29 Summer Salads You Don’t Want To Miss

Summer salads are always a welcome site when the weather gets warm. They are easy to make, filling, and full of wonderful summer produce.

I don’t know about you, but after my first Maine winter, I’m ready for some warmer weather and some fresh summer produce. Nothing beats a good summer salad on a hot day! These summer salad recipes are perfect as a side dish, a main meal for dinner, a picnic, a potluck, or a bbq. And remember, the best summer salad recipes are the ones you get creative with!

What Is A Summer Salad?

Summer salads are those salads that are typically eaten cold. Some require no cooking at all. Others need certain components of the salad cooked before assembly (such as pasta). But almost all will contain some form of summer produce.

Summer Salad

From potato salad to pasta salad, from cucumber salad to corn salad or chicken salad, a good salad recipe is always a necessity. Whether you are looking for the perfect side dishes or a main meal, the salads below are packed with flavor and good nutrition. They make a quick summer meal that is both filling and nutritious, and a lot of the time, you never even have to turn on the stove.

The Meal Planner

Many of you know that I recently made my meal planner app free for everyone to use here. The below menu of salads is a menu created with that meal planner. Feel free to add any of these to your meal plans!

Do You Need To Register?

If you haven’t registered, you don’t have to. You can create a meal plan without it. However, if you want to save that meal plan so you have it for later, then you will need to register. Having an account to save it to is the only way it can be saved. But as I mentioned, it’s free to register. Just click the link at the very top right of this page.

An up close view of this Asparagus Salad in a white serving bowl.
Easy Asparagus Salad

What To Buy To Make Good Salads

Keeping ingredients on hand for a quick salad is a must in summer. There are several building blocks that you need to make, not just a salad, but a good salad. Essential components of a summer salad are:

  1. Leafy greens – Such as lettuce, spinach, or arugula.
  2. Seasonal fruits – Especially apples and berries, which are powerhouses of nutrition.
  3. Seasonal vegetables – Consider vegetables you can slice, dice, or grate ahead of time for easy salad assembly. You can even purchase them grate at the store.
  4. Protein sources – Meat, hard-boiled eggs, or even tofu are great additions. Things like grilled chicken or shrimp make great additions to summer salads.
  5. Beans – Boost your fiber intake by adding beans to every salad!
  6. Healthy fats – Think avocados, nuts, seeds, or extra virgin olive oil are great to add in small amounts.
  7. Salad dressing – Make your own at home in minutes with one of these salad dressing recipes.

More Ideas for Summer Salads To Get Creative With

Here are some even more suggestions for easy salad recipes that aren’t even on the list below. Use the linked recipes, or imagine your own!

Components Of Perfect Summer Salads Infographic

Ingredients For Summer Salads

Here are two charts that will give you some ideas to mix and match as you like.

romaine lettucepeachgreen beanstuna
fresh basilwatermeloncarrotschicken
fresh dillnectarinescelerypork
fresh cilantrocherriespepperssteak
butter lettucemandarinsbroccolitofu
spring mixdried cranberriescauliflowerturkey
endiveapplesred onionvegan meat
red leaf lettucedatesgreen onions
green leaf lettucegrapeszucchini
mesclundragon fruityellow squash

BeansHealthy FatsDressing
black beansgoat cheeselemon juice
pinto beansfresh mozzarellalime juice
cannellini beanspine nutscreamy dressing
kidney beansolives
navy beansolive oil
edamame beanscreamy avocado

Supplies For Summer Salads

Salad serving bowl with salad tongs and a lid sold on Amazon. (Affiliate link)
Condiment caddy perfect for storing prepped fruits and veggies for summer salads, sold on Amazon. (Affiliate link)
Salad spinner sold on Amazon. (Affiliate link)
An up close view of a blue bowl filled with this Avocado Quinoa Salad. One of 20 summer salad recipes.
Avocado Quinoa Salad

Summer Salad Recipes Collection

Ready for the full collection? Below you will find 29 summer salad recipes. You can click the image to see the full recipe and add it to your own recipe collection. Click the plus or minus to adjust servings (applies to your shopping list), and if you click to see the full recipe, you can click the black, underlined title, “Summer Salad Recipes,” to get back to the full display of recipes. Enjoy!

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