The Best Braai Salads and Sides For Summertime Entertaining
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
Crudité Salad with Hummus & Cracked Chickpeas
Flex your artistic skills to arrange the veggies and make these simple ingredients look amazing.
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.
Charred Watermelon & Bocconcini Salad With Honey & Mustard Dressing
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fresh Green Slaw
Sweet and tangy apples give this slaw its summeriness, pair with a whole grilled fish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thyme Brown Butter Potato Bake
The perfect potato side to pair with a meaty dish.
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.
Sweet Potato Wedges Wrapped In Bacon
It doesn’t get any sweeter than this.
Smashed Baby Potatoes with Rocket & Basil Pesto
These oven roasted baby potatoes are super crispy and are delicious drizzled with a punchy homemade pesto.
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!
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.
This way of preparing potatoes is a classic for a reason – so tasty!
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.
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!
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.
Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread
Lather with butter and a sliver of vleis, wash down with an ice cold one.
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.
Potato, Parsley, Chorizo and Red Onion Pizza
This pizza is especially tasty with its potato, chorizo and other delicious toppings!
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.
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.
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!
Roasted Butternut & Cauliflower Salad
A fresh and earthy salad, the perfect braai side.
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.
Elotes, Mexican-Style Grilled Corn
Mielies are a staple for every braai, why not change it up and serve a delicious Mexican chargrilled version.
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.
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.
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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