Make your Summer BBQ’s Great!


Summer is officially here! The time of getting outdoors, firing up the BBQ, and enjoying warm summer nights. Get inspired to use fresh, seasonal ingredients and add a little extra to your usual BBQ favourites. Here are 6 Summer BBQ Salads you MUST try this season!


Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the much-needed sunshine! Gather round family and friends and treat them to a home BBQ night with all their favourites. While our table staples may include your classic coleslaw, pasta salad, toss salad, and BBQ meat – expand your tastebuds and explore some new recipes to spice up your next BBQ and impress your friends!


Now, if you haven’t fired up the BBQ since last Summer it’s important to go through a few safety checks to protect yourself (and others around you), from any hazards that might have developed from last use. Firstly, be aware of, and comply with, any fire restrictions and total fire bans that may be in place in your area. When looking over your BBQ check the cylinders for rust and damage, making sure the connections are clean and fitting tightly. It is also good practice to have your BBQ serviced from the professionals that can check for issues with gas cylinders and any blockages. Always follow the instructions of operations and keep away any flammable material from the area. Keep a hose or water supply close by in case of an emergency. You can find a full checklist on the Fire NSW website here.


Get ready to warm up the BBQ and start chopping salad with these summer inspired ideas you MUST try! The best kept recipes and flavours to make delicious salads to compliment any BBQ this time of year. Follow along for the ultimate summer inspiration!



1. Bacon Jalapeño Corn Salad


Starting off with this fresh punchy corn salad packed with plenty of flavour. You can make it easy with tinned corn, or grill some fresh corn on the BBQ for that chargrilled smoky flavour. Super quick (but impressive) to create – you’ll be throwing this together every chance you get!


bacon corn summer salad


2. Southern Potato Salad


A new take on your classic potato salad. This sweet and tangy mayonnaise-based dressing is the perfect kick to a creamy potato salad. Served best either cold or room temperature – and is sure to be hit!


summer potato salad


3. Black Bean & Corn Salad


Another one that’s easy to throw together on hot summer nights, this zesty Mexican-inspired salad is sure to lighten up the offerings on your next BBQ night. Extra versatile, you could also incorporate this mix into your next taco night or as an appetizer with tortilla chips.


black bean bbq salad


4. Avocado Chicken Salad


What’s more summer than adding fresh mangoes and avocado to a salad?! This fresh delight will tick all the boxes with plenty of good stuff and a light dressing to finish it off. Serve on top of greens or add it to your burgers on BBQ night – you have plenty of options with this flavourful mix!


chicken avocado salad


5. Strawberry Balsamic Pasta Salad


This easy-make combo of sweet strawberries, pasta, creamy feta, crunchy almonds, and tangy-sweet glaze will soon become a summertime favourite. While this may be a little adventurous for those that haven’t included fruit in salads before – much like the previous mango & avocado, the sweet strawberries pair perfectly with the other savoury elements to the salad.


summer bbq


6. Cobb Salad


A Cobb Salad is the perfect addition to an easy BBQ spread – and what’s better, you can easily bring a bit of wow with this delicious homemade dressing. Easy to chop and throw together – you can even pre-prep your ingredients and have them ready ahead of time.


cobb salad summer



So now it’s time to put your salad making skills to the test! Which delicious combo will you be trying out first? Something classic or a little more adventurous? The choice is yours! You’ll have everyone requesting a salad creation at your next summer BBQ! Don’t forget you can stock your next BBQ with winnings from our Sunday Meat Raffles – see more about our Raffles here.


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