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It’s official, my salad game is going strong.

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I blame it all on these oddly warm days that we are having here in the mountains. Typically it doesn’t go too much above seventy during the summer months and cools to the forties (or lower) at night. There’s always a cool breeze so it’s very tolerable (no AC in houses or businesses up here). But this whole week it’s been in the eighties, ninety plus down in Denver. That’s totally normal for Denver, but eighties in the mountains with sunshine is warm. I am LOVIN it to say the least, but it totally has me craving, lighter foods that require zero oven time. My kitchen has been HOT, so any chance I get to not turn on the oven, I’ll take.

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Enter this Thai grilled corn and peach quinoa salad, basically summer in a bowl. 🙂

Like I mentioned yesterday, I am in full on planning mode for the fourth of July. I’m not totally sure as to whether or not I will be here in Colorado or in Mexico with my family, but either way, I’m making a killer cookout menu, and obviously all good BBQ’s need really good sides!

Here is my two cents on summer sides. They should be simple, full of fresh ingredients, and able to be made in advance to make entertaining crazy easy.

Obviously, not all sides can be this way, but I try to make a point to have a few on hand that are. It just makes life so much easier when you can check a whole bunch of dishes off your list before the party even starts, you know? And hey, it’s summer, life should be easy breezy!

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestThai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Alright, so remember last week how I mentioned some posts might be a bit shorter over the next couple weeks while I finish up the cookbook? Well, today’s post is going to have to be one of those shorter post. I feel like it fits anyway since this is such a simple recipe, so I’m going with it.

Here’s quick run down on this salad.

To make things fast and easy, whisk together all the ingredients for the Thai vinaigrette right in the bottom of your salad bowl. I LOVE this vinaigrette, it’s slightly sweet, a tinsy bit spicy and perfectly tangy. It really works with the flavors and textures of this salad. Once you have the vinaigrette ready, just add in all the remaining ingredients…quinoa, sweet grilled corn, ripe peaches, garden tomatoes, fresh basil, mint, cilantro, avocado and a whole bunch of crumbled feta. Finish off with toasted pepitas for crunch and a handful of micro greens.

DONE.

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Simple, fast, fresh, healthy and SO GOOD.

Leftovers made for a most awesome lunch for a good two days…piled high over a bowl of hummus,,,scooped up with naan…gimme all the carbs…of course…so predictable.

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvestThai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 318 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemongrass optional
  • pepper
  • 4 ears grilled or roasted corn kernels removed
  • 2 ripe peaches thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 Fresno chilies seeded + chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 6-8 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas shelled pumpkin seeds
  • handful of microgreens

Instructions

  • Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile in the bottom of a large salad bowl, whisk together the olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sambal oelek, honey, ginger, lemongrass and pepper.
  • To the dressing, add the cooked quinoa, corn kernels, peaches, basil, mint, cilantro, green onions, fresno chilies, tomatoes and feta cheese. Gently toss everything together until combined. Top with sliced avocado, toasted pepitas and a handful of micro greens. Serve warm or cold.

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

? <–me when my salad game is on point.

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    Best salad ever. It is my go to salad at home and to bring to friends’ houses. Everyone always loves it and they always ask for the recipe. I eat plant-based so I don’t include the feta and when peaches aren’t available I use mango. 🤗

    1. Hey Ann,
      Awesome! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Have a wonderful weekend☀️ xTieghan

  2. 1 star
    Way too many ingredients in this salad. My palate was confused, and not in a good way. Great cooking is about knowing when to stop, and this salad needs some serious editing.

      1. Sorry Tiegan, but I have to agree with Miriam pretty much 100%. It’s great that you have such a happy following, but I am of the old school of thought that “less is more”.

  3. I just made this tonight for dinner as it’s gotten really hot this week. I omitted the peaches, but this is absolutely delicious. Rave reviews from my husband who insists we add it to our regular rotation.

    I can see myself using this dressing for other salads, too.

    Thank you for this!

    1. Thank you so much for trying this one, Vicky! I am really glad you both loved it! Also, totally wish it was hot where I live right now haha. xTieghan

  4. 4 stars
    I found this recipe when I searched your site for peach recipes, thanks to a peach surplus from a recent Peach Truck visit. Plus I had corn from the farmers’ market. This was so good! In classic HBH fashion, it was an unexpected combination of flavors (never thought to put together peaches, tomatoes, green onions and soy sauce!). Looking forward to having this as one of those great grain salads for lunch. If you’re looking for a recipe that’s a little different (but not weird). this one delivers. Thanks for another great recipe, Tieghan. Your recipes have been a big part of my kitchen for years and they have made me a better cook.

  5. Looks amazing. I’m surprised you have cooler temperatures than here, Quebec, Canada but we don’t get peaches or corn for a while now. Now I’m considering moving to your area, A couple weeks ago we had 122F with humidity factor and today it’s more like 104F still too warm for me. So I’ll try your salad in a few weeks ?

  6. 5 stars
    This was amazing. I subbed Gorgonzola for the feta and left off the chili’s. We also grilled the peaches a little before slicing. All the herbs and the dressing were the perfect combination to make this dish hard to stop eating!! Can’t wait to make it for guests.

  7. Just made for lunch with half the quinoa and some extra spinach. Super yummy, excited for leftovers! This might be my favorite recipe ive made of yours but I do love anything Thai!

  8. This recipe is so so good! It has become a go to lunch for my husband and I on a weekly basis. As a bonus my 2 year old loves it. Thank you for all your incredible recipes.

  9. This was beyond fantastic! Absolutely loved the unique flavour combinations – different in every bite. Definitely company worthy and will be making over and over.

  10. Best salad ever! I’ve made this twice in two weeks and my husband and friends absolutely love it! Thank you!

  11. I can’t get lemongrass, but I have a tube of lemongrass paste – do you think I could use that?

  12. Most of my favorite recipes of yours are food piles. This may be my favorite. I wouldn’t have ever thought of combining these flavors together, but then again, I’m not nearly as creative as you. Wonderful recipe. It was a nice, healthy Tuesday night dinner after a weekend of 4th of July food regrets. Thank you!

  13. Made this salad tonight with my tail between my legs and a hankering for pizza thinking… Ugh…. Salad… It was absolutely incredible. Such perfect flavour combos, incredible variety and so satisfying. Had guests who absolutely are obsessed with it too. Will be making this once a week while we have good avocado here in Ireland!

  14. Made this yesterday for MIL and everyone loved it. There wa seriously one spoonful left and she made me save it to eat later. The whole family loves you, Tieghan. Will try berry salad for 4th today.

  15. I’ve had peaches on the brain lately so this is perfect. I kind of want to throw a BBQ just so I have an excuse to make lots and lots of this salad

  16. This was SO SO SO good! Super fresh and healthy and full of summer deliciousness. My husband was a little skeptical at the flavor combinations when he first saw the bowl but he is a total fan now. Making it again for friends with a new baby tomorrow!

  17. Currently loving salad with farro, grilled veggies (corn, zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, onion, red peppers), goat cheese, tomatoes and cucumber. Will try the dressing on mine, thanks.

  18. Such an amazing salad and love the addition of peach in it. Always a pleasure to see you put together meals, here and on snap.
    xx

  19. Lovely, lovely salad! I’m adoring all your flavor and topping choices and you can so count me in for this one!!!

  20. Is it odd that I’m wondering how many avocados you must have laying around? *lol* But I can’t blame you. I love avocados, too. Especially with hummus (either pesto hummus or spicy hummus) on a sandwich and whatever else you fancy.

    Seeing this salad I was wondering if you have ever considered making a salad dressing special? I’d love it.

    Sending you lot of strenght for your cook book 🙂

    1. Hey Kat! I always have at least 5-6 avocados on hand. Always. lol! Love the idea of a post all about dressings, let me think more on that one! Thanks so much!!! 🙂