Chilli and Basil Polenta Salad

Difficulty: Medium

Serves 4

I’ve never made polenta before but by golly I don’t know why, it’s so dope! This is a great salad that you can serve as a meal or as a side dish if you want it to serve more people. All your usual flavoursome suspects are there; basil, chilli and garlic, so you know this dish really packs a punch!


  • 1 litre water
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chilli
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 handfuls mixed leaves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 chilli, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 lebanese cucumber, sliced
  • Sweet chilli sauce


  1. Grease a square baking tray.
  2. Bring the water and polenta to the boil on medium heat, stirring constantly.
  3. After 15 minutes, lower the heat and continue to stir.
  4. Stir in the garlic, salt, chilli and basil and stir for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and cover for 5 minutes.
  6. Pour the polenta into the baking tray and spread out evenly.
  7. Cover and allow to cool in the fridge.
  8. Gently flip the pan to get the polenta out on to clean surface. Slice into 12 rectangular pieces.
  9. Heat under the grill until golden, then flip and do the same on the other side.
  10. Combine the leaves, chilli, cucumber, onion and cashews on a serving dish.
  11. Place the polenta on top and drizzle with sweet chilli sauce.