Summer salad recipes are perfect for those lunchtime meals at home or dinner after a busy day. When it’s hot outside our appetites are often not as great as the cooler comfort food months. Salads are not only are they healthy, but there are so many ways to prepare them. You can throw just about anything into a salad bowl, as long as it works well together. It’s still a salad!
These salad recipes are quick, easy, and delicious! Each salad on this list offers different nutritional boosts – after all, why else would we eat a salad? You’ll be able to convince even the pickiest eaters to try a salad once you offer up one of these options.
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- Taco Salad with Fritos
Yes, a taco salad is a salad! This taco salad is filled with protein from beans, healthy fats from avocados, and vegetables. The blogger behind this Mexican creation will even show you how to make your own guacamole using avocados, Greek yogurt, and lime juice.
- End of Summer Stone Fruit Salad
This summer salad mixes seasonal fruits with herbs and spices. The oranges and nectarines add some sweetness to the dish, while oregano balances it out. This recipe calls for any “stone fruit” you’d like to use, as long as it has a pit.
- Loaded Broccoli Salad
If you’re having trouble getting your kids to eat broccoli, entice them by combining it with cheddar and bacon! This loaded broccoli salad sneaks protein into your family’s diet, along with the vegetables they need.
- Creole Chicken Salad
Do you have leftover chicken from yesterday’s dinner? Combine it with Creole mustard and Cajun trinity bits to make the perfect lunch! This Louisiana-style chicken salad gives your protein that southern flair that will keep your meals exciting. Who said salad had to be boring?
- Kale Salad
Step aside, iceberg lettuce – kale is all the rage right now. To make this salad, you’ll use a honey lemon vinaigrette, caramelized pecans and cashews, and some fruit thrown into the mix. This kale salad is full of unsaturated fats and is low in sodium!
- Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Lentils & Goat Cheese
Salad doesn’t have to be cold! This sweet potato salad is more of a main course than a side dish, but it could be served alongside Middle Eastern dishes like falafel. You’ll need 45 minutes to prepare this salad, since you need to roast the potatoes.
- Roasted Peach, Feta, & Pistachio Salad with a Honey & Mustard Dressing
Pair sweet and salty treats with a salad that serves 10 people. The caramelized peaches make this salad even sweeter than it would be with regular peaches, and the pistachios add flavor all on their own.
- Tuna Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a deli classic, and so is tuna. Why not combine the two? Combine the macaroni and tuna with celery for crunchiness, mayo for consistency, and salt and pepper to taste. You can also simply cook some macaroni and throw it into a leftover tuna salad.
- Apple Celery Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese
This crunchy, sweet salad is another great use of your leftovers. As you’re running out of celery, use the remaining stalks for a summery salad. The goat cheese toasts are made by spreading the cheese over baguette slices and tossing them into the oven.
- Country Potato Salad
When you think of potato salad, you might think of a deli dish covered in mayo. This recipe is a bit more exciting than that, with smoked ham, hard-boiled eggs, and a buttermilk dressing. You’ll love it alongside a dinner meat like chicken or turkey
- Pumpkin Seed Crusted Chicken Salad
This crispy chicken salad makes a great dinner! It’s an Austrian dish with pumpkin seeds, vegetables, and a pumpkin seed dressing. Enjoy it during the autumn months, when pumpkins are in season!
- Chopped Mediterranean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Prepare this salad in just 10 minutes! The tangy flavors are perfect for summertime or as a side dish for your favorite Greek meal. Each serving provides you with two servings of vegetables, and it’s low in carbs. Who can say “no” to that?!
- Strawberry-Mango Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese
Sweet and citrusy meet again in this summer delight. The strawberries and mangos keep it vibrant and enticing, and it’s topped with a unique honey citrus vinaigrette. Where will you serve this salad?
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
This salad tastes so good, your kids won’t even know that you’ve tricked them into eating spinach! The salad is sweetened with goat cheese, buttery pecans, and a honey sweetened balsamic vinaigrette. Each serving packs plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium for a truly healthy side dish.
- Italian Pasta Salad
Your new favorite pasta salad recipe will be a hit at every potluck you go to! For this recipe, you can use store-bought Italian dressing to save time. To keep the Italian theme, throw in some shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Oriental Chicken Salad
If you like Applebee’s crispy chicken salad, you’ll love this copycat recipe! Skip the restaurant lines by preparing this classic dish at home.
- BLT Pasta Salad
Bring this BLT pasta salad to your next barbeque! The classic ingredients of a BLT sub meet salad veggies in this summer appetizer. This salad is high in protein and vitamin A, and low in sugar.
- Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
This sour pasta salad has a mix of creamy and crunchy textures. The blogger who wrote the recipe recommends using a shell pasta because it holds the dressing, but any shape will do. After preparation, chill it in the fridge for about an hour or two.
- Avocado Grilled Peach and Chipotle Shrimp Salad with Bacon
Who knew you could grill a peach? This summer salad fits into the paleo and Whole30 diets, with decent servings of protein, vitamin A, and potassium. Top the salad with a sweet peach dressing, and you’re good to go!
- Chicken Salad with Grapes
You’ll want to eat this salad straight from the bowl, even though it’s made to be served at parties! This unique combination of ingredients has just 121 calories per serving, making it a guilt-free side dish.
A generous helping of salad is a great way to start any lunch, dinner, or party. You no longer have to stick to the classic Caesar dressing you’re used to having. Check out my Tropical Mango Salad Recipe if you are a fan of that tropical fruit and spice up your salad menu with these new options!