Got a case of winter doldrums? This dish will cheer you up.

The house salad at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill is a delicious combination of mixed greens, dried peaches, candied pecans and blue cheese tossed in apple cider vinaigrette / Photo: Ligaya Figueras

The house salad at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill in Woodstock / Photo: Ligaya Figueras

DISH OF THE WEEK: House Salad at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill

For those who prefer sunshine and warm weather to cold days and long, dark nights, winter can feel like it goes on forever. And when it comes to food, winter can put fruit lovers in a funk. Sure, there is citrus – grapefruit, oranges, clementines and tangerines – but we’ve got a way to go before we can stain our fingers with the varied berries of spring or feel the sweet juice of the pitted fruit of summer dribble down our chin.

So, imagine our happy surprise recently at seeing peaches on the menu at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill in Woodstock. Of course these weren’t fresh peaches, but when we pine for peach anything, we’ll take it dried. At Fire Stone, the dried peaches lend sweet flavor and cheery color to the pizzeria’s house salad.

It’s a simple mix of fresh field greens, candied pecans, crumbled blue cheese and the dried fruit tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette. But great salads don’t have to be complicated. At Fire Stone, the proportions of tender leaves to crunchy fixings is on point. The balance of sweet and salty spot on. The dressing, subtly seasoned with oregano, just enough to coat instead of drown.

Yep, we’ve definitely got a case of the mid-winter doldrums, but we’re finding sunshine in this salad.

Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill, 120 Chambers St., Woodstock, 770-926-6778, Firestonerestaurants.com.

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