The Best Braai Salads and Sides For Summertime Entertaining

Words: Emma Nkunzana

Cooking outdoors is best done in summer. Long, warm evenings and beautiful sunsets are the best accompaniment to any meal.  We’ve rounded up all our favourite sides and salads for your braai, from light salads to crispy potatoes and delicious pull-apart breads.

Best Braai Salads

Toasted Panzanella Salad with Burrata and Thyme Vinaigrette

This fresh and tasty salad is super easy to whip up and perfect as a side for any summertime lunch.

Recipe for Toasted Panzanella Salad with Burrata and Thyme Vinaigrette

Southwestern Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

A wholesome South-Western-style roasted potato salad with a homemade honey-mustard dressing. The perfect side dish for your next braai.

Recipe for Southwestern Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

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 flavour of delicious 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 Jalapeno Dressing

Tons of fresh flavours, charry edges and peppery bite. No more tossing of 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

Individual servings of charry aubergine and fragrant, earthy salad. An easy and unique way to serve a tasty take on salad.

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

Classic Tabbouleh Salad

If your 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

Crudité Salad with Hummus & Cracked Chickpeas

Flex your artistic skills to arrange the veggies and make these simple ingredients look amazing.

Recipe for this Crudité Salad

Watermelon & Labneh Salad

Nothing says summer in South Africa like watermelon. This salad is the perfect side to a braai and brings a fresh sweetness that complements grilled meat.

Recipe for Watermelon & Labneh Salad

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.

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.

Recipe for this Summer Beetroot Salad

Roast Butternut & Quinoa Salad with Nuts & Seeds

Quinoa really is a miracle pseudo-grain, it’s high in protein and naturally gluten-free. This salad combines earthy flavours of butternut, it’ll 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 summeriness, pair with a whole grilled fish.

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.

Recipe for this Pepper and 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.

Recipe for this Beetroot, Chevin & Hazelnut Salad

Spinach, Baby Gem & Herb Salad with Dates and Cashews

This salad honestly couldn’t be easier to make. It’s a one bowl wonder that is full of fresh flavour. It’s the perfect accompaniment with a rich meat like roasted lamb shoulder but will work equally on it’s own as a tasty lunch.

Recipe for Spinach, Baby Gem & Herb Salad

Warm Quinoa Salad With Roasted Cauliflower And Chickpeas Served With A Spicy Citrus Dressing

A perfect braai side that is not only incredibly healthy and filled with antioxidants but also wonderfully fresh and delicious. The spicy citrus dish elevates 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, so 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, up your potato game with these tasty and easy recipes.

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

Thyme Brown Butter Potato Bake

The perfect potato side to pair with a meaty dish.

Recipe for this Thyme Bown Butter Potato Cake

Vegan Maple Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

This delicious vegan dish is sweet and nutty and will be the perfect side dish for a Christmas table spread.

Recipe Vegan Maple Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Wedges Wrapped In Bacon

It doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Wedges Wrapped in Bacon

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

Crispy Potjie Potatoes with Herby Horseradish Cream

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

Recipe for Crispy Potjie Potatoes

Best Braai Salads Potato Salad
Best Braai Salads hasselback potatoes

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.

Recipe for these 4 variations on Potato Salad

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 sides. We know bread has a bad rap, but really what meal isn’t made better with bread?

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, savoury pull-apart bread that will be an instant hit!

Recipe for Cheesy, Pull-Apart Bread with Bovril Drizzle

Tomato, Olive and Basil Pesto Foccacia

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 Foccacia

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

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

Potato, Parsley, Chorizo and Red Onion Pizza

This pizza is especially tasty with its potato, chorizo and other delicious toppings!

Recipe for Potato, Parsley, Chorizo and Red Onion Pizza


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

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!

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.

Recipe for Zaalouk

Elotes, Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

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

Recipe For Elotes

Miso Butter Charred Potjie

Although this might be more of an American dish, why not incorporate this classic into your braai. Let’s be honest, anything that is deep fried is delicious but this blooming onion takes it to a whole other level.

Recipe Miso Butter Charred Potjie

Roasted Baby Aubergines With Lentils Pomegranate Chevin Dressing

Such a fresh and simple side to whip up that is packed with incredible punchy flavours. A healthy dish to balance out all other indulging braai sides.

Recipe For Aubergines With Lentils

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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