Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad

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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.

overhead shot of half a bowl of Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad in a white bowl

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 peach and pecan quinoa salad.

cooked Quinoa in a white bowl with a spoon

How to make Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad:

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! Quinoa tastes good in this salad recipe!

Ingredients for Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad in a measuring cup

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

How to peel peaches:

Score each of your peaches with a sharp knife, making an “X” on each peach. Drop the peaches into boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds, until the skin begins to split. Remove the peaches from the water with a slotted spoon, and move them to an ice water bath. You will then be able to slip the skins off the peaches using a small paring knife.

Ingredients for Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with a spoon

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

Pouring dressing onto Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad in a white bowl with a spoon

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).

Overhead shot of half a bowl of Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad in a white bowl set on a green napkin

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!

Here are a few more recipes using peaches that you might like to try:

overhead shot of half of a peach and pecan quinoa salad in a white bowl
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Peach and Pecan Quinoa Salad

Awesome summer salad recipe!
7 7 3
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 261kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword peach, pecan, quinoa, salad

Ingredients

SALAD:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans (toasted or un-toasted)
  • 1 whole green onion, sliced
  • 1 cup diced peeled peaches
  • 3/4 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

DRESSING:

  • 2 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or more, to taste)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

PREPARE THE SALAD:

  • Prepare the quinoa according to the package directions. Place it into a bowl and let it cool.
  • Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl: pecans, onion, peaches, cucumber and bell pepper. Stir to combine.

PREPARE AND ADD DRESSING:

  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add the dressing to the salad and stir to combine. I usually add more honey- drizzling some honey directly into the salad and tasting to get the flavor just right! Serve immediately, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 727IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg | Blue WW Smartpoints: 7 | Green WW Smartpoints: 7 | Purple WW Smartpoints: 3
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  • Selina Young wrote:

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

  • Kathy B wrote:

    This is a fantastic salad – thanks!!

  • Cookie and Kate wrote:

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

  • Nutmeg nanny wrote:

    So vibrant 🙂 I love quinoa salads!

  • Pati L wrote:

    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!

  • Winnie wrote:

    This is beautiful, and looks really delicious 🙂

  • Shundara@SavyNaturalista wrote:

    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..

  • Maegan @ The BakerMama wrote:

    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!

  • Susie wrote:

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

  • Joanne wrote:

    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!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch wrote:

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

  • Melissa @ Treats With a Twist wrote:

    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 🙂

  • marcie@flavor the moments wrote:

    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!

  • Kelly wrote:

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

  • Tieghan wrote:

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

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen wrote:

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

  • Tracy Dailey wrote:

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

  • Brenda @ Sugar-Free Mom wrote:

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

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar wrote:

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