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Grilled Peach, Rice & Arugula Salad Recipe


Many people perceive salads to be boring β€” a plate of leaves, some other vegetables and fruits, and a dressing to top it all off. Sure, some salads can be dull but here’s the thing: they don’t have to be. Instead of making a bowl only filled with vegetables leaves and fruits, salads can become more exciting and refreshing by adding a few surprising ingredients to it. Try out this Grilled Peach, Rice & Arugula Salad Recipe today!

Grilled Peach, Rice & Arugula Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 package (8.8 oz) ready-to-serve long-grain wild rice
  • 2 medium peaches, quartered
  • 6 cups fresh arugula
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 of red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Recipe Directions

  1. To make the dressing, whisk the cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, canola oil, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the rice according to the package directions. Once done, set it aside to let it cool.
  3. Place the quartered peaches on a lightly oiled grill rack over medium heat.
  4. Cover and grill until lightly browned, or about 6 to 8 minutes. Turn the peaches occasionally.
  5. Add the bacon and 1/4 cup of the dressing to the rice.
  6. On a medium platter or bowl, toss the arugula and sliced red onions together, then top with the rice mixture and peaches.
  7. Drizzle with the remaining dressing.
  8. Top with cheese and serve.

Recipe Tips

  • This recipe uses ready-to-serve long-grain wild rice but you can use any type of long-grain rice that you like.
  • If the peaches you are using are juicy and ripe, you don’t have to grill them.
  • You can add other fruits and leaves such as avocados or basil.
  • You may also add nuts such as pistachios or pine nuts to add more texture to the dish.
  • To make the dish even healthier, you can use quinoa.
  • You may substitute goat’s cheese with another cheese like fresh mozzarella or Chevre.

Final Note

Juicy, sweet, and wonderfully fragrant peaches added to a salad can certainly make you feel refreshed. Eating it together with rice in a salad gives you a dish that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients. This dish is very easy to make too, and it’s one that you can whip up quickly whenever you’re in a pinch.

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Hui Yin

Hui Yin moved from Hong Kong πŸ‡­πŸ‡° to the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ when she was just 8 years old. Now in her late 20's she enjoys writing and taking long walks in the park to burn off the copious amounts of rice she eats for dinner.

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