A light, refreshing midday meal is the perfect match for a hot African day. Even during a winter safari in South Africa, you’ll find that things can get a little heated during the daytime, especially if you’re visiting from abroad.
Our Avocado and Chicken Salad and Beetroot Salad, hit the sweet spots every time with our guests at lunchtime. They’re perfect for picnics or balmy summer evenings too.
Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper and grill until tender
Cube the breasts and allow to cool
Chop the onion and cut the tomatoes in half
Toss the tomato and onion together
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Refrigerate the salsa
Arrange the chicken, avocado and salsa on a plate
This dish is best served chilled.
Avocados thrive on the farms around Hoedspruit. In fact, most of South Africa’s 90 000-ton annual harvest comes from the avocado farms right here in Limpopo Province. Hence, it’s easy for Thornybush to get our hands on the biggest, best specimens during the growing season. ‘Hass’, ‘Fuerte’, ‘Ryan’ and ‘Pinkerton’ avocados are all grown right here.
Beetroot is another locally-grown treat which is in abundant supply and used to make delicious hot and cold salads at our lodges.
Combine marinade ingredients
Cut beetroot into sections and soak in marinade overnight
Arrange orange segments and beetroot on a platter and chill for 1 hour.
Serve garnished with orange rind.
At Thornybush we are fortunate to have access to a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables from our thriving community gardens.
Some of these include rocket, baby spinach and fresh assorted lettuce for crisp green salads, fresh herbs for cooking as well as to spruce up our gin stops in the bush. Edible flowers from the gardens add interest and colour to our food displays too.
Book your safari with Thornybush and you’re in for a treat – both out in the field and back at camp.