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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

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    [email protected]
    July 26, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Yesss to all things peach! They have been so good by us lately and I can’t get enough! This salad sounds perfect for quick lunches!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    July 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Um yum! I’ve been adding peaches to everything lately and I can only imagine how good they must be thrown into this brown rice and quinoa salad.

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      Kathy
      July 30, 2017 at 7:34 am

      There’s nothing better than a fresh peach!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    July 25, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I like the idea of having something ready for lunch! And if it is this yummy, all the better. Nutritious and appetizing, I would definitely go for it for my lunch option.

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      Kathy
      July 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      It makes a great lunch or even a light dinner!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 25, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I definitely love snacking, and I also love peach recipes. But I have never tried them with quinoa. And your salad looks so refreshing and delicious, Kathy.

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      Kathy
      July 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

      There’s nothing better than using and eating fresh peaches!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

    5 stars
    I really love to eat smaller meals throughout the day rather than bigger meals. This salad is definitely something that I would love for lunch! It has so many delicious flavours with the pecans and peaches – nice savoury/sweet combo which is my fave 🙂 !!

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      Kathy
      July 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

      If I could just stick to smaller meals and no snacking! 😉

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    mira
    July 25, 2017 at 8:49 am

    5 stars
    I love snacking and I also love healthy salads like this one! Looks amazing! Dre dressing is delicious. Need to try this rice blend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 27, 2017 at 8:18 am

      This salad is super delicious!

  • Reply
    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    July 25, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I can’t decide what part I like most, the salad with those beautiful peaches or the dressing!! I guess that why you put them together 😉 . Great salad! Take care.

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      Kathy
      July 27, 2017 at 8:13 am

      You are so right! They are a great combination together!

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    David @ Spiced
    July 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

    You had me at the mention of peaches! And then you throw in the pecans, and this totally reminds me of something my grandfather would have made. (He had pecan trees growing in the backyard, and fresh SC peaches were never far away either.) I am totally going to have to make this one for lunch. Using Minute Rice is a great way to make this one doable for a quick and tasty lunch, too! 🙂

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      Kathy
      July 25, 2017 at 7:10 am

      I would love to have a pecan tree…and a peach tree! Maybe I need to move to the south! 🙂

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        David @ Spiced
        July 31, 2017 at 5:47 am

        Actually, we just need to be friends. 🙂 As in, can you move in down the street…and bring your peach and pecan tree with you??

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 24, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Sounds like an amazing combination of ingredients Kathy! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 25, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Thanks, Mary Ann! It’s quickly becoming my new favorite lunch!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    July 24, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I have a problem with snacking, too! But to curb it, I tend to eat 5 small meals (or snacks) vs. 3 large meals. Quinoa is so delicious and filling, I love adding it to my salads for a little more heft! Naturally I am looooving this salad! It is so perfect for summer! I haven’t tried Minute ready quinoa yet, so I need to get on that! Cheers, friend!

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      Kathy
      July 25, 2017 at 7:01 am

      You need to give it a try. It’s great for eating just on it’s own or in this delicious salad!

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