With the arrival of summer comes the most variety of extremely fresh and delicious produce. It’s the perfect time for salads! I am a salad junkie and have them throughout the entire year. However, summer is definitely my favorite salad season. No one wants to cook in suffocating heat, and you can make pretty much any kind of salad you could imagine. Here are 19 fresh summer salad recipes for you to try!
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1. Kale Salad with Blueberries and Quinoa
This superfood Kale Salad with Blueberries and Quinoa is a refreshing summer meal and a beautiful side dish to take to a potluck or serve at a dinner party. This incredibly healthy salad features kale, blueberries, beets, and cucumbers. It’s one of the freshest summer salad recipes around.
2. Greek Orzo Salad
Greek Orzo Salad is healthy, delicious, and packed with fresh veggies! This pasta salad is the perfect side dish for summer parties, picnics, and potlucks. To make it a full meal, add chicken, shrimp, or salmon.
3. The Best Summer Tomato Salad
This fresh tomato salad couldn’t be any easier to make, with only a few ingredients. It also couldn’t be any healthier! If you’re obsessed with tomatoes (as I am), this is the perfect dish to showcase the incredibly tasty flavor of fresh-picked tomatoes. This would make an excellent side dish at a picnic, or a delicious lunch if served on some bread.
4. Mango Cucumber Summer Slaw
Mango Cucumber Summer Slaw is a cool and crisp side dish perfect for hot weather! It takes 15 minutes to make, the perfect addition to your summer barbecue. The mango provides a sweet twist to traditional coleslaw.
5. Summer BLT Chopped Salad
Chopped salads are my absolute favorite. You just can’t go wrong with bacon on a salad! Add a nice hard boiled egg, and this is the perfect entree salad for dinner. It’s absolutely delicious.
6. Summer Peach Salad
This might seem like a weird combination of ingredients, but the refreshing and sweet flavor profile works. I picture eating this for lunch on the porch during a warm, sunny summer afternoon. One bight into those juicy peaches, and you’ll be wanting more.
7. Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad
This ultimate broccoli salad is made with crunchy almonds, bacon, sunflower seeds, tart cranberries, and a creamy citrus poppyseed dressing. It’s super easy to make ahead (in fact it tastes better that way), and is great to make for potlucks, bbq’s and other spring/summer gatherings!
8. Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad
This salad is kind of a free-for-all with dressing, and it’s absolutely delicious. Take whatever your favorite summer vegetables are, grill them up, top with the dressing and some cheese and you have a delightfully fresh and healthy meal. If you don’t have a grill, this would be great with roasted veggies as well.
9. Make-Ahead Sunflower Crunch Salad
This is the homemade version of those bagged chopped salad kits you can buy at the store. This is the fresher, tastier version, though. This summer salad recipe is like coleslaw on steroids with cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon – it’s absolutely delicious!
10. Honey Mustard Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado
Refreshing, sweet and savory all at the same time! Amazing combinations in a bowl with a hint of garlic, crispy bacon, creamy avocado slices, juicy tomatoes and red onion slices. This is a flavor-packed salad that’s a meal all in itself. Before I became vegetarian, this was one of my favorite summer salad recipes ever.
11. Easy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad
This Asian Salad is easy to make with fresh and crispy veggies! It makes the perfect lunch or healthy side dish for summer barbecues, picnics and potlucks. The cilantro lime vinaigrette is light, refreshing and made with simple pantry ingredients.
12. Corn Tomato Avocado Salad
This is absolutely one of the summer salad recipes you need in your life. It’s full of sweet summer produce that’s balanced with the tangy citrus dressing. It’s bright, colorful and makes for a wonderful appetizer or side dish to your grilled entrees.
13. Italian Sub Salad
This salad is the “healthy” version of an Italian Sub – no carbs from the bread. My favorite part is the banana peppers – I could those on almost anything. Bring this salad to a potluck or BBQ and you certainly won’t have any leftovers to take back home.
14. Shrimp and Artichoke Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
If you like shrimp, this is the salad for you. Honestly, the picture says it all – it has greens, onions, zesty shrimp, pine nuts, artichokes, tomatoes, all topped with a yummy lemon vinaigrette. This summer salad recipe is the perfect mix of hearty and light – you’ll be full after eating it, but full of energy and not bloated. Delicious!
15. Roasted Asparagus Lemon Butter Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is one of my favorite summer time dishes. We’ve all had the normal Italian pasta salad, so I wanted to showcase something a little different. This summer salad recipe is a simple butter roasted asparagus pasta salad, tossed with sun dried tomatoes, fresh lemon, and parmesan. It’s a delightful cold pasta salad that everyone will love!
16. Cranberry Apple Quinoa Salad
This Cranberry Apple Quinoa Salad is easy to make and perfect to serve as a side dish or for lunch. Tons of crunchy texture and pops of sweetness from the apple and dried cranberries!
17. Easy Chicken Salad
Chicken salad is the quintessential summer lunch – throw it on a couple pieces of bread and you can’t go wrong. Even better though, go buy a fresh croissant from a bakery, mmmmm. This version substitutes greek yogurt for mayo, so it’s not as fattening as traditional chicken salad.
18. Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Candied Walnuts
Pears are one of the most underrated fruits out there. I always forget just how much I love them until summer comes back around and they’re plentiful in the produce section. Juicy and flavorful pears make a great combo with the peppery arugula, creamy avocado, bold gorgonzola, crisp red onions, candied walnuts simple Dijon vinaigrette in this recipe.
19. Roasted Cauliflower Salad
This savory and delicious salad features cauliflower and chickpeas roasted with olive oil, smoky chipotle, paprika, and garlic until lightly charred, crisp, and delicious. Toss it together with a simple honey mustard vinaigrette, springtime salad greens, cucumbers, fresh herbs, feta cheese, and avocado for a salad that’s plentiful, healthy, and filling. Yum!