Spring greens, apricots and quinoa salad with easy, peachy dressing! Vegan, gluten-free.

Summer salad with super foods-quinoa and beans! Eat a rainbow of fresh flavors, colors, and nutrients, with this refreshing salad, replete with crunchy, mildly caramelized onions, sweet, sliced apricots, and garden fresh, spring greens. Cash in on the warm weather and enjoy eating this salad al fresco! The tartness of the cherry tomatoes is complemented with the mildly sweet, but tangy, home-made peach dressing that looks and tastes like you slaved over it, but can be made in a snap! It’s rich, creamy flavor belies its caloric content and will have your fussiest family members flocking back for more.

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

Summer salad with peachy dressing © Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE 

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Easy-peachy dressing, © Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

For the salad:

Number of servings: Approximately 5-6

  • 5 cups fresh, salad greens, washed and spun until dry in a salad spinner
  • 1 cup canned, cooked beans, pink or white, drained and thoroughly rinsed
  • 2 apricots, sliced
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup red onion, sliced thin, and sautéed in 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked

Method: 

  1. Gently combine all ingredients noted above, in a salad bowl until mixed.
  2. Divide equally among 5-6 salad plates.
  3. Drizzle approximately 2-3 tbsp of dressing*( or, per taste) over individual salad plates
  4. Mix gently and serve immediately
© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

*Salad dressing:

Nothing cools the palate during the dog days of summer like fruit, and this peach- based dressing does not disappoint. It’s so versatile, it can do double duty as a delectable fruit dip as well! So go ahead, and dip those luscious strawberries in it! Finger-licking good!

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

Easy-peachy dressing can double up as a fruit dip too! © Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

*Ingredients for the dressing: Makes approximately 1 cup of thick, creamy dressing.

  • 3 fresh peaches, peeled, seeded  and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed, lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin, olive oil
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 4 tsp honey
  • Freshly ground pepper, optional

Method: 

  1. In the small jar of an electric, high-speed blender, combine all above ingredients until smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

For the fruit dip: 

  1. Follow the same steps as outlined for the dressing, except omit the salt, and reduce the lemon juice by half, or per taste.
© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

© Copyright, May 2016, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE

A Registered Dietitian’s tip:

Quinoa: What’s all the fuss about??

Is quinoa really as nutritious as it is made out to be?? Surprisingly, unlike many popular trends that may be unsubstantiated, quinoa is truly a nutrient super star. Please  refer to this post to get the whole scoop!

As for beans, packed with fiber (approximately 8 grams for every 1/2 cup), protein, potassium, iron and a bunch of other vitamins and minerals, beans are truly nutrient power houses! Affordable on a shoe-string budget, they bring new meaning to the term, “getting the biggest bang for your buck”!!!

Disclaimer: This blog is strictly for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your physician or registered dietitian for recommendations tailored to your specific needs.

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About Sangeeta Pradhan RD, CDE

Hi there! Welcome to my blog! If you are confused with all the conflicting messages you get bombarded with every day on carbs, fats, proteins, gluten and anything you can think of related to nutrition, look no further! The purpose of my blog is to cut through all this clutter, utilizing scientific, evidence based guidelines to help you, the consumer, navigate the complex, dietary landscape, and thus empower you to make informed decisions.
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20 Responses to Spring greens, apricots and quinoa salad with easy, peachy dressing! Vegan, gluten-free.

  1. Wow! This looks amazing! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I’m so eager to explore more of your space…I’m a bit of a health food aficionado and I’ll definitely be stopping by more:)
    Divya

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  2. Hi Divya,
    Thank you so much for the kind feedback. As a Dietitian, I strive to ” tell it like it is” and cut through all the hype surrounding the topic of nutrition, so I hope you find my posts helpful😊

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  3. My kind of Summer Salad Sangeeta, I have been eating lots of Salads and love also to add Curly Kale and small beetroot leaves in the green salad mix. Which have been abundant in our garden this growing season 🙂

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  4. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for another mouth-watering recipe. The dressing looks divine. 🙂

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  5. Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure to hear from you, Sue. Love the idea of using kale and beet root leaves-nice dose of Vitamin K, iron, folate, potassium , magnesium and flavor of course!!!

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  6. Thanks, Debbie. Lovely to hear from you, as always! The dressing makes a great fruit dip too as suggested in the recipe:)

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  7. dgkaye says:

    Thanks again Sangeeta for sharing your delicious recipes. 🙂

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  8. Truly my pleasure, dear Debbie! 😊

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  9. Will S. says:

    This looks good. I’m always seeking ways to do a new salad. I’ll be trying this one. 🙂

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  10. Thank you so much for stopping by; I hope you like it. For the dressing, you might want to make sure that the lemons are ripe, but not over-ripe as that may add a bitter flavor. Enjoy!

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  11. smilecalm says:

    nutritionally
    yummy 🙂

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  12. Thank you so much! Hope you try it, have a great weekend!😊

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  13. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . I never would have thought of making a peach-based dressing, but it sounds awesome and I like how versatile it is.

    Like

  14. Thanks, Sheryl! Hope you try it- and like it😊.

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  15. This salad looks delicious and great for a summer meal.

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  16. Thank you, appreciate the feedback. Have s great weekend!

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  17. Hope you got my last comment upon this post.. I changed my email so it may have gone into moderation xxx

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  18. Yes, I did, Sue, and responded. Thank you, always value your feedback:)

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  19. CZ says:

    Looks great! Nice post

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