My free time has been a bit limited lately, so cooking hasn't been worth sharing. I would call it more 'assembling' than I would cooking in the past two weeks. I missed it, it is my therapy. I was so excited to be making something that I talked through making this entire salad. Imagine Food Network with no eye contact or matching pans and bowls. I paid close attention to cutting things evenly and paused to share a helpful hint. Hugh started replying to my rhetorical questions at first, until he realized I wasn't responding or looking for feedback, and let me carry on being completely crazy while he took pictures. It's really wonderful that he loves me, because sometimes I just can't help myself from being crazy (Hugh, thank you. xo).

This salad is not complicated in the slightest, but it was the tastiest combination I've had in quite sometime. It reinforces the fact, that finding seasonal, fresh produce guarantees a better product. It was my first time cooking with red quinoa, and I found it to be a bit firmer, which is just perfect to toss into a salad. It is not crucial by any means, but if you can get your hands on some red quinoa, it certainly make a gorgeous alternative to the white variety. I enjoyed this as written below, because I like to eat A LOT of salad, and it not having the weight of cheese or a protein was ideal for me yesterday when I consumed the entire bowl. However, if I were making this for other people, or maybe myself on a less vegetable gluttonous day, it would be excellent with a bit of either feta, goat cheese or a piece of grilled fish to make it more of an entree.

Eat good foods and enjoy your weekend ~

NECTARINE+FENNEL SALAD // Serves 4 as a side
I cannot stress enough how important it is to buy your produce from a local farm stand or farmers market for this salad. Seek out an incredibly fragrant nectarine, a delicate avocado with buttery insides, a plump fennel bulb. It is very light, and what makes it great is the use of ripe, fresh produce. Just a mere suggestion that you could translate as a command.

1/2-3/4 Cup Cooked Red Quinoa
1 Nectarine
1 Avocado
1/2 Cup Shelled, Roasted Pistachio Nuts
1 Cup Thinly Sliced Fennel (use a mandoline if you have one!)
2 Cups Arugula (or lettuce of choice)

// Mustard Chive Vinaigrette //
* These are estimates, give or take to your own taste.

1 Small Clove Garlic
1/4 Cup Roughly Chopped Chives
1 Tbsp. Apricot Jam (Honey or Agave will work)
2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pinch Salt/Pepper

1. Put all viniagrette ingredients in a food processor or blender, pulse until everything is combined, about 30 seconds. Taste for salt and pepper.
2. Working in a large mixing bowl, add the cooked and cooled red quinoa, and about 3 tbsp. of the vinaigrette to keep it moist. Stir.
3. Halve the nectarine, remove the pit, and slice into thin pieces. Halve the avocado and cut into small chunks. Add the fennel slices, pistachios and half of the nectarine and avocado pieces to the bowl, save the other half for garnish.
4. I suggest using clean hands to toss everything, so you can be gentle and retain the shapes of the avocado and nectarine. Add desired amount of dressing and give one more toss to coat. Garnish with fresh slices of nectarine and avocado.

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Reader Comments (45)

I have to admit, I DO talk to myself while cooking; it keeps me organized. I'm glad no one's typically around to witness!

This salad does look lovely and fresh.

I hear you on being so excited to finally cook something! Last weekend was the first time I got to cook something in at least a week, and I was so into it that I went into complete cooking overload. I cooked practically the entire weekend - jams, salads, pizza, apricot butter, etc., etc., etc. It was insane.

PS. This looks delicious and now I REALLY want to make it this weekend.

I know how you feel, Sara. Work has been insane and I finally got to make the cold soup I've been craving...and even though it was more chopping & throwing it in a felt so good!

I love salads with quinoa in them - this looks amazing & lovely post as always :)

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertami

Mmm, what a perfect summer dish! Thanks for the recipe!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGolubka

Amazing... I -just- got my first bag of red quinoa and a bunch of nectarines/peaches at the farmer's market! I know what I'll be making this weekend :) Thanks Sara.


July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon

Yum yum yum! Adding this to my "must make this summer" list. Add a glass of white wine and I'm in heaven.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

having a dinner party in a few weeks and this will for sure be on the menu!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraf @ .the food.

I just peed my pants in excitement over this!
Nectarines are my LOVE!!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarahfae

Looks positively mouth-watering! And perfect for summer!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

This looks DIVINE. Nectarines are my favorite fruit!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee

beautiful salad! and i LOVE red quinoa. happy weekend!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather @ chiknpastry

Beautiful-just beautiful. I'm with you-hold the protein, I'll just eat 3 servings instead ;)

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

I love the taste of fennel. This looks delicious!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

One great thing about quinoa is that it has an exceptional amount of protein and it is what is called a "complete protein" with all of the elements that you would get from an animal source. So, you did get a protein in your salad!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

this looks wonderful . . . been doing a lot of "assembling" lately too. Fall brings out the cooking in me and then I miss the fresh summer produce and veggies that I missed out on cooking in the summer. I will definitely try this.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkathleen

I love quinoa, esp the red. Hearty and so good! This looks fantastic. I made your Spiced Halibut with Fennel and Grapefruit Slaw this week for a family dinner. Per-fect! What a great combination of flavors. Thanks again for sharing your 'therapy' with us! :)

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

Look delicious. I love mixing fresh veggies and grains together and this sounds like a great combination. Thanks for sharing.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I seriously jump up and down when you have a new post.
Thanks for sharing this amazing, summery salad.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie

This looks insane!!!! I like a little Quin with my Fen. Can't wait to try this:)

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe French

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July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

looks so yummy

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Franzen

Just discovered your blog - love your photos!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

This looks wonderful. Perfect color, texture, and taste combination.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise | Chez Danisse

Love the idea of quinoa as an accent here. Almost like itty bitty croutons!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

This looks amazing. I have never used apricot jam in salad dressing - what a fantastic idea! And I agree - red quinoa is so pretty!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ CozyDelicious

Lovely as always. I'm hosting a big party on Saturday and had thought I would do a big green salad to go with everything else, but I'm rethinking that. I wonder if I could make a huge (I mean huge) version of this. Do you think it would hold up? I agree with you on the red quinoa - a bit less mushy and so much prettier.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Holy cow. I can't believe I've resisted looking at this post for a few days. I cannot wait to make this.... hello, August!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

When I was visiting my mom in Tennessee earlier in the month, I ate at least two nectarines a day over the sink. Since my mom's also recently become obsessed with red quinoa, I'm going to pass this along to her.

I've been visiting your site for a few weeks now, but haven't before commented--I love your aesthetic!

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNishta

I love salads and this looks so good for an light lunch. I've never tried quinoa though..

So gorgeous! I just love red quinoa (and nectarines and avocado and fennel ;)

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWinnie

that looks delicious! Must try this recipe when the fall fennel is ready.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

Yum - what a great combination! The nectarines at the nyc farmers' markets are spectacular right now...and what a perfect way to use them :)

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternancy

We had this last night. Quinoa and fennel are great friends!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDarryl

I love red quinoa in salads. It is usually one of my first stops at the Whole Foods salad bar. I need to remember to cook some up at home to have on hand to throw into salads from time to time. Once again, beautiful photographs.

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

The flavors here sound outstanding, and I absolutely agree with your sentiment that local, in-season, fresh ingredients can really 'make' a dish. The nectarines at the farmers market are amazing right now, and if you add in pistachios and fennel... on and avocado.. Yes I am totally sold. :)

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cilantropist

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As someone who doesn't make NEARLY enough quinoa (beluga lentils 4 life) you just blew my saladmind a bit. I'm all over this. I am eating it. I will eat it.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterExploded Daniel

I am SO trying that asap! Who would have thought avocado and peaches?

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShyla Batliwalla

Hi Sara...we never do much entertaining but we are having another couple over for dinner tonight and this salad looks so refreshing that I'm going to give it a whirl!!! It's going to be around 100 today and this looks perfect for the temp.

Can't wait for the shower!

September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Gentile

[...] AMAZING salad (subbing the nectarine for apples for fall in [...]

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterA Grain A Day · How it

i made your salad
i loved the idea of adding quinoa
My family thanks you
it was delicious!
great recipes

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpina

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[...] had tried fennel before, but had never personally made anything with it. Once I saw Sprouted Kitchen’s recipe for a Nectarine & Fennel Salad though, I knew that had to change. For this recipe you’ll only need the bulb, but don’t discard [...]

Avocado picture is fantastic! Can't wait to try this recipe!

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