the best braai side and salad recipes

Summer, winter, midweek or weekend, South Africans love to braai – and it’s something we take Very Seriously. While the steak and boerewors might be the main attraction, there’s no reason your braai salads and sides can’t be just as exciting. We’ve put together a list of mouthwatering braai sides so you can wow the guests at your next get-together.

Easy no-carb bread recipe

Nothing beats a warm, fresh-from-the-oven homemade loaf. This miracle pesto bread is made without sugar or carbs, yet still satisfies the most intense of bread cravings.

no carb pesto princess bread recipe

Rainbow superfood salad bowl recipe

This superfood salad is packed with healthy fruit and vegetables and is the ideal side dish to accompany a braai. Bonus: it’s vegan!

Recipe: rainbow superfood salad in a bowl

Cauliflower skewers with a pesto drizzle recipe

These cauliflower skewers hit all the right notes. Grilling the cauli redeems it from boiled blandness, and releases interesting nutty flavours locked deep within. The Basil & Lemon Pesto drizzle with extra chilli will keep everyone (not only your vegan and vegetarian friends) coming back for more.

Cauliflower skewers with pesto princess drizzle recipe

Pull-apart spinach and cheese bread recipe

This pull-apart bread is a crowd-pleasing side for any meal. Actually, make a double batch – we guarantee you’ll want more!

Spinach and cheese pull-apart bread recipe

Fruity vegan cous cous salad recipe

This delicious vegan cous cous and quinoa salad is packed with good-for-you foods and is so tasty that nobody will complain that there’s no meat!

Recipe: fruity vegan cous cous salad

Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad

This unusual salad recipe is simple but packed with nutrients – the perfect side for an afternoon braai.

Moroccan carrot and chickpea salad pesto princess

Red pepper romesco pasta salad recipe

What’s a braai without a pasta salad side? This zesty pasta and sauce can also be served hot as a speedy family dinner. Win-win!

Recipe: red pepper romanesco pasta salad

Mexican chicken salad recipe

Chicken, avo, beans, mealies and yoghurt. Yes, this is a salad but it’s not just any salad. Try it for yourself.

Mexican chicken salad recipe

The best braai marinade recipes for steak, chops, fish, chicken & vegetables

Okay, so marinade isn’t technically a braai side, BUT it’s still a crucial component for a lekker braai. Here we’ve put together marinade recipes for everything from steak, to fish and chicken – even vegetables!

braai marinade ingredients on a wooden chopping board