Refreshing Nectarine Salad: Savour Summer For Longer
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Who could say no to a delicious salad topped with juicy nectarines? It always amazes me how fruity salads just work!
Sitting on a bed of bulgur, arugula, avocado, and goat cheese, this stone fruit really is the perfect accompaniment.
I chose to use bulgur for this salad as it has great filling properties and its open nature means it can take on the flavor of the dressing ingredients easily.
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I have suggested lamb’s lettuce or, preferably, peppery arugula to give the salad a little kick and contrast the sweetness.
A lovely goat’s cheese works well with lots of summer salad recipes, as do other crumbly cheeses like feta cheese.
Again, it’s a great way to balance the sweet and the umami tones to this dish and it adds some protein which you know I’m a big fan of!
If this is the first time you’ve had fruit in a salad you’re in for a lovely surprise. It is just magic how these ingredients work together to create the most delicious meal.
The key to this recipe is to find really ripe nectarines.
Sometimes they can be quite firm when you buy them but to really get the sweetness of the nectarines to come through it’s best to let them ripen first.
Obviously, if you can’t get them, a peach will work nicely too.
The other fruit we have in this salad is creamy avocado, another of my favorite stone fruits! It is a great source of healthy fats and gives an awesome texture to this dish.
It wouldn’t be a great salad without a great dressing. I’ve gone with an olive oil base, mixed with sweetness from balsamic vinegar, and honey.
Then cut through it with the juice of fresh orange and a pinch of salt: this is way better than any store-bought dressing.
Before serving sprinkle over some chopped chives, which will really compliment the cheese, and some hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds are going to give another source of healthy fats like avocado (check out its other health benefits down below).
How many calories?
This salad makes a filling lunch or light dinner and comes in at just 422 calories and 17 g protein per serving.
Here’s a full macro overview:
If you’re on a weight loss journey, then this is the salad for you. It is packed to the brim with ingredients that are going to help you with weight management.
It’s also very high in general vitamins and nutrients so if you’re just looking to up your health game, then this nectarine / peach salad is a great place to start!
Firstly, bulgur wheat is high in dietary fiber which is great for keeping you feeling full and not reaching for those naughty treats.
Next up we have goat’s cheese which is a great protein source if you’re following a vegetarian lifestyle.
Hemp seeds are also high in protein, especially compared to similar foods like chia seeds or flaxseeds. On top of that, they have loads more health benefits including being high in essential omega 3 and 6!
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Any ingredient, whether it’s hemp seeds or goat’s cheese, that gives a high level of protein will help with weight loss by keeping you full between meals.
Nectarines are high in vitamin C among others, and are also low in calories and high in fibre – this salad recipe has it all!
All this is geared up to give you a hearty filling meal which is just what you need when you’re watching those calories.
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How to make this summery nectarine salad?
Time needed: 10 minutes
Take a look at how to make this easy summer salad.
- Prep work:
Cook ⅓ cup of dried bulgur according to packet instructions. Cut the nectarine or peach in half lengthwise with a sharp knife and open it in half by turning it around. Remove the pit and cut it into thin slices. Cut avocado into cubes or slices. Dice or crumble cheese.
- The Dressing
In a small bowl mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, juice from half an orange, honey, and a pinch of salt to make the dressing.
Layer the salad ingredients in a serving bowl starting with the grains, then the greens, cheese, and fruit. Sprinkle hemp seeds and chopped chives. Add ½ tsp of salt and black pepper to your taste. Drizzle on the dressing, give it a little mix and serve immediately.
See the recipe card below for further instructions.
Nectarine Salad FAQs
According to The Seattle Times, nectarines go well with lots of other fruits and vegetables as well as flavours like lime, basil, cinnamon, and ginger: it’s such a versatile ingredient!
There are 44 calories in 100 grams of nectarine.
Keep the salad covered in the fridge for 2 days for it to stay freshest.
Yes, you can make this salad ahead of time. But it’s best to leave off the dressing until you’re ready to serve it.
Yes, you can eat the skin of nectarines, in fact, for a recipe like this, it’s better if you don’t remove it as it holds the flesh of the fruit in a perfect slice.
Nectarines go with lots of cheese varieties, goat, feta, blue, ricotta, brie you name it; nectarines love cheese!
Here’s how you could change up your salad next time round,
- Different leaves – If you can’t get hold of the salad leaves I suggested or you’re not a fan, why not try baby spinach instead?
- Different veg – Try red onion, green onions, or English cucumbers for a bit of crunch if you can’t get an avocado.
- Different toppings – No hemp seeds? Try sunflower seeds as an alternative.
- Different cheese – If you don’t like goat’s cheese, try blue cheese for something a bit different.
More Recipes Like This
If you love this recipe please check out these as well, they’re sure to get your taste buds tingling:
- Cook ⅓ cup dried bulgur according to packet instructions.⅓ cup bulgur
- Cut nectarine or peach in half lengthwise and open in half by turning it around. Remove the pit and cut into thin slices.1 medium nectarine or peach
- Cut avocado into cubes or slices.½ avocado
- Dice or crumble goat cheese.3 oz goat cheese
- In a small bowl mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar, juice from half an orange, honey and a pinch of salt to make the dressing.1 tsp olive oil, 1 ½ tsp balsamic vinegar, ½ orange, 1 ½ tsp honey
- In a salad bowl place the cooked bulgur or grains. On top lay the baby spinach or lamb's lettuce, peach or nectarine slices, avocado, cheese, hemp seeds and chopped chives.1 oz arugula or lamb’s lettuce, 1 ½ tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp chives, fresh
- Sprinkle ½ tsp of salt and black pepper per taste. Drizzle dressing, give a little mix and serve immediately.Salt and pepper to taste
All in all, I think this is a top-class salad that would work equally great at a summer BBQ or in front of a cozy fire on an autumn day. It really is the best way to use this awesome fruit.