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VIBRANT SUMMER SALAD

After a week of rain, it's so refreshing to see the sun come out and the temperature rise. Today we hit 30°C - what better way to celebrate the beginning of summer weather than with a vibrant summer salad!

What I love about this salad is how the grilled peach and lemon balsamic dressing combine to add a sweet and tangy pop of flavour to the dish. Although I totally could have eaten this entire bowl myself, I shared it with my 2.5 year old who devoured her share (much like I did). Not a fan of peaches? I'm certain fresh strawberries would pair just as well.

This recipe of mine is featured on MindBodyGreen.


VIBRANT SUMMER SALAD

Print recipe HERE.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large leaves butter lettuce, washed and torn
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
  • sea salt + freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 large peach
  • 18 medium stalks asparagus
  • 1/2 cup shredded/matchstick carrot
  • 4 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring vegetable stock to a boil over high heat, add quinoa, reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook for 15-20 minutes. Once cooked, fluff with fork and set aside.
     
  2. While quinoa is cooking, wash the peach and asparagus. Trim asparagus stalks and roughly peel off skin on bottom (makes it easier to chew). Cut peach into about 1/2 inch thick slices.
     
  3. Brush grill with 1 tbsp. olive oil and heat to high. Arrange asparagus and peach slices on grill and grill for approximately 5 minutes. Flip over and grill for another 4-5 minutes until brown grill marks appear. Remove from grill and put aside.
     
  4. To make the dressing for this dish, whisk together 1 tbsp. olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper until emulsified.
     
  5. Assemble salad. Butter lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, quinoa, asparagus, peach slices, avocado. Top with dressing and sprinkle with chia seeds. Enjoy!


LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS WHAT'S IN YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER SALAD.