Christmas salads - Aussie style

By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach

Only three weeks before we celebrate Christmas, and here in Australia it's a unique and vibrant affair, marked by warm weather, outdoor barbecues, and a laid-back atmosphere. When it comes to festive feasting, refreshing, light dishes complement the summer setting and salads with a festive flair, using local produce provide a colourful and healthy addition to your holiday table.

Here are a few of our favourites

Prawn and Mango Salad

Fresh prawns
Ripe mango, diced
Avocado, sliced
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Mixed salad greens
Red onion, thinly sliced
Lime dressing

Toss together the prawns, mango, avocado, cherry tomatoes, salad greens, and red onion. Drizzle with a zesty lime dressing for a burst of flavor. This salad not only captures the essence of an Australian summer but also adds a touch of luxury to your Christmas feast.

Grilled Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Grilled chicken breast, sliced
Cooked quinoa
Baby spinach
Roasted sweet potatoes, cubed
Pomegranate seeds
Feta cheese
Balsamic vinaigrette

Combine grilled chicken, quinoa, baby spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, and pomegranate seeds in a large bowl. Top with crumbled feta cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette for a hearty yet refreshing Christmas salad that's perfect for the Aussie summer.

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon, cubed
Feta cheese, crumbled
Fresh mint leaves
Kalamata olives, pitted
Red onion, thinly sliced
Balsamic glaze

Gently toss together watermelon cubes, crumbled feta, mint leaves, olives, and sliced red onion. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a sweet and savory salad that captures the essence of summer in every bite.

Australian Caesar Salad

Grilled prawns or chicken
Romaine lettuce, chopped
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Hard-boiled eggs, sliced
Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Parmesan cheese, shaved
Caesar dressing

Assemble the Caesar salad with a Down Under twist by adding grilled prawns or chicken. Toss together the romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with your favorite Caesar dressing for a classic salad with an Aussie spin.

This Christmas, enjoy a fresh, festive table with these delightful and refreshing salads. Embrace the vibrant colours and flavors of the season by incorporating local produce and creative combinations that celebrate the warmth of an Aussie Christmas. Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or a beachside picnic, these Christmas salad suggestions are sure to be a hit with family and friends, making your holiday celebration truly memorable.


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