The day after Christmas has always been good for poolside R&R, and throwing some chops on coals. But what to have alongside your meat? No need to put the thinking hat on, we’ve rounded up 8 delicious salad ideas for your summery Boxing Day braai…
Grape, onion, beetroot and blue cheese salad
Why not go for grape salad? With a combination of unique texture and a sweet, tart flavour, the versatile grape packs endless possibility. Beyond wine, jams, jellies, juice, vinegar and grape oil, grapes make a great crunchy, sweet edition to a summer salad.
Recipe here: Grape, onion, beetroot and blue cheese salad
Herb-roasted baby potatoes and parsnip basil pesto salad
Can you consider roast potatoes a salad? We sure do. It’s easy to whip up, and can be served alongside a mouth-watering chicken or beef main. Your guests will love this as a side serving!
Lemony cauliflower and sweet potato salad with crunchy mange tout peas
A lighter, fresher update of the classic South African potato salad. The sweet potato is creamy and comforting and it’s crammed with fibre, as well as vitamins A and C. The mange tout peas and cauliflower lend a satisfying crunch, along with a nourishing boost. Instead of rich and creamy mayo alone, the dressing is yoghurt-based and packed with zingy flavours from the lemon, capers and fresh green herbs.
This side dish is the ideal accompaniment to a hot-off-the-coals spatchcock chicken, or make a batch to keep in your fridge and package for a healthy lunch on the go.
Grilled strawberry and biltong salad
This super-easy, mouth-watering grilled strawberry and biltong salad is extracted from Jan’s first cookbook, ‘The French Affair: Tables of Love’. Who doesn’t love strawberries, and are you even South African if a biltong recipe doesn’t get you going?
Recipe here: Grilled strawberry and biltong salad
Pan-roasted potato and pesto green-bean salad
This ‘hot’ salad is a pan-roasted potato and pesto green-bean medley, and works for the warmer weather, or as a side to your favourite main.
Recipe here: Pan-roasted potato and pesto green-bean salad
Thai cabbage salad
Cabbage, yet another versatile veggie that does’t spend enough time in the spotlight. Instead of opting for your usual coleslaw, try this Thai spin on a cabbage salad. Pacts a perfect lunch for a quick lunch.
Recipe here: Thai cabbage salad
Prawn, pumpkin seed, pomegranate and avo salad with lemon curd dressing
This prawn, pumpkin seed, pomegranate and avo salad with lemon curd dressing will wow your guests. Serve it on its own as a light lunch or a braai side.
Strawberry, baby herb, walnut and blue-cheese salad
This flavourful strawberry, baby herb, walnut and blue cheese salad is not only visually beautiful, but packs quite a nutritional punch thanks to everyone’s summer fave, strawberries. Research suggests that eating just eight strawberries a day can improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, reduce the risk of cancers and even improve cognitive function. A must to your summer lunch.
Recipe here: Strawberry, baby herb, walnut and blue-cheese salad
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