Entertaining this weekend? Try these unusual salad recipes

unusual salad recipes

Some people are born to host dinner parties – they love to entertain and they’re fantastic at every aspect of having guests over, from décor and menu planning to making sure the right people sit next to each other. But for the rest of you who perhaps aren’t quite as adept at playing host, coming up with the perfect menu for guests can be a rather daunting task. Rather than sticking with the usual salad options for your next dinner party, however, consider spicing things up a little bit and trying one of these unusual salad recipes for a unique touch.

Clementine and Brussel Sprout Salad

Love them or hate them, the humble Brussel Sprout is a rich source of iron and Vitamin C, and makes a surprisingly tasty warm salad. Trim and remove the tougher outer leaves of the sprout, then separate each leaf until you get to the heart. Thinly slice the heart and put to one side. Then, thinly slice ½ red onion, and peel and dice a carrot into diagonal strips.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook the carrot and onion for 3 minutes on high heat, add the sliced sprouts and tender leaves, and cook for a further few minutes until slightly charred and wilted but with a good colour. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle on some Red Kellys Chili Lime Dressing, stirring the dressing into the mixture. Then add slices of 2 peeled and segmented clementine oranges and freshly chopped coriander leaves, and serve immediately.

Cajun Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

A glass of Bloody Mary has long been hailed as the best tonic if you are suffering from a hangover, but why not forgo the drink and try this salad instead? Slice up 10-12 vine ripe tomatoes and half the amount of small yellow or orange cherry tomatoes. Finely dice 2 sticks of celery, thinly slice 1 red onion, cut several black olives in half and chop up a handful of fresh basil. Combine everything with the tomatoes.

In a small bowl mix up a tablespoon of prepared horseradish, the juice of a lime and a teaspoon of Cajun spices. Pour over the tomato mixture and gently stir. Leave to chill for 1-2 hours and separate into tall serving glasses decorated with a stick of celery. Serve with a side of raw vegetable croutons and Red Kellys Cajun Ranch Dressing.

Carrot and Raisin Salad With a Difference

Peel and shred 4 carrots using a food processor, then remove and drain off any excess liquid. Place the carrots in a mixing bowl and add ¼ cup of raisins, ¼ cup of diced pineapple, 1 tablespoon of diced dried mango and 2 tablespoons of diced dried papaya. Stir the mixture and chill for one hour or until ready to serve on a bed of crispy lettuce leaves with Red Kellys Lemon Myrtle Dressing or Red Kellys Basil and Garlic Dressing.

Fresh Fruit and Marshmallow Salad

Who says you can’t serve a salad for dessert? For the perfect ending to any meal (and a fun twist on the conventional vegetable salad), brighten up a standard fruit platter by sprinkling mini pink and white marshmallows on top and adding a drizzle of Red Kellys Fruity Raspberry Sauce. Yum!

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