Hey, friends!

I’m excited to share with you a guest post from Lindsey, at The Little Pine!

Enjoy 🙂

Grilled Peach and Mint Pistachio Pesto Summer Salad

Some people love summer for the long days, pool parties or neighborhood BBQs…

I love summer because it’s peach season!

Peaches have always been one of my favorite foods! They’re the item I rush to farmers market to grab 🙂

They taste great in a salad, salsa and pretty much any dessert.

Not to mention they are low in calories (around 70 calories per peach) and full of vitamins A and C!

Which is why I concocted this delicious summer salad, full of some of my favorite ingredients for their taste and nutrients.

Grilled Peach and Mint Pistachio Pesto Summer Salad

Mint Pistachio Pesto, may sound intimidating, but I promise it won’t disappoint!

It’s so tasty that I literally add it to every dish I make! I’ve gotten to the point of consuming about 1 batch a week – yikes!

Good news however, pistachios are so rich in flavor that there’s no need to add a ton of olive oil, making this a light substitute for traditional pestos.

Chickpeas are my favorite legume. If you’re a fan as well and think they taste good raw, try them roasted! This brings the fat and flavors to the surface.

They taste great spiced just about anyway – Indian spices, Italian herbs, making them a must-have in my kitchen!

When you roast the chickpeas it adds a little extra crunch, making them taste similar to a nut. They’re full of protein and an awesome salad topper! I snack on these when I’m in a crunch.

Grilled Peach and Mint Pistachio Pesto Summer Salad

Who doesn’t love pomegranate seeds… I think they’re great in salads. They help me to feel more satisfied and not crave dessert (as much) because of their sweetness and added texture.

If you’re not a huge kale fan, feel free to substitute it for your favorite leafy green, or even quinoa/rice!

I personally love kale, it’s considered a “powerhouse” vegetable by the CDC because 1 serving gives you over 100% of the RDA (recommended dietary allowance) for vitamins A, K and C!

If you are new to eating kale, stick with baby kale. It has a much milder taste in salads!

Grilled Peach and Mint Pistachio Pesto Summer Salad

Do you love peaches as much as we do and want to find some more ways to use them before the seasons up?!

Here are some of our favorites…

I top my pancakes with sautéed peaches (get the recipe here!)

Kathleen has made some killer peach recipes… such as Peach Pound CakeSouthern Peach CobblerRoasted Peach Halves with Crumb ToppingPeach CrispPeach Crumb Bars.

What has been your favorite peach dish this summer?

 

Check out Lindsey’s gorgeous blog, The Little Pine, all about wellness and happy living!