Looking for the perfect braai side? Look no further than this selection of our favourite braai salads for National Braai Day.
Grape, onion, beetroot and blue cheese salad
With a combination of unique texture and a sweet, tart flavour, the ever-popular grape has endless uses. Think wine, jams, jellies, juice, vinegar and grape oil, as well as the perfect between-meal snack, thanks to its vitamin C and K.
Recipe here: Grape, onion, beetroot and blue cheese salad
Herb-roasted baby potatoes and parsnip basil pesto salad
These potatoes are perfectly served alongside a mouth-watering chicken or beef main. We love that it is super easy to whip up. Your guests are sure to enjoy this side on their plate.
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, while being 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 braaied spatchcock chicken, or make a batch to keep in your fridge and package for energising lunches on the go.
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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’.
Recipe here: Grilled strawberry and biltong salad
Pan-roasted potato and pesto green-bean salad
The perfect warm salad – this pan-roasted potato and pesto green-bean salad is perfect for warmer weather, or as a side to your favourite main.
Recipe here: Pan-roasted potato and pesto green-bean salad
Thai cabbage salad
This makes a scrumptious salad 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 is perfect for summer entertaining. Serve it 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 some certain red gems.
The strawberry is a member of the rose family and is the only fruit with seeds on the outside. 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. What’s more, strawberries score in the fruit group with the highest antioxidant content, which can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration. The combination of nutrients in strawberries can also aid in the prevention and suppression of cancer cells.
Recipe here: Strawberry, baby herb, walnut and blue-cheese salad