You’re planning a BBQ, you’ve got the meat and veggies sorted but what to serve alongside? We’ve picked out 10 of the most Delicious Salads for BBQs, in association with Bord Bia Salad Week, guaranteed to get some healthy fresh vegetables into the kids as well as satisfying the hungry hordes.
Summer Salads Week 18-24 July is part of Bord Bia’s ‘Best In Season’ promotional campaign to explain quite simply what fruit and vegetables are available in Ireland and what’s ‘Best In Season’. By following their calendar of availability you’ll know when you’ll be able to find fresh, local produce. Local produce especially salad crops can be picked when they are riper and taste the best because they don’t have far to go.
They’re also trying to help younger consumers to get into healthy eating habits early on – older consumers tend to eat more fruit, vegetables and salads than younger consumers and they want everyone to be benefiting from the host of nutritional benefits that eating fresh produce brings.
More than anything they want you enjoy the fresh flavours of summer salads – tomatoes bursting with flavour, crunchy cooling lettuces and cucumbers, sweet refreshing peppers.
#1. Warm Steak Salad with Tomato, Cucumber and Basil
This Warm Steak Salad with Tomato, Cucumber and Basil is easy peasy to throw together. Cook the steaks on a barbecue or cast iron grill pan, allow the steaks to rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving with the salad and a baked potato.
#2. Tabbouleh Salad with Pork Chops
This Tabbouleh Salad uses cucumbers, tomatoes and goes perfectly with grilled Pork Chops. If you can’t get bulgur (or cracked) wheat, you can use couscous.
#3. Cucumber and Coriander Relish with Chicken Tikka Kebabs
This recipe for Chicken Tikka Kebabs with Cucumber and Coriander Relish is great for a barbecue, as you can prep the kebabs and relish ahead of time.
#4. Mango, Cucumber and Kidney Bean Salad with Spicy Chicken Kebabs
This Mango, Cucumber and Kidney Bean Salad is a perfect foil to the spicy Chicken Kebabs in this recipe as well as being super quick to make – all you have to do is place all the ingredients in a serving bowl, stir to combine, taste and season!
#5. Spicy Red Pepper Salsa with Beef Burgers
Whip up this easy spicy red pepper salsa to go with your burgers, in your food processor. You can make two versions, one with chilli pepper and one without for those who don’t like spicy.
#6. Fish Burgers with Tomato Salsa
These Fish Burgers with Tomato Salsa are a nice twist on fish cakes and are perfect served on a warm toasted bun with tomato salad and a nice lettuce leaf.
#7. Moroccan Style Tomato Salad with Citrus Marinated Lamb Chops
Packed full of flavour and ready in minutes, this Moroccan Style Tomato Salad with Citrus Marinated Lamb Chops, make a nice BBQ option (or even a summertime midweek meal or weekend lunch).
Sometimes the simplest salads are the best. Take tomatoes and slice them, add cress and sliced onions and dress with a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil, dijon mustard and white wine vinegar. Season to taste.
#9. Warm Potato, Onion and Red Pepper Salad
This Warm Potato, Onion and Red Pepper Salad is delicious served warm with barbecue food but also just as nice cold for e.g. a picnic.
#10. Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Salad Leaves and Cheese
For something a bit different, try this Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Salad Leaves and Cheese. It’s also delicious with crumbled feta cheese, and try kalamata olives instead of black for a change.
Over to you now. What’s your favourite salad to go with your BBQ or a picnic? Share it with us in the comments below.