Grilled Plum Salad with Maple-Nut Clusters

The past couple of days I’ve been staring at some big mountains, breathing in some dry air and getting my fill of beef and craft beer.

If you guessed that I’m in Colorado, then you’d be absolutely correct!

Since I’m scrambling (struggling?) to get myself out of this hotel room and onto my next adventure, I’m going to keep things short and sweet here today. Luckily for me, this gorgeous Grilled Plum Salad with Maple-Nut Clusters speaks for itself.

This is one of those recipes that is really uncomplicated, but looks all fancy schmancy. The plums take just a few minutes on the grill to soften and get some beautiful grill marks (oh how I love the sight of grill marks). The salad dressing is all of four ingredients. And the maple-nut clusters are basically like the most addicting thing on the planet. Seriously. You won’t be able to stop eating them. So it’s a good thing that this recipe makes more than you’ll probably end up needing for the salads. Because I have a strong feeling that you’ll find yourself mindlessly snacking on them.

OK, I’m out! We’ll chat more when I’m back from Colorado!



Grilled Plum Salad with Maple-Nut Clusters

Yield: Serves 4

Grilled Plum Salad with Maple-Nut Clusters


  • For the Maple-Nut Clusters
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (you could also use shelled sunflower seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • For the Salad
  • 4 plums, halved and pitted
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Make the maple-nut clusters. In a dry skillet over medium-high heat, cook the almonds, hazelnuts and pepitas until they start to become fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Watch then carefully and stir frequently so they don’t burn. Add the maple syrup and the salt, stirring to coat. Remove from the heat. Spread the nuts out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet to dry. If you’re currently living in 100% humidity like I am, you might need to place the tray into your refrigerator for a few minutes to help things firm up a bit. Once dry, you can break the up into clusters and store in an airtight container for several days.
  2. Grill the plums. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high. Put about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil into a shallow bowl or dish. Dip the cut-side of the plums in the oil to coat them. Then place the plums, cut-side down, directly onto your grill. Grill for about 5 minutes, or until the plums have started to soften and have nice grill marks. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. Assemble the salads. In a large bowl toss the greens with the salad dressing. Divide the greens evenly among 4 plates. Top each plate with 2 plum halves, some of the goat cheese and a handful of the maple-nut clusters. Enjoy immediately.

43 comments on “Grilled Plum Salad with Maple-Nut Clusters”

  1. Beautiful salad! Love grilled plums and those maple nut clusters are perfect with it 🙂 Enjoy your trip!

  2. Hope you’re enjoying your trip! This salad looks fantastic, Liz! Love the grilled peaches!

  3. Hope you are looooving CO! Drink allll the beers for me, ok? Also, fruit on the grill is one of my newfound loves, it’s just too dang good. Annnnd you are a genius for putting those clusters up in there, crunchy goodness.

  4. Uncomplicated, but looks fancy? SO up my ally. Beautiful Liz. Have fun CO!

  5. Have a blast in Colorado! Beef and beer sounds deeelish, and I absolutely love that state – so much sunshine and beautiful scenery every which way. This salad….you had me at nut cluster 😉

  6. Those maple nut clusters sound like the perfect crunch in this salad! Loving the grilled plums, too 🙂 Pinned!

  7. Hope you have a TON of fun in Colorado!!! Get a big whiff of that fresh mountain air!

    In the meantime…yum, these grilled plums look SO GOOD!

  8. I’m so jealous! Have a Yeti for me at Great Divide! Grilled fruit is so awesome in a salad and the maple nut clusters are a bangin’ choice!

  9. This looks absolutely fantastic!!!

  10. What a great way to use plums! Love those grill marks too. Have a blast in Colorado, girlfriend!

  11. Have fun in Colorado girl! And this salad? UM YUM. How have I never thought to grill plums before? That sounds bomb! Pinned!

  12. So jealous you are in Colorado! Do it up and have lots of adventures and beer for me! Loving this salad, Liz. I honestly think i spent about 7.895 minutes just staring at the first photo and drooling like a rabid dog before I realized, “oh yeah… more pictures plus words to read”. Those grilled plumps look magnificently delicious and the maple nut clusters sound like an addictive dream of yummy. I have a feeling those clusters are going to become a regular snack around here! Pinned! Cheers and enjoy Colorado! <3

  13. You had me at grilled plums and goat cheese (insert googly eyed emoji here). This looks so good and perfect for this last bit of summer! Enjoy Colorado!!

  14. Gorgeous salad, Liz. Love it. So full of summer goodness!

  15. This salad looks delicious! I have never tried a grilled plum but now I have to!

  16. OMGeee those nut clusters with the plums, goat cheese and that dressing… a perfect amalgam of deliciousness, Liz! The nut clusters alone have me drooling… they also make me think of Fall… just a little! Hope your trip is fabulous and your next adventure!! xx

    • Eeekkk…fall. I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet. Still enjoying the summer heat at the moment and all the gorgeous summer produce!

  17. beautiful, gorgeous salad full of so many great things, I have never had grilled plums, but I am changing that this weekend.

  18. Yummy!! This looks absolutely beautiful and delicious 🙂

  19. This looks fabulous!!

  20. Omg this slalad looks amazing!!!! Grilled plums?? Yasssssssssssssssss.

  21. I hope you are having so much fun in Colorado!! That is one of my favorite states! I love adding fruit and nuts to my salads so this one is a big win and looks delicious!

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