May 16, 2024

Best Salads to Serve With Argentine Asado

When hosting an Argentine Asado, the undoubted protagonist is meat. But selecting the perfect side dishes is just as crucial to having a whole Argentine experience.  Among these side dishes, salads shine when balancing the smoky flavors of the meat. This guide will explore the best Argentine salads to serve alongside your sizzling beef, from […]

Jason Pittock

May 16, 2024

When hosting an Argentine Asado, the undoubted protagonist is meat. But selecting the perfect side dishes is just as crucial to having a whole Argentine experience. 

Among these side dishes, salads shine when balancing the smoky flavors of the meat. This guide will explore the best Argentine salads to serve alongside your sizzling beef, from classic favorites to modern twists.

Ready to get started?

Potato, Eggs, and Parsley Salad

This is a classic Argentine side dish that’s simple and delicious. The creamy texture of the potatoes combined with the eggs and the freshness of parsley creates a great contrast to grilled meat. 

The best part? It’s super easy to prepare: 

  1. Boil potatoes until tender. Let them cool (this is very important), then peel and dice them.
  2. Hard boil eggs, then peel and chop them while you finely chop fresh parsley.
  3. Combine all of them in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil or mayonnaise. Serve chilled!

Lettuce and Tomato Salad

This is probably the most popular salad for Argentine asado. It’s nothing fancy, but its fresh crunch and juicy sweetness often cleanse the palate between bites of meat. And lettuce and tomato salad is even easier than other accompaniments!

  1. Wash and chop lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Be very thorough to prevent disease! 
  2. Then, wash and dice ripe tomatoes into chunks (not that small or that big).
  3. Many people like to add thinly sliced onions for extra flavor, so feel free to do this if you like onions. 
  4. Then, combine everything in a bowl and add your favorite dressing. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are typical, but you can also add lemon, pepper, and other condiments. 
  5. Serve immediately – don’t let your lettuce wither!

“Russian” Salad

The “Russian” Salad, or Ensalada Rusa, is a creamy mixture of potatoes and mayonnaise combined with sweet carrots and peas. It has little to do with Russian cuisine, btw, as a Belgian chef invented it and then spread to many parts of the world, like Argentina. 

Ready to prepare your very own Russian salad?

  1. Boil potatoes until tender. Let them cool, then peel and dice them. Do the same with the carrots.
  2. You can either boil peas or buy canned ones (which is much faster and tastes great). 
  3. Once the ingredients are cold, put them into a bowl. Add mayonnaise and mix until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  4. Serve chilled (at least 1 hour in the fridge) alongside your t-bone, brisket, or any meat cut you prefer. 
Best Salads to Serve With Argentine Asado

Carrot and Egg Salad

This is another simple yet nutritious side dish that adds color and flavor to any grilled meat. The sweetness of carrots combined with the creamy eggs also creates a great texture. Here’s a step-by-step recipe: 

  1. Peel and grate carrots using a box grater while you boil your eggs. Wait until they cool, and then chop the eggs. 
  2. In a bowl, combine the grated carrots and chopped eggs.
  3. For more flavor, you can add finely chopped parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil and serve!

Other Equally Delicious Accompaniments

While salads are often the go-to side dishes for Argentine Asado, there are several other equally delicious accompaniments that will make the experience great. Here are some options:

Torta Asada

Torta Asada, or grilled bread, is a simple yet amazing accompaniment. Its crispy exterior and soft interior make it a perfect complement to grilled meats. Whether served plain or with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, torta asada will add charm to your meal. 

Mandioca

Mandioca, also known as yuca or cassava, is a starchy root vegetable commonly enjoyed in Argentine cuisine. When boiled and then grilled, mandioca develops a crispy exterior and a tender, creamy interior, making it incredibly delicious. Why not try it out?

Salads to Serve With Asado

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled vegetables are a versatile addition to any Argentine Asado. You can grill from bell peppers to zucchini or corn, bringing out their natural sweetness while adding a tasty, smoky flavor. 

As you prepare for your next Argentine Asado, consider incorporating these salads into your menu. 

For more inspiration on how to elevate your Asado spread, explore other guides, like this one, where you can learn to grill vegetables and this one, featuring Kabocha filled with squash. ¡Buen provecho!

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