Summer Salad Recipe Ideas
Summertime and warm weather is just around the corner! No one likes cooking over a hot stove when it’s hot outside, so here are some cool and delicious summer salad recipes to keep you away from the boiling cooktop!
Summer break is always so much fun when it begins! However, after a few weeks, it gets hot.
We live in Houston, and the summers get really hot at this time of year. We try to send the kids outside to play, but even at 8am it’s too hot and humid! They always want to go to the splash pad or the pool, but with Tiffany’s Crohn’s disease, she’s not always able to do that.
And when you have to cook in the oven or it’s just been a hot day and the grill is just too warm for comfort, you can have one of these cool and fresh summer salads for lunch or dinner! Or they are a great side to these grilling recipes.
These salads are full of fruits and vegetables, but also some protein! I love cooking the protein and pasta in an Instant Pot during the summer so I still don’t end up over a stove, oven, or grill when I’m overheated and sweaty.
If that isn’t an option, just cook a ton of meat at once and put it in the freezer for easy salad toppings!
And don’t miss out on our other summer posts!
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- Summer Activities for Kids with Water
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- Yummy Summertime Meals
- Amazingly Delicious Summer Dessert Recipes
- Summer Staycation Ideas
- Popsicle Recipes
- Summer Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
No matter what you choose to do, have a fun, safe summer!
Delicious Summer Salads
Easy & Delicious BLT Orzo Salad - Perfect for Summer!
This Easy & Delicious BLT Orzo Salad isn’t just amazing to eat but incredibly easy to make. With summer around the corner this delicious salad will be a hit at any meal.
Mango Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing
This mango salad is zingy, refreshing and super tasty! Mango, avocado and lettuce are piled high, then drizzled with a zingy lime ginger dressing. It’s easy, bursting with flavour and ready in minutes!
Paleo Strawberry Spinach Salad with Rotisserie Chicken in a Mason Jar
This Paleo Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Rotisserie Chicken packs summer into a mason jar! It’s gluten-free and Whole 30 friendly! You’ll love how quick, simple, and healthy this lunch is to meal prep! It packs in lots of fruits, veggies, fiber, healthy fats, and protein! It also is a party favorite!! Just triple or quadruple the recipe for parties and get-togethers!
Beet and Peach Salad with Basil and Goat Cheese
Looking for a vibrant and flavorful summer salad? Try a delicious Beet and Peach Salad with Basil and Goat Cheese. This salad contains incredibly healthy and tasty foods: yellow and red beets, peaches, basil, lemon juice, walnuts, and goat cheese. Adorned with sunflower seeds and a dash of salt and pepper, this fresh summer salad is a delight!
Mediterranean Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
This is a simple Mediterranean salad with two types of lettuce, black olives, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. Tossed with the lime vinaigrette dressing makes it a delicious, hearty salad that goes with just about anything you’re serving.
ABC Cobb Salad Recipe: Avocado, Bacon and Corn!
This ABC cobb salad recipe is a perfect summer meal. The avocado, bacon and corn combination pairs well with a homemade sweet vinegar dressing.
Chicken Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
This particular Cobb salad is loaded with healthy vegetables; romaine lettuce, cucumber & cherry tomatoes. It’s light, delicious and full of protein – the perfect lunchtime meal or start to your summer dinner.
Melon and Prosciutto Caprese Salad
This Melon & Prosciutto Caprese Salad is perfect for summer picnics, barbecues, and dinners al fresco on the patio enjoying the summer sun!
Blueberry Feta Salad
Mixed Greens Blueberry Feta Salad is summery salad full of vibrant colors and flavors. Packed with proteins, fibers, and powerful antioxidants, this salad is well-balanced meal rich in nutrients. SO fresh, easy and gorgeous! Perfect for lunchbox, potlucks, and picnics.
Fruit Salad With Sweetened Condensed Milk
Fruit Salad With Sweetened Condensed Milk is the easiest summer salad. It only takes a couple of minutes to prepare. This salad is perfect for potlucks or a big gathering and you don’t have time to make a fancy cake. But this is also perfect for brunch parties or on the side with pancakes or crepes.
Fruit Salad With Sweetened Condensed Milk only takes 15 minutes to make and a hand full of ingredients. This recipe uses mango, orange, and kiwi. But you could also add strawberries and bananas or apples. The options are endless.
Broccoli Grape Salad Recipe
This Broccoli Grape Salad with bacon and other tasty ingredients also has a delicious dressing. You can make this wonderful broccoli salad recipe for picnics, parties, and potlucks. This retro broccoli salad recipe is a favorite from the ’80s.
Barbecued Peach Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
Barbecued peaches are usually served sweet as a dessert, but they work brilliantly in this lovely summery salad. The BBQ brings out the richness and depth of flavour and the residual sweetness works beautifully with the salty halloumi.
Honeydew Cucumber Salad
If you are looking for a light and refreshing salad for your bbqs this summer, this Honeydew Cucumber Salad will be perfect. This super simple summer salad combines honeydew melon, cucumber, red onions and dill flavorings.
Peach and Corn Salad with Fresh Mint and Lime Brings a Bounty of Summer Goodness
Make the most of the best summer flavors with this outstanding peach and corn salad, with fresh mint and lime. It’s ideal for lunch.
Summer Strawberry Caprese Salad
There is just something about adding sweet, dark, local strawberries to the already super fresh caprese salad. They are already a staple to pair with basil or balsamic vinegar, so why not? It takes this classic salad and elevates it with an element of fun!
Israeli Couscous Salad
Israeli Couscous Salad is a delicious salad filled with fresh spinach and tomatoes. This is a perfect summer salad for picnics, BBQs and potlucks because it travels well and you don’t have to worry about keeping it ice cold.
Weight Watchers Avocado Caprese Salad
This healthy Avocado Caprese Salad is a fantastic salad for those following the new Weight Watchers Flex plan. At just 6.5 points per serving this salad combines creamy avocado and mozzarella. Paired with vibrant sweet basil and earthy spicy baby spring mix this salad is so delicious.
Tuna Egg Salad Recipe
An EASY tuna egg salad recipe! See how to make tuna salad with eggs in just 10 minutes. Plus, tuna and egg salad stores is healthy and perfect to make ahead. It’s packed with protein, the “dressing” is super flavorful, and it takes just a few minutes to whip up.
Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Dill Dressing
This quinoa chickpea salad is like summer in a bowl and comes together in less than 30 minutes! Quinoa and chickpeas are tossed with fresh cucumbers, crisp bell peppers and crunchy carrots, then drizzled with a light lemon dill dressing. Perfect for meal prep, potlucks and a side dish during BBQ season.
Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
This Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing is mouth wateringly good. Shaved Brussels sprouts, chopped kale, and shredded cabbage make up this crunchy salad. Add some grilled chicken thighs and the best Thai peanut dressing you’ve ever tasted, and you have this dreamy Asian salad!
So this salad is beyond belief yummy. Bonus, it’s also incredibly easy to make. The only thing you’re cooking is some juicy crispy chicken thighs. This salad will knock that boring side salad you’ve been eating right off the table.
Dorito Taco Salad
This crunchy and zesty salad is made with seasoned ground beef, veggies, cheese and Doritos, then tossed with Catalina dressing. So delicious and serves a crowd!
Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Salad with Radishes and Beans
Full-of-flavor, filling, and nutritious as hell, this Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Salad also features radishes, beans, spinach, and tomatoes. A perfect spring or summer meal! This smoked salmon and quinoa salad is literally packed with different flavors. Smoky fish, spicy radishes, nutty quinoa, creamy beans, fresh tomatoes… Plus spinach, onion, and a simple but amazing sesame oil dressing.
Corn and Quinoa Caprese Salad
Enjoy this colorful, hearty Summer Corn & Quinoa Caprese Salad packed with veggies, protein, and flavor! If you try to balance your meals at home with healthier fare that is still hearty and filling, then this Summer Corn Quinoa Caprese salad will do the trick.
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Market Salad :: Paleo & GAPS-Friendly
Bursting with fresh greens, fruits, and veggies, this paleo Copy-Cat Chick-fil-A Market Fresh Salad is a wonderful at-home option for salad lovers who need to stay away from sugars, dairy, and other unnecessary ingredients.
Prawn Mango Salad with Avocado · Chef Not Required...
Prawn Mango Salad with Avocado – packed with fresh ingredients like prawns (shrimp), avocado, mango and feta, dressed with lemon and garlic – this is no ordinary salad!
Zucchini and Corn Pasta Salad
This zucchini and corn pasta salad recipe is summer at it’s finest. Zucchini, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, basil, and pearl couscous are tossed in a simple lemon dressing for a refreshing, wholesome summer side dish. (This could easily be eaten as a vegetarian main, too!)
Tabbouleh with Hemp Hearts | Keto Tabbouleh Recipe
This easy Keto Tabouli recipe uses hemp hearts for a delicious, vegetarian keto side dish. Eat it as a salad, or use it as a savory fat bomb and enjoy a wonderful, fast salad.
Pineapple Melon Mint Salad
This Pineapple Melon Mint Salad is so refreshing, delicious, and is perfect for all those summer backyard get-togethers! Summer is in the air! Is there anything better than long, warm days, backyard BBQs, and eating dinner outside? Just this Pineapple Melon Mint Salad!
Grandmas 7 Layer Salad: With Chopped Ham and Peas
An easy spring or summer salad! A perfect leftover Easter recipe too. It’s a delicious blend of fresh layers with a creamy dressing on top. Use leftover Easter ham, or just purchase ham from your local deli.
Summer Corn Salad
Add this delicious Summer Corn Salad to your BBQ menus. With bacon, cheese, spices, and fresh corn, you’ll love this simple side dish for barbecues.
Grilled Veggie & Quinoa Salad + TastyTuesday
This Grilled Veggie & Quinoa Salad has asparagus, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes marinated in a sweet honey dijon vinaigrette can pretty much be combined with everything… Chicken, potatoes, salmon…throw in some quinoa and you’ve got a tasty & healthy meal that’s high in protein and has all nine essential amino acids rolled into one.
Best Ever Watermelon Feta Salad with Mango Divine Lifestyle
This is a super easy salad that really will blow you away with the flavors of summer. Enjoy this Summer Salad with Watermelon, Mango & Feta Cheese recipe. Nothing says “summer” quite like a salad, with fresh greens and fresh fruit.
Rice Cooker Quinoa Salad with Feta and Dried Cherries
You’re going to love this flavorful Rice Cooker Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries and Feta! Fresh herbs, a zesty lime dressing and protein packed quinoa make this salad pop. Perfect for potlucks as a side dish or serve it for as a main course with grilled chicken or tofu. Delicious!
Chicken Tortellini Salad with Lemon Dressing
This light salad with chicken and cheese tortellini, topped with a lemon dressing, is a perfect summer meal for busy nights.
Healthy California Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad Recipe
Start off summer the healthy way with this delicious California grilled chicken avocado salad! Enjoy the flavors of creamy avocado, cilantro, and lime on this refreshing summer salad recipe.
Grilled Kale Salad with Strawberries
Sure you could make an ordinary Kale Salad Recipe, or you could easily kick it up a notch with this Grilled Kale Salad! You’ll want to add this to all your cookouts! A grilled salad is such an easy way to add a side dish to your cookout, it cooks in minutes and can be done after all the other grilling is finished!
Broccoli Bacon Salad (Whole30, Paleo)
This is the best ever healthy Paleo and Whole30 Broccoli and Bacon Salad recipe! Tiny bite-sized pieces of broccoli are tossed with dates, sunflower seeds, red onion, and creamy homemade lemon garlic dressing. You’ll love it as a holiday side dish or to bring along to cookouts!
Spinach Salad with Nectarines and Pecans
A simple spinach salad recipe dressed up with sliced nectarines, sweet candied pecans, and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. This salad goes with everything, is easy to throw together, and gives you a creative way to use gorgeous summer stone fruit!
Smoked Salmon Rice Salad With Lime Dressing
This Smoked Salmon Rice Salad With Lime Dressing is a twist on the classic pairing of smoked salmon, capers, and red onion. A flavourful, chilled salad, with a tart, tangy dressing, it would make a fabulous side dish for summer barbeques or potlucks any time of year. Feel free to double the recipe for larger gatherings!
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad
This salad is so different – the combination of the sweet and spicy flavors really make this salad delicious. Jamaican Jerk Chicken salad is topped with vibrant mango, rainier cherries, and spring onions on a bed of spring mix. Topped off with your favorite dressing, this salad will wow.
Bramley apple and beetroot salad - A Mummy Too
Inspired by the warmer days, today’s recipe is this apple and beetroot salad with a honey balasmic vinaigrette. This summery salad brings deliciously tangy Bramley apples together with earthy beetroot and sweet balsamic, topped with crunchy walnuts and creamy goat’s cheese. It’s perfect picnic food, or as a side salad to accompany a summer barbecue.
10 MINUTE SPICY SPRING/SUMMER SALAD
A Spring/ Summer salad with strawberries, fresh rocket and mango in a tangy spicy mango chutney dressing brought together in just 10 minutes.
Panera Fuji Apple Salad | Copycat Recipe
Once you’ve had Panera’s Fuji Apple Salad, it will most definitely keep you coming back for more. So much so, that learning to make it at home could save you a pretty penny or two. Lucky for us, this salad is seriously easy to replicate, and you’ll have no trouble at all throwing it together in your very own kitchen!
Asian Inspired Cold Salmon Salad Recipe!
Trying to keep up with those New Years Resolutions as well planning meals for Lent? Well if you are facing the same challenges as many people, then you are also on the look out for ways to get more seafood into your family’s diet.
Refreshing Summer Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette
A refreshing summer salad with chocolate balsamic dressing is the combination of fruity, sweet, and savory flavors that you’re craving right now.
Cantaloupe Prosciutto Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Sweet, salty and delicious. This Cantaloupe Prosciutto Mozzarella Salad is a perfect lunch dish, side dish or dinner in a hurry. Just 15 minutes from refrigerator to table for this refreshing and tasty Cantaloupe Prosciutto Mozzarella Salad recipe!
Easy Creamy Grape Salad
Red and green grapes tossed in a creamy sweet vanilla dressing. Topped with a salty sweet pecan and brown sugar mix make a permanent summer BBQ favorite.
Meal Prep Greek Chicken Salad
This healthy Greek Chicken Salad is an easy meal prep recipe that you can have for lunch or dinner. This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, and low-carb.
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