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12 Summer Salad Ideas
Ah summer, the month of barbecues, summer salads and refreshing beverages.
Whilst we all know what we prefer on the BBQ. Some like sausages, others prefer burgers or maybe you’re more into a kebab. What kind of salads do you like to accompany your main dish?
If all you can think of is a green salad, then never fear, we have some brilliant ideas for spectacular side dishes for your summer feast.
1. Potato salad with garlic mayo and chives
Oh the classic potato salad, but this with a twist!
If you need to carb load, this is the perfect dish. Simply squeeze lemon juice and a small garlic glove into your mayo and mix. Cover your new potatoes with the mayo mix and sprinkle with chives.
2. Carrot slaw
Everyone loves coleslaw and it’s actually pretty straight forward to make.
Just combine shredded carrots with shredded cabbage. Then mix with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, vinegar, sugar, sour cream (if you wish), onion, some herbs (like chives) and mix together. You can also add mustard for extra kick.
3. Cherry tomato and basil salad
Simple and classic but a sure fire crowd pleaser!
Simply take a selection of gorgeous cherry tomatoes, slice in half or leave whole and dress with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Tear up fresh basil and scatter over the tomatoes. Season with pepper and even add mozzarella for a decadent twist.
4. Balsamic green bean salad
Simply boil the green beans for around 5 minutes, before taking off the heat and putting to one side. Once cooled, cover in oil and balsamic vinegar, season with pepper and mix together.
Add a squeeze of lemon for a citrus flavour and don’t be afraid to add some crispy bacon or smoked pancetta for an extra kick.
5. Roasted veg salad with feta
Chop up some of your favourite vegetables, such as aubergine, courgette, red onion, peppers, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
Cover in olive oil and garlic and roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Once out, let cool and crumble feta over the top. Serve immediately – delicious!
6. Pea, mint and lemon salad
A gorgeous summer combination.
Just cook your peas, squeeze over lemon juice, season with pepper and tear off mint leaves. Mix together and enjoy.
7. Sundried tomato and pesto pasta salad
You can go for any kind of pesto here, be it green or red and any type of pasta!
Why not go for something different, like farfalle (bow shaped pasta) or conchiglie (shell shaped pasta). Stir with pesto; add sundried tomatoes from a jar and season.
8. Aubergine, rocket and pomegranate salad
Roast your aubergine with oil in the oven, before letting cool slightly and adding to a bowl of peppery rocket. Sprinkle over pomegranate seeds and enjoy the pop of colour.
Sweet and savoury at it’s best!
9. Classic cobb salad
Typically made of:
- Lettuce leaves
- Chicken breast
This salad is still a fabulous addition to any spread. The meaty additives make it extra filling.
Try soft boiling your eggs for 6 minutes to get them just a tiny bit runny on the inside.
10. Cucumber and tomato chunky salsa salad
Super refreshing and quick to make!
Chop up some beef tomatoes and cucumber into big chunks and mix together with herbs, olive oil and lime juice.
11. Mixed bean salad
A fibre packed bowl!
Simply chose some of your favourite beans, like kidney beans, butter beans and black eyed beans and mix together with some fresh herbs, fresh garlic, seasoning and olive oil.
12. Sweet potato and butternut squash salad
Chop up sweet potato and butternut squash and roast these in the oven, until lovely and soft. Once roasted and delicious, add olive oil, vinegar, spring onions, chives and honey for the dressing.