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arugula nectarine salad topped with feta and chopped walnuts in a blue and white bowl with a fork
Course Salad

Nectarine Salad

By: Elysia
Servings 6 servings
This arugula nectarine salad with fresh basil dressing is a gorgeous and delicious salad for summer or fall! The colours and flavours will definitely brighten up your menu. It's incredibly easy to make and all comes together in less than 15 minutes! {Gluten-free and vegetarian}
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 5 oz arugula
  • 2 ripe nectarines pitted and thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

For the basil vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  • Assemble the arugula, nectarines, walnuts and feta in a large bowl.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the basil dressing to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Toss the salad ingredients together with desired amount of dressing. Serve immediately.



  • Choose nectarines that are ripe but still firm. If you use overripe nectarines they will be too soft and it will be difficult to slice or dice them without them turning to mush.
  • For best results, put the dressing on the salad right before serving, otherwise the arugula will go soggy if it sits in the dressing too long.
  • The recipe for basil vinaigrette makes more than you will probably need. I didn't use all of the dressing for this salad so feel free to use desired amount of dressing and save the rest for later.
  • You can also grill the nectarines to bring out a sweeter flavour before adding them to the salad. If you haven't tried it, a grilled nectarine salad is super tasty!
  • If you'd like to make this salad more of a complete meal, add some grilled chicken or salmon for some extra protein!
  • Nutrition facts are based on using half the dressing.


Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 77mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 797IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1mg
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