Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette

2013 – Gluten Free Living

I saw this fabulous salad recipe last week when I was hunting through salad recipes on WordPress. Wow, I wasn’t disappointed. I love spinach salads, and I love spinach salads with strawberries (I make at least 5 or 6 different ones!). But this one had a twist I’ve never used before–peaches! Yay! I love peaches as they are my favorite fruit. I loved this combination. Unfortunately, fresh peaches are just not available this time of year. My husband suggested trying it with dried peaches. Instead, I decided to try canned peaches. It was not a bad choice as the salad was quite wonderful.

On top of that, I decided to use the peach liquid which was composed of peach and pear juice and pulp and use that as a base for a homemade vinaigrette dressing. I made it with honey rather than sugar for those who have issues with sugar, also. The salad dressing turned out excellently too. This gluten free, low calorie, healthy salad recipe is a keeper. It’s a great way to eat healthy and enjoy what you’re eating at the same time!

In keeping with my 2013 theme to present lots of gluten free recipes here’s one I hope you and your family really enjoy. If you’re looking for new, fresh ways to eat healthy and you’re tired of eating salad the same way all the time here’s a great recipe you and your family can add to you weekly menus. If you are trying to lose weight this year consider this low calorie recipe to support your weight loss goals. We really loved this delicious salad and believe you will too!

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Lots of juicy peaches and strawberries mingled with feta cheese and roasted pecans. Oh, yum!

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I made up my own salad dressing which has just enough sweetness to counteract the bite of the balsamic vinegar. It was wonderful. But if you like a sweeter dressing add another tablespoon or two of honey.

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This is a fabulous healthy, gluten free, low calorie, and incredibly delicious salad. You and your family will love it.

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This close up allows you to see the texture of this marvelous salad. This refreshing salad is so quick and easy to make. We loved the combination of strawberries with peaches. It was fabulous.

 

Here’s what I did.

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 These are the ingredients I used for the salad.

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Place a 9-oz. bag of spinach in a large salad bowl. You can de-stem the spinach leaves, if desired. Mix a 9-oz. bag of Romaine lettuce blend with red cabbage and carrots. Toss the two lettuces together.

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I added a pound of sliced strawberries. I would have used 3 unpeeled, sliced fresh peaches if they were available. I substituted a 30-oz. can of sliced peaches instead. I used peaches in 100% juice. Drain the peaches saving the juice for the dressing. Pat the peaches dry before placing on salad. 

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Roast pecans in toaster oven or oven at 400 for about 7-10 minutes. Toss the toasted pecans on top of the salad. Add 6-8-oz. feta cheese, crumbled on top of the salad.

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These are the ingredients I used for the vinaigrette. Place all ingredients in a blender.

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Blend all the ingredients in a blender for about 20 seconds until completely blended.

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Here’s what the salad dressing looks like after blending. Taste the dressing. If you want it sweeter, add a couple more tablespoons of honey and blend again for a few seconds.

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Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette is a wonderful, flavorful and festive salad. It’s especially great for special occasions.

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This salad is so scrumptious. This gluten free salad is a great healthy option for lunch or dinner. Your family will love it and won’t even realize they are eating gluten free!

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This picture shows the salad ingredients before the dressing has been added. Achieve your weight loss goals by adding this salad recipe to your regular menu.

 

Here’s the recipe.

FRUITY SPINACH SALAD WITH PEACHY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

(Salad recipe adapted from Words and Warmth)

Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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Luscious spinach salad with peaches, strawberries, toasted pecans and feta cheese, topped with a tasty peachy, balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Author:
Recipe type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 9-oz. bag baby spinach
  • 9-oz. bag Romaine lettuce blend with carrots and red cabbage
  • 16-oz. fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 8-oz. Feta cheese
  • 3 fresh peaches, diced (I used 1 30-oz. can sliced peaches, patted dry, in 100% juice, reserving liquid)
  • ⅔ cup chopped pecans (toasted if desired)
Instructions
  1. Fill a large salad bowl with baby spinach leaves.
  2. De-stem if desired.
  3. Add Romaine lettuce and toss together.
  4. Slice fresh strawberries and toss overtop the spinach and Romaine in the bowl.
  5. Dice fresh preaches and add to the salad. (Since I could not find fresh peaches at this time of year, I used 1 30-oz. can sliced peaches and reserved the juice).
  6. Place pecans in pan in toaster oven at 400° to 450° and roast for about 7-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and toss over top of salad.
  8. Crumble feta cheese over everything.
  9. Toss salad.
  10. Serve on plates and drizzle with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Notes
If you want a sweet dressing I recommend starting with about 4 or 5 heaping tablespoons of honey as a start. Blend with blender and then taste. If you want the dressing sweeter, add a little more honey.

This salad can also be served with Italian dressing or a poppy seed dressing.

 

PEACHY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

(My own concoction)

Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
Prep time
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Luscious spinach salad with peaches, strawberries, toasted pecans and feta cheese, topped with a tasty peachy, balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Author:
Recipe type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 – 1 ¼ cups juice from canned peaches (used in salad)
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3-5 heaping tbsp. honey (depending on your preference)
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 15-20 seconds to liquefy.
  2. Serve over salad.
  3. Makes about 2⅛ cups vinaigrette.
Notes
Because I didn’t have fresh peaches I used canned peaches packed in 100% juice – NOT syrup.

 

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Lots of luscious fruit, nuts, and cheese in this delicious salad. Oh, my! It’s wonderful.

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Why don’t you make this salad one of your healthy menu options this year? 

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Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette is rich in antioxidants and other healthy and nutritious vitamins so necessary for good health. This salad is so quick and easy to make. You can have it ready to serve in no time!

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11 Responses to “Fruity Spinach Salad with Peachy Balsamic Vinaigrette”

  1. January 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    I’m going to try this recipe. It sounds so yummy, and it looks good to

    • January 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      It is fabulous!

  2. January 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Peaches are my favorite fruit, too! This is a beautiful salad.

    • January 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      Thank you so much. It tastes marvelous!

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