Healthy salads for hot summer days

Posted on October 12th, 2016

These salads are perfect to serve as a side dish at a braai, or with cold meats or a roast chicken.

Healthy salads

Don’t feel like warm vegetables with your dinner? Serve these healthy salads as a side dish with roast chicken or cold meats.

 ALSO SEE: Quick and easy roast chicken recipe

Baby spinach, avo and feta salad


  • 300g baby spinach
  • 200g wild rocket
  • 2 large ripe avocados, cut into chunks
  • 100g raw beetroot, shredded
  • 200g feta cheese, crumbled
  • Assorted micro-herbs – coriander, basil and rocket
  • 100g Pouyoukas sunflower seeds

This salad is best dressed simply with olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lime and seasoning.


  1. On a large serving platter, scatter the baby spinach leaves, rocket and avocado chunks.
  2. Add the beetroot, feta cheese, micro-herbs and sunflower seeds.

 Rustic Peppadew Piquanté Pepper potato salad with crisp Parma ham


  • 700g baby Mediterranean potatoes, boiled in salted water
  • 100g Parma ham
  • 10ml olive oil
  • 3 handfuls of rocket
  • 1 handful micro-herbs
  • 125ml Peppadew Piquanté Peppers, chopped
  • 30ml good quality mayonnaise
  • 15ml wholegrain mustard
  • 15ml honey
  • 5ml lemon juice


  1. Cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces.
  2. Fry the Parma ham in the olive oil until crisp. Allow to cool.
  3. Arrange the potatoes, rocket, micro-herbs and crispy ham in a glass jar or in a salad bowl.
  4. Add the piquanté peppers.
  5. Mix the mayonnaise, mustard, honey and lemon juice together.
  6. Seal the dressing in a small glass jar and pour over the salad just before serving.

Potato salad


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