• Fattoush salad with purslane and radish with homemade flatbread (China Squirrel)
This is what happens when the salad bowl struts its best summer outfits.
14 Jan 2020 - 11:28 PM  UPDATED 14 Jan 2020 - 11:28 PM

1. Caramelised pineapple salad with spicy peanut dressing

This bold salad serves up summer on a plate: golden, zingy, refreshing, and plenty of fun. 

2. Fattoush salad with purslane, radish and homemade flatbread

Glittering pomegranate seeds pretty up this otherwise classic version of Lebanese fattoush. This recipe includes a flatbread recipe, so you can try your hand at making it from scratch (a good life skill, and sure to impress) - or use store-bought flatbread.

3. Rainbow slaw, pearled barley and grilled beef

Crunchy and colourful, this rainbow slaw is packed with vegetables and strips of tender marinated beef and dressed with a lively Vietnamese-style dressing. Adding barley into the mix makes the salad heartier, and perfect for a light summer meal.

4. Chargrilled salmon salad

The salmon for this salad is marinated for 30 minutes in a mixture of fish sauce, sugar and garlic before being chargrilled until just medium-rare. The result is sweet and salty succulence. 

5. Tapioca noodle and vegetable salad with coconut milk (banh tam bi)

This salad is a contender for your new summer staple: a mixture of refreshing vegetables, aromatic Vietnamese herbs, and a creamy and tangy coconut milk-fish sauce dressing. Tapioca noodles are chewier than regular rice noodles, but rice noodles work as a substitute. Start the pickles 3 days before to allow time to marinate. 

6. Adzuki bean, brown rice and edamame sushi salad with poached egg

Not only is this salad colourful, but it's also a nutritional powerhouse; ideal for when you need a nourishing post-workout meal while keeping things light and fresh. 

Wholesome and delicious: Adzuki bean, brown rice and edamame sushi salad with poached egg.

7. Rainbow capsicum salad with quinoa and red kidney beans

This salad makes a perfect packed lunch for summer, using ingredients that don't go soggy in the heat. It's full of protein too, which provides bulk energy to beat warm weather lethargy. 

8. Butashabu salad

You may be familiar with shabu shabu, a  Japanese meal of thinly sliced pork swished through a pot of hot water or broth to cook it, then dabbed into a dipping sauce. Well, this is a popular summer version. Instead of being dipped and eaten hot, the cooked pork ('buta') is cooled and added to a fresh salad with a sesame dressing.

9. Radicchio salad with orange and walnut dressing

Bitter endives give a replenishing kick in warm weather. Teaming them with a zesty orange dressing makes for a unique and colourful summer spread addition.

More salad inspiration
Food Safari's cauliflower and cranberry salad

The taste of homemade molasses is magnificent – sweet, sour and beguiling and this easy salad celebrates all of those flavours and more.

Broad bean salad with pepitas and oats

The herb booch vinaigrette is a delicious addition and adds to the available goodness.

Roast beetroot salad

The tangy homemade vinegar completes this vibrant salad - proving salad can really steal the show. 

Pearl couscous with parsley and pickled red onion

I love preparing a simple salad that’s built around lightly toasted pearl couscous.