The thought of a simple side salad has never excited me before now. Much of this disparaging view of the side salad is based on its usual presentation. In most cases, a salad served alongside a meal is often some soggy lettuce, cherry, tomatoes, and cucumber. They’re great ingredients, but none make me want to throw away the frozen chips. These 10 simple side salads remain simple, but they add a layer of excitement and joy that will leave everyone feeling full.
01 Apple and Rocket Salad
Apple and Rocket are classic combinations that work together despite being so different. Apples are tart or sweet, depending on the variety, while Rocket is bitter and peppery. Together they provide the perfect counterbalance.
02 Cajun Sweet Potato Salad
This cajun sweet potato salad will have a kick to it, but the buttermilk dressing will counteract the salad’s sweetness while tempering the heat.
03 Roast Tomato & Basil Pasta
This roast tomato and basil pasta salad may take longer than other pasta dishes, especially since it needs to be chilled, but it’s wit’s waiting for.
04 English Garden Salad
This English Garden salad is more than just a salad; it can be served as a light summer lunch in the garden under the sun.
05 Roasted Chickpea Salad
This roasted chickpea salad uses canned chickpeas already soaked and cooked, removing much of the leg work. These chickpeas must be drained and patted dry before roasting to help maximise crispness.
06 Sumac Roasted Squash and Bulghar Wheat
Known for its tartness, sumac contrasts nicely with sweet Butternut squash and helps balance the flavour profile of this Sumac Roasted Squash and Bulgur Wheat salad.
07 Mint and Cucumber Salad
This refreshingly easy salad makes the perfect accompaniment for summer picnics and grilled meats.
08 Cumin Dressed Rocket
Earthy Cumin and Peppery Rocket come together to make a delicious salad.
09 Little Gem Lettuce and Pickled Shallot Salad
Little Gem makes a great addition to salads as it’s mild tasting and allows other ingredients to shine.
10 Green Bean Salad
This green bean salad is simple but delicious and is a perfect side dish for grilled meat or fish.
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