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.
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?
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
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!
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- In a bowl mix together the cooked quinoa, peaches, blueberries, arugula, and mint. Mix. Divide between plates and sprinkle with the pistachios.
- Serve with the dressing.
* 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.