Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad

I guess I’ve been kind of all about fruit this summer with my blueberry jam and my cherry cobbler and now with my Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad.

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It’s a good thing though, I think.  Fresh, juicy summer fruit is in full-swing, and it feels mighty fine to take advantage of it!  Check out this healthy, delicious summer salad:

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It starts with cooked quinoa (just follow the directions on the package).  FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m not always crazy about quinoa.  But I know it’s quite good for you, and when it’s combined with delicious things, it can be quite good!

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This salad combines quinoa with delicious things.  Things like green onions, bell pepper, cucumber, pecans and PEACHES.  Fresh peaches!

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I love that it’s colorful too.  “Eat colorful foods and you’ll be eating healthy things.”  That’s always what I’ve heard.

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The dressing is a simple mix of yogurt, lemon, garlic and honey.  Add as little or as much honey as you’d like (depending on how much you like a sweet flavor).

Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad - the perfect summer salad, from RecipeGirl.com

It’s pretty isn’t it?  I save a few of the mix-ins to sprinkle on top for a prettier presentation.  The dressing mixed with the salad ingredients makes for a quite delicious, summery salad (especially if you’re a lover of fresh peaches).  If you’re not into pecans, you can leave them out or sub in almonds instead.  Enjoy!

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Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:

SALAD:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/3 cup chopped pecans (toasted or not)
1 green onion, sliced
1 cup diced (peeled) peaches
3/4 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

DRESSING:
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, minced
a drizzle of honey, to taste
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Prepare the quinoa according to the package directions. Place it into a bowl and let it cool.

2. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl: pecans, onion, peaches, cucumber and bell pepper. Stir to combine.

3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients- add a little honey at a time until you reach desired sweetness. I ended up drizzling some honey directly into the salad at the end to get it just right! Add the dressing to the salad and stir to combine. Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Source:  RecipeGirl.com (very loosely based on this recipe)

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24 Responses to “Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 29, 2013 @ 4:35 AM

    You’re right! Colourful generally means more healthy, and this salad looks fabulous! Another great salad Lori!

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    Brenda @ Sugar-Free Mom — July 29, 2013 @ 5:03 AM

    My kind of salad, love quinoa and love the pretty add ins!!

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    Tracy Dailey — July 29, 2013 @ 5:09 AM

    This looks delicious. Do you have the nutrition info for it?

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 29, 2013 @ 5:57 AM

    Such a bright and gorgeous salad that is incredibly tasty and healthy for us! Thanks for sharing, Lori!

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    Tieghan — July 29, 2013 @ 6:17 AM

    Mmm! I love adding fresh fruit to my salads and this is just gorgeous! I love all the colors!

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    Kelly — July 29, 2013 @ 8:29 AM

    I’m absolutely obsessed with quinoa so I love finding new ways to eat it – this recipe looks wonderful Lori!! :)

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    marcie@flavor the moments — July 29, 2013 @ 8:33 AM

    This looks delicious, Lori! I just picked up some quinoa at TJ’s last week, so I need to use it. I love your great salads. I finally got your cookbook in the mail, too, and it’s fabulous!

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — July 29, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

    Peaches and pecans are heavenly together! I found a Chocolove bar in Boulder that is peach pecan and I am savoring every square!! This salad looks fab :)

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 29, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

    Delicious and so good for me!!! I must try this soon!

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    Joanne — July 29, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

    Adding fruit to my salad makes me so much more inclined to eat it! Each bite of this is both beautiful AND full of flavor!

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    Susie — July 29, 2013 @ 1:27 PM

    That looks delicious! I’m going to make it for sure.

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    Maegan @ The BakerMama — July 29, 2013 @ 7:47 PM

    This looks so healthy and delicious! Peaches are still plentiful so I can’t wait to put a few in this salad for a perfect summer side dish!

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    Lori Lange — July 29, 2013 @ 8:58 PM

    I do not– you can input ingredients into the Spark People Recipe Calculator to figure out, if you’d like: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

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    Shundara@SavyNaturalista — July 30, 2013 @ 8:33 AM

    I love the colors I have been meaning to make yummy salads this summer but I have not really been in the mood. I guess I am going to finally cave and make a yummy salad..

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    Winnie — July 30, 2013 @ 10:46 AM

    This is beautiful, and looks really delicious :)

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    Tracy Dailey — July 30, 2013 @ 5:19 PM

    Lori, thank you for the link to the Recipe Calculator. That will certainly come in handy!

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    Lori Lange — July 30, 2013 @ 5:22 PM

    You’re welcome! I use it often!

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    Pati L — August 3, 2013 @ 1:07 PM

    Thank you, this recipe has motivated me to buy some quinoa. I’ve not tried it before but have heard good things about it. I don’t have any peaches, it can be hard to find good, ripe peaches in AK, but I see this as a great base recipe for what I may have on hand! My garden is producing the cucumbers & peppers, I have a stash of onions & pecans, the dressing sounds yummy…I’m thinking I’ll try this with blueberries & yellow/orange bell peppers, maybe alittle fresh basil! This is now on today’s to do list!

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    Nutmeg nanny — August 6, 2013 @ 8:26 PM

    So vibrant :) I love quinoa salads!

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    Cookie and Kate — August 12, 2013 @ 8:01 AM

    This is absolutely my kind of meal, Lori! Vibrant, healthy, delicious. Love the flavors here!

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    Kelly — August 28, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

    Can you use greek yogurt? Or will the dressing be too thick?

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    Lori Lange — August 28, 2013 @ 7:34 PM

    I think it would probably be too thick…

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    Kathy B — September 2, 2013 @ 2:04 PM

    This is a fantastic salad – thanks!!

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    Selina Young — August 17, 2014 @ 3:56 PM

    I used Greek yogurt and it was just fine! Delicious and nutritious and all the veg and peaches are in season. Perfect!!!