The Sweet Taste of Summer

Take time to enjoy the succulent moments of the summer while they are ripe for the picking.  This salad is a special treat with a fruit of the season: peaches!  Still in season in August, peaches provide powerful doses of beta carotenes, improving eye health and blood circulation.  Containing high doses of fiber and potassium, peaches can be a help to the kidneys, which clears out toxins in our system.  Peaches are also a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, K and A along with calcium and magnesium—good for the active muscles used in summer.  The coconut milk adds a healthy dose of Omega 3-6 and 9 so your brain stays sharp and your mood is level.  Dig into this sweet taste of summer and be well!

Peach and Arugula Salad with Coconut-Lemon Dressing


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 large scallions, thinly sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk

  • 3 tablespoons chopped mint leaves

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest from 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use tamari for gluten free)

  • 5 ounces arugula (10 cups)

  • 4 peaches, pitted and sliced

  • 2 cups honeydew melon, cut into 2” chunks

  • ½ cup toasted coconut flakes


Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add scallions, season with 1/8 tsp salt, and cook until browned, about 4 minutes.

Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in coconut milk, mint, lemon zest and juice, soy sauce and remaining 1/8 tsp salt.  Set aside.

Toss arugula with peaches and melon in a large bowl.  Add reserved dressing and toss.

Divide salad among 4 plates, sprinkle coconut over top and serve.

Serving Data

Serves: 4, Per Serving – Calories: 149; Carbohydrates: 14g; Protein: 2g; Fat: 11g; Sodium: 500mg; Fiber: 3g

Recipe Source

O Magazine:  August, 2016