

Plate the sausage on a bed of arugula.  Top with the proscuitto wrapped peaches and figs.  Sprinkle on the goat cheese chunks and drizzle on the vinegrette dressing.  Serve immediately.  Serves 2 as a main dish.

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