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Peach & Jalapeño Quinoa Salad

Peach & Jalapeno Quinoa Salad

Peach & Jalapeño Quinoa Salad is my latest obsession. I was inspired to make this salad after tasting a peachy quinoa at one of my fave restaurants, Local Ocean Seafood in Newport, Oregon.

Of course, dining on anything that Chef Enrique Sanchez creates is always inspirational. His food is undoubtedly some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. And that says quite a lot as I’ve been around the block a few times. 😉

After making a few versions of this salad, I decided the addition of jalapeño was quite lovely. It adds a smidgen of heat that plays deliciously  with the sweet-tart taste of the peaches. A touch of fresh chopped mint and parsley are added along with green onions and lime juice. It tastes like summer in a bowl!

Peach & Jalapeno Quinoa Salad

I’ve prepared this playful Peach & Jalapeño Quinoa Salad at least three times this week and I never tire of the gorgeous combination of flavors. And bonus, it’s healthy and simple to make! It holds well in the fridge, but I don’t think it’ll last long enough to refrigerate. It seems to fly right out of the bowl at my house. 

I paired this lovely salad with smoked, grilled ribs, grilled salmon and we’ve eaten it for lunch a la carte as many times as possible over the past few weeks.

This summer Peach & Jalapeño Quinoa Salad makes an easy potluck dish and I love serving it at weekend barbecues. It travels easily and can sit at room temperature without wilting too much.

If you’ve got fresh peaches, a mint plant that needs some trimming and a few jalapeño’s on hand, this salad won’t disappoint.

I hope you’re all having a fabulously delicious summer! Here are a few snaps from some family time with my twin sis and brother-in-law this last month. We’ve had a blast enjoying family visits, outdoor play and of course, loads of delicious food.

Peach & Jalapeno Quinoa Salad

Peach & Jalapeno Quinoa Salad

Peach & Jalapeno Quinoa Salad

Peach & Quinoa Jalapeno Salad

Loads of love!


Peach & Jalapeño Quinoa Salad
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Serving Size: 4

Peach & Jalapeño Quinoa Salad


  • 2 fresh peaches, washed, pitted and chopped (I left the skin on)
  • 2 medium - large jalapeños, seeded and diced (this will remove most the heat and keep all the flavor)
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 - 1 bunch fresh mint leaves, finely chopped (I use the mint to taste, I like a lot of mint)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely sliced green onions
  • 1- 2 limes juiced, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup baby arugula (optional, but a fun twist)


  1. 1. Place the quinoa, mint, parsley and green onions in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  2. 2. Then add the jalapeños, peaches, lime juice and olive oil. Toss gently to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. This salad can hold, covered, in the fridge for a few hours. Serve slightly chilled or room temperature.
  4. 4. If you'd like to prepare this the day before serving, combine all the ingredients except the peaches. Toss in the peaches prior to serving.


I love to serve this over a bed of olive oil dressed arugula or toss some arugula into the salad.

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  • Reply
    Auntie Ellen
    August 10, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Karista, love, this salad was soooo delicious! Thank you for sharing, you talented lady! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️❤️

    • Reply
      August 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      You’re so welcome Auntie! And I’m so happy you loved the salad. Love you!

  • Reply
    Enrique Sanchez
    August 11, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Chef Karista, Thank you for your lovely note. I so appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at Local Ocean. On behalf of us all – thank you for your amazing support and be a great Inspiration!

    • Reply
      August 13, 2018 at 7:44 am

      Thank you so much Chef! You continue to inspire me with your amazing food. It’s always a delicious day when we dine at Local Ocean. 🙂

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