A Refreshing Grilled Peach and Quinoa Salad Recipe
As the summer heat sets in, there's no better way to fuel your body than with a light, flavorful, and nutritious meal. At House of Sweat, we believe in nourishing both your body and your taste buds. That's why we're excited to share with you a delightful recipe that captures the essence of summer: Grilled Peach and Quinoa Salad.
Why Grilled Peach and Quinoa Salad?
Combining the natural sweetness of juicy grilled peaches with the protein-packed goodness of quinoa, this salad strikes the perfect balance between taste and nutrition. It's an excellent option for those looking to stay on track with their health and fitness goals while indulging in the vibrant flavours of the season.
2 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water or low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Prepare the Quinoa:
In a medium saucepan, bring the water or vegetable broth to a boil.
Add the rinsed quinoa and a pinch of salt.
Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
Fluff the quinoa with a fork and let it cool slightly.
2. Grill the Peaches:
Preheat your grill or grill pan over medium heat.
Lightly brush the peach halves with a touch of olive oil to prevent sticking.
Grill the peaches for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they have beautiful grill marks and are slightly softened.
Remove from the grill and let them cool slightly before slicing.
3. Assemble the Salad:
Combine the cooked quinoa, grilled peach slices, cherry tomatoes, diced cucumber, and sliced red onion in a large bowl.
4. Create the Dressing:
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper until well combined.
5. Bring It All Together:
Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss everything together to ensure all the ingredients are coated with the flavours.
6. Add the Finishing Touches:
Sprinkle crumbled feta cheese and chopped fresh mint leaves over the salad to add an extra layer of flavour and a burst of colour.
Benefits of Grilled Peach and Quinoa Salad:
Nutrient-Rich: Quinoa is a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids. It's also a good source of fibre, iron, and magnesium.
Vitamin-Packed: Peaches contribute vitamins A and C, which are great for skin health and boosting the immune system.
Hydrating: With ingredients like cucumbers and juicy peaches, this salad helps keep you hydrated on hot summer days.
Low-Calorie: This salad is light and satisfying, making it an excellent option for those aiming to manage their weight.
At House of Sweat, we encourage you to savour the flavours of summer while nourishing your body with wholesome ingredients. Whether you're on a fitness journey or simply seeking a delicious and nutritious meal, our Grilled Peach and Quinoa Salad is a perfect choice for your summer menu. Enjoy the season's bounty and fuel your active lifestyle!
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