Best Salad Recipes for a Summer Braai
"WHEN YOU SAY SUMMER I SAY BRAAI..."
It’s a common belief that South African men were born with braai tongs in one hand and a beer in the other. This suits many women as it relieves them of the intricate cooking most dinner parties require. The following recipes put a feminine touch to the predominantly male braai. They are unusual yet quick and easy.
Firm, plump, rosy-red tomatoes with a slight acidity are perfect for my Italian salad. Topped with a soft ball of buffalo mozzarella, home-pressed basil pesto, lemon-marinated artichokes, juicy olives, thinly sliced salami and a fresh grind of black pepper. The result is many sensational flavours. A real wow!
A braai “aint” a braai without the humble butternut. Try this roasted and pan-caramelised butternut salad served with brown lentils, “shisa” red chillies, seared tender baby leeks and creamy feta cheese. It provides for an interesting combination of slightly sweet and savoury. Tantalising!
An entire salad devoted to the versatile avocado is nutritious and tasty. The sliced red onion awakens the palate allowing the flavours to come through. Fresh green apples, bean sprouts and the optional extra of smoked salmon enhance everything the avo has to offer. Delicious!
Strawberries are superb now, I suggest a strawberry, Parma ham, blue cheese and walnut salad, with fresh rocket leaves. The saltiness of the blue cheese and Parma ham compliments the sweetness of the fruit. Sensational!
Also in season is green asparagus. In its case I believe the simpler the better. A platter of blanched asparagus drizzled with a maltaise sauce (similar to a hollandaise but flavoured with loads of freshly squeezed orange juice and orange zest) is ideal for a hot summer day. Scrumptious!
Take these recipes and allow them to revitalise your braai menu.