We love summer, especially because of all the delicious grilled foods. Grilling isn’t just for meat and vegetables anymore; grilled fruit is making a huge entrance this summer! This Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad is sure to be a hit for you and your family this summer! The sweet apricots pair perfectly with the fresh flavor of spinach, the crunch of the almonds and hemp hearts and the creaminess of the cottage cheese. Combining all of these various textures and flavors leaves you with the perfect salad! Top it with a protein like salmon or chicken or serve it as a side dish at your next barbecue and everyone will be coming back for more!
Apricots are an excellent source of Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, which can promote healthy skin, healthy vision and is important in brain functioning. Fiber is another important nutrient found in apricots. One cup of apricots has about 3 grams of fiber, which can promote healthy digestion and intestinal function. The antioxidant ascorbic acid (vitamin c) is also found in apricots. This can protect the body from free radical damage. Apricots are also rich in potassium, an electrolyte that your body needs to function properly.  This salad also offers a boost of protein from the addition of cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is packed with protein and low in fat and calories. Because of its high protein content, cottage cheese is widely used by athletes and others looking to build muscle mass. The calcium found in cottage cheese and other dairy products can lower the risk of developing insulin resistance and can also improve bone strength. .
Our Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad pairs perfectly with so many tasty dishes! Add some protein like salmon, shrimp or chicken for a heartier dinner or pair it with a main course as a delicious side. We listed some of our favorite recipes that we think would pair perfectly with this salad below —
Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium heat.
In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sorghum syrup, cinnamon, ginger and mustard powder.
Combine spinach, half the almonds and hemp seeds on a platter. Place cottage cheese from side to side over the spinach salad.
Brush the grill with the coconut oil. Place the apricots cut-side down on the grill. Grill apricots about 3-4 minutes until they are soft and have grill marks. Place apricots on a cutting board to cool and slice them.
Place sliced apricots over the cottage cheese and sprinkle the rest of the almonds and hemp seeds over the salad. Drizzle the dressing over the salad or serve 2 tablespoons of dressing per person.
Serving size: 1 serving, Calories: 370, Fat: 25 g, Saturated fat: 4.5g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Sugar: 11g, Sodium: 390mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Protein: 20g, Cholesterol: 10 mg
Disclosure: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to Manitoba Harvest & Daisy Cottage Cheese. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.
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