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Summer Salad Ideas

Sommer Pyne

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As soon as summer hits the doors are open, the BBQ is on and I’m in the kitchen rustling up a delicious salads. We love salads during the summer months either on their own for lunch/dinner or as a side for a BBQ or garden party. We've pulled together some of our favourites that I just know you'll love.

If you make any of the salads we would love to see your creations, so make sure you tag us on social media or comment below. Or if you have your own salad recipe that is to die for please share with us and we just might feature it on the blog (with your permission obviously).

Superfood salad

This salad is so delicious and healthy it’s one of my favourites. Whenever I serve this salad people always ask for the recipe. It could be a meal on its own and is great if you have vegetarian guests. I borrowed this dish from the man himself, Jamie Oliver. This salad has a wonderful combination of textures and flavours and is such a beautiful dish to bring to the table; perfect with a slow roast lamb or by itself with some fresh bread and hummus.

Summer Skin Food Salad with a Zesty Dressing

The lovely Erica from Naturally Nourished London joined me to create an everyday recipe tailored to promote healthy glowing skin for the summer months ahead. We came up with this very aptly named beauty and really hope you enjoy making it as much as we did creating it! You can follow along on IGTV and the recipe can be found here.

Anna's Black Rice Salad with Green Harissa 

This salad is from the awesome Anna Barnett and goes beautifully with the slow roast lamb or is delicious by itself. This dish looks so beautiful but is also very tasty. The Green Harissa is pretty special too and again its one of those recipes that everyone wants to know.  The great thing about this salad is that you can make it the night before. For all the details just click here.

Tomato and Pickled Ginger Side Salad

Last Summer we cooked up a delicious indian inspired feast with Amandip Uppal, Author of cookery book Indian Made Easy. The tomato and pickled ginger salad is a great side dish or salad for a summer BBQ. For the recipe check out the blog post here and follow along on IGTV.


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Running out of ideas of what to get up to this summer? Well I have pulled together a few suggestions of what you can do with or without the kids!

Brockwell Lido

Brockwell Lido


Forget forest-bathing, feed your soul (and your social life) at Brockwell Lido’s newly announced Lido Lates events this summer. Open-air moonlit swimming, Floats, Boats and Fountains.

If you don’t fancy a swim, you can stick to glamorously lounging on striped sun-beds, sipping cocktails or snacking on the eclectic street food menu devised by acclaimed in-house chef, Lily Ferguson-Mahan, accompanied by a carefully curated soundtrack. Those feeling the chill will find a cosy nook to warm up and chill out in the wood-fired aromatherapy sauna, surrounded by custom made blends of fragrances designed to enhance and stimulate the senses.




Beat the heat this summer and instead of a bar crawl - Go on an Ice Cream Crawl – sample some of the kooky, crazy ice creams out there. From ice cream sandwiches using Bao buns to Macaroons and some of the quirkiest flavour including rhubarb/ fig and black sesame. There is sure to be something for everyone!


Keep the kids entertained…

Why do the Summer holidays seem sooo long?! We’ve been getting out and about with the kids exploring parks, going on bike rides, checking out food markets.

There are also some awesome creative workshops for the kids to get involved in. And if your kids are totally obessed with The Greatest Showman then why not let them have a go on a trapeze themselves.

Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach


We love music, arts , tasty food and delicious drinks. Plus with this amazing weather we're having there is nothing better than being outside. So last but not least here are, our top picks for Summer Festivals in the coming weeks.

8-12th August – Boardmasters

17-18th August – Rize Festival

6th,7th,8th & 9th September - Festival No.6 


Sommer Pyne

My Summer holiday has finally arrived and as the kids finish school, I find myself running around trying to shop for last minute bits, pack for the whole family and hope I haven't forgotten anything. I'm not a fan of packing but I am a fan of keeping my skin hydrated in this hot weather.

Whether you're travelling abroad or staying put in the UK. I thought I would share with you my top 5 beauty essentials. I find these are all great to throw in a travel bag or beach bag and will help keep you cool, refreshed and looking gorgeous this summer. 

Shimmer Dry Oil

Shimmer Dry Oil

1.     Shimmer Dry Oil

Meraki moisturising body oil with shimmer effect gives your body a beautiful summer glow. The oil nourishes and softens your skin while the shimmer effect reflects the light giving your skin a beautiful golden glow. The oil contains i.a. vitamin E and organic sunflower oil that hydrate your skin leaving it soft and glowing. Apply a thin layer to your legs, arms, shoulders and décolleté to give your skin an instant glow.

Grown Alchemist Amenity Kit

Grown Alchemist Amenity Kit

2. Grown Alchemist Amenity Kit

Grown Alchemist's 'Amenity Kit' includes three everyday beauty essentials. Perfect size for traveling and a great way to get acquainted with Grown Alchemist. The kit contains a moisturizing cream, hydrating lip balm and soothing hand cream, each one rich in antioxidants and botanical extracts to protect and nourish your skin.


Meraki Pop-up Cloths

Meraki Pop-up Cloths

3. Meraki Pop-up Cloths

These clever disposable pop-up cloths are perfect for everyday use. Compressed to the size of a coin they are perfect to take with you when you’re on the go or for traveling. The cloths come in a convenient box that fits perfectly into a bag. The box contains 60 pieces.

How to use: Simply add water and watch it unfold into a soft washcloth. A perfect travel companion.

Grown Alchemist - Body Treatment Oil

Grown Alchemist - Body Treatment Oil

4. Grown Alchemist Body Treatment Oil – Ylang, Tamanu & Omega 7 100ml

A highly absorbent Body Oil formulated with a sensuous and potent blend of botanical active ingredients that soften and smooth while increasing skin elasticity and hydration, noticeably improving skin texture and appearance. And at 100ml this is just the right size to go in your carry-on bag. Top tip - Keep in the fridge during the summer, for that extra cooling factor when you apply it to your skin.

Himalayan Salt Hydrating Mask

Himalayan Salt Hydrating Mask

5. Himalayan Salt Hydrating Mask Sachets (3x10g)

An intensely hydrating clay face mask, developed for sensitive and dry skin. This water-activated clay mask hydrates and protects your skin using powdered Althaea root, drawing out dead skin and bacteria. Gentle French Red Clay cleanses the skin and promotes blood circulation, facilitating healing to skin conditions. These sachets are the perfect size to take away with you.

Happy travels, Sommer x