Recipe by Triad to Wellness Consulting – Photo Courtesy of Kristen Massad
Perfectly Grilled Produce
Warm weather calls for cool dishes full of the best flavors the season has to offer. And nothing is more refreshing than a salad that makes the most of summer produce. Our Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad highlights our favorite summer fruit, a grilled apricot, which has the ability to elevate and brighten our humble super greens to tasty new heights. We love grilling our apricots because the hot surface causes the fruit’s sugars to caramelize, bringing out their natural sweetness, and giving them a new dimension of smoky flavor that makes them stand out against the spinach leaves. These juicy apricots are a perfect balance to the intense richness of the creamy cottage cheese and the crunch of the almonds and hemp hearts. A drizzle of our delicious flavor-forward dressing accentuates the combination of spinach leaves, mirroring the sweet, savory and tangy flavor profiles from the fruit, cheese, nuts, and seeds. Rich in iron, calcium, vitamins and protein, our salad is the essence of healthy summer eating. It is a beautiful, nutrient-dense blend of sweet, creamy, crunchy and smoky goodness that makes this Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad so refreshing on the hottest of summer days.
Nutrient Booster: Apricots
Apricots are extremely nutritious and have an abundance of health benefits. This stone fruit is a great source of many antioxidants, including beta carotene and vitamins A, C, and E. Antioxidants are responsible for helping the body fight off free radicals which areharmful compounds that damage the body’s cells and cause oxidative stress. What’s more, apricots are high in a group of polyphenol antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been shown to protect against illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. This fiber-rich fruit is also rich in the carotenoids and xanthophylls, nutrients that may help protect the eyes from age-related damage. Like most fruits, apricots are naturally high in water, which can help regulate blood pressure, body temperature, joint health, and heart rate by providing proper hydration. Rich in flavor and health-promoting properties, including apricots in your favorite recipes can help protect the heart, strengthen bones, and slow the skin’s aging process. Add sliced apricots to yogurt or baked goods, use them in jams or salsas, eat them fresh as a snack, or top them over a salad.
Our Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad is a deliciously nutritious, light and flavorful summer dish. While hearty enough to be a meal on its own, it has a great balance of flavors to be served as a side. This salad pairs perfectly with many other grilled goods, like our Grilled Chicken Satay. For an extra boost of protein, top it with our Simple Black Bean Burgers. While the apricot may be small in size, it has big taste and nutrition that elevates a simple summer salad into a sophisticated warm-weather statement.
Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp sorghum syrup, or honey
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 6 ounces baby spinach
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 cups low-fat Daisy cottage cheese
- 6 small apricots, washed, halved and pitted
- 1 tsp coconut oil, or olive oil
- grill or grill pan
- pastry brush
- Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium heat.
- In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sorghum syrup, cinnamon, ginger and mustard powder.
- Combine spinach, half the almonds and hemp seeds on a platter. Place cottage cheese from side to side over the spinach salad.
- Brush the grill with the coconut oil. Place the apricots cut-side down on the grill. Grill apricots about 3-4 minutes until they are soft and have grill marks. Place apricots on a cutting board to cool and slice them.
- Place sliced apricots over the cottage cheese and sprinkle the rest of the almonds and hemp seeds over the salad. Drizzle the dressing over the salad or serve 2 tablespoons of dressing per person.
Disclosure: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to Manitoba Harvest & Daisy Cottage Cheese. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.
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