Best Summer Salads And The Small Appliances For The Job

December 7, 2023 - 4 min read

Forget side dishes, these summer salads are good enough to be the main event! All it takes is a little gourmet know-how and a trusty blender, food processor and rice cooker to savour a season of salad days. With a little kitchen know-how and an easy salad recipe, you can toss a light and tasty meal together in just minutes.

To make life simple, we’ve asked our friends at Nutribullet, Cuisinart and Vitamix for their best easy salad recipes, showcasing the appliances that take the hard work out of chopping, slicing and dicing.

Here’s to salad days!

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Salad Tip: Store It Properly And Save Money

The first step to a successful salad is storing the ingredients the right way. You’ll need a fridge with a well-sealed fruit and vegetable crisper to keep ingredients fresh and crunchy. Packing your fridge properly can also help, plus keeping an eye out for the telltale signs your fridge isn’t coping.

“The latest fridges feature tech that automatically adjusts cooling and humidity depending on how much is being stored and even how often the door is opened. This will save you money in the long run by keeping food fresher for longer,” says Peter Simic, The Good Guys Buyer – Refrigeration and Laundry.

Salads don’t have to break the bank either; they can be a great budget meal that also delivers your daily serve of greens… and flavour!

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“The latest fridges feature tech that automatically adjusts cooling and humidity depending on how much is being stored and even how often the door is opened. This will save you money in the long run by keeping food fresher for longer.”

Caesar Salad Dressing

Often the secret to a great salad is the dressing, and a Caesar salad is no exception. A basic combination of chopped cos lettuce, crispy bacon pieces, parmesan cheese and croutons, it’s the dressing that’s crucial. Make a meal of it by adding slices of protein, such as grilled chicken, cooked prawns or hard-boiled egg. Recipe by Vitamix.

image of a Caesar salad dressing next to a Caesar salad


  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 80ml lemon juice
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 120g (1 cup) grated parmesan cheese
  • 250ml (1 cup) olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper


1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.

2. Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10.

3. Blend for 25–30 seconds or until smooth. Drizzle over salad ingredients and toss well.

4. Store any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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Poke Bowl With Brown Rice, Salmon And Edamame

This poke bowl salad from Hawaii is a global hit! A poke bowl, pronounced POH-keh, is always made on a base of rice, grains or quinoa, and traditionally served with chunks of fresh salmon or tuna. You can mix up the protein with canned tuna, cooked chicken or tofu, and let your imagination run wild with the rest of the ingredients. Recipe by Cuisinart.

Poke Bowl With Brown Rice, Salmon And Edamame

Serves 4


  • 2 cups cooked rice, cooled
  • 200g edamame
  • 150g smoked salmon
  • 1 avocado, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • Pickled ginger
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Low-salt soy sauce or ponzu sauce, to taste


1. Cook enough rice in the Cuisinart Super Rice & Grains Cooker to make 2 cups when cooked. Once the audible tone has sounded to indicate the end of cooking, turn the unit off and open the lid. Spread the rice out on a baking sheet to cool.

2. Place cooled rice in a medium bowl and arrange edamame, smoked salmon, avocado, tomato, radish and spinach on top.

3. Top with ginger and sesame seeds. Drizzle with soy sauce.

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Green Goddess Salad Dressing

This is another famous salad dressing (or even a dip) that goes with anything. Popular combos for the Green Goddess Salad include shredded cabbage, sliced spring onions, chopped cucumber or iceberg lettuce, diced capsicum and chunks of avocado. Whatever you dress or dip, this fresh herby mix is heavenly. Recipe by Nutribullet.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing


  • 1 ½ cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 20 minutes, strained
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup coriander, lightly packed, stems removed
  • 1 cup parsley, lightly packed, stems removed
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper


1. Place strained cashews into a Nutribullet blender and add the cup of water. Using the chopping or milling blade, mix for 1 minute, or until smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients and mix for a further 2 minutes, or until smooth.

3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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Brussels Sprouts And Apple Salad

Forget your childhood hostility towards the humble brussels sprout – when you chop up this veggie raw it tastes more like cabbage or broccoli!

This crunchy, nutty salad can be served as is, or you can whiz up a creamy dressing, combining Greek yoghurt, mayonnaise, a splash of vinegar and a squeeze of honey. Recipe by Nutribullet.

Brussels Sprouts And Apple Salad


  • 3 cups brussels sprouts
  • 2 green apples (or your choice of apple), cored
  • ⅓ cup dry-roasted unsalted hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup seedless raisins


1. Finely chop, grate or shred brussels sprouts and apples. Place in a large bowl and stir to combine.

2. Roughly chop hazelnuts and add to the bowl with the raisins. Toss to combine.


There’ll be salad for days this summer with these simple salad recipes. Make the most of your favourite kitchen appliances, blenders and food processors to create delicious dressings and leafy bowls of goodness to serve your salad A-game. Speak to The Good Guys’ friendly team in-store or order online.

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