These delicious summer salads are full of flavor and showcase summer’s best produce! If you like summer fruit and vegetables, you’ll want to try these recipes.
How to Make Great Summer Salads
A great salad has a mix of flavors and seasonal ingredients. When you eat seasonal produce you’re not only getting the best flavors, but it’s usually cheaper too.
Summer seasonal produce includes berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc), melon, stone fruit (cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, etc), corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, watermelon, and more.
Summer Salad Recipes
Mediterranean Summer Salad
This Mediterranean Summer Salad recipe is heavy on the tomatoes, fresh herbs, and flavor. This is an easy, healthy recipe that showcases summer produce.
Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Salad
When it comes to an arugula salad recipe, this combination of smoked salmon, avocado and arugula is one of my favorites. It’s light yet filling and simple yet impressive.
Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Bursting with flavor, this Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad will delight your taste buds!
Honeydew Melon & Blackberry Salad
This recipe for a honeydew melon and blackberry salad with watercress and red spring onions is a delightfully flavorful and unique summer salad. It’s especially good if you get very ripe, juicy blackberries!
Roast Vegetable Salad with Halloumi
This roast vegetable salad is a great summer dinner full of healthy fresh greens and chopped Mediterranean veggies marinated in a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice all served on a bed of hummus.
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette - Leanne Ray
Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette is the salad you’ve been searching for! It makes a great addition to a brunch spread or dinner.
Grilled Fennel Salad With Shaved Parmesan
This grilled fennel salad is the perfect summer dish and it’s real simple to make. It goes particularly well with grilled meats.
Arugula Blackberry Lime Salad [+ Homemade Blackberry-Basil Dressing]
Fresh, crisp, & flavourful, this salad is perfect for summer!
Easy Tomato Salad with Tarragon Pesto
This bright, easy tomato salad is topped with a basil tarragon pesto and toasted pine nuts. It’s truly delightful! This will be one of your favorite summer side dishes.
Summer Corn and Quinoa Veggie Salad
This Summer Corn and Quinoa Veggie Salad is a fresh, nutritious and light summertime meal made with sweet baked corn, crisp veggies, quinoa and kidney beans.
Caprese Salad Recipe (Classic Italian Salad)
Caprese Salad is a simple and elegant salad made with alternating slices of juicy, ripe tomatoes and creamy mozzarella. It’s topped with fresh basil leaves and drizzled in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Beet Walnut Salad
This beautiful beet walnut salad with maple balsamic vinaigrette is full of flavour and texture and perfect for a healthy meal on a warm Summer evening. The salad features nutritious red cabbage, walnuts, beets, carrot and raisins on a bed of spinach and arugula. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
Quinoa and Zucchini Noodles Salad
Fresh and delicious, this Quinoa and Zucchini Noodles Salad is packed with tasty Mediterranean-inspired flavors and filling vegetarian protein. Enjoyed cold, it makes a great summer dinner for two.
Mexican Tomato Salad with Black Beans, Corn and Avocado
A delicious, fresh, and filling Mexican Tomato Salad with Black Beans, Corn, and Avocado that makes for a perfect summer salad or side dish.
Ramen Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing
Simple and delicious, this Ramen Cabbage Salad packs in all the crunch! Chopped cabbage, ramen noodles peanuts and more make this crisp salad one that everyone will gobble up. An easy peanut dressing to top it all off!
Vegan Rainbow Coleslaw | Sprouts And Krauts | Vegan Cookout Side Dish
This Vegan Rainbow Coleslaw is a perfect side dish for summer cookouts. A confetti of fresh rainbow vegetables is all tied together by a tangy, slightly spicy sauce with an Asian flair. Cashew butter is the backbone that gives this vegan sauce a luscious creaminess, while sriracha adds a pleasant burn.
Lime and Mango Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)
This lime and mango quinoa salad is a refreshing cold summer quinoa salad full of fruits and vegetables. Perfect for any cookout or barbecue!
Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Cayenne Lemon Vinaigrette
Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Cayenne Lemon Vinaigrette is a sweet, refreshing salad, perfect for the warm summer months.
Easy Delicious Japanese Potato Salad (Paleo, Whole30)
This Japanese Potato Salad is super tasty out-of-the-bowl! Creamy and tart, with a hint of sweetness. This homemade potato salad is economical to make and chances are you already have the ingredients at home!
Sugar Snap Pea Salad
Fresh, vibrant, crunchy, and delicious Sugar Snap Pea Salad with fronds of fresh dill and a super tasty, fresh and zingy lemon, mustard, garlic vinaigrette. It feels like summer in the best possible way!
Best Summer Cherry Tomato Salad
This fresh tomato salad is simply the best and easiest summer salad you’ll ever make! This salad is ideal to be served with anything from the grill!
High Protein Fresh Vegan Salad with Hummus
This High Protein Fresh Vegan Salad with Hummus is guaranteed to fill you up and leave boring salads behind!
Fresh Farro Caprese Salad Recipe
This farro caprese salad is fresh and summery. It’s perfect for warmer weather.
Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad Recipe
Stay cool and hydrated with this easy cantaloupe and cucumber salad recipe! It’s a healthy and refreshing side dish or light lunch.
Roasted Chickpea Panzanella Salad
Roasted garlic chickpeas mixed together with chopped veggies and herbs then tossed in oil and vinegar to create a healthy, flavorful, low-calorie Italian lunch! So good you’ll forget you’re eating a salad!
French Potato Salad
This French potato salad with green beans is a hearty side dish or a wonderful lunch. It’s full of flavor, has velvety potatoes, a fresh punch from the green beans, and added substance from the hard-boiled eggs.
Strawberry Chicken Salad with Creamy Maple Dressing
This EASY Strawberry Chicken Salad and the Creamy Maple Dressing that goes with it are SO addictive you’ll be craving it every day! The perfect summer salad!
Fresh Herb Quinoa Salad
Quinoa, chickpeas, juicy cherry tomatoes, and summer squash is topped with olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and fresh herbs. This 20 minute vegan dish is light, flavorful, and fresh!
5-Ingredient Peach Burrata Salad
This 5-ingredient peach burrata salad with prosciutto and castelvetrano olives is a show-stopping salad, but so simple and quick to put together!
Lemon Caprese Salad
Lemon Caprese Salad is a no-fuss, no-muss salad that uses fresh ingredients and can be on the table in 10 minutes. This classic summer favorite has a twist that kicks it up a notch.
Quick Greek Gyros Salad
This 30 minute Greek Gyros Salad has all the flavor of a gyros sandwich but without the carbs!
Cobb Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette
Eating salad just got a lot less boring! This cobb salad with avocado vinaigrette will be a dish you’ll be excited to eat any day of the week!
Tabbouleh with Hemp Hearts
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.
Roasted Vegetable Salad with Quinoa and Halloumi
This roasted vegetable salad with halloumi and quinoa makes for a very satisfying lunch. You may want to save this quinoa and halloumi salad recipe for the next time you want a quick, warm, and healthy lunch or even a light dinner.
Healthy Red Cabbage Slaw
A refreshing vegan red cabbage slaw put together in just 10 minutes! This salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks, BBQs, lunches, or even a light dinner.
What are your favorite summer salads?
Tips for Making Great Salads
Inspired to make your own salad? Here are some tips for making excellent salads that should serve you well.
- Choose high-quality greens. Getting the best greens you can find (especially locally grown, seasonal greens) will make the base of your salad so much better.
- Use a salad spinner to get all the water off your salad greens. It makes the leaves hold dressing or vinaigrette better.
- Think about the texture. Make sure to have a balance of crunchy and creamy ingredients.
- Don’t forget the salt. Sea salt and kosher salt are both great in salads and bring out the natural flavors of the food.
- Add toasted nuts or seeds.
- Roast, grill, or pickle your vegetables. Add flavor any way you can.
- Use a mandoline to slice your veggies thinly and consistently.
- Taste as you go along and adjust seasonings as necessary.
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