5 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. Chef Rudi Liebenberg and the team at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel have put together 5 scintillating salads for you to get stuck into. Not only are they wildly tasty but they’re also easy and healthy summer salads. Up your salad game. It’s time.

Roast Butternut & Quinoa Salad with Nuts and Seeds

5 Easy and Healthy Summer Salads That You'll Love - Roast Butternut Salad

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

5 Easy and Healthy Summer Salads That You'll Love - Green Salad With Dates

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

5 Easy and Healthy Summer Salads That You'll Love - 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

5 Easy and Healthy Summer Salads That You'll Love - Crudite Salad

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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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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