Cornichons Braai Potato Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1.5kg kipfler potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (90g) roughly chopped cornichons
  • 1 Asian (red) eschalot, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch dill, fronds picked

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan of cold water.
  2. Cover and bring to the boil over high heat. Cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender, then drain and set aside to cool.
  3. Cut into large pieces and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  4. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Meanwhile, to make the dressing, place the oil, mustard, vinegar, sugar and 1 tsp each salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Add to potato and toss to coat. Add the cornichon, eschalot and dill, and lightly toss to combine.
  6. Serve.

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Edamame Prosciutto Braai Summer Salad

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Ingredients

  • 400g packet (4 cups) frozen shelled edamame beans
  • 2 prosciutto slices, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

Directions

  1. Cook beans in a pan of salted boiling water for 2 minutes.
  2. Drain, then refresh in cold water.
  3. Fry prosciutto in a non-stick frypan over medium heat, stirring, until crisp.
  4. To serve, combine beans and prosciutto with garlic, soy and oil.
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Jalapeño Edamame & Bean Braai Summer Salad

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Ingredients

  • 300g green beans, topped but not tailed
  • 100g sugar snap peas
  • 150g broad bean pods (yielding about 50g beans)
  • 400g tin black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 bunch of coriander, stems finely chopped, leaves left whole
  • 1/2 bunch of dill, fronds picked
  • 1 handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 100g manchego cheese, finely grated

LIME AND JALAPEÑO DRESSING (MAKES 265ML)

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 French shallot, finely diced
  • 1 fresh green jalapeño chilli, finely diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt flakes

Directions

  1. Slice the green beans and sugar snap peas in half lengthways along the seams.Blanch the green beans by adding them to a large saucepan of salted boiling water.
  2. Cook for 3 minutes exactly, then plunge into cold water to stop the cooking process and keep the colour bright.
    In the same pan, blanch the sugar snap peas and broad beans for 2 minutes, then plunge into cold water.
  3. When cooled, drain off all the water from the beans and sugar snap peas. Pop them into a decent-sized mixing bowl.
  4. Put the black beans in another bowl. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together, add the finely chopped coriander stems and season very generously with freshly cracked black pepper. Pour the dressing over the black beans to let the flavours absorb.
  5. When ready to serve, toss the coriander leaves, dill and mint through the black beans, then pile over the mixed fresh beans.
    Grate the cheese over the top, using a fine grater for puffy delicious clouds, then serve.
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Capsicum, asparagus and spinach Braai Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 300g farfalle pasta
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 baby red capsicum, seeds removed, cut into 3cm wedges
  • 1 baby yellow capsicum, seeds removed, cut into 3cm wedges
  • 2 bunches asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 100g baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup (40g) grated pecorino

Directions

  1. Cook the farfalle in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup (125ml) cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large frypan over high heat. Add spring onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until tender. Add baby capsicum and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft. Add asparagus, garlic and chilli flakes and cook for 3 minutes or until asparagus is bright green and just tender.
  3. Add reserved cooking liquid and bring to a simmer. Remove pan from heat.
  4. Add farfalle, baby spinach and remaining 1 tablespoon oil to frypan. Toss for 1 minute or until spinach is just wilted, then season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Divide pasta among bowls and sprinkle with grated pecorino just before serving.
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Marinated grape and risoni Braai Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (220g) risoni
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds on an angle
  • 200g sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 25g punnet red vein sorrel leaves (from specialty grocers or markets – substitute baby spinach leaves)
  • 100g gorgonzola dolce, crumbled

MARINATED GRAPES

  • 350g mixed seedless grapes (we used red and black grapes)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • Finely grated zest & juice of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Directions

  1. For the marinated grapes, place all the ingredients in a bowl with 1 tsp salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Set aside for at least 1 hour to marinate. (This can be done up to 1 day ahead. Marinate in the fridge and bring to room temperature to serve.) Drain grapes, reserving the marinade, and set aside.
  2. Cook risoni in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 6 minutes or according to packet instructions. Drain, then toss with half the reserved marinade from the grapes and set aside to cool.
  3. Blanch asparagus and sugar snap peas in a saucepan of salted boiling water, then refresh in iced water. Drain. Cut peas in half lengthways.
  4. To serve, toss risoni with the asparagus and sugar snap peas. Arrange on a serving platter with the red vein sorrel, gorgonzola and marinated grapes. Drizzle with remaining grape marinade to serve.
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Asparagus and marinated tomato braai pasta salad

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Ingredients

  • 200g dried pasta shapes (such as gnocchi or shells)
  • 250g grape tomatoes, quartered lengthways
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran oil (See note) or sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 bunches thin asparagus, woody ends trimmed

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions. Rinse under cold water, then drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, spring onion, oil and vinegar in a large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Leave to stand while the pasta cooks.
  3. Cut the tips from the asparagus. Halve the stems lengthways, then cut into 3cm lengths.
  4. Place the tips and stems in a heatproof bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover. Stand for 1 minute, then rinse under cold water and drain.
  5. Add the asparagus and drained pasta to the tomato mixture, season to taste with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.
  6. Divide among serving bowls and serve.

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Spicey chicken and corn braai Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 4 skinless chicken thigh fillets
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 corn cobs, silks removed
  • 375g rotelle pasta
  • 1 bunch oregano, leaves picked
  • 1/2 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup (300g) mayonnaise
  • Watercress sprigs, to serve

Directions

  1. Combine chicken, 2 tbs oil, maple syrup and paprika in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat a chargrill pan or barbecue to high heat. Grill corn, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes or until grill marks appear all over. When cool enough to handle, slice kernels from cobs into a bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse under cold running water.
  4. Reduce chargrill pan or barbecue to medium-high heat and grill marinated chicken for 31/2 minutes each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  5. To make dressing, using a mortar and pestle, pound oregano, garlic and chilli to a paste. Transfer to a bowl and stir through lemon juice, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup (60ml) water and remaining 1/4 cup (60ml) oil. Add pasta and corn, and stir to combine. Slice chicken and transfer to a serving platter with pasta salad. Scatter with extra chilli, if using, and watercress to serve.
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Prawn and chickpea Braai Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

TO SERVE

  • Mache leaves (substitute baby spinach)
  • Dill sprigs

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and rinse under cold running water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbs oil in a frypan over high heat. Add prawn and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tbs oil in frypan over high heat. Add ’nduja and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl with honey and vinegar, and stir to combine.
  5. Toss pasta and chickpeas through ’nduja mixture. Transfer to a large serving plate, top with fennel and scatter with prawns, mache and dill to serve.
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Smoked salmon braai pasta salad

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Ingredients

  • 1.1lb trofie or other short pasta
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths
  • 3/4 cup (180g) creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dill, finely chopped, plus extra sprigs to serve
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup (50g) salted baby capers, rinsed, drained
  • 2 cups rocket leaves, roughly chopped
  • 0.5lbs smoked salmon, sliced into thin strips

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions, adding asparagus for final 1-2 minutes.
  2. Drain, refresh, then cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the creme fraiche, olive oil, dill, garlic, lemon juice, half the zest and 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl, then season and set aside.
  4. When pasta is cool, toss with dressing, capers, rocket, remaining zest and smoked salmon.
  5. Serve with extra dill sprigs.

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Feta, chorizo and braai potato salad

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Ingredients

  • 2kg medium potatoes, peeled, roughly chopped into 5cm pieces
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 dried chorizo, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (150g) whole egg mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs sour cream
  • 3 cups chopped mixed herbs (we used dill, parsley, mint & oregano), plus extra to serve
  • 1 spring onion, cut into rounds
  • 1 cup (200g) feta, cut into thin slices

Directions

  1. Place potato in a large saucepan and cover with cold salted water. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Drain and cool slightly, then place in a bowl and toss with 2 tbs vinegar and 1 tbs oil. Season and set aside to cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tbs oil in a non-stick frypan over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, for 8-10 minutes until crispy. Drain on paper towel.
  3. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream and herbs in a bowl with remaining 1 tbs vinegar. Coat potatoes in mayonnaise dressing and scatter with extra herbs, spring onion, feta and chorizo to serve.

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