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15 light and fresh salads that are perfect for alfresco summer dining

Whether enjoyed as a side dish to the BBQ's goods or devoured as a light meal all on its own, there is nothing that screams summer dining like a fresh salad. Here are some of our best ideas, all filled with the best of the season's produce.

By Harriet Keown
  • 1

    Grilled beef, pear, rocket and avocado salad

    With juicy grilled beef, sweet slices of pear and peppery rocket leaves, this salad combination knocks flavoursome out of the park. Grab a bowl for a delicious and wholesome lunch.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 2

    Kūmara, pomegranate & goat’s cheese salad

    This jewel-bright jumble of kūmara and goat’s cheese is the perfect side salad for a festive feast. Whether you're hosting Christmas at your place or need a great dish to bring along, this recipe is bound to be a hit.


  • 3

    Mexican char-grilled corn salad with coriander dressing

    This salad is a riot of flavour and texture! Beans, tomatoes and basil combine with char-grilled corn and pieces of crispy flatbread to create an all-round delight. It's the perfect side for your next summer barbecue.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 4

    New potato salad with easy mint pesto dressing

    New season spuds are the star of this potato salad recipe. Homemade mint pesto dressing gives this side dish a delicious edge the whole family will love. Enjoy warm or cold with lunch or dinner


  • 5

    Salmon and chickpea salad

    This delicious salmon and chickpea salad recipe creates a hearty, healthy dish that's ready in less than 20 minutes. Serve it for dinner tonight and you'll also be feeding the family for under $20

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 8

    Asparagus, chicken, egg and new potato salad

    This light and fresh asparagus, chicken, egg and new potato salad is perfect for a quick workday lunch or on the side at a barbecue. Serve with our delicious herb dressing for extra zing.


  • 9

    Courgette, pea and buffalo cheese salad

    Grilled on the barbecue is our favourite way to eat courgettes. If you want to dress them up, add some sweet peas, mint and, if you like, a little soft feta, ricotta or marinated buffalo cheese like in this recipe.


  • 10

    Beetroot, spiced almond, date and feta salad

    Nadia Lim's beetroot salad recipe is a stunner. Punctuated with crunchy almonds, sweet dates, creamy feta and lightly pickled onions, it's the perfect side dish to see you through summer


  • 11

    Raspberry and honey-baked haloumi salad

    Fresh, zingy and oh-so-colourful, this raspberry and honey-baked haloumi salad is packed with goodness. Serve this flavoursome dish as a side salad or a vegetarian main course this Christmas!


  • 13

    Nadia Lim's herby apple slaw

    This salad is a perfect match for any barbecue dinner - fresh, flavoursome and so simple to whip up. Just what everyone needs on a long summer's evening!


  • 15

    Summer lamb and beetroot salad

    Quickly seared lamb underpins this tasty dish, making it perfectly adequate for dinner. Pulled together in just 20 minutes, it's a quick and healthy meal that everyone will love.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|