Food Drinks

4 salads that will be a hit at any barbecue this summer

Take the hassle out of cooking with these easy crowd pleaser recipes.

Everyone loves a good Kiwi Christmas barbecue. But this year you can forget telling the kids to "at least have SOME salad." These instant-hits will have you asking them to "please leave some for your brother!"

Not only are these salads crowd-pleasers, they are all healthy and can all be prepared in under half an hour. So you can lounge about and have a wine while someone else deals with the meat. Merry Christmas.

Asian chicken & rice noodle salad with orange & tamarind dressing

Time: 25 mins
Serves: 4

Method:
1 Prepare the rice noodles following the instructions on the packet. Drain and set aside.

2 Blanch the snow peas in boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain and set aside.

3 Heat a dash of oil in medium sized non-stick frying pan. Add the garlic and Tegel Fresh Chicken Skinless Breast and stir fry over high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

4 Place the drained rice noodles on a serving platter. Top with the chicken, snow peas, carrots, cucumber, red or yellow pepper, bean sprouts and herbs. Drizzle over the dressing and serve immediately.

Dressing:
1 Whisk all the dressing ingredients together. Alternatively put ingredients into a jar. Screw on the lid and shake to combine.

Easy Chicken & Rice Salad

Time: 5 mins
Serves: 4

Method:
Combine cooked rice with Tegel Meal Maker Shredded Roast Chicken 300g, spring onions, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, red capscicum, spinach, mint and parsely in a bowl. Drizzle with balsamic dressing.

Smoked chicken slaw

Time: 15 mins
Serves: 4

1 Remove core from cabbage and discard, finely shred the leaves. Place in a large bowl or platter. Add spring onions, snow peas, peanuts and coriander leaves and toss to combine.

2 Slice the Tegel Manuka Smoked Chicken Breast - Original 300g into small pieces and mix through the slaw.

3 Combine rice wine vinegar, lime juice, sugar, oil and black sesame seeds in a jar and mix well. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss again before serving.

Mexican Smoked Chicken Salad

Time: 25 mins
Serves: 4

Method:
1 Strip husks from the corn, brush with oil and then barbecue or cook on a hot plate until the corn starts to colour and gets dark brown flecks. Remove the corn from the heat.

2 When cool enough to handle, scrape the kernels from the cob using the back of a heavy knife.

3 Slice the Tegel Manuka Smoked Chicken Breast - Original 300g into bite size pieces and then combine on a large platter with the rocket, onion, tomatoes, corn, avocado and coriander.

4 Combine oil and lime juice, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle over the salad.