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NECTARINE BASIL SALAD WITH PINEAPPLE BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

I’m totally in love with nectarines right now, and I’ve been making this simple salad for lunch a lot lately! It’s quick to whip together and combines a delicious summer flavour profile — nectarines and basil. You could also have this salad for dinner, just add some grilled chicken, shrimp (or more almonds) and you’re set! In this recipe I use a pineapple balsamic white vinegar from Lucero Olive Oil, which I picked up in Napa Valley last summer (and have been rationing like an insane person), because it’s absolutely heavenly.


Nectarine Basil Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Vinaigrette // JustineCelina.comWhenever I make a leafy salad, I always use spinach or kale instead of lettuce — it’s a great way to pack some extra nutrition into your salad. Spinach does your skin, hair and bones good! It’s also very high in iron, vitamins and minerals. Almonds and avocados are both staples in my kitchen. They’re great brain food to help fuel the rest of your afternoon, full of heart-healthy fats, omegas, vitamins and antioxidants. In a vegan salad they’re filling and add a lot of depth and richness. Plus, this salad is totally raw!

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Also, fresh flowers make everything better. Always. I found these little bluebells growing wild in a vacant lot beside our place, in the middle of the city. Aren’t they pretty with the orange of the other flowers and nectarines?

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INGREDIENTS

Nectarine Basil Salad

(Serves 1)

• 4 cups baby spinach
• 1 nectarine
• 1/2 an avocado
• 3 sprigs green onion
• 10 fresh basil leaves
• 1/4 cup almonds

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Pineapple Balsamic Vinaigrette

• 1 tbsp pineapple balsamic white vinegar
(Calgarians: Sunterra, Community Natural Foods or Amaranth Whole Foods Market may carry this.
If you’re not able to find it, substitute 1 tbsp chopped fresh pineapple)

• 1 tbsp regular balsamic vinegar
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• A dash each of pink Himalayan salt and freshly cracked black pepper

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DIRECTIONS

Pineapple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Add all ingredients to your Vitamix (or similar) and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Basil Salad

1. Add your baby spinach to a large mixing bowl.

2. Then, slice the nectarine and avocado and add to the bowl.

3. Chop the green onion, and basil and transfer to the bowl.

4. Pour the vinaigrette over your salad and toss. Serve immediately.

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I love to eat as seasonally as possible, and am really enjoying all the fruit and amazing fresh herbs this summer! The basil used in this recipe is grown locally at Paradise Hill Farm, in Nanton Alberta (I purchase it at CO-OP). What are your favourite seasonal fruits and herbs? If you try my Nectarine Basil Salad with Pineapple Balsamic Vinaigrette, let me know how you like it and tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them!

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Thank you to The Calgary Herald for featuring this recipe.


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23 Comments

  • Reply Anneke Forbes July 22, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    This salad looks so fresh and hydrating! Beautiful presentation as well :).

    • Reply Justine July 22, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Anneke!

  • Reply Kaitie August 14, 2015 at 7:57 am

    This looks amazing and so simple! Perfect to keep that summer fresh feeling alive just a little longer 🙂 Your pictures are amazing as well!!

    • Reply Justine August 14, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Thanks for stopping by to check it out Kaitie! I love making this salad when nectarines are in season… might whip it up for lunch today!

  • Reply Alanna @ One Tough Cookie August 14, 2015 at 8:51 am

    This salad looks absolutely gorgeous!

    • Reply Justine August 14, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Alanna! Heading over to check out your blog now… your Honey turmeric lemonade looks right up my alley! 🙂 Happy Friday.

  • Reply Renee August 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

    This looks so fresh! I think I just found my salad for tonight’s dinner! Thank you!
    Renee

    • Reply Justine August 14, 2015 at 9:09 am

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Renee, let me know how you like it! Have a fantastic weekend.

  • Reply Julia (@Imagelicious) August 14, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I love how simple this salad is. Sometimes simplicity is the key! The combination of creamy avocado, crunchy almonds and juicy peaches sounds delicious. Oh, and the photos! wow – so absolutely gorgeous photos!

    • Reply Justine August 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Julia! In the summer especially, I love fuss-free recipes with fresh ingredients. I’m going to try your Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing soon, I’ve been eyeballing it since I found you last week, haha. Have a fab weekend!

  • Reply Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls August 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Wow, great photos! I love the addition of nectarine and avocado — two of my favourite fruits. And that pineapple balsamic dressing sounds divine!

    • Reply Justine August 14, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Thanks for the comment Amanda! Nectarine and avocado are a match made in heaven, aren’t they? I love the combo with basil too — so fresh and fruity. I’m going to head over to check your blog out now. 🙂

  • Reply janet @ the taste space August 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    What a pretty salad. It almost doesn’t look real, it is so perfect. The dressing sounds fantastic.

    • Reply Justine August 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Janet! I had it for lunch today, I love that pineapple balsamic vinegar — it tastes good on almost anything, haha. Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Mel 2 avirtualvegan.com August 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Hi again Justine!
    This salad looks beautiful and I can only imagine how wonderful the combination of nectarine and basil is. It is a pairing that I have never tried but will be sure to now.
    Beautiful photography as always too!

    • Reply Justine August 14, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Mel, nice to see you here again! Thanks for the sweet comment. You totally have to try nectarine and basil together, it’s amazing!

  • Reply Jennifer Andrews August 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    What a beautiful and simple salad – healthy too! I have a bunch of peaches that need to be used up, so this salad is the perfect solution. I love how well basil works with different fruits…nectarines, strawberries, even blueberries. Thanks for the idea!

    • Reply Justine August 15, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Jennifer! Peaches would be great in the salad instead of nectarines. Let me know how you like it! Heading over to check out your blog now. 🙂

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