Zesty Summer Salad | Vg, GF #RecipeADayMay

Hey everyone, you may have noticed that the sun is shining once again here in the UK, and with that my appetite has disappeared. Not ideal when you’re creating a new recipe each day. Today’s recipe is as fresh as it gets, zesty and fruity, a perfect blend between sweet and sour and full of micronutrients. You can make a big batch of this summer salad as a side for a party or barbecue or a single serving as a meal in its own right.   

Summer salad

I think the addition of the chickpeas rounds it off perfectly as a meal, but you could skip those to serve it as a side.  without the chickpeas this recipe is also completely raw so involves minimal prep time. 

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, soy free and vegan.  



  • 100g curly kale, chopped and massaged  
  • 40g rocket 
  • Half a red pepper, chopped 
  • 30g cashew nuts 
  • 75g mango chunks 
  • 40g pomegranate seeds  
  • ½ can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder 
  • Pinch of chilli flakes 
  • Black pepper to taste 


  • An eighth cup balsamic vinegar  
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar  
  • An eighth cup extra virgin olive oil  
  • Juice of one lime 


  1. Preheat oven to 200°c 
  2. Coat chickpeas with chilli, garlic and pepper and add to a baking tray. Place in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes until chickpeas are golden and crispy.  
  3. Meanwhile, chop and prepare all of your raw ingredients and mix in a large bowl.  
  4. When chickpeas are ready, add to the bowl.  
  5. Mix all dressing ingredients in a small dish and stir before pouring over salad.  



What are your favourite salad ingredients or dressings? Do you like fruit in salads? 

I hope you’re all having a great bank holiday weekend and enjoying the sunshine.  

Until tomorrow,  


To catch up with my other #RecipeADayMay posts, click here.



  1. 6th May 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I love this very fresh, very colourful salad! It hasn’t been very warm where I live but I’ll definitely make note of this recipe for when the sun does come out again. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Annelize
    6th May 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Delicious!!! It will really hit the spot with this lovely weather 🙂

  3. 6th May 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Love how you’re taking advantage of the good weather with this delicious salad! Kale is delicious and it’s great that you incorporated this to the recipe. You’re not kidding around with the summer vibes from this bowl. I love sesame dressing but try to avoid it because of the cals @__@. Thanks for sharing!


  4. 6th May 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I love chickpeas & kale in a salad! This looks gorgeous. I can’t stand boring salads and like to add a lot of interesting things and some healthy dressing. The pictures look beautiful!
    Siobhan x | http://www.veganbabelife.co.uk

  5. Ayse
    6th May 2018 / 8:27 pm

    This is such a lovely recipe! I love having salads for my lunches and dinners now that summer has approached so deffo will be trying this one out!

    Ayse x

  6. 6th May 2018 / 8:40 pm

    That looks and sounds so refreshing!

  7. 6th May 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Wow! Looks easy and so tasty! I need to give this a go!

  8. Alicia
    6th May 2018 / 9:44 pm

    This looks so yummy! Sounds like this perfect recipe for the the sunny days defo need to try this out x

  9. 8th May 2018 / 11:15 am

    I have the same issue where my appetite reduces during summer. A healthy and fruity salad is definitely a good option at such times.

  10. 8th May 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I love a salad with a bit of a kick, especially when it’s balsamic. Yum! And yes, I’d definitely have fruit in salad ☺️ x

  11. 13th May 2018 / 5:49 pm

    This looks delicious! My favourite salad ingredient is cheese, I put cheese into all of my salads. I have never tried fruit in a salad before so I will definitely have to try out this recipe at some point and let you know my verdict!

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

  12. 13th May 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Annoying that the sun has already gone but this salad still looks perfect! Especially love that it includes chick peas!

    Uptown Oracle

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