20 Best Braai Salads and Sides For Entertaining

Words: Emma Nkunzana

So, you have the showstopper meaty braai main in the bag from our list of best braai recipes, now all you need is a couple of amazing sides to go with it. Here are our top 20 best braai salads and sides for your next gathering around the coals.Best Braai Salads

Best Braai Salads

Charred Watermelon & Bocconcini Salad With Honey & Mustard Dressing

Watermelon is the quintessential summer ingredient, and charring only intensifies its flavour. Pair this salad with a rich rib-eye steak or lamb chops.

Get the recipe for Charred Watermelon & Bocconcini Salad.

Summer Beetroot Salad With Herby Pesto

Don’t just put the pickled beet jar on the table, instead make this super easy and delicious summer beetroot salad. It goes well with smokey braai flavours.

Get the Recipe for this Summer Beetroot Salad

Best Braais Sides Charred Watermelon Bocconicini Salad
Best Braai Sides Summer Beetroot Salad

Broccoli, Apple & Walnut Salad

Get them greens in with this salad, served with a zingy-zesty yoghurt dressing. This will go well with some charred potatoes and grilled smokey chicken.

Get the recipe for this Broccoli, Apple & Walnut Salad

Melanzane Parmigiana Salad

Okay, so this salad is more Italian than South African, but it goes so well with rich SA dishes like skilpadjies we couldn’t bear to leave it off. A great braai salad that brings two cultures together.

Get the recipe for this Melanzane Parmigiana Salad

Best Braai Salads Walnut Salad
Best Braai Salads Melenzane Salad

 Fresh Green Slaw

Sweet and tangy apples give this slaw its summeriness, pair with a whole grilled fish.

Get the recipe for this Fresh Green Slaw

Pepper and Pomegranate Salad

This has to be one of our best braai salads – ideal for summer and full of the flavour of roasted peppers.

Get the recipe for this Pepper and Pomegranate Salad

Best Braai Salads Raw Green Slaw
Best Braai Salads Pepper & Pomegranate Salad

Beetroot, Chevin & Hazelnut Salad

A fresh and tasty salad, with pomegranate dressing that will have all your guests asking you for the recipe, which you can get right here.

Get the recipe for this Beetroot, Chevin & Hazelnut Salad

The Heritage Salad

This salad is a culinary celebration of our South African heritage.

Get the Recipe for this Heritage Salad

Best Braai Salads Beetroot Chevin & Hazelnut Salad
Best Braai Salads Heritage Salad

Potatoes

As good as a plain potato chucked on the open fire is, up your potato game with these tasty and easy recipes.

Blackened Charred Potatoes

Haven’t you heard? Black is all the rage, so char these bad boys to black perfection.

Get the recipe for these Blackened Charred Potatoes

Sweet Potato Wedges Wrapped In Bacon

It doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

Recipe for these Sweet Potato Wedges Wrapped in Bacon

Best Braai Sides Blackened Charred Potatoes
Best Braai Salads Sweet Potato Wedges Wrapped In bacon

Gruyere & Chive Potato Skin

Crispy potato skins stuffed with potato, cream cheese, and cheese. Worth every calorie.

Get the recipe for these Gruyere & Chive Potato Skins

Potato Gratin

No braai would be complete without a side dish of potato bake, it’s the ultimate bring and braai dish.

Get the recipe for this Potato Gratin

Best Braai Salads gruyere & Chive Potato Skins
Best Braai Salads Potato Gratin

4 Variations on Potato Salad

No braai salads and sides buffet table would be complete without a potato salad. If you’re looking to give a little wow factor, this is a must try recipe. Also, don’t buy your mayo – make it, it’s so easy with this homemade mayonnaise recipe. Got a vegan guest? Don’t panic, make this vegan mayonnaise.

Get the recipe for these 4 variations on Potato Salad

Hasselback Potatoes

This way of preparing potatoes is a classic for a reason – so tasty!

Get the recipe for these Hasselback Potatoes

Best Braai Salads Potato Salad
Best Braai Salads hasselback potatoes

Bread

So you’ve sorted your braai salads but what about sides. We know bread has a bad rap, but really what meal isn’t made better with bread?

Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread

Lather with butter and a sliver of vleis, wash down with an ice cold one.

Get the recipe for this Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread

Vetkoek

If you’re looking for a new take on the steak roll then this is it!

Get the recipe for these Vetkoek Steak Sliders

Best Braai Salads Sweet potato ale bread

Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Bread

It wouldn’t be a braai without some kind of garlic bread in the vicinity.

Get the recipe for Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Bread

Caramelised Onion, Sage & Mature Cheddar Bread Rolls

Set aside some time to make these rolls, you’ll never buy from the store again.

Get the recipe for Caramelised Onion, Sage & Mature Cheddar Bread Rolls

Best Braai Salads Rosemary Roasted Garlic Bread
Best Braai Salads Caramelised Onion Sage Mature Cheddar Bread Rolls

Veggies

Curried Green Beans

A Cape Malay favourite, these sweet, spicy and tangy stems are great for cutting through rich meats. Chop them and dust over some grated parmesan for a bit of pizazz.

Get the recipe for these Curried Green Beans

Harissa Glazed Carrots

Harissa and carrots are a match made in food heaven; this is a great side for spicing up plain grilled chicken or steak.

Get the recipe for these Harissa Glazed Carrots

Best Braai Salads Curried Beans
Best Braai Salads Harissa Glazed Carrots

Roasted Garlic With Basil & Thyme

Cooked garlic is the shizz-niz. Slice them and leave on the grill to caramelise to a golden nugget. Rub over bread, mash into dips or eat as is. Either way, you’re in business!

Get the recipe for this Garlic With Basil & Thyme

Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower Salad

A fresh and earthy salad, the perfect braai side.

Get the recipe for this Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower Salad

Best Braai Salads Whole Roasted Garlic
Best Braai Salads Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower

If you haven’t found that amazing main dish yet to go with your best braai salads and sides, check out our favourite braai recipes.

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