Berry Nutty Peach, Pecan & Berry Quinoa Salad
By Madelene Sears
FOR THE SALAD
2 handfuls of fresh mint, chopped
1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
½ cup fresh peaches, sliced
½ cup fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
FOR THE DRESSING
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh and local pecans, berries, herbs, olive oil, vinegars and honey can all be found at either of our Texas Farmers’ Market locations this weekend. Shop the markets and find ingredients to prepare a fresh and sweet summer salad for you and your family that even the kids will enjoy. Served as a side or a light lunch.
Ayurveda is a philosophical study that originated in India. This philosophy is honored in yogic culture and can be interesting to learn about for all ages. Studies in Ayurveda are especially interesting for food and nutrition topics. In Ayurvedic practice, different varieties of foods provide the body with different benefits. For the summer months, philosophy follows that foods should be cooling and refreshing with hydrating effects.
MINT — Clears all forms of stagnation and moves energy outwards. Aids in digestion.
BLACKBERRY — Refrigerant, cools the body. Helps to build red blood cells, allowing the body to carry more oxygen. Works as an anti-inflammatory agent in the stomach.
PEACH — Aids in digestive health. High in fiber.
LEMON — Calms the heart. Refreshes skin. Quenches thirst, relaxes eyes
Info gathered from joyfulbelly.com