Festive Summer Salad
Categories: dinner, sides, basics
17 12 2015

I’ve been invited to a Virtual Christmas Party by some of my dear bloggy friends…so what do you bring when… ‘you’re told not to bring a thing’ (Or in this case…actually asked to contribute something… ha!)?

Well, a SALAD of course.

Okay, maybe not ‘of course’, but this salad contains chocolate. YES, CHOCOLATE. Thus, it is in my opinion acceptable to not only make friends with, but to also bring along to any of your festive Christmas gatherings.


Festive Summer Salad | The Alimental Sage


A summery salad also makes for a nice change from all the sweet festive recipes floating around, which is actually code for… I’m currently nursing one heck of a belly ache from having consumed my weight in Gingerbread granola, and it’s still 7 days until Christmas… thus #sweetoverload, so naturally…SALAD.


Although, lets be honest salad tends to be a mainstay on any Australian Christmas table thanks to the decidedly horrid (so not Christmass-y like the movies! Yes, I’m having a whinge!) heat of summer, at this time of year.


The summer fruits, however, available at this time of year, are just one of the (very few!) bonuses of a warm Christmas though, and I’m having lots of fun including juicy stone fruits and fresh berries into savoury salads, as well as the usual sweet fare. Sweet, ripe peaches work so well with the zesty lemon/pomegranate dressing, intense (and rather savoury) dark chocolate, and the saltiness of the feta cheese, in this salad.


Festive Summer Salad | The Alimental Sage


What’s even better is that this salad is SO quick and simple to whip up it barely needs a recipe, but I’ve written one anyway. It also makes for a worthy bowl of deliciousness that I would happily devour on boxing day, when the realities of one epic food hangover truly kick in!


Festive Summer Salad | The Alimental Sage


So back to our Virtual Christmas Party…you will find links to more festive (and I’m sure much more sophisticated) recipes by my fellow bloggy buds listed at the bottom of this post.

We’ve pretty much sorted out your entire Christmas menu…you can thank us later (…or now…we will never decline edible gifts?!)


Festive Summer Salad | The Alimental Sage


Festive Summer Salad

Serves 1 (as a main) / 2 (as a side)


For the salad:

1 large yellow peach

4-5 large handfuls of rocket/arugula (and/or a mix of other dark leafy salad greens – I used some Fat Hen in this salad too…google it! Really yum wild leafygreen…)

30 g of crumbly feta or goat’s curd

½ tbs of sunflower seeds

10 g of finely chopped super dark chocolate (I used Liefje Pomegranate and Pepperberry)


For the dressing:

Juice of half a medium lemon

4 tsp of olive oil

1 tsp of pomegranate molasses

Pinch sea salt/pepper




Thoroughly wash and drain salad greens, before adding to a large bowl and coating with a generous squeeze of lemon juice.

Slice up peach and arrange segments in bowl over leafy greens. Gently crumble over the feta or goat’s cheese and sprinkle over the finely chopped dark chocolate and sunflower seeds (for extra flavour you could also slightly toast these).

Place all salad dressing ingredients into a small jar, then pop the lid on and give the jar a good shake to emulsify all the ingredients together. Then taste and adjust seasoning and/or sweet/sour balance of lemon versus pomegranate molasses, as needed.

When ready to serve, pour desired amount of dressing over assembled salad and toss gently. Extra salad dressing can be stored in refrigerator.


The fresh peach can easily be substituted for nectarine or even juicy strawberries.


Festive Summer Salad | The Alimental Sage


NOW, have a browse at some of the other dishes on our virtual Christmas table…


Dancing Through Sunday- Vegetarian Stuffing Balls

Champagne and Chips- Ice Cream Terrine

84th and 3rd – Nectarine Almond Streusel French Toast

The Brick Kitchen Passionfruit Raspberry Pavlova Ice-cream 

Whats for Eats Sugar Crunch Cookies


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  3. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

    Chocolate in a salad?! So crazy but feel like I need to try it asap – I love the summer stone-fruit you have incorporated as well, and the middle-eastern twist with pomegranate. Sounds like a perfect salad for this weather! Here in NZ the heat isn’t quite as unbearable – we have it a bit easier around Christmas time, with a lovely 23-28° weather most days!! x

    1. Camilla Post author

      Oh the weather sounds so much more ideal! Cannot wait to visit NZ one day soon. I know right?! Chocolate. I promise I don’t have heat stroke haha. Just be sure to use a super dark (like 85%) choccy and you only need a tad but it works so well with the peach and pomegranate. I would also throw in some actual fresh pomegranate jewels if you have them too! Love the look of your scrummy ice cream Claudia #drool

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  6. Nina | Whats for eats

    Perfectly simple salad. I am loving fruit in my salads too at the moment – it just somehow feels ‘right’. Hope you and your fam have a lovely Christmas xx

    1. Camilla Post author

      I know! How good is fruit in salads?! I’m throwing berries into everything. Love me some figs when there is full season too! Merry Christmas to you and yours too Nina xx

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  8. Nicole - Champagne and Chips

    What a gorgeous combination of flavours! I absolutely adore sweet fruit/salty feta combinations and the chocolate adds a whole other dimension.
    On my Boxing Day menu for sure!

    1. Camilla Post author

      Yay! Let me know what you think lovely. It’s the perfect Boxing Day meal. I love love the look of your terrine too!

  9. JJ - 84thand3rd

    So I’ve been a fan of peaches in salad for a while but with feta and chocolate – um YES PLEASE! Have a very Merry Christmas lovely one 🙂 x


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