Grown around Australia and in season from October to April, nectarines and peaches capture the taste of long sunny days and warm nights and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, and prebiotics.
Perfect as a quick snack, these juicy stone fruits with their delicate, fresh flavours are an excellent addition to zest up a salad – and can be taken to a new level when roasted or grilled.
As inspiration, Two Raw Sisters – Rosa and Margo Flanagan – have created a delicious summer salad: Roasted Beets and Nectarines with Dukkah. Fresh nectarines and beetroots are roasted in a 180C oven with shallots, rosemary, sea salt and pepper, plus a drizzle of oil, for 20 minutes. The roasted beets and nectarines are presented on a bed of rocket together with avocado cubes and the salad is dressed with a home-made balsamic-apple cider-shallot vinegarette, before being topped with dukkah.
FMCG and QSR brand/digital agency We Are Sprout has teamed up with Two Raw Sisters to highlight nectarines and peaches as top on-trend summer salad ingredients. On Instagram, We Are Sprout said: “We are very excited to announce We are Sprout have partnered with the very clever NZ duo the @tworawsisters on an exciting foodie project. These two delightful ladies are making serious waves in NZ, from best-selling cookbooks, to advocating delicious, nourishing food. The Sprout team are shameless foodies, with an insatiable appetite for great ideas, so naturally this partnership made a lot of sense. Bring on 2024 and all the yums!”
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Rosa and Margo Flanagan said: “We believe everyone should benefit from healthier living, and while we take nutrition seriously, we love making cooking practical, relatable and enjoyable for all eaters. We love the inclusion of nectarines or peaches in a summer salad, and it brings added nutritional benefits too. And, if you haven’t tried roasting fruit yet, it is a must! We’re thrilled to team up with We Are Sprout to share our recipe, and to highlight the power of nectarines and peaches.”
RECIPE: Roasted Beets and Nectarines with Dukkah
3 large beetroots, cut into quarters
Flesh of 3 nectarines, cut into quarters
½ small shallot, finely chopped
1 sprig rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
Pinch of sea salt
Black pepper oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ shallot, finely chopped
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Pinch of sea salt
Flesh of 1 avocado, cut into cubes
Preheat oven to 180C. Place beetroot, nectarines, shallot, rosemary, sea salt and pepper on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Toss everything together. Roast for 20 minutes, then turn the oven to grill function and grill for 2-3 minutes.
For the vinaigrette, place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine.
To serve, place a handful of rocket, then scatter roasted beets and nectarines, avocado, dukkah and a drizzle of vinaigrette. Repeat for another 1-2 layers. Serve the remaining vinaigrette on the side.
ABOUT Two Raw Sisters
From Christchurch, New Zealand, Rosa and Margo Flanagan have created an internationally recognised plant-focused food platform to educate and inspire all eaters to create better lifestyles by making plants the centrepiece of every plate. Neither of them are vegan or vegetarian; they just prefer putting meat second. Their recipes aim to break the barrier between eating well and sustainably while being mindful of cost.
Rosa and Margo’s journey was inspired by their own personal health challenges – Rosa was an elite athlete before developing an eating disorder, while Margo suffered from chronic fatigue and endometriosis. Finding strength to overcome their challenges together, Rosa became a qualified nutritionist and Margo a culinary aficionado. Discovering the power and delicious taste of plants, and wanting to share this with others, Rosa and Margo launched their first cookbook in 2018.
Two Raw Sisters now have four best-selling cookbooks – Salad, All Eaters Welcome, Two Raw Sisters, and Simply Fancy – as well as an iOS and Android app – Two Raw Sisters – and a FODMAP e-book. Visit tworawsisters.com
ABOUT We Are Sprout.
An independent FMCG and QSR brand agency, comprised of FMCG and QSR experts, category definers, problem-solvers, and shameless foodies with an insatiable appetite for great ideas. We Are Sprout delivers fresh thinking for brands that want to stand out, from shelf to screen, box to billboard and beyond. We Are Sprout’s clients include a range of high-profile Aussie and Kiwi companies which supply food to supermarkets, quick-service restaurants, cafes, restaurants pubs, clubs, and more.
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