Toasted Pecan, Cucumber, Basil, and Peach Salad

This toasted pecan, cucumber, basil, and peach salad is super fresh and incorporates summer and fall flavors into one great gluten and dairy free dish. It’s also super quick and sugar-free.

Fall might be here, but I’m holding onto Spring.

Fresh tossed peach, pecan, basil cucumber salad merges summer and fall flavors - gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, corn free

This toasted pecan, cucumber, basil, and peach salad is super fresh and incorporates summer and fall flavors into one great dish.

Juicy peaches and refreshing cucumber give a burst of summer, which nicely complements toasty fall-inspired pecans.

The lettuce is a mix of heat-loving and cold tolerant greens. It’s a great way to use the late summer harvest while fall seeps in.

This toasted pecan, cucumber, basil, and peach salad is super fresh and incorporates summer and fall flavors into one great gluten and dairy free dish. It's also super quick and sugar-free

Our CSA and garden are still producing tons of fresh greens and you can still find a few fresh peaches.

And if you know me, you know I love to eat as many peaches as possible during the summer. Just look here for all the delicious peach recipe ideas.

Balancing the salad – fresh – toasty – savory – crunchy

When I make a salad I like it to have a complexity of not only flavors but also textures.

I like a crunch when I want to make me feel like I’m eating something of substance. In this recipe, toasted walnuts or pecans give a nice crunch and an aromatic nutty flavor.

If you are allergic to nuts, try roasted sesame or pumpkin seeds for the same effect.

Summer meets fall in this This toasted pecan, cucumber, basil, and peach salad is super fresh and incorporates summer and fall flavors into one great gluten and dairy free dish. It's also super quick and sugar-free

The Greens and the Green Goddess Dressing

The greens can be whatever you have on hand. I recommend using a mix of lighter greens like butter lettuce with some deep green colored veggies, like spinach or swiss chard. For this preparation, I had butter lettuce, swiss chard, and spinach, but any combo of mixed greens would work.

quick tossed salad for dinner or lunch - allergen friendly, gluten free and dairy free

There are many varieties of green goddess dressing, so feel free to use your favorite. I love Tessamae’s because of the ingredient list. I can read all of the ingredients and there is no hidden corn, sugar, soy, flavoring or wheat. You can find the Tessamae green goddess here online and in some health food stores. I just get mine shipped to me.

Toasting the nuts – and tasty nut alternatives

I toasted the pecans on the stove top for 5-7 minutes until slightly aromatic. Be careful not to overcook these as they can burn quickly.

If you prefer, you can also toast the nuts or seeds in the oven. In that case, simply preheat the oven to 350 and spread the nuts or seeds flatly on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until aromatic and slightly nuttier in taste.

Fresh and healthy salad, perfect for picnics, BBQs, and even family dinner. gluten, dairy and sugar free

If you have an allergy to nuts, you can easily replace these with seeds. Sesame seeds will add an awesome nutty flavor, sans nuts. Pumpkin seeds will be nice and crunchy.

You can toast the seeds in the same way you would toast the pecans or walnuts.

Toasted Pecan, Cucumber, Basil, and Peach Salad Recipe

I hope this salad brings you all the tasty flavors of fall and crisp, freshness of summer. How else do you like to merge the seasons?

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Juicy summer peaches and fall inspired toasted pecans make this This toasted pecan, cucumber, basil, and peach salad super fresh and perfect for dinner. Healthy, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free

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quick tossed salad for dinner or lunch - allergen friendly, gluten free and dairy free
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Toasted Pecan, Cucumber, Basil and Peach Salad

This toasted pecan, cucumber, basil, and peach salad is super fresh and incorporates summer and fall flavors into one great gluten and dairy free dish. It's also super quick and sugar free

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, BBQ, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, paleo, soy free, whole30

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed greens I used swiss chard, spinach, and butter lettuce
  • 1 tbsp green goddess dressing I used Tessamae's Whole 30 friendly dressing
  • 1/4 cup pecans can sub for walnuts or pumpkin seeds
  • 2 peaches
  • Handful of lemon basil can sub for regular basil
  • 3 lemon cucumbers can sub 1/4 of a regular green cucumber

Instructions

Directions:

  1. On a skillet on medium-high toast pecans or walnuts for 5-7 minutes. Be careful not to let them blacken as they will turn from toasty to burnt quickly. They will turn aromatic and taste toasted when finish. I recommend tasting one to see if it's ready.

  2. Dice cucumbers, Slice peaches

  3. Toss greens, basil, and cucumber with dressing.

  4. Top with nuts and peaches
  5. Serve and Enjoy!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. This salad is so nutrient-dense and it combines some of my favourite ingredients! Can also add some other nuts to the recipe, Alicia?

    1. Alicia says:

      Hey Agnes! Thanks! It has a lot of my favorites in the mix too, and I love making all my recipes full of nutrient dense Whole Foods. You can add any nuts you’d like. I think walnuts and marcona almonds would be great. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds would be good as well 🙂

  2. Yum! I would have never thought to put these ingredients together. I’ll have to make it for dinner tomorrow too!

    1. Alicia says:

      Yes! It’s such a good combo 🙂 tag me in photos if you make it! #eatyourwayclean

  3. KC says:

    Great idea! I have all the ingredients on hand. Making it for dinner tomorrow!

    1. Alicia says:

      Wooo!! I hope you love it 😍

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