Spring and summer are ideal times to get outside and enjoy the weather with a barbecue. Whilst beef, lamb and the barbecue are always going to be the hero of outdoor dining there is nothing like a fresh seasonal salad to complete the table.
Feature one or two perfect summer ingredients as a side to barbecued beef, it can simple as a salad of sliced heirloom tomatoes and basil leaves.
Or try any of the following combinations;
- Rocket and radicchio leaves and a mustard dressing
- A slaw of shaved fennel and radish
- Chopped watermelon and thinly sliced red onion (it works)
- Char-grilled zucchini strips with garlic and mint
- Roasted red capsicum, wedges tomato and torn toasted garlicky bread
- Baby spinach leaves, sliced mushrooms and pine nuts
- Roasted beetroot, goats cheese and walnuts
- Roasted pumpkin, baby spinach leaves, mint and goat cheese
- Lettuce wedges (iceberg) with a drizzle of herb mayonnaise
- Baby potatoes tossed with diced red onion, olives and vinaigrette
Salads made easy
- Fresh herbs and salad leaves add colour, flavour and crunch, while new season produce not only tastes the best, it’s at the best price.
- Make the most the season’s best - tomatoes, capsicum, avocadoes, cucumbers, mangoes, watermelon – the list goes on.
Smart store cupboard ingredients
- Artichoke hearts – are great in salads - use a little of the oil for your salad dressing.
- Capers – small ones and the larger type on the stalk are really good to sprinkle over salads or toss in dressings.
- Char-grilled vegetables – zucchini, capsicum, eggplant are all available in jars – just a little goes a long way.
- Chillies – the pickled type are milder and are great in salads they give just a little heat.
- Gherkins or cornichons – sweet and crunchy they’re terrific in salads.
- Olives – black, green and pimento stuffed ones are good to have on hand.
Simple salad dressings
- Extra virgin olive oil – keep a small bottle just for drizzling on salads.
- Mustard – Dijon, French and seeded mustard are great for salad dressings with oil or mayo.
- Vinegar – balsamic, red wine and white wine – give a change of pace to bottled salad dressings. Team them with a little olive oil
- Mayonnaise – the good quality whole egg types give the best flavour.