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Sausage Salad for a Sizzling Summer

Summer Sausage Salad with avocado, asparagus, potato salad, bean dip & green herb dressing.

Sausage salad is one of the best meals to prepare for a sizzling summer. It’s my summertime take on a comfort food classic – sausage and mash. There are plenty of flavours and textures to keep everyone interested and the zesty lime & herb dressing makes this salad sing. It’s quick and easy to put together, makes a tasty family meal but is also impressive enough for entertaining.

Sausage Salad

This sausage salad really came together from a fridge clear-out. I wouldn’t quite say everything was ready for the compost bin, but it could have been if I’d left it much longer. Yesterday, I made half the amount specified in the recipe below. There was plenty there to make a satisfying evening meal for the two of us. If you’re looking for something a bit heartier, however, serve it with either crusty bread or warmed pitta breads.

Chive stems scattered over the table with a pot of sour cream.

The key to this dish is that there’s something for everyone: hearty sausages, creamy potatoes, crunchy green vegetables, beany umami flavours and a zesty dressing. Use whatever sausages you like. I used some veggie ones. The recipe is vegan-friendly apart from the potato salad dressing. This can very easily be substituted for a vegan dressing of choice if needed.

Summer Sausage Salad with avocado, asparagus, potato salad, bean dip & green herb dressing.

Despite the seeming complexity of this dish, it’s actually quite quick to put together. Even if you make your own bean dip, you should be able to get dinner on the table in not much more than thirty minutes. There are several processes involved, but the lettuce and green herb dressing, for instance, can be prepared whilst the potatoes cook. Both the asparagus and sausages can be cooked by griddling or grilling them. Neither of these methods takes very long. Have a look at my simple griddled asparagus recipe to see how. Whilst they’re cooking, prepare the avocado and start to assemble the sausage salad.

To Pickle Or Not To Pickle?

For a bit of extra pizazz, if any is needed, I wanted to add some of my spiced pickled beetroot. But in the end the thought of the distasteful grimace on CT’s face when he saw it put me off. Why he doesn’t like beetroot, I will never fathom. If I’d had any of my carrot pickles, I would have added them. Having said that, the limy green herb dressing is sharp enough to offset both the creaminess of the potatoes and avocado and the richness of the sausages. Let me know what you think if you try this sausage salad recipe.

Bean Dip

I actually made an aduki bean miso dip especially for this sausage salad. I’d planned on making a white bean miso spread, but found when I looked in the cupboard that I only had a tin of aduki beans. When I thought about it, I was quite pleased with this substitution. Aduki are commonly used in Japan so I reckoned it would better complement the miso and tamari I was planning on using. The recipe for this will be coming soon. Anyway, use whatever bean dip does it for you. Hummus is always a good choice.

Aduki Bean Miso Dip scattered with black & white toasted sesame seeds and drizzled with olive oil.

Green Herb Dressing

The carrot top pistou I made a few weeks ago, provided me with inspiration for the green herb dressing. I used a small handful of herbs from the garden. This was mostly basil, but with a little marjoram, parsley & mint for extra flavour. Proportionally, I added more olive oil, lime juice & zest. The result was sensational and almost the highlight of the entire sausage salad.

Bowl of green herb dressing with lime.

It’s ever so easy to make my green herb dressing, as long as you have some sort of blender available. You could, of course, pound the ingredients together with a pestle and mortar, but I’ve never tried it. I expect it’s rather a pain. Although a Froothie blender creates a super smooth sauce, it’s not so great for small amounts. For this dressing, I used a mini food processor, which has the added bonus of being very easy to clean.

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Summer Sausage Salad with avocado, asparagus, potato salad, bean dip & green herb dressing.

Summer Sausage Salad – The Recipe

Summer Sausage Salad with avocado, asparagus, potato salad, bean dip & green herb dressing.
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Summer Sausage Salad

A summertime take on a comfort food classic – sausage and mash. There are plenty of flavours and textures to keep everyone interested and the zesty lime & herb dressing makes this salad sing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Supper
Cuisine: British
Keyword: dressing, easy, entertaining, herbs, mid-week meal, potatoes, quick, salad, sausages, summer
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 553kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized potatoes – scrubbed but not peeled
  • 8 asparagus spears
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 6 sausages of your choice – I used veggie ones.
  • 10 large cos type lettuce leaves
  • 1 avocado
  • 200 g bean dip – homemade or shop bought. (I made an aduki bean miso dip but hummus is always a good choice.)

Sour Cream & Chive Dressing

  • 1 ½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • large handful of chives

Green Herb Dressing

  • small handful of fresh leafy herbs – (I used mostly basil with a couple of sprigs each of marjoram, parsley & mint)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lime – juice & zest
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Cut the potatoes into eighths, then cook in salted water until tender, but not mushy – about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, make the sour cream & chive dressing. Add the cooled potatoes and mix until the potatoes are all covered.
  • Whilst the potatoes are cooling down, coat the asparagus in the olive oil and grill or griddle them on a hot setting for about 7-8 minutes turning them half way through. Cut into halves or thirds.
  • Likewise grill or griddle your sausages as per pack instructions. Cut into thirds or quarters.
  • Peel and stone the avocado and slice.
  • Tear the lettuce leaves up and spread them over a large serving platter. Dollop spoons of potato salad over the top. Place the sausages at strategic points on the plate, followed by the avocado slices and spoonfuls of bean dip.
  • Scatter the asparagus over the top and then drizzle on the green herb dressing.

Sour Cream & Chive Dressing

  • Snip the chives into a bowl. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream and black pepper then stir until everything’s combined.

Green Herb Dressing

  • Whiz all the ingredients together in a small food processor or blender until you have your desired consistency.

Notes

If you cook the potatoes in salted water, you shouldn’t need to add salt to the dressing.
Don’t leave the potatoes to cool too long, or they might go grey.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 56.4g | Protein: 27.3g | Fat: 26.4g | Saturated Fat: 7.2g | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 1346mg | Fiber: 14.3g | Sugar: 6.1g | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4.3mg

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I’m sharing my summer bangers & mash with Gluterama for #CookBlogShare.

24 Comments

  1. Mandy

    18th June 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Finally a salad recipe that my kids can get on board with! Thanks for including a link to my celeriac salad.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th June 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Oh yay, this salad is for the whole family. Who doesn’t love sausages and potatoes?

      Reply
  2. Sylvie

    19th June 2019 at 12:59 am

    Such a fun recipe to make in the summer, I can definitely see it on the table at my next BBQ party! Thanks for including my Soba Noodle recipe too 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th June 2019 at 4:29 pm

      My pleasure Sylvie. Cooking the sausages on the BBQ for this salad would make it even more fun.

      Reply
  3. angiesrecipes

    19th June 2019 at 5:23 am

    What a scrumptious salad! That bean dip looks very inviting too, Choclette.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th June 2019 at 4:28 pm

      The bean dip is delicious. I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to add miso to this sort of thing before.

      Reply
  4. Jenny Walters

    19th June 2019 at 7:38 am

    Oh! Oh! Oh! This is my sort of salad! Everything you need on one plate packed full of flavours that compliment each other. Delicious! Pinned x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th June 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Jenny. It’s amazing what you can achieve by just blobbing a few things on a plate 😀

      Reply
  5. Rebecca - Glutarama

    19th June 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Good heavens this is a salad fit for kings, it’s utterly packed full with delicious ingredients….and everything that I love. Thank you for linking with #CookBlogShare

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th June 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Rebecca. It’s a good one for sure and will hopefully appeal to more than just kings 😉

      Reply
  6. johanna @ green gourmet giraffe

    19th June 2019 at 2:11 pm

    This sounds great! We often have potato salad with sausages so I can see them going together very well – and it sounds like a meal in a salad which I also love.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th June 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Nothing but a hearty salad would work for CT and if truth be told, they generally work better for me too 😀

      Reply
  7. Nayna Kanabar

    20th June 2019 at 5:14 pm

    What a lovely salad, perfect to eat whilst the weather is hot .I love the idea of adding the vegetarian sausages makes the salad more filling.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th June 2019 at 6:40 pm

      Exactly Nayna. It’s a meal on a plate and a delicious one at that 🙂

      Reply
  8. Cat | Curly's Cooking

    20th June 2019 at 5:41 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sausage salad before and I think it’s a great idea! It looks so tastier and as you said is a lighter meal for the summer.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th June 2019 at 6:41 pm

      I reckon this is probably the first sausage salad I’ve ever seen too Cat 😀

      Reply
  9. Kate

    20th June 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Such a lovely hearty summery salad! Thanks for linking to my Broccoli Salad.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd June 2019 at 11:11 am

      I do like a hearty salad that makes me feel like I’ve actually had a meal.

      Reply
  10. Donna

    21st June 2019 at 11:53 am

    Oh this is amazing! I love sausage so much, and in a salad!! #CookBlogShare

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd June 2019 at 11:08 am

      Sausages aren’t just for winter I reckon. They work really well in this salad.

      Reply
  11. Balvinder

    21st June 2019 at 4:27 pm

    This sounds like a lovely salad for any cookout or tailgating party.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd June 2019 at 11:07 am

      I just had to look up tailgating party. I had no idea what they were, but they sound fun.

      Reply
  12. Janice

    21st June 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I love a hearty salad and it doesn’t get much more hearty than a sausage salad.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd June 2019 at 11:06 am

      Hahaha, no indeed. Mind you, with the weather we’ve been having recently, I might opt for a plate of sausage and mash.

      Reply

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