This Peach Basil Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds is my favorite to bring to summer cookouts. The combination of juicy sweet peaches and salty toasted almonds is delicious. But it is the unexpected taste of fresh basil that really makes this salad amazing.
Simple Make-Ahead Peach Basil Spinach Salad
With just seven ingredients (including the dressing), this peachy spinach salad is quick enough for a weeknight. However, it can be easily doubled and does not wilt quickly, so it is a fantastic choice for serving at a summer cookout. And because this salad is vegan, there are no eggs or mayo in the dressing to spoil if it stays out in the summer heat.
Peach Basil and Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds Recipe
This recipe serves four people. However, it is hard to not want seconds of this salad, so I always double or triple the recipe if I am making it for a cookout with friends.
Fresh peaches, basil and toasted almonds combine to make this spinach salad a crowd-pleasing favorite!
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided (olive oil can also be used)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 4 cups baby spinach * (washed, about 6-oz)
- 2 peaches *
- 1/2 cup basil leaves (cut into thin strips, chiffonade)
Sauté almonds in 1 tablespoon avocado oil until light brown and toasted. Sprinkle with sea salt and set aside to cool
Whisk together dijon mustard, maple syrup, and remaining 2 tablespoons of avocado oil. Set aside until ready to serve salad
Place washed baby spinach in a medium size salad bowl
Top spinach with sautéed almonds, it is okay if they are still a little warm
Peel* and dice peaches into small cubes (approximately 1 centimeter), add to spinach
Optional: to make peach roses, slice peach halves into 1/8 inch thick slices and follow instructions for apple roses (without baking the peaches).
To serve, add salad dressing and toss until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed
*Notes: Spinach and peaches consistently test positive for pesticides in the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, so I choose to purchase organically raised, when I can. Read more on pesticides and produce. Peel peaches unless using organic.
Your whole family will love this Peach Basil Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds
This peachy spinach salad is the first salad my boys would eat without complaint. To start, I served the salad deconstructed (pictured, learn more about why serving deconstructed meals work well for children). Now, my older son happily eats this peachy spinach salad fully tossed with dressing. His favorite parts are the sweet peaches and the salty toasty almonds, which he says taste like bacon.
Nutritional information (per serving, 4 servings per recipe):
3.0 g added sugar
4.1 g fiber
4.8 g protein
This recipe was originally published in April 2017. The instructions and description have been updated along with the photos.