Nectarine salad with cucumber and honey mustard sauce

Try this tasty and energizing nectarine salad with cucumber, packed with refreshing flavors of chili, garlic, and vinegar. A quick and healthy meal option for busy days!

Fresh nectarine and cucumber salad with zesty dressing, perfect for a burst of energy and vitamins.

Keep your meals interesting and your taste buds happy with this simple yet flavorful nectarine salad. Perfect for a burst of energy and a hit of vitamins that keep you going! Whether you’re looking for a vibrant start to your day, a mid-day refresh, or a light, wholesome meal to wind down with, this nectarine salad recipe is your perfect companion. It embraces the essence of summer flavors, making it an excellent choice for outdoor picnics or a simple, joyful meal at home. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to customize to your liking or dietary needs.

This nectarine cucumber salad is super quick and easy to make and it has such an interesting, distinct flavor. It’s refreshing and healthy and sure to get your blood pumped up from the very first bite thanks to the chili, garlic and vinegar combination.

How to make nectarine salad

Sliced nectarines and cucumbers accompanied by a delicious dressing, a simple and flavorful nectarine salad.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to bring this vibrant dish to life:

  • ripe nectarines, thinly sliced to bring in a sweet, juicy crunch
  • cucumber, sliced thin for that perfect crisp
  • fresh chili pepper (adjust based on how fiery you like it!)
  • yellow bell pepper, for a delicious crunch
  • parsley

Dressing ingredients

  • Dijon mustard
  • honey
  • vinegar
  • oil
  • lime juice
  • garlic
  • Pinch of salt

Zesty nectarine and cucumber salad, a versatile dish bursting with vibrant summer flavors.

Instructions

Once you have all your ingredients ready, it’s time to get chopping! Start by thinly slicing the nectarines and cucumbers, and then mix them together in a large bowl. Next, slice up your chili pepper and yellow bell pepper, add them to the bowl along with some chopped parsley for that fresh kick.

For the honey mustard sauce, simply whisk together all the ingredients mentioned above until smooth and velvety. Drizzle this delightful dressing over your salad and give it a gentle toss to make sure every slice and dice gets a glossy coat of flavor.

There you go! Your nectarine salad is ready to serve. Don’t forget to taste and add any final seasonings if desired. This dish is not just a feast for the taste buds but also a vibrant spectacle for the eyes, making it a joyous addition to any table.

I encourage you to make this salad your own! Feel free to swap in your favorite fruits or add a handful of nuts for an extra crunch.

Customize your meal with a refreshing nectarine salad including cucumber slices and nectarine wedges.

Variations

  • Add some feta cheese for a creamy, tangy touch
  • Top it off with grilled chicken or tofu for added protein
  • Substitute the honey in the dressing with maple syrup for a vegan option
  • Toss in some almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans or cashews for an extra crunch and protein boost
  • Mix in some arugula, cherry tomatoes or baby spinach to make the salad more nutritious and filling
  • Chop some fresh mint or fresh basil leaves for added zing.

What to serve with your nectarine salad?

This dish makes the perfect side dish for chicken, seafood, or roasted vegetables. Or simply enjoy it on its own as a light and refreshing meal option, maybe pair it with some fresh mozzarella and bread rolls for a complete meal.

FAQ’s

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the ingredients and store them separately in airtight containers. When ready to serve, simply mix everything together and drizzle with the honey mustard sauce.

Can I use other fruits instead of nectarines?

Of course! This salad is versatile and can be made with any fruits that are in season or to your liking. Peaches and apricots are a good option to replace nectarines, or you can add apples or pears for a fall twist.

Is this salad suitable for a vegan diet?

Yes, just make sure to use maple syrup instead of honey in the dressing and omit any animal-based toppings. Enjoy!

Enjoy a refreshing meal with a plate of nectarine and cucumber salad topped with a delicious dressing.

Storing tips

This salad is best served right away. Storing it in the fridge for too long may result in the fruits releasing their juices and making it watery. However, if you have leftover fruit and vegetable, store them separately in airtight containers and mix together before serving.

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So there you have it, a delicious and energizing nectarine salad with cucumber that will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied. Go ahead, make this nectarine salad recipe your own and enjoy every bite! Whether you’re whipping this up for yourself or sharing the joy with loved ones, remember, the best meals are those made with love and a dash of adventure. Happy cooking!

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Nectarine and cucumber salad with honey mustard sauce

Try this energizing nectarine salad with cucumber, packed with refreshing flavors! A quick and healthy meal option for busy days!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: European
Keyword: nectarine cucumber salad, nectarine salad, nectarine salad recipe
Servings: 2
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Petro Neagu

Ingredients

  • 3 nectarines
  • 3/4 large cucumber I used English cucumbers
  • 1 fresh chili pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper small
  • Fresh parsley as preferred

For honey mustard sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice I used 2 tablespoons
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

For salad:

  • Cut the nectarines in half, all the way around and twist both sides with hands until the nectarine pit comes out.
  • Chop all veggies and the nectarine, any shape you like (I chopped them in slices) and place in a salad bowl
  • Chop parsley and sprinkle over the other ingredients

For honey mustard sauce:

  • Peel off the garlic clove
  • Put all ingredients in a blender/mixing device and mix well
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of honey mustard sauce over the nectarine and cucumber salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 922IU | Vitamin C: 125mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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6 Comments

  1. Stopping by from Foodie Fridays! I was thinking my daughter would love this. She just walked in the room so I asked her and her response was, “Ooooh, Yum! Love the addition of chili pepper to give it a little kick. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Nicole. Enjoy your salad :)

  2. DonnaChaffins (@DonnaChaffins) says:

    This looks so delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Thanks Donna. I hop you’ll enjoy it too.

  3. JESS44903 says:

    I would have never thought to put this combo together. How interesting!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  4. This looks really tasty and I love the idea of adding nectarine to salad!