IMG_7988Things have been a little quiet around here because things have been crazy busy in my non-blogging life! I treat blogging as more of a fun hobby than a career. I love cooking and having a creative outlet to share what I’ve made. It motivates me to perfect and create delicious recipes. I also like feeling like I’m helping people by sharing gluten-free and allergy-free recipes. It is something I do for myself and I really enjoy it!

I don’t like the side of blogging with all the pressure to get more followers, have perfect pictures, and get the most repins on Pinterest. It kind of ruins it for me! I don’t like getting sucked into that world. Plus it can pull me away from the real world, and who would want to get pulled away from the real world when it’s as cute as this?

IMG_7750So although I try and post consistently, I don’t mind taking a little break every now and then. (Like for a new baby!) That being said I’m grateful for all the readers who keep following my little blog! Your comments make it all worth it. Gluten-free food has been a journey (such a vague term, Bachelor anyone?) for me and I’ve loved being able to share along the way.

I made a variation of this salad a few years ago for a 4th of July potluck and always think about it when nectarines are in season! It was a salad I just threw together, but it ended up being such a delicious combination. The sweet chunks of nectarine paired with crispy lettuce, salty feta, and sweet roasted seeds make for a stunning summer salad. I originally made this salad with candied almonds, which was delicious. Here I’ve included Trader Joe’s Maple Toffee Sunflower Seeds. Any candied nut works great!

The dressing is made from white balsamic, which I think tastes light and refreshing with summer fruit. Add some marinated grilled chicken and this salad is the perfect light, no-cook dinner for hot summer days!IMG_7989

nectarine, feta & white balsamic salad {gluten-free}

Don't cut the nectarines too far in advance from serving this or they will turn brown. Use any candied nut you like in place of the sunflower seeds if you wish! Add grilled chicken for a light summer meal.

Ingredients

    For the Salad:
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 3-4 nectarines, sliced
  • 16oz feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds (preferably Trader Joe's Maple Toffee Sunflower Seeds)
  • For the Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a small mason jar or container. Shake thoroughly to combine.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl. Just before serving, toss with enough dressing to coat. Enjoy!
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