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Quinoa, Brown Rice and Peach Salad

June 8, 2020 (Last Updated: June 15, 2020)

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Quinoa, brown rice and peach salad is a delicious whole grain salad with sweet peaches and crunchy pecans. This salad is a perfect side dish or a main dish for lunch. It packs perfectly into your lunch box and travels well for picnics. 

Quinoa, Rice and Peach Salad on a small white plate with fresh peaches in the background.

This salad is a perfect way to use up leftover quinoa and rice. However, I’ve also cooked up quinoa and rice just for the purpose of making this salad. Either way it’s a delicious salad.

Quinoa peach salad on a small white plate.

I am really into salads right now and especially salads with whole grains. This salad is delicious and it travels really well. I love packing it in my lunch box or taking it on a picnic.

It’s also a perfect potluck salad because it covers so many basis – it’s gluten free and vegetarian and it doesn’t have to be kept cold. It’s okay if this salad sits out on a buffet table even during the middle of summer.

How long will this salad last?

This salad will last for up to 3 days if covered and refrigerated.  If making ahead of time, add the pecans just before serving. This helps keep the pecans crunchy. 

I like to have a batch in my fridge and my kids will often eat it for lunch or even a snack. I love when they reach for a healthy dish and they usually will, especially when it’s already made. 

Fresh or frozen peaches?

When peaches are in season, use fresh peaches. You don’t need to peel them, just chop them up into a fine dice and add to the salad.

Frozen peaches also work in this recipe. Make certain your peaches are not sweetened. Allow peaches to thaw, then chop and add to salad. 

Quinoa and rice salad in a colorful bowl.

Variations

I used white quinoa and brown rice and pecans in this salad, but there are a lot of variations you could make too. Try using – 

  • Red quinoa
  • Wild rice 
  • White rice
  • Orzo pasta
  • Nectarines instead of peaches
  • Walnuts or almonds
  • Red  onions or shallots instead of green onions

Additional Add-ins

Looking to add some additional ingredients to this salad? Try some of these:

  • Black beans
  • Frozen peas, thawed
  • Chopped, cooked chicken
  • Leftover grilled salmon

Bowls of quinoa and rice with fresh peaches and green onions next to the bowls.

The peaches add a bit of sweetness and the pecans add extra crunch. The dressing is simple – just a squeeze of fresh orange juice, white wine vinegar, a touch of honey and a few seasonings. That’s it! If you felt you wanted some extra protein, you could also chop up cooked chicken and add it to the mix.

A colorful bowl filled with a quinoa and rice salad.

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Quinoa, Rice and Peach Salad on a small white plate with fresh peaches in the background.

Quinoa, Brown Rice and Peach Salad

Kathy
Whole grains mixed with fresh peaches and chopped pecans. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 191 kcal

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 2 cups Cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups Cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup Fresh peach (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Chopped pecans
  • 6 Green onions (chopped)

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Orange juice (fresh squeezed, if possible)
  • 2 Tablespoons White wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Instructions
 

Salad

  • Place quinoa, rice, chopped peaches, pecans and green onions in a bowl.
  • Stir lightly to mix ingredients.

Dressing

  • In a separate bowl, combine orange juice, vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over rice mixture. Stir
  • Top with additional sliced green onions for garnish

Video

Notes

When peaches are in season, use fresh peaches. You don’t need to peel them, just chop them up into a fine dice and add to the salad.
Frozen peaches also work in this recipe. Make certain your peaches are not sweetened. Allow peaches to thaw, then chop and add to salad. 

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 104mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword peach salad, quinoa peach salad, quinoa salad, rice salad
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post was originally published in July of 2017. The photos, recipe and post have all been updated. 

 

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    June 9, 2020 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    What a fun recipe idea, Kathy! I love peaches, and we often have leftover rice. I love fresh peaches, and I’m eagerly awaiting Southern peaches to arrive in the stores here. I’m totally going to have to try this salad idea for lunches. I’m all about textures in my salads, and this recipe has it all!

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    Alex
    June 8, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    I love quinoa! It works a treat in salads, and goes so well with fruit. Peach is a delicious idea. A great side dish for the warm weather!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    June 8, 2020 at 10:46 am

    5 stars
    I love sweet and savoury combos so this salad sounds absolutely delicious! And what a great one for meal prep for easy weekday lunches! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 4, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    5 stars
    Three great ingredients for a wonderful salad

  • Reply
    Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)
    July 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    This salad looks super good and super tasty! 🙂

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