Summer is upon us, and with it comes outdoor adventures, heading to blue flag beaches, entertaining the kids at water parks, and of course, enjoying time with friends and family around a braai fire.

If you’re tired of coal-cooked mielies, sousboontjies and garlic bread being served yet again, check out this list of fireside favourite sides!

1. Veggie kebabs

Veggie kebabas via meal makeover moms (Flickr)

Get your fill of veggies when you choose to enjoy pattypans, zucchini, halloumi, and green pepper kebabs as your braai side. Recipe shared via Women24.

2. Umxhaxha 

Gem squash with rice via sharynmorrow (Flickr)

Known as gem squash filled with mielies in English, Umxhaxha is a great way to get some creamy starches into your braai. Add in rice or breadcrumbs if you want it to be a bit more filling. Recreate this recipe at home with Mzanzi Cuisine.

3. Strawberry and Feta salad

strawberry and feta salad via iampeas (Flickr)

We’ve yet to find someone who didn’t like it.For a quick and easy salad that goes with any meat dish, this baby spinach, strawberry and feta salad is a winner of note. Recipe shared via Flickr.

4. Cheesy Mushrooms

Cheese stuffed mushroom via formalfallacy (Flickr)

Suggested by the lovely @AvontuurTier on Twitter, this braai staple is always a hit. Spice it up by adding in some garlic or go mild and top with mixed herbs. Recipe shared via Formfallicy on Flickr.

5. Boereboontjies

Mashed potato via Jon Sullivan (Creative Commons)

Not your average sousboontjies, boereboontjies is a divine mixture of buttery green beans combined with peppery mashed potatoes. Visit Cooksister for the full recipe.

6. Sliced Watermelon

Watermelon slices by mynameisharsha (Flickr)

Snacking on a watermelon slice in summer is a South African tradition – and it’s the perfect palate cleanser before tucking into your braai food.

7. Samp & Curry

Samp and beans are a great side by Jonmountjoy (Flickr)

For those who like things a little on the spicy side, Samp and Curry have you covered. Recipe shared via Food 24.


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Which of the above recipes are you most eager to try?