It's not just a weekend or special day event for our family. We have it whenever the mood strikes us (read "me").
Some years ago it was said that having a braai is a lazy housewives way of feeding her family. I think that was around the 1970's.
Well, I can not agree or disagree with that statement. A braai can be very elegant or just plain casual. We do the plain casual part when I decide at midday, on any day, that we're having our meat over the coals that evening. I should rather say - late afternoon - as we eat anytime between 5pm and 7pm.
Ready-made, shop bought salads aren't always that good, although our supermarket has quite a variety - BUT taking the price (we pay per kilogram) into consideration, it works out a lot when we are 5 adults eating!
These two salads are very basic and therefore versatile - leave something out, add something else or whatever. When I'm in a hurry this is exactly what I serve!