Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad

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This delicious and healthy Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad is a great way to celebrate the mid of this summer. And did I also mention the amazing Blackberry Lavender dressing? Well, I just did it.

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27 Facts About Quinoa

Talking about grains, there are few of them (like buckwheat or millet) being quite underestimated. Quinoa seems to finally be getting well-known one – more and more people incorporate it into their diet. Did you know that 2013 was declared the International Year of Quinoa? Even though I had occasionally experienced with quinoa earlier, I believe that was exactly that year when quinoa started to be a regular guest in our house.

Sure everyone knows quinoa for being super healthy (and sure delicious) produce. But how many good facts could you remember right now? Personally, I have known that quinoa is rich in iron, zinc, fiber, and high in proteins. What about you? How many health benefits of quinoa can you recall? 5? 7? 12? Perhaps 20?

Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com
Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Well, what about 27 facts?

That’s right, 27. And Helen Nichols knows them all. Moreover, she has generously gathered and summed them up in the article “27 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Quinoa”. In fact, I have counted at least 7 benefits of quinoa I didn’t know before.

There’s another – culinary – benefit. Quinoa is an amazing and diverse product wich can be used in many ways. But what did surprise me while checking my Index of recipes that so far I have posted only one recipe – this Quinoa Stuffed Peppers.

I mean, seriously Ben?

Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com
Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad

That had to be fixed! Immediately.

Salad. No doubts.

And today I’m so pleased to share this Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad with you. The good news about quinoa that it can be easily paired with many seasonal ingredients. It works great with most berries and fruit so feel free to substitute peaches for nectarines, apricots, pears, cherries, and many other good things. Also, some cheese (feta or goat cheese) would be a nice addition. Nuts? Sure! Seeds? Absolutely!

Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com
 Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com

Lavender Dressing

Needless to say that I am happy about incorporating lavender in this salad. I tried using it in a dressing last year, but that didn’t work out well enough. The secret of a lightly lavender-scented dressing is simple: you need to crush the lavender buds with your fingers first to release the flavor. And don’t you worry – the lavender flavor isn’t overpowering. It’s just a little hint. You will love it!

And I hope you love this delicate and fancy Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad too.

Do you like quinoa? What’s the most amazing way you’ve used it in cooking?

Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com
Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com
Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad|Havocinthekitchen.com
Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad

Yield: 2

Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad.

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 2/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • handful of arugula
  • 2 peaches or nectarines, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons salted pistachios
  • 7-8 chocolate mint leaves, sliced
    Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons dry lavender*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pear vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup, optional
  • good pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, slightly crush the lavender buds with your fingers and place them in a little bowl. Add the oil and vinegar and let stand 15 minutes. Strain and discard the lavender flowers. Stir in the blackberries and slightly mash them with a fork or spoon. Season with the salt. Try and add the maple syrup if desired.
  2. In a bowl mix together the cooked quinoa, peaches, blueberries, arugula, and mint. Mix. Divide between plates and sprinkle with the pistachios.
  3. Serve with the dressing.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

* If you have culinary lavender extract, add one-two drops instead of the dry lavender, but the flavor will be stronger. If you're using dry lavender flowers, it's better to use recently dried ones - soft and with an intense flavor.

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5 Thoughts on “Quinoa Peach Lavender Salad

  1. All your summer salads are awesome, but this is a GENIUS. Why? Because it has quinoa which is good for everyone. It has peach, which is good for me. And it has lavender which is good for you! Wow. I want this in my life. :)
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  2. I am just loving this blackberry salad dressing. Big fan of that as you well know! Beautiful salad Ben and lavender is back in the mix! Lavender and peaches sound wonderful together. Have great weekend!
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  3. You always make some mean salads, Ben and this one is no exception! I’m a huge fan of quinoa in all the things, so I’m loving that you used it up in here! Plus the peaches, lavender (your fav – I know!) and that Blackberry Lavender dressing – YESSS! So much summertime scrumptiousness going on! AND SO HEALTHY! YUM! Cheers, buddy!
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  4. What a beautiful salad again, Ben! I’m still so impressed with all your stunning creations using flowers :)
    Quinoa is one of my favourite things as a salad base and it’s especially amazing with fruits! Pinned, this is going to be my next quinoa salad ;)
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  5. Your summer salads are so stunning, Ben! You’ve got so many awesome flavors going on in there. I’m with ya on the quinoa. Not sure when we discovered it, but it’s one of our go-to side dishes now. Oftentimes, we’re like, well there are some leftovers for dinner but enough to fill us up…let’s make a side dish of quinoa! I love how you used it as the base of this salad! But we might need to talk about the lavender in there…haha!
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