Make the most of long summer days by feasting outdoors with stress-free seasonal salads. These vibrant sharing dishes show just how creative you can be with a few simple ingredients. Combine fresh fruit and veg with nuts, seeds, cheese and meat for a mouthwatering medley of colour, flavour and texture. Our summer salads are perfect for al fresco dining – either as a barbecue side, or the centrepiece.
Epic summer salad
This colourful salad screams summer. Throw together vibrant fruit and veg, add black beans, salty feta and a zesty dressing packed with fresh herbs. All the chopping will be worth it when you dig into a salad that tastes every bit as good as it looks.
Who doesn’t want bread in a salad? The golden brioche croutons go perfectly with juicy peaches, lettuce and mozzarella. It’s fantastic on its own, but pairs very well with barbecued chicken too.
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Barbecued bavette steak & tomato salad
Bavette steak is often overlooked, but this more affordable cut delivers plenty of flavour when barbecued. Mix with heritage tomatoes, artichokes, charred onions, chives and feta for a knockout salad.
Roast new potatoes and radishes
Potato salads are a summer staple. This unique take on the classic features roast new potatoes, radishes, pumpkin seeds and spring onions on a bed of creamy Greek yogurt. Sprinkle over chilli flakes for an extra kick.
Ham & piccalilli salad
Ideal for a hot summer’s day – this easy no-cook salad combines tender ham hock with cheddar, fresh peas, pea shoots and cucumber. Wipe up the last of the zingy piccalilli dressing with some crusty bread.
Tomato, goat’s curd & basil salad with raspberry vinegar dressing
Tomatoes are the star of the show here – use a variety of colours and shapes if you can. They taste even better thanks to vinegar puréed with fresh raspberries, creamy goat’s curd, aromatic basil and pistachios.
Seared tuna & cucumber salad
Try something different with our flavoursome Asian-inspired salad. Barbecued tuna steaks are mixed with radishes, cucumber, ginger, mooli, nori and herbs. Lime juice, wasabi, mirin and soy sauce make this an unforgettable lunch or dinner.
Summer allotment salad
Whether you have a bountiful allotment or not, this stunning salad is a celebration of seasonal produce. Spruce up new potatoes with whatever vegetables you can find. We’ve opted for a crunchy combination of cucumbers, radishes and onions, but you could easily customise with fennel, celery or spring onions.
Egg & parsley salad with watercress dressing
It’s not a proper picnic without an egg salad! As the star ingredient of this dish, the higher quality the eggs, the better. Top them with a punchy watercress dressing, shallots, parsley and chilli flakes.
Halloumi & quinoa fattoush
Our twist on the Middle Eastern classic, this fattoush has griddled halloumi and quinoa for extra protein and texture. The lemon, mint and dill add an irresistible, aromatic brightness.
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