Peachy Fig & White Bean Arugula Salad with Sweet Roasted Pecans & a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette πŸ‘πŸ―

The Ultimate Summer Salad: Peachy Fig & White Bean Arugula Salad With Sweet Roasted Pecans & a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.Β 

It’s officially summer in the Carolinas.

When I stepped outside to walk the dogs this morning at 6 am, I was expecting a little breeze. Instead, I was greeted with a heat wave of humidity. My hair instantly fell flat, and I was once again reminded what summer is like in the south. There is an upside to this heat though! Our farmer’s markets are booming with fresh produce, and it’s the perfect excuse to make fresh smoothies and jumbo salads. And you all know how much I LOVE my salads. The secret to never getting sick of eating salads is to always switch it up.

My boyfriend’s friends are all in town, and we’ve been all over the place. I haven’t had the chance to sit down and do a recap post, so I’ve decided to share a salad recipe today. I’ve made this salad combo so many times in the past couple of weeks because I can’t get enough of it. I’m thinking about making it again tonight with roasted maple glazed salmon to go along with it.Β 
This salad is going to change up your summer salad game for sure.

Each bite has a blend of spicy, savory, and sweet flavors. It’s the ultimate combo! There is a farmer’s market down the road from me that has the best peaches this time of year. (Did you know South Carolina grows more peaches than Georgia?) I bought a ton of them, so I hope you’re ready for an overload of peach recipes this summer. One of the best ways to use up peaches before they go bad is to add them to salads. They are mild enough to go in sweet or savory combos. You could also blend them up with some olive oil, honey, and balsamic for a deliciousΒ dressing.

A couple weekends ago, Kyle and I headed out to my parent’s house for a backyard barbeque. We played about three hours of tennis and were so hot and hungry! I just wanted a big salad, a glass of water, and a dip in the pool. I made this peachy fig salad with white beans and arugula salad to bring over. If you have a dinner party or potluck to go to this summer, this salad is a great one to prepare. Arugula is a very strong leaf and holds up well with dressing. The best part about this salad is that it only took fifteen minutes to prepare. It’s the ideal last minute side dish to take along with you!

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Peachy Fig & White Bean Arugula Salad w/ Sweet Roasted Pecans & a Honey Vinaigrette

Course Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author Taralynn McNitt

Ingredients

  • Baby Arugula
  • Sliced Red Onions
  • White Northern Beans
  • Sliced Figs
  • Sliced Peaches
  • Sliced Radishes
  • Honey Roasted Pecans
  • Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
  • BFree Gluten Free Vegan Pita Bread

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add arugula, sliced onions, white beans, sliced figs, peaches, radishes, and roasted pecans. 

  2. Drizzle the honey mustard vinaigrette over the top of the salad ingredients.

    Don't toss the salad in the vinaigrette until it's time to serve. 

  3. Chop the pita bread and add it to the salad. 

Questions for you!

  1. Has summer officially hit where you live?
  2. What is your state known for growing?
  3. If you had a basket of peaches, what would you do with them?

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Where do you get that dressing?

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  • Brittany

    I feel ya on the heat, I feel like the Bay Area has been heating up this week! Love this salad idea! Definitely going to make one of these this week πŸ™‚

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  • Nicole K.

    Yes, summer has definitely officially hit! It is so HOT and HUMID!
    Corn!
    I love peaches, I could just eat them plain! But they are great in smoothies too. I never would’ve thought to have them in salads, just might have to try this recipe out!

    Reply to Nicole K.
  • Joy

    Random Question, but was your Flax seed cracker recipe on the Chew today??

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  • Joy

    Random….but were your flax seed crackers on The Chew today??. Otherwise someone has your name on their show who gave them the recipe

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  • Halee

    Yep, hot as heck here in Scottsdale! And I would probably just eat the peaches πŸ™‚ I looove fruit and I can eat A LOT at a time hahaaa!

    Random question but does Kyle still live with Steve?

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  • Kalei

    What farmers market can you reccomend

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  • Kelly

    Hi Taralynn!

    This looks sooooo good! I am so making this for my lunch tomorrow!

    1. Yes, it has been surprisingly hot here in CO since the middle of May, which is not usual, but so totally welcome!
    2. Hmmm.. we definitely have some great Palaside peaches here but the ears of sweet corn is where it is at!
    3. I would either make peach pie, grill them and eat them with vanilla ice cream or just bite into one, or all of the above!

    Hope you had an amazing weekend!

    Reply to Kelly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kelly!

      I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

      I’m sure you’re so ready for that hot weather considering the cold winter months!

      I miss the midwestern corn!! It’s NOT the same down here in the south.

      Yum! All great ways to eat them! πŸ™‚

      xo

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  • Susie | Mile High Dreamers

    YUM! The excitement about summer fruits right now is REAL. We literally set our alarm on Saturday to get up and make it to the opening of the farmers market to stand in line for cherries. Peaches come to us the beginning of July! And Colorado definitely has a reputation for the Palisade peaches. SO GOOD. Apparently it’s something about the huge temperature variations throughout the day that makes them extra sweet.
    It is definitely summer here. We’ve been having multiple 95+ degree days and we don’t have AC in our house so… yikes!
    I can’t wait to grill peaches this summer so that’s the first thing I’d do with them. But this salad, that’s a close second :). So funny because when I was younger I though fruit with savory salads was so weird and now I love it! Best summer combo!

    Reply to Susie | Mile High Dreamers
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Susie!

      The cherries are SOOOOOO good but expensive here. I bet the farmers market is a great place to get them.

      I feel like Colorado had ZERO spring and went from winter to summer lol

      I think fruit with romaine or iceberg is a bit weird, but darker leafy greats pair perfectly with fruit! πŸ˜€

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  • Tessa

    Did you use fresh figs?

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  • Shanna

    Yesss keep the fresh, summery recipes coming! This looks amazing πŸ˜‹

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  • Krista

    This salad looks awesome! We usually don’t have fresh figs available in my area (Food Lion signed a monopoly agreement with the city, sooo that’s what we’ve got :P), but I totally need to try peaches in a salad!

    I want to say that North Carolina is known for growing soy, corn, sweet potatoes, and peanuts. You can’t go anywhere in eastern NC without seeing signs for boiled peanuts, and sweet potatoes are always super cheap!

    When I was little, we had– easily– at least 5 peach trees in our yard that would get huge and produce tons of big, juicy peaches each summer. Those trees were the highlight of every year, and there was nothing quite as good as a super ripe peach, right off the tree! If I had a basket of peaches right now, though, I’d make a peach crisp or cobbler, or maybe a shortcake. My grandma always made peach or apple cobbler, depending on what was in season, when I was growing up, and I haven’t had it in easily over 10 years.

    Reply to Krista
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Krista!

      You can use the dried figs for this recipe!:) They usually carry those in the produce section wrapped up!

      There is a man who sells the boiled peanuts on the side of the road on the way to my house. I’ve always wondered what they taste like! I may have to just try them out.

      Wow! I’d love to have peach trees in my yard! They are my favorite. Grandmas are the best for cooking seasonal desserts!

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Ashley

    Looks delicious! Loving recipes with figs. Just tired the BFree brand for the first time a couple weeks ago. Love it!

    Reply to Ashley
  • M.K.

    I live in Atlanta, GA so yes, summer has officially hit! πŸ˜…

    Well, we’re known for our peaches πŸ˜‘, but I feel like I see more pecan groves than peach orchards. But I like to take fresh peaches and put it in salads, oatmeal, or on fresh biscuits with clotted cream.

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    If i had lots of peaches id give them out to my friends!
    And my calendar says that summer starts June 21 but summer has definitely hit here.

    Reply to Linda @ the Fitty
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Yum, I can’t get enough of beans! The salad sounds super delicious! πŸ™‚

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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