The Summer Salad

The Summer Salad


Summer is a beautiful time to rejuvenate and re-evaluate your life. Summer has a bit of nostalgia for me – long school breaks meant travels and adventure initially, and later, as I grew older it meant coming home, snuggling up with the parents and being pampered, fed and really taken care of. Today, of course, neither of these things happen – summer now only means working at 45°C and nothing else changes. But still, the idea of summer excites me – it has a bit of mystery to it, the anticipation that there could be a summer romance lurking around the corner and something new, something fun is in store.

Or maybe I’ve been reading far too many flimsy romance novels.

Or I’ve been even more invigorated from my trekking holiday in the beautiful mountains of Bhutan (more on that later!) and believe that anything and everything is possible!

So this salad is one that is ridiculously simple, basic but so gorgeous – a delightful combination of all things nice; citrus sourness from oranges, delicious notes from fleshy avocadoes, and sweetness from the mangoes. To tie them together, we have a lovely red chilli and onion balsamic vinaigrette, which not just adds colour but also that hit of spice.

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The Recipe
Serves 2


  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3-4 chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped almods
  • 2 tsp flaxseeds
  • 2 tsp pumpkin seeds
  • Dressing:
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh or dried red chilli
  • 1/2 small onion/shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • juice of half an orange
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Whisk all the salad dressing ingredients together and set aside. refrigerate until ready to use. Pour over salad just before eating.
  • Toss all the ingredients together. Pour dressing just before ready to serve.

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