Meatless Monday: Lentil & Peach Salad w/ A Tarragon Dressing [Vegan & Gluten Free]

Healthy Recipes, Meatless Monday

Serves: 4
Prep:15-20 mins
Cooking: 20-30 mins
Type: Main Meal
Tools: Sieve, large non-stick pot w/lid, chopping board, sharp knife, resealable jar, small frying pan, pastry brush, grill tray, kitchen foil, mixing bowl

Hello everyone! Although this year’s Easter weekend has been a bit of a wash-out (particularly this morning!), we hope that you’ve all found some time to unwind, maybe go for a relaxing walk and enjoy some good food with family and friends. 🙂

The recipe that we are sharing with you today is a delicious salad we created weeks ago…when the weather felt more ‘spring like’ and everyone was still optimistic about a sunny Easter! However, we think that you’ll be happy to hear that this salad requires minimal prep (and cooking), of which the majority could be organised the night before, particularly if you plan on having this salad for lunch. 

We love adding fruit to salad, not only is it a great way to add some fibre, vitamins and minerals into your diet, such as vitamin C, potassium and potentially folate, but it’s the perfect solution for satisfying your sweet tooth in the evening. We’ve tried adding oranges, pineapple, mango, apples and even pears, but never peaches. So as you can probably gather, we’ve never grilled peaches before either. So when thinking about some new, exciting and delicious salad possibilities, this idea came to mind. The experience was not life changing, but we definitely feel like we have been missing out! Delicate and juicy peaches become creamy and tender (almost dessert like). A sure fire way to transform your salad and enjoy one of the many plants nature has to offer. We threw in a few juicy blueberries and dried cranberries for another pop of colour, but the peaches (and dressing!) were definitely the stars of the show. The delicate and peppery rocket works beautifully with the sweet and slightly tangy/’aniseed-y’ tarragon dressing and the toasted walnuts provide a delicious crunch. The inspiration for the dressing came from a well-known chef, which we adapted with much love and care into a format we can use happily throughout the summer months to come. 

 

 

The result: a salad full of bold flavours, great textures and the privilege to feel smug; eating2health has never been so easy (or tasty)! With hearty and nutritious lentils, plump and grilled peaches, toasted and crunchy walnuts, wild and peppery rocket and a sweet and vibrant tarragon dressing… it’s just a sensory overload waiting to happen!

Happy cooking everyone! 😀

 

If you are looking for some additional salad inspiration, please make sure to check out some of our other ideas from our recipe index!

 

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13 thoughts on “Meatless Monday: Lentil & Peach Salad w/ A Tarragon Dressing [Vegan & Gluten Free]

  1. Wow so many awesome flavors and textures in this salad! I love adding some fruit to my salad, and the juicy peach with the crunchy walnuts sounds amazing. And I can’t wait to try that tarragon dressing, so unique! I just love your creations!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Larice! We love salads with great textures and flavours too, particularly with the addition of great dressings (as it can really help bring everything together!). We can’t wait for more fruit to come into season as it goes so wonderfully in salads; we used a few tinned peaches (in natural juice) on this occasion to help oomph up the fruity flavour! The dressing is super simple and tasty; we can send it to you if you want? X 🙂

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      1. Yes! Really looking forward to in season fruit at the farmers market! I would love to know how to make that dressing when you get a chance. I’m always looking for more salad dressing ideas! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Reeanna! Well, it’s always MM around here so you have plenty to choose from. That’s brilliant when that happens! It really is the perfect lunch and so easy to throw together; we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. You’ll have to let us know what you think if you do decide to try it. 🙂

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    1. Hey David and welcome to Eat2Health! Sorry we didn’t see this message sooner; WP stuck it in the spam folder! Indeed and we love the variety of recipes you have! We hope you enjoy this salad and here’s to a healthier and cruelty-free planet! ~Lynn & Alex

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    1. Hey Chloe, thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, lentils are a great way to help add a healthy dose of energy and nutrition into a salad without making it too bulky or heavy, but the peaches really are something else; we can’t wait for them to come into season! 🙂 It’s our pleasure. You’ll have to let us know if you do decide to try it. 🙂

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