Peach, Quinoa, and Almond Milk Ricotta Salad

Peach, Quinoa, and Almond Milk Ricotta Salad/Grain Bowl

Peach, Quinoa, and Almond Milk Ricotta Salad/Grain Bowl
with
Toasted Almonds, Red Oak Lettuce, Mint, Basil
Olive Oil, Balsamic Syrup, Edible Flowers
Lemon Verbena Iced Tea

Hey! How’s your summer going? Hot enough for ya? Try this Peach, Quinoa, and Almond Milk Ricotta Salad/Grain Bowl  – it’s a bright, light, and simply delicious summertime meal. Perfect for these sweltering days…there is no recipe per se, just a combination of healthful ingredients that have a particular affinity for each other, all arranged in a bowl. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan too.

Enjoy the salad/grain bowl al fresco along with refreshing Lemon Verbena Iced Tea – the high levels of essential oil contribute to a delightful citrusy aroma and lovely lemony flavor.

Peach, Quinoa, and Almond Milk Ricotta Salad/Grain Bowl

Peach, Quinoa, and Almond Milk Ricotta Salad/Grain Bowl

Ingredients:

  • red oak lettuce
  • kite hill ricotta – made from almond milk
  • quinoa – cooked, cooled to room temperature
  • fresh peaches – sliced into wedges
  • toasted almonds – rough chopped
  • fresh mint
  • fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • balsamic syrup
  • salt and pepper
  • edible flowers

Method:

Arrange red oak leaves along one side of a bowl. Smear a scoop of ricotta along the other side. Mound quinoa into the middle. Arrange peaches over the quinoa. Sprinkle toasted almonds, chopped mint and basil over the top. Drizzle the entire salad with olive oil and balsamic syrup. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper. Garnish with edible flowers.

Lemon Verbena Iced Tea

Lemon Verbena Iced Tea

The lemon verbena was harvested from my garden. The leaves are washed in cool water then arranged in the teapot’s glass infuser. Bring filtered water to a rolling boil. Pour water into the teapot over the leaves. Cover and let steep 5 to 10 minutes until the tea is a mellow gold color. Remove the infuser. Let cool then add ice. Garnish the tea cups with sprigs of the fresh herb.

Peach Lovers

Try my #trending Grilled Peach Salad with Maple Bourbon Dressing, recipe here.

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