33 Summer Salads That Pack the Most Flavorful, Seasonal Punches

Because no hot summer day would be complete without a fresh salad.

summer salad recipes
Brian Woodcock

Nothing says summer like a fresh salad bursting with seasonal ingredients. And whether you're planning a picnic, entertaining at your home, or just want a healthy lunch, there’s no shortage of summer salads to satisfy your cravings, be it sweet or savory. This season, we challenge you to diversify your menu and go beyond plain old leafy greens for the most flavorful, colorful creations you’ll want to enjoy on rotation all summer long. Kick off your annual family backyard barbecue, for example, and beat the heat with a fresh pasta or potato salad. Take each recipe up a notch with yummy (and unexpected!) additions like dill pickles and charred corn. Let’s not forget the classic fruit salad either, enhanced with mouthwatering combos like lime or honey dressing. Plus, there’s even a booze-infused variety that’ll be a hit at all of your adults-only celebrations. And we could never leave salad traditionalists hanging, so take our advice and glam up your greens with seasonal veggies like cucumber, grilled chicken, avocado, and so much more. Hungry yet? For more summer cooking inspiration, check out the best summer slow cooker recipes and easy grilling ideas to pair with your healthy salad creations.

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summer salad recipes chopped
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Chopped Salad

The beauty of this salad is that it's so simple, but still so tasty. A tangy dressing featuring Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar brings the whole bowl together.

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summer salad recipes white bean peppadew
Brian Woodcock
White Bean and Peppadew Salad

We recommend preparing this salad as a topping for Grilled Sausages. Of course, it's also delicious when enjoyed as a side dish all on its own.

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summer salad recipes tossed
Brian Woodcock
Tossed Salad With Green Goddess Dressing

Skip the store-bought stuff and make your own dressing at home. You'll want to drizzle this super-fresh recipe on just about everything.

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isreali couscous summer salad with vegetables
Green Valley Kitchen
Israeli Couscous Salad With Vegetables

If color level is any indication of deliciousness, you and your family are in for a treat with this veggie-infused, Mediterranean-inspired meal.

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seared salmon watercress summer salad
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Seared Salmon, Watercress, and Potato Salad With Olive Dressing

New potatoes, which you can enjoy cold or at room temperature, give this summer side a sweet kick.

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mozzarella heirloom tomato summer salad
Foodness Gracious
Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Mozzarella-and-tomato-infused creations have gained acclaim as seasonal staples, but think outside the box salad bowl by instead adding red onion and purple basil to the tasty combo. Of course, a balsamic glaze is the crucial finishing touch.

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raw zucchini and corn summer salad
Foodie Crush
Raw Zucchini and Corn Salad

For busy weeknights, make this raw salad your new go-to. Using zucchini ribbons as a base, the recipe boasts a boatload of healthy, no-cook ingredients.

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grilled mango chicken summer salad
My Food Story
Grilled Chicken Mango Salad

The more mango, the merrier. This filling meal calls for grilled chicken marinated in mango cilantro dressing, which is—you guessed it—later drizzled over the entire salad.

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roasted red cabbage and collard green slaw recipe
Brian Woodcock
Roasted Red Cabbage-and-Collard Green Slaw

Not only is this salad rich in color, it's packed with heart-healthy nutrients, too.

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farro and tomato salad with crispy capers recipe
Brian Woodcock
Farro-and-Tomato Salad with Crispy Capers

This tomato and grain dish is perfect for picky eaters who aren't a fan of typical salads or green veggies.

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charred gem lettuce recipe
Brian Woodcock
Charred Gem Lettuce

Grilled lettuce provides the ultimate foundation for creamy dressing and lots (and lots) of shaved cheese.

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Charred Corn Salad
David Tsay
Charred Corn Salad

If you're looking for another way to indulge in corn off the cob...

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best salad asparagus
Brian Woodcock
Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Radish Salad

Naturally sweetened with honey and sprinkled with feta cheese, this salad is sure to please everyone's pallete.

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summer salads grape salad
Brian Woodcock
Grape Salad with Toasted Pecans

Here's a healthy dessert alternative. Toasted pecans add just enough crunch to this sweet grape salad.

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summer salads garbanzo
Vanilla and Bean
Garbanzo Bean Salad with Dill Dressing

This healthy dish can be served as a side or main dish thanks to all the fiber-rich vegetables and protein-packed chickpeas.

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best salads honey mustard
Cafe Delites
Honey Mustard Chicken, Bacon, and Avocado Salad

Who said salads are boring? The five-ingredient honey mustard dressing on this one adds a tangy touch to the chicken, bacon, and avocado toppings.

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summer salads mexican chopped
The Café Sucre Farine
Mexican Chopped Salad

The homemade dressing takes this Mexican-inspired salad to the next level.

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bbq side dishes tomato cucumber salad
Tara Donne
Cucumber Tomato Salad

This combination of crunchy cucumbers and fresh tomatoes mixed with cider vinegar and mustard seeds is the most refreshing dish you'll serve all summer.

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4th of july salads
Mary Britton Senseney, Food Styling By: Marian Cooper Cairns
Cucumber, Celery, & Sweet Onion Salad with Sour Cream Dressing

A two-step salad recipe is quick and easy to throw together right before lunch.

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bbq side dishes spicy peach avocado salad
Tara Donne
Spicy Peach and Avocado Salad

Cool avocado and sweet peaches get a spicy kick from chile peppers in this flavorful salad recipe.

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Brian Woodcock
Fresh Black-Eyed Peas Salad

Pack in some protein with this black-eyed peas salad. Chill for up to a day before serving at your next summer potluck.

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Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad

Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than fresh fruit. Add a squeeze of lime to enhance all the flavors.

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Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad

For added flavor, throw in a teaspoon of sugar or honey.

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Honey Lime Rainbow Salad

Just slice up your favorite fruit, toss into a bowl, add dressing, and voila!

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Classic Macaroni Salad

This dish is a summertime staple, so you'll want to take it to all your picnics or barbecues.

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Brian Woodcock
Orange-Olive Romaine Salad with Fennel Vinaigrette

Made with oranges and olives, this salad is both sweet and savory.

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Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Peach Salad with Grilled Basil Chicken

This recipe's white balsamic-honey vinaigrette is the icing on the cake (or, the dressing on the salad, actually!).

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Southwest Roasted Potato Salad

For a twist on a classic potato salad recipe, use roasted potatoes and add corn.

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Brian Woodcock
Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Pickle fans, you'll love this summery salad.

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Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad

Avocados and strawberries make this dish extra creamy and sweet.

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