Grilled Peach + Avocado Salad

Summer is almost over! Soak up the last bit of summer flavors by firing up the grill for an easy and delicious Grilled Peach + Avocado Salad!

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It feels like summer is slipping through our fingers like warm sand on the beach… I try not to spend too much time anticipating cooler months, I have enough anxiety and depression in my life without that kind of negativity. Unlike most of my female millennial peers, I do not pine for the pumpkin months. Born in July, I’ve just always been a summer baby.

That’s why all summer long, I pack my tote bags full of fresh fruits and veggies at the weekly farmers market. There’s just nothing better than fresh, local produce. Except maybe big, sweet, juicy peaches from Georgia…

When I saw that the Peach Truck was coming to Columbus this year, I had to get in on it. (Totally not a promo for them, I just love their peaches!) Because you can only buy them in half-bushel (25 pounds!) boxes, we had a lottttt of peaches to eat through. I also picked up a pound of their fresh Georgia pecans, which I am OBSESSED with.

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I had to get creative to use up all our fuzzy little peach friends… I asked for peach recipe ideas on IG and someone recommended grilled peached with ice cream. Yum. But with all the syrupy sweet fruit we’d been eating, I was craving something a little more savory. So I fired up the grill (ok, John actually does that because I don’t mess with fire…) and tossed on some ripe-but-still firm peaches and avocados. You don’t want the ones that are melt-in-you-mouth, fall-apart-tender juicy because they won’t hold up on the grill. Don’t worry, grilling fruit softens them, brings out their natural sweetness, and adds a bit of caramelization.

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Here’s to soaking up the last of summer’s warmth, sun, and sweet, sweet peaches.

Grilled Peach + Avocado Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Summer is almost over! Soak up the last bit of summer flavors by firing up the grill for an easy and delicious Grilled Peach + Avocado Salad!

Ingredients

  • 2 peaches, quartered
  • 2 avocados, quartered
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 small head of fennel, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup toasted pecans
  • Dressing
  • 1½ Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar or honey
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grates of the grill with high-heat oil (vegetable or avocado). Brushing the peaches and avocados too if you are worried about sticking.
  2. Place the peaches and avocados on the grill, one of their cut sides down. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, turning carefully to char each side. Keep brushing lightly with oil if they things get sticky.
  3. Wisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or jar. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, taste, and adjust if necessary.
  4. Assemble the salad: toss the arugula and fennel in a large bowl with half of the dressing. Divide greens between plates and place peaches, avocados, and pecans on top. Pour over more dressing if desired. Garnish with fennel tops.
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Blueberry Salsa

Red, white, and… blueberries?! Patriotic colors, plenty of crunch, a pop of sweet, and a subtle heat pack this Blueberry Salsa full of star-spangled flavor!

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This Independence Day isn’t like years past. I can’t say I feel the same swell of pride waving an American flag or hearing the national anthem as I used to. I debated even mentioning it publicly because I don’t want this blog to be political or polarizing. But it’s important to acknowledge what is going on in our country that used to welcome those seeking refuge and prosperity with open arms. It’s important to give voice to those who have had theirs taken away.

We used to boast the words “melting pot” when talking about our country’s ability to mix and mingle so many distant cultures. When we think of the Statue of Liberty, we think of our great-great grandparents coming from across oceans to build a better future for their family. But now families are being ripped apart or turned away simply because of where they come from. If you’re as disturbed by the news as I am, I encourage you to get involved with local activist groups, call your representatives, or make a donation- I chose the ACLU for their history and reputation.

I won’t dive any deeper into this tragic and sensitive subject but I hope you’ll keep fellow human citizens of this Earth in your hearts as you celebrate the freedom not everyone will have the chance to experience.

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On the topic of embracing foreign concepts in a place we already know and love, let me slowly ease you into the idea of a fruity salsa…. (Ok, that segue felt gross and distasteful please forgive me.) You’ve probably heard of mango salsa. Maybe even pineapple salsa. Why not Blueberry Salsa? Hopefully, you can hang in to hear me out. I mean, what’s not to love…

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Truly, this Blueberry Salsa hits all of the taste spots:

  • Sweet
  • Tangy
  • Spicy
  • Salty
  • Crunchy
  • Herby
  • Fresh

To go for the full red, white, and blue effect, I chopped up a jicama and added it to the bowl. Honestly, I just added it for the color but WOW. It added so much crunch and lightness; I honestly don’t think chips would love this dip nearly as much without it. But If jicama is intimidating (read this article to learn just how easy it is!) or if you can’t find it at your local store, I suspect some radishes would make a great peppery stand-in.

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Try something new this year for America’s Independence Day! Buy and peel a massive jicama. Add some blueberries to your salsa. Say hello to your new neighbors from another country. Whatever you do, do it with love. Happy Fourth, friends!

Blueberry Salsa

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Red, white, blue, and delicious! Patriotic colors, plenty of crunch, a pop of sweet, and a subtle heat pack this Blueberry Salsa full of star-spangled flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 4 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • ½ large jicama, peeled and diced into cubes (or sub radishes)
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalepeño, minced
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix. For best flavor, let sit for a few hours in the fridge before serving.
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Spinach and Artichoke Vegan Quiche

A classic brunch staple gone vegan! Spinach and Artichoke Vegan Quiche is the dish your plant-based breakfast has been missing.

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Growing up, I wasn’t a huge fan of quiche. Or really any pie for that matter. I mean, I could eat pie crust (NEVER graham cracker) all day long, but fillings? Savory ones? Heck no. And when you think about it, ‘savory egg pie’ sounds pretty strange. But I guess I don’t care how it sounds because what l learned to love was the taste.

I discovered my love for quiche only shortly before going vegan so the affair was short lived. It had been years since I’d laid mouth on the eggy tart but when I saw some recipes for a vegan option, I was intrigued. I read that all it took was a little blended tofu so I set off on an experiment for vegan brunch paradise.

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If you’ve been vegan or enjoy eating plant-based meals you’ve probably at least heard of tofu scramble. You know, tofu all crumbled up and sautéed with veggies and turmeric to look like eggs. We eat a lottttt of tofu scramble in our house. So making the switch to blending up the tofu with our typical scramble spices for a new no-egg texture wasn’t a big leap.

The key ingredient to getting a truly “eggy” taste from your quiche is black salt, or kala namak. This particular salt is harvested form sulfuric salt mines and has a very distinct egg-like flavor. I buy mine for super cheap at a local Indian grocery store but I know you can get it on Amazon too. I trust you can use your resources.

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So, who’s coming over for (vegan) brunch this weekend?

Spinach and Artichoke Vegan Quiche

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

A classic brunch staple gone vegan! Spinach and Artichoke Vegan Quiche is the dish your plant-base breakfast has been missing.

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust, store bought or homemade
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp. black salt (aka kala namak), or table salt
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 8 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts in brine, drained

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350F. Prepare your pie crust according to package or recipe instructions. Press it into a 9-inch pie pan, crimp the edges, and set in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
  2. Place the thawed spinach in the middle of a tea towel or dish cloth and squeeze all of the excess liquid out. Repeat with the artichoke. Place both on a cutting board and roughly chop into small pieces.
  3. In a blender, add the tofu, milk, and all of the spices. Blend on high speed until completely smooth.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the tofu mixture, spinach, and artichoke. Pour into the crust and smooth out with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, covering the pan with foil after 15 minutes so the crust doesn’t burn. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
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