A fresh take on salads, with yummy peaches, spinach and some nuts/seeds, dressed with an amazing balsamic and mustard mixture.

Spinach peach salad (800x600)

The house that we rented in Chile had some amazing fruit trees in the backyard – mandarines, lemons, peaches, nectarines.  The peaches became ripe all at once so we had a plethora of peaches that we needed to use or else give them up for the birds.  So I searched the internet for recipes involving peaches – and came upon this one.  It’s pretty similar to my spinach & orange salad but the dressing is a real winner.  So much, that I’ve put the recipe for the dressing also separately here.

The original recipe called for pine nuts, to give it a bit of a crunch, but I wasn’t able to find them in Chile.  So I substituted sesame seeds instead, and it was still very yummy!  I’ve also substituted in walnuts and other types of nuts – feel free to experiment yourselves and let me know how you go!

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Spinach peach salad

Servings 8

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 2 peaches peeled and diced
  • 2 tbs sesame seeds

For the dressing

  • 2 tbs coarse grained mustard
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely diced (or minced)
  • 2 tbs sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Toss the salad ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Pour over dressing just before serving.

Recipe Notes


Adapted from http://www.food.com/recipe/just-peachy-spinach-salad-95322
Spinach peach salad