Falafel Chopped Braai Salad

Vegans and meat lovers will both love this original braai recipes idea, perfect for both summer and winter braai´s

Ingredients

  • 2 c. canola oil, for frying
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 1/2 c. packed baby spinach, divided
  • 2 x 15-ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 oz. roughly torn baguette (about 4 cups)
  • 2 pt. 
  • (4 cups) grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Attach a deep-fry thermometer to a small pot, add canola oil and heat to 350°F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse garlic, yellow onion and 1/2 cup spinach until very finely chopped.
  3. Add chickpeas, flour, cumin, coriander and 1/2 teaspoon salt and pulse to combine (chickpeas should be chopped but coarse). Form mixture into 2-Tbsp balls and fry in batches until golden brown, turning as necessary, 4 minutes. (Note: Oil must remain between 200c and 260c or balls will fall apart; adjust heat as needed.)
  4. In a food processor, pulse baguette to form coarse crumbs; transfer to baking sheet and toast until dry and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  6. Finely chop remaining 4 cups spinach and fold into salad. Top with crumbs and serve with falafel.

Vegan Caesar Braai Salad

Vegan Caesar salad packs in all the creaminess of the classic, plus extra good-for-you ingredients, a perfect braai recipe for your vegan guests

Ingredients

For crispy chickpeas

  • 1  15-oz can chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest

For dressing

  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest plus 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. tahini
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. capers plus 1 tsp caper brine
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely grated
  • Kosher salt and pepper

For salad

  • 4 thick slices bread
  • 3 tbsp. 
  • olive oil
  • 2 small red onions, cut into thick rounds
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 bunches small radishes
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 2 heads gem lettuce or romaine hearts, leaves separated

Directions

Make the Crispy Chickpeas:

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Rinse chickpeas; pat very dry with paper towels, discarding any loose skins.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss chickpeas with olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Roast, shaking occasionally, until crisp, 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl and toss with lemon zest. Chickpeas will continue to crisp as they cool.

Make the Dressing and Salad:

  1. Heat grill to medium. Make dressing: In a mini blender or food processor, puree all dressing ingredients, until smooth, adding 1 tablespoon water at a time to adjust consistency and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Set dressing aside.
  2. Make salad: Brush bread with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Brush onion slices with 1 tablespoon oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  3. Toss radishes with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and season with a pinch of salt. Thread radishes onto small skewers.
  4. Grill bread until toasty, 2 to 3 minutes per side; immediately rub with garlic. Grill onions and radishes until tender, about 5 minutes per side for onions and 6 to 8 minutes for radishes.
  5. Tear bread into pieces and separate onion rings. Toss lettuce with half the dressing to coat.
  6. Gently fold in grilled croutons and onion rings. Serve with radish skewers, crispy chickpeas, and remaining dressing for drizzling or dipping.

BLT Pasta braai Salad

Pasta salad is the perfect braai salad idea for any type of braai !

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 c. baby arugula

Directions

  1. Cook pasta per package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium skillet on medium. Add onion and sauté until just tender. Transfer contents of skillet to large bowl.
  3. When pasta is cooked, drain well and add to bowl with onion and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper and toss to combine. Fold in bacon, tomatoes, and arugula.

Braai Cobb Salad

Cobb salad is a fresh, filling braai salad idea to get in your greens for your summer braai

Ingredients

  • 4  large eggs
  • 1/3 c. plus 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 lb total)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 8 c. torn lettuce leaves or greens
  • 1 lb. tomatoes (of mixed sizes, such as Campari, grape and cherry, and mixed colors), halved or cut into wedges
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and broken into pieces
  • Crumbled blue cheese and toasted sandwich bread, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 220c- Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add eggs and cook 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of cold water to cool; peel and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium oven-safe skillet on medium-high. Season chicken with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Flip chicken over, cook 1 minute more, then transfer skillet to oven and roast chicken until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let sit at least 5 minutes before slicing.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/3 cup oil.
  5. Halve eggs. Arrange lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onion, bacon, eggs and chicken on a platter. Serve with vinaigrette, and blue cheese and toast if desired.

Braai Succotash Summer Salad

Make the most of summer veggies with this easy braai sidedish idea.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 oz. green beans, trimmed and thinly sliced on a bias
  • 1 lb. zucchini (about 3 medium), halved lengthwise
  • 4 medium ears corn, husked
  • 1/2 c. torn basil leaves

Directions

  1. Heat grill to medium-high.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, 2½ tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper; stir in shallot.
  3. Fold in tomatoes and beans. Let marinate while grilling vegetables.
  4. In medium bowl, toss zucchini with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place corn and zucchini, cut sides down, on hot grill.
  5. Cover and grill zucchini until grill marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook 1 minute more. Grill corn until lightly charred and cooked through, turning occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Transfer vegetables to cutting board as they finish cooking.
  7. When cool enough to handle, cut zucchini in half lengthwise, then chop into 1/2-inch pieces.
  8. Cut corn kernels from cobs (you should have about 2 cups). Add zucchini and corn kernels to bowl with tomatoes and toss to combine, then fold in basil. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Summer Braai Peach Caprese Salad

A funky italian twist with fresh cape peaches, is the perfect braai salad recipe idea to give you braai a sweet and savoury kick.

Ingredients

  • 2 peaches, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 tbsp. 
  • plus 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp. grated Meyer lemon zest plus 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c. roasted almonds, chopped
  • 12 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, torn, plus small leaves, for serving

Directions

  1. Start by gathering 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves. Ensure they are clean and free from any dirt or debris.
  2. Tear the basil leaves into smaller pieces. This can be done by hand or using a sharp knife. Tearing the leaves helps release their flavors and aroma.
  3. Add the torn basil leaves to your dish according to the recipe instructions. This could involve mixing them into a sauce, sprinkling them over a salad, or incorporating them into a pasta dish.
  4. After you’ve prepared your dish, save some small basil leaves for garnishing. These small leaves can be placed on top of the dish just before serving to add a fresh and visually appealing touch.
  5. Serve your dish with the small basil leaves on top, and enjoy the delightful flavors and fragrance that fresh basil brings to your recipe.
  6. Remember to adjust the amount of basil according to your taste preferences and the specific recipe you are preparing.

Old Bay–Spiced Braai Potato Salad

Old Bay–Spiced Braai Potato Salad for winter braai recipe

Ingredients

  • 1kg baby yellow potatoes
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2  medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp.  white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 c. flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh dill, roughly chopped

Old Bay spice blend, you can follow this simple recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground bay leaves (optional)

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in medium pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, add 1/2 tablespoon salt, reduce heat, and simmer until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring medium saucepan of water to a boil. Gently add eggs and cook to desired doneness (6 minutes for jammy yolks). Transfer to ice water to cool; drain and peel.
  3. In large bowl, toss onion with vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and let sit, tossing occasionally, until potatoes are ready. 
  4. Drain potatoes and run under cold water to cool. Drain well and pat dry, then cut in half.
  5. Whisk oil, mustard, and Old Bay seasoning into onion mixture. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Fold in parsley and dill. Halve eggs and add to potatoes just before serving. 

Ranch Slaw Braai Salad

Upgrade a simple coleslaw with homemade ranch dressing is a great recipe for and braai.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small head green cabbage (about 12 oz)cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 oz. sugar snap peas, thinly sliced on a bias
  • 1/2 c. ranch dressing 2 small carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias 1 bunch radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • Chopped fresh dill, for serving

Directions

  1. In large bowl, toss cabbage, cucumbers, and sugar snap peas with ranch dressing to coat, then toss with carrots, scallions, and radishes.
  2. Serve sprinkled with dill if desired.

Moroccan carrot & fennel braai salad with sultanas & pistachios

Giving a South African braai meal and bit of north African spice! This braai salad recipe idea is perfect for a summer braai

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 5 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp Dijon or whole grain mustard
  • 4 ½ tsp honey
  • Salt & pepper (a generous amount)

Salad

  • 2 cups lightly packed shredded carrot (julienne or grated)
  • 2 cups of shaved fennel (use a mandolin)
  • 3 – 4 radishes, shaved
  • 1/3 cup golden sultanas
  • A small handful of fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • A small handful of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • A few sprigs of fennel leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup of shelled pistachios, roughly chopped (almonds or cashews could also be used)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds, toasted

Directions

  1. To make the salad dressing whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl and season well with salt and pepper.

  2. To make the salad prepare all the elements and set aside.

  3. Toss everything except the nuts together just before serving and scatter these over the top.

Braai Panzanella salad with white anchovies, fennel & capers

Ingredients

  • ½ ciabatta loaf torn into bite-size shards
  • A generous few glugs of a neutral/ mild-tasting olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove chopped (optional)
  • About 7 medium & small tomatoes (mixed heirlooms that are ripe) – If you use large then reduce the quantity by half to 3 – 4 very large (approx. 700gms)
  • Approx. 40gms baby or regular capers drained of brine
  • 2 tsp caper brine
  • 1 small fennel bulb shaved on a mandolin
  • A few fennel leaves, finely chopped (about 1 Tbsp)
  • About 8 – 10 basil leaves finely shredded (and a few small ones to decorate)
  • A splash of red wine vinegar
  • Good olive oil to drizzle
  • Maldon sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • About 10 – 12 white anchovy fillets (cut in half or left whole)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F and toss the shards of ciabatta in olive oil until lightly coated.

  2. Spread this out on a small baking tray and toast for around 20 minutes until golden and crunchy.

  3. Add a chopped garlic clove to the pan (tossing it through the bread) about 3 – 4 minutes before the croutons are finished (this prevents them from burning and going acrid).

  4. The croutons can be made in advance. Store in a sealed container if you do.

  5. When you are ready to serve your salad, cut up the room temperature tomatoes into different shapes.

  6. This creates different textures and looks pretty. Place in a large bowl and add the drained capers, shaved fennel, fennel leaves & basil, a few splashes of red wine vinegar and a good drizzle of olive oil.

  7. Season with salt and pepper and allow this to sit for a few minutes. This allows some of the juice from the tomatoes to be released which adds to the dressing.

  8. Add the croutons and toss everything together lightly. Toss once more and then spread the salad out on a flattish serving platter. Lay the anchovies over the top and serve.

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