Side Dishes

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You may find all kinds of recipes for side dishes on this page. Salads go well with barbecued vegetables or fish and the cold sauces are excellent with salads, nut burgers/cutlets and inside wraps. They are also perfect dipping sauces for raw vegetables. You may also find weird and wonderful recipes such as baked salmon skin (yup) and a Kenyan pineapple and beetroot salad. So many recipes to chose from!


An excellent barbecue sauce I first tasted in Kenya

Abdalla Hamisi's Barbecue Sauce

In 2006 we were on one of our trips to Kenya as tour guides and we stayed in private cottages run by friends, down by Diani beach, Mombasa.

Bean sprouts are packed with enzymes

Aduki Bean Sprouts

There are some tools available that are supposed to make your sprouting easier, however I have had fantastic results with just a glass jar and water.

Lovely and fresh cucumber salad

Almond and Cucumber Salad

I know I say this about nearly all my recipes but this one truly is amazingly healthy. It contains healthy fats, calcium, protein, fibre, antioxidants and minerals.

A lovely and simple dressing for every salad

Apple and Tamari Dressing

This is a lovely, fat free salad dressing which can also be served with nut patties, burgers, grilled vegetables and more.

A nice combination of texture, flavour and colour

Avocado Pineapple and Red Onion Salad

This salad is interesting and a bit different. You wouldn't necessarily bet on pineapple and red onion as a duet but it works!

Baked salmon skin, absolutely delicious!

Baked Salmon Skin

Yes really, baked salmon skin!!! You might think that I have gone absolutely mad but bear with me. I can promise you that once you taste this, you won't ever throw out salmon skin again.

Such beautiful colours

Beet Salad - Two Versions (one spicy, one sweet)

Beets have been gaining more recognition in recent years in Iceland.

A wonderfully healthy salad with vibrant colours

Beet Salad with Parmesan and Rocket Leaves

This is the perfect late summer salad. It has vibrant colours and a slightly sweet taste with a peppery kick. I adore beets (beetroots), especially baked as it brings out their subtle sweetness.

An easy and very healthy salad, the perfect side dish for the barbecue

Carrot, Pineapple and Sultana Salad

An easy and very healthy salad, the perfect side dish for the barbecue. I have tasted a similar version of this salad several times in Kenya.

Sprouts are amazingly healthy, packed with enzymes

Chickpea Sprouts

I adore bean sprouts. They are so versatile and delicious. I often eat them as a snack, put them on my sandwich, in a salad or as a side dish with radishes, raisins and oranges.

The simplest combinations are often the best

Coconut and Banana Salad

My sister in law, Elin (who has travelled extensively through Africa along with my brother) often makes this accompaniment and serves with Indian or African food.

A fairly unusual side dish but absolutely delicious

Coconut and Garlic Chutney from Tanzania

Well his recipe is tsort of not FROM Tanzania because this was served in an Indian restaurant IN Tanzania.

A lovely and fresh salsa

Coriander and Pear Salsa

This is a lovely side dish which goes well with all kinds of dishes such as spicy Indian curries and Thai food.

Healthy French fries...is that possible? Well yes it is!

French Fries (Chips)

I would never, ever, ever buy deep fried French fries or any other deep fried food for that matter because in my view, anything that is "cooked" in that way is completely ruined.

This is a delicious topping for bread, rice cakes and more

Grilled Pepper and Olive Relish

This is a delightful little salad/relish, perfect as a sandwich topping or as relish with grilled food. It is a nice alternative to the usual salad.

A perfect side dish with every meal and an excellent snack as well!

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

This must be the shortest recipe on this website. The ingredient's list has one ingredient only...sweet potatoes!

I love, love, love quacamole

Guacamole

I don't understand how people can buy guacamole in a jar.

A very African dish, low cost, but satisfying and simple

Irio (Mashed Potatoes with Onion and Peas)

I have had Irio on many occasions when travelling through Kenya. It is originally a dish of the Kikuyu people.

Nothing reminds me more of my travels through East Africa than this salad

Kachumbari (Tomato and Onion Salad) from Africa

This recipe was given to my by my sister in law, Lucy Mwangi who is from Kenya. Wherever I have travelled in East Africa, I have always been served a similar salad.

Magical pumpkin pieces in coconut milk, served in an African bowl

Magical Pumpkin in Coconut Sauce

I famously had a very similar side dish once in Nairobi which you can read all about in the The Spinach Dish From the Mystical House in Nairobi's Forest. It is a lovely, slightly sweet side dish with a delicate coconut aftertaste. It is absolutely lovely served with main dishes that include spinach, especially Indian and African food.

A lovely home made mango chutney

Mango Chutney

I love mango chutney but the ones you buy from your local supermarket are very often packed with additives, sugar and rubbish. I would never eat such a thing.

A lighter mayonnaise without all the rubbish

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise which you can buy from your local supermarket is usually absolutely packed with additives and bad stuff.

A lovely and colourful North African salad

Moroccan Orange and Olive Salad

This is a exceptionally lovely salad and a bit different than the salads we are used to since there is no lettuce or anything green in it.

Bean sprouts is what we should all be eating loads of! Amazingly healthy

Mung Bean Sprouts

I love bean sprouts. They are so healthy and versatile. I often eat them on their own like a snack or I use them in salads, on sandwiches and even in casseroles.

A low fat and healthy mustard sauce

Mustard Sauce

I use mustard sauce with everything, on my salad, my sandwich, on nut patties, with fish, with grilled vegetables, as a dip for raw vegetables...you name it.