Our delicious nectarine salad is the perfect lunch treat, with filling roasted chickpeas, juicy tomatoes and topped with basil croutons. We make it with fresh nectarines, ideal for summer. You can make this salad a few hours in advance if you wish to serve it for a dinner party.
The warm season is here and what better way to celebrate summer than by purchasing lots of summer produce from the farmers market and turning it into delicious salad. This nectarine salad recipe will not leave you hungry, as it has plenty of extra proteins thanks to the roasted chickpeas and the delicious croutons. It's light, it's juicy and it's so fresh. It's topped with extra virgin olive oil, baby spinach or fresh basil leaves and vegan cheese. Use either vegan goat cheese or vegan feta cheese. Both will work so well.
This is a simple salad that works best with nectarine slices from fresh fruits.
What is nectarine salad
A nectarine salad is a celebration of summer. Some prefer making it with grilled nectarine but I think fresh fruits as best. Not only it's so easy to make but it's a crowd pleaser because it's filling and delicious. Eat it for lunch or make it as a side for your party.
For the nectarine salad to be filling, I think you should add roasted chickpeas to it and the basil croutons. This will add a bit of time to prep time but it's well worth it. You can make the salad in advance and just store it in an airtight container for when you fancy eating it.
Ingredients for nectarine salad
Let's talk about the ingredients you need for this salad and their potential substitutes. It's a summer salad recipe, so you can play around with the ingredients to make it your own. But we've tried and tested this salad in various ways and that's why we strongly believe these flavours work best.
Nectarine - It's a nectarine salad, so this is the star attraction. Have fresh nectarine slices. You can make it into a grilled nectarine salad, in which case you'll want to grill your nectarines first. Not fan of nectarines? You can use peaches instead.
Cherry tomatoes - Juicy, flavoursome cherry tomatoes are best for this salad. The taste of tomatoes with nectarines are a dream. They really complement each other.
Beetroot - Earthy raw beetroot sliced or cut in chunks will add so much to the salad. Sweet and subtle but so good when mixed with the rest of the ingredients.
Roasted chickpeas - Roasted chickpeas bring more protein to the salad, so you'll want to add them. They take around 25-30 minutes to make in the oven, but they are so worth it. Make them spicy, salty, or leave them as they are.
Basil croutons - Bread with a little basil olive oil in the oven make for the best topping, right? If you want this salad to be gluten-free, then ditch the bread and replace with walnuts or almonds.
Cheese - Vegan cheese of your choice, but we recommend either goat cheese or feta. You can also do it with blue cheese if you can find a vegan option at your local market. We struggle to find it occasionally.
Dressing - I love drizzling the tiniest amount of freshly squeezed lime juice for this salad. However, you can add a touch of balsamic vinegar or raspberry vinegar. Both work really well.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.