We love summer, especially because of all the delicious foods that can be prepared on the grill. Move over meat and vegetables; make room for fruit! Grilling fruit is a healthy way to bring out more of the natural sweetness and delicious flavors of your favorites this summer. The grilled apricots featured in our Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad is no exception. 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 for a hearty meal or serve it as a side dish at your next barbecue. The apricot may be small in size, but it’s big in both taste and nutrition. Grill yourself the delicious treat of health!
Nutrient Booster: Apricots
Apricots not only add a delicious, sweet flavor to this salad but they are also packed full of nutrition. Like many other fruits, apricots are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are responsible for helping the body fight off free radicals that can make us sick https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614697/ and are a good source of both vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin C. This fiber-rich fruit is also rich in the carotenoids and xanthophylls, nutrients that may help protect eyesight from age-related damage. Eating apricots as part of a daily diet can help protect the heart, strengthen bones and slow the skin’s aging process.
Our Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad is delicious on its own or can be prepared as a main course by adding some protein like salmon, shrimp or chicken. When served as a side, this salad pairs perfectly with so many of our other healthy recipes. We’ve listed some of our favorites below.
Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp sorghum syrup, or honey
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 6 ounces baby spinach
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 cups low-fat Daisy cottage cheese
- 6 small apricots, washed, halved and pitted
- 1 tsp coconut oil, or olive oil
- grill or grill pan
- pastry brush
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.
 Herndon, J. (2013, December 18). What Are the Health Benefits of Apricots? Retrieved from Livestrong: http://www.livestrong.com/article/408892-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-apricots/
 Semeco, A. (2016, October 4). Why Cottage Cheese is Super Healthy and Nutritious. Retrieved from Authority Nutrition: https://authoritynutrition.com/cottage-cheese-is-super-healthy/