The Best Braai Salads and Sides For Entertaining

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Weekends are the perfect excuse to light the coals, and no braai is complete without sides. We’ve rounded up our favourite salads and sides for the ultimate braai feast, from light salads to crispy potatoes and cheesy braaiboodjies.

Best Braai Salads & Sides

Corn Riblets with Smoky Mayo

Deliciously charred corn riblets drizzled with smoky mayo and lime juice – the perfect starter for your braai feast.

Recipe for Corn Riblets with Smoky Mayo

Shaved Lemon Broccoli & Wild Rocket Salad with Jammy Eggs

A vibrant salad with jammy eggs, served on a bed of zesty greens and topped with almonds and Gruberg cheese. Delish!

Recipe for Shaved Lemon Broccoli & Wild Rocket Salad with Jammy Eggs

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Caramelised Feta & Green Dressing

A refreshing and zesty cucumber salad – just the side for a spicier main.

Recipe for Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Caramelised Feta & Green Yoghurt Dressing

3-Cheese Pap Tart

What’s a braai without pap and relish? We combine the two in this incredibly moreish Cheesy Pap Tart. Serve with Chenin Blanc and savour each bite!

Recipe for 3-Cheese Pap Tart

Grilled Asparagus, Fig & Goat Cheese with Citrus Vinaigrette Salad

Take your braai to restaurant-worthy heights with these delicate and delicious flavours.

Recipe for Grilled Asparagus, Fig & Goat Cheese with Citrus Vinaigrette Salad

Roasted Root Vegetables & Pomegranate Salad

Add a pop of colour to your lunch table with this vibrant salad.

Recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables & Pomegranate Salad

Tomato & Calamari Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

Having a fish braai? This Calamari Salad with juicy tomatoes and a herby vinaigrette is the ultimate salad to go with it.

Recipe for Tomato & Calamari Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

Vegan Mixed Grain & Pulse Salad

A  salad with all the grains and pulses you could want; simple, flavourful and protein-packed.

Recipe for Vegan Mixed Grain & Pulse Salad

Toasted Panzanella Salad with Burrata and Thyme Vinaigrette

This fresh, tasty salad is super easy to whip up and perfect as a side for meaty mains.

Recipe for Toasted Panzanella Salad with Burrata and Thyme Vinaigrette

Classic Tabbouleh Salad

If you’re a lover of tomatoes, then this salad is for you. The Tabbouleh is served with a velvety rich tomato dressing that will have you licking the bowl!

Recipe for Classic Tabbouleh Salad

Beetroot Quinoa Salad with Butternut, Feta and 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 and sweet flavour of beets.

Recipe for Beetroot Quinoa Salad with Butternut, Feta and Rocket

Basil Pesto, Pea, Pine Nut and Pecorino Pasta Salad

Everyone loves a pasta salad, but they can often be heavy with mayo-style dressings. This one lightens things up with flavoursome pesto and fresh greens.

Recipe for Basil Pesto, Pea, Pine Nut and Pecorino Pasta Salad

Chargrilled Spring Onion, Pea and Asparagus Salad with Dressing

Tons of fresh flavours, charry edges and peppery bite. No more tossing the green bits of your spring onions – that’s where the flavour’s at!

Recipe for this Chargrilled Spring Onion, Pea and Asparagus Salad

Grilled Aubergine with Tomato Rocket and Goats Cheese

These individual servings of charred aubergine is an easy and unique take on salad.

Recipe for this Grilled Aubergine with Tomato, Rocket and Goats Cheese

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 smoky braai flavours.

Recipe for this Beetroot Salad with Herby Pesto

Roast Butternut & Quinoa Salad with Nuts & Seeds

Quinoa really is a miracle pseudograin, it’s high in protein and naturally gluten-free. This salad combines earthy flavours of butternut, that go perfectly with a spatchcock chicken.

Recipe for Roasted Butternut & Quinoa Salad

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 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

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

Fresh Green Slaw

Sweet and tangy apples give this slaw its yumminess; pair with whole-grilled fish.

Recipe for this Fresh Green Slaw

Pepper and Pomegranate Salad

This has to be one of our best braai salads – full of tasty roasted pepper flavour.

Recipe for this Pepper and Pomegranate Salad

Beetroot, Chevin & Hazelnut Salad

A fresh and tasty salad; the pomegranate dressing will have guests asking for the recipe.

Recipe for this Beetroot, Chevin & Hazelnut Salad

Spinach, Baby Gem & Herb Salad with Dates and Cashews

This one-bowl-wonder is full of fresh flavour – the perfect accompaniment to roasted lamb shoulder, or equally tasty on its own.

Recipe for Spinach, Baby Gem & Herb Salad

Quinoa Salad with Cauliflower, Chickpeas & Citrus Dressing

A perfect braai side that is not only incredibly healthy and filled with antioxidants, but also fresh and delicious. The spicy citrus dressing takes the dish to a whole other level.

Recipe For Warm Quinoa Salad 

Charred Broccoli And Baby Gem Salad

A refreshing salad that is filled with all those good nutrients. It’s best if the greens get good char on them, use a griddle pan if you can.

Recipe for Charred Broccoli & Baby Gem Salad


Potatoes

As good as a plain potato chucked on the open fire is, you can easily up your potato game with these tasty ‘tater recipes.

Crispy Potjie Potatoes with Herby Horseradish Cream

In this dish, oil, water and potatoes are placed in a potjie and boiled. The water cooks the potatoes, then evaporates and the remaining oil fries the ‘taters to golden perfection!

Recipe for Crispy Potjie Potatoes

Smoked Baby Potatoes

Meet your new favourite braai side – crunchy, golden crushed baby potatoes infused with hickory liquid smoke and finished with smoked sea salt.

Recipe for Smoked Baby Potatoes

Mustard Cream Vertical Potato Bake

This is traditional potato bake, version 2.0. Get the best of both worlds with a crunchy top and creamy bottom.

Recipe for this Mustard Cream Potato Bake

Smashed Baby Potatoes with Rocket & Basil Pesto

These oven-roasted baby potatoes are super crispy and are delicious drizzled with a punchy homemade pesto.

Recipe for Smashed Baby Potatoes

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Miso Brown Butter Drizzle

Dressed with miso-butter sauce and dolloped with herby sour cream, this standout side dish will be a major hit at your next braai.

Recipe for Roasted Baby Potatoes with Miso Brown Butter Drizzle

Avocado Creme Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon & Fried Onions

Shake up your regular potato salad with this avocado creme version, topped with crispy bacon and onion bits.

Recipe for Avocado Creme Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon & Fried Onions

Loaded Mexican Potato Wedges

Seriously, you need to get a load of these! The zesty tomato and avo topping is a refreshing complement to the potato wedges.

Recipe for Loaded Mexican Potato Wedges

South Western Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

A wholesome south western-style roasted potato salad with a homemade honey-mustard dressing. Absolutely delish!

Recipe for South Western Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

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Best Braai Salads hasselback potatoes

Potato & Chorizo Salad with Roasted Garlic Mayo

No braai salads and sides buffet 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 mayo recipe. Got a vegan guest? Try this vegan mayo.

Recipe for Potato & Chorizo Salad with Roasted Garlic Mayo

Hasselback Potatoes

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

Recipe for these Hasselback Potatoes


Bread

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

Caprese-style Roosterkoek Sandwich

Nothing beats fresh-off-the-coals roosterkoek. We’ve elevated this braai classic with Mediterranean flavours for the ultimate feast.

Recipe for Caprese-style Roosterkoek Sandwich

Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka

Get ready for a flavour sensation; these are a must-have at any braai.

Recipe for Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka

Mozzarella & Chakalaka Braaibroodjie

The quintessential braaibroodjie. Layers of gooey mozzarella and spicy chakalaka – now that’s what we call a braaibroodjie!

Recipe for Mozzarella & Chakalaka Braaibroodjie

Pulled Pork Braaibroodjies

The addition of succulent pulled pork takes these already delicious charred sandwiches to tastier heights.

Recipe for Pulled Pork Braaibroodjies

Braaied Veggie Pizza

A crowd-pleasing white pizza topped with braaied artichoke, courgette and aubergine. Crown with burrata and drizzle with basil pesto for a balanced bite.

Recipe for Braaied Veggie Pizza

Tomato & Chorizo Pull Apart Bread

A tomato and smoky chorizo flavoured pull-apart bread that’s perfect for sharing at a braai.

Recipe for Tomato & Chorizo Pull Apart Bread

Mini Olive Oil, Cumin & Sesame Bread Rolls

Cumin is one of the best spices, and we can’t help but drool over these bread rolls!

Recipe for Mini Olive Oil, Cumin & Sesame Bread Rolls

Caramelised Onion, Sage & Mature Cheddar Bread Rolls

These sweet caramelised onions, herby sage and mature cheddar dinner rolls will have everyone reaching for seconds.

Recipe for Caramelised Onion, Sage & Mature Cheddar Bread Rolls

Bacon, Cheese and Chive Cornbread

Bacon and corn have always been good mates, and this bacon cornbread is set to become your new best friend.

Recipe for Bacon, Cheese and Chive Cornbread

Cheesy, Pull-Apart Bread with Bovril Drizzle

If you’re a fan of Bovril and cheese toast, then you’ve met the bread of your dreams. A cheesy pull-apart bread that will be an instant hit!

Recipe for Cheesy, Pull-Apart Bread with Bovril Drizzle

Tomato, Olive and Basil Pesto Focaccia

Good bread takes time, but one bite of this focaccia makes it all worth it. We guarantee this will be flattened in minutes.

Recipe for this Tomato, Olive and Basil Pesto Focaccia

Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread

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

Recipe for this Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread

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Mielie & Mozzarella Bread

This crowd-pleasing Mielie & Mozzarella Bread is perfect for weekend get-togethers or any day of the week.

Recipe for Mielie & Mozzarella Bread

Olive Oil & Herb Crusted Loaf with Chunky Olive & Feta Dip

There is nothing quite like the aroma and flavour of a freshly baked loaf of bread. This one is brushed with extra virgin olive oil and served with a rough chopped olive and feta dip.

Recipe for Olive Oil & Herb Crusted Loaf


Veggies

Best Braai Salads Curried Beans
Best Braai Salads Harissa Glazed Carrots

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.

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.

Recipe for these Harissa Glazed Carrots

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

Roasted Garlic with Basil & Thyme

Roasted garlic is everything! Slice them and leave on the grill to caramelise to a golden nugget. Spread over bread, mash into dips or eat as is; either way, you’re in business!

Recipe for this Garlic with Basil & Thyme

Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower Salad

A fresh and earthy salad, the perfect braai side.

Recipe for this Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower Salad

Zaalouk with Fried Halloumi & Toasted Pita Bread

Zaalouk is a Moroccan eggplant and tomato salad, that is often served as a dip or as part of a spread of small plates/tapas. You can’t go wrong with this one!

Recipe for Zaalouk

Elotes, Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

Mielies are a staple at every braai, why not change it up and serve a delicious Mexican chargrilled version?

Recipe For Elotes

Miso Butter Charred Potjie

Let’s be honest, caramelised and charred onion will up any dish. The miso addition makes this an umami flavour bomb.

Recipe Miso Butter Charred Potjie

Roasted Baby Aubergines With Lentils Pomegranate & Dressing

A fresh and simple side, packed with incredible, punchy flavours.

Recipe For Aubergines With Lentils

Need the perfect main dish to go with your sides? Check out our Best Braai Recipes.

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