gluten-free vegan peach spinach salad

Peach and Spinach Salad with Basil

The fresh peaches in this salad are delicious, but the basil and toasted almonds are what really make it a family favorite.  With just seven ingredients (including the dressing), this is a quick and easy weeknight salad.  However, it also scales well and does not wilt quickly – so it is great for serving at a cookout.

I make this salad at least once a week when peaches are in season.  It is the only salad my 6 year old will eat and, if served deconstructed, my 2 year old will eat the non-green parts of this salad too.  (Learn more about why serving deconstructed meals work well for children).

This recipe will serve a “small” family of four… two adults and two young children.  Scale accordingly if you plan to share.

Peach and Spinach Salad with Basil


  • 4 cups baby spinach* (about 6-oz)
  • 2 peaches*
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves cut into thin strips (chiffonade)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for toasting almonds
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Sauté almonds in approximately 1 tablespoon olive oil until toasted and brown.  Set aside to cool slightly
  2. Whisk together mustard, 2 tablespoons olive oil and maple syrup.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve salad
  3. Wash and thoroughly dry baby spinach
  4. Peel* and dice peaches into small cubes (approximately 1 centimeter)
  5. Toss spinach and basil in salad bowl, top with peaches and sautéed almonds
  6. When ready to serve, add dressing and toss

*Notes: These are fruits and vegetables that I choose to purchase organic. Read more on pesticides and produce. Peel peaches unless using organic.

Nutritional information (per serving, 4 servings per recipe):
216 calories
3.0 g added sugar
4.1 g fiber
4.8 g protein

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  1. Meredith,
    I regularly look forward to your posts on Instagram and on your blog. Your work is absolute lovely and because of that, I have chosen you in my nomination of the Blogger Recognition Award.


    • Thank you so much Ruth! I am very appreciative of your praise – especially since I think your work is just beautiful!

  2. Such an excellent salad recipe which I can’t wait to give it a try! Awesome combination of ingredients! Can I also add some other kind of nuts?

    • Hi Agness! I am sure other toasted nuts would be delicious in the salad, though I haven’t tried any yet. Please let me know if you try and what nut combinations you use! Thanks for reading, Meredith

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