Amie Valpone, best known as The Healthy Apple, healed herself from years and years of chronic illness by resetting her eating habits. Along the way, she became a professional chef, culinary nutritionist, recipe developer and author. I became obsessed with her new book Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, especially after I discovered recipes like this ridiculously delicious Peach Arugula Salad, which is gluten-free, vegan and paleo.
Amie says: Here’s a dish that provides a big payoff for very little effort. It takes about five minutes to throw this salad together, and the combination of peppers, peaches, and arugula is simply beautiful. Serve it in a wide bowl to show off its good looks.
Magical Peach Arugula Salad
10 cups arugula5 medium ripe peaches, pitted and diced2 yellow or orange bell peppers, diced1⁄3 cup finely chopped raw walnuts2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine the arugula, peaches, bell peppers, and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the arugula mixture, toss, and serve.
Text excerpted from EATING CLEAN, © 2016 by AMIE VALPONE. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved