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.

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.
  2. 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.)
  3. Drain grapes, reserving the marinade, and set aside.
  4. Cook risoni in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 6 minutes or according to packet instructions.
  5. Drain, then toss with half the reserved marinade from the grapes and set aside to cool.
  6. Blanch asparagus and sugar snap peas in a saucepan of salted boiling water, then refresh in iced water. Drain. Cut peas in half lengthways.
  7. To serve, toss risoni with the asparagus and sugar snap peas.
  8. Arrange on a serving platter with the red vein sorrel, gorgonzola and marinated grapes. Drizzle with remaining grape marinade to serve.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yummy Feta Aubergine Braai Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1/2 c. plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, 2 smashed, 2 grated or finely minced, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced basil, plus more for serving
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. bread crumbs
  • 4 oz. feta, crumbled (about ½ c.)
  • 1/2 lb. medium-sized pasta, like rigatoni

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°c. Combine eggplant, ½ cup oil, smashed garlic cloves, and oregano in a 24x32cm baking dish.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and bake until eggplant is extremely tender and golden, stirring every 10 minutes, for about 40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make topping: In a medium bowl, combine panko, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and ¼ of the crumbled feta.
  4. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package directions. Drain.
  5. When eggplant is cooked, stir in sliced basil, lemon juice, and grated garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Switch oven to broil. Transfer cooked pasta and remaining crumbled feta to baking dish with eggplant and stir to combine.
  7. Top with panko mixture and broil until golden. Top with basil and serve.

Avo-Pesto braai pasta salad

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Ingredients

  • kosher salt
  • 500g. orecchiette or farfelle pasta
  • 2 ears fresh corn, husks removed
  • 190g. basil pesto
  • 3 avocados, pitted and diced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 c. chopped fresh parsley and basil, plus more for garnish

Directions

  1. Bring a large stock pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water until cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook corn in pasta water for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; cut kernels off the cob.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or blender , mix pesto and avocado; mash lightly using a fork and season with pepper. Toss together with pasta and parsley.
  4. Serve on large platter. Top with corn and garnish with more parsley.

Strawberry Balsamic Braai Pasta Salad

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Ingredients

  • 500g. farfalle
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Feta, crumbled
  • 2 c. strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 c. baby spinach
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. almond slivers, toasted, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook farfalle according to package directions until al dente. Drain, then transfer to a large serving bowl.
  2. Make balsamic glaze: In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. To bowl, add feta, strawberries and spinach. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with almonds.

Greek Chickpea braai Salad

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

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Ingredients

  • 2 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 c. crumbled feta
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE LEMON-PARSLEY VINAIGRETTE

  • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Make salad: In a large bowl, toss together chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, olives, and feta. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Make vinaigrette: In a jar fitted with a lid, combine olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Close the jar and shake until emulsified, then season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Dress salad with vinaigrette just before serving. 
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