Easy and Healthy Summer Salads that You’ll Love

Words: Julie Velosa

If your idea of a great salad starts with iceberg lettuce and ends with tomatoes, feta and olives, then you need to listen up. We’ve got nothing against the Greeks, but really, a salad has the potential to be so much more than that.  Up your salad game

Roast Butternut & Quinoa Salad with Nuts and Seeds

Quinoa really is a miracle pseudo-grain, it’s high in protein and naturally gluten-free. Oh, and did we mention delicious too? In this salad, quinoa is combined with tender cubes of roasted butternut and shaved veggies and it is utterly delicious. Finish with a sprinkling of roasted seeds and you have yourself one tasty bowl of goodness.

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Spinach, Baby Gem and Herb Salad with Dates and Cashew Nuts

Gone are the days of plain leaf salads. Nowadays we’re spoilt with plenty of different varieties of greens that each add their own unique flavour to a salad. Rocket adds pepperiness, baby spinach bring sweetness and baby herbs and microgreens add texture and flavour. This green salad has the addition of sweet dates (ideal for a bit of festive flair), as well as the roasted crunch of cashews. Finish with a great dressing and you have a tasty side to a festive roast.

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Classic Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh is a national treasure in Lebanese culture. The beauty of this traditional mezze dish is in its simplicity. Fresh flavours, lots of herbs and a really great dressing. This is the kind of dish that goes well with anything and also works equally as well on it’s own.

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Crudité Salad with Hummus and Cracked Chickpeas

If your version of crudité is batons of cucumber and carrot then you seriously need an update and it’s easier than you think. Instead of your regular offering, try this delicious cruditeé salad where your bowl of hummus and your veggies become one. Forgo the regular baton-style carrots and use baby multicoloured carrots in their natural form. Add radishes, turnips, tenderstem broccoli, snap peas – really whatever your heart desires – and plate together with your piped hummus. This salad is art on a plate!

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Bulgar Wheat, Kale & Halloumi Salad with ClemenGold Dressing

This warm grain salad has it all — texture, crunch and a delicious ClemenGold® dressing that ties it all together.

Recipe for Bulgar Wheat, Kale & Halloumi Salad

Beetroot Quinoa Salad with Butternut, Feta & Rocket

We’ve used 100% beetroot juice to prepare the quinoa. Not only does it give it a fabulous jewel-like colour but enhances the whole dish with the earthy flavour of delicious beets.

Recipe for Beetroot Quinoa Salad

Citrusy Summer Salad with Gin Dressing

Summer on a platter – citrus adds so much juicy flavour to this salad and the gin dressing is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter.

Recipe for Citrusy Summer Salad

Tomato & Calamari Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

Summer is here and nothing speaks to sunny weather like a good glass of vino and delicious seafood. We love this Greek-inspired tomato and grilled calamari salad.

Recipe for Tomato & Calamari Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

Smoked Trout Salad with Horseradish Cream & Avocado Crema

A wonderfully light and elevated salad platter, ideal for a brunch or lunch table.

Recipe for Smoked Trout Salad

Mint, Lemon & Olive Oil Marinated Zucchini Salad

This salad is so easy to put together and is full of healthy goodness from the raw veggies, seeds and extra virgin olive oil.

Recipe for Mint, Lemon & Olive Oil Marinated Zucchini Salad

Summery Shaved Lamb Salad

This salad is the ideal way to make use of lamb leftovers. The rich meat is complemented by the fresh vibrant ingredients in the salad.

Recipe for Summery Shaved Lamb Salad

Cold Vietnamese Soba Noodle Salad with Goats Cheese & Peanut and Lime Dressing

A vegetarian salad packed with clean, vibrant flavours.

Recipe for Cold Vietnamese So

Watermelon and Labneh Salad with Granola and Fresh Mint

5 Easy and Healthy Summer Salads That You'll Love

What’s not to love about watermelon? There’s no other fruit that says summer in South Africa quite like it. This salad is multidimensional – it works as a cool and refreshing side to braaied meats but is equally good as dessert (add a drizzle of honey) or even as a juicy breakfast. It’s really versatile and that’s why it’s a favourite.

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Now that you’ve got these easy and healthy summer salads sorted, check out these other salad recipes for entertaining.

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