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

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.  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

vegan peach basil spinach salad recipe

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: 262Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 369mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 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.

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Kari - Get Inspired Everyday!

Sunday 27th of May 2018

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!

Meredith

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

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!

ChihYu

Saturday 26th of May 2018

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

Liz Della Croce

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

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

Meredith

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Thank you Liz - I hope you love this salad as much we do!

Tina

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

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.

Meredith

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

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!

Megan Stevens

Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

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