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Peach Basil Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds {Vegan + Paleo}

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. 

However, it is the unexpected taste of fresh basil that really makes this salad amazing.  Plus, this salad is paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan so almost anyone can enjoy it!

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Simple Make-Ahead Peach Basil Spinach Salad

With just seven ingredients (including the dressing), this peach spinach salad is quick enough for a weeknight. 

This salad is a fantastic choice for a summer cookout because it can be easily doubled and does not wilt quickly.  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.

 

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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. 

When introducing this salad, I served it deconstructed.  Learn more about why serving deconstructed meals works well for children

Now, both my boys happily eat this peachy spinach salad fully tossed with dressing.  

Peach Basil and Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds Recipe

Peach Basil Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds

Peach Basil Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Fresh peaches, basil and toasted almonds combine to make this spinach salad a crowd-pleasing favorite!

Ingredients

  • 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, about 6-oz*
  • 2 peaches*
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, cut into thin strips (chiffonade)

Instructions

  1. Sauté almonds in 1 tablespoon avocado oil until light brown and toasted.  Sprinkle with sea salt and set aside to cool
  2. Whisk together dijon mustard, maple syrup, and remaining 2 tablespoons of avocado oil.  Set aside until ready to serve salad
  3. Place washed baby spinach in a medium size salad bowl
  4. Top spinach with sautéed almonds, it is okay if they are still a little warm
  5. Peel* and dice peaches into small cubes (approximately 1 centimeter), add to spinach
  6. Optional: to make peach roses, slice peach halves into 1/8 inch thick slices and follow instructions for apple roses (without baking the peaches).
  7. To serve, add salad dressing and toss until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 369mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 11g Protein: 5g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix
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.

*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.

Other delicious healthy summer salad and salad dressing recipes:

Anti-inflammatory salad with spinach, strawberries, avocados and fresh basil

Whole30 lemon dijon salad dressing

Vegan lemon tahini sauce recipe

This recipe was originally published in April 2017.  The instructions and description have been updated along with the photos.

19 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, this has me so excited for all the summer peaches to come! What a great combination of ingredients, and I love huge salads!

    • Thank you Kari! We are *happily* inundated with peaches and nectarines right now… so this salad is appearing at least weekly on our dinner menu! I hope you enjoy it too!

  2. What a lovely flavor combination. So refreshing and perfecto for summer too !

  3. This salad looks anything but boring! I love the flavors in this, it’s perfect for summer!

  4. I know exactly what you mean by the sweet fruit and salty almonds pairing together as being soo delicious! I’ve never tried it with peaches and almonds, but this salad recipe sounds delicious.

    • Thanks Tina! Sweet, salty & crunchy are definitely the magic trifecta for my family… even my 3 yo loves this salad (combined with dressing!) . I hope you love it too!

  5. That topping of peaches and your dressings: big heart eyes!! SO yummy!!

  6. The presentation of this is beautiful! I have not tried peaches in a salad, but this will be great come peach season around here 🙂

  7. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    This is so pretty, I love those pretty peach roses you made! Such a lovely salad – the sweet dijon dressing sounds delicious, so does the basil. So much flavor in this!

    • Thank you Emily! The basil really adds so much flavor to this salad, and the small amount of maple syrup in the dressing brings out the peach-y flavor. I hope you enjoy the salad!

  8. This is so beautiful – perfect for a potluck BBQ this weekend. Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best!

    • Thanks Karen! I couldn’t agree more… simple, delicious recipes are often best. And this salad is an amazing addition to a potluck – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

  9. I always admire your food roses! This is such a pretty and yummy fruit + veggie salad!

  10. I’ve never had peaches in a salad before I need to try it out! Looks gorgeous and so refreshing.

  11. What a fresh and vibrant recipe! I need to step up my peach rose game like yours – gorgeous!

  12. I have to say I am OOBER excited for stone fruits, and this salad! What an amazing combo!!!

  13. Beautiful salad! You always make the prettiest food roses!

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