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30 Summer Salads You Need to Try

Beat the sweltering heat this summer with these quick, easy, and delicious salad recipes.

30 Summer Salads You Need to Try

Beat the sweltering heat this summer with these quick, easy, and delicious salad recipes.

Between stopping for salty street food, noshing on fried carnival fare, and one-too-many ice cream truck rendezvous, sometimes all you need is a fresh summer salad to lighten things up. And with all the wonderful seasonal produce that graces our supermarkets—hello, lines of rainbow produce and fragrant herbs—it’s the optimal time to bust out the bowls and get creative in the kitchen.

Whether you’re looking to get your body beach-ready or just add some excitement to your lunch menu, we’ve gathered 30 summer salads you seriously need to try now. And if you want healthy recipes, supermarket shopping guides, and essential nutrition tips at your fingertips, subscribe to the new Eat This, Not That! magazine now! For a limited time, you can save 50 percent off the cover price—click here!

1

Summer Corn Salad

Summer corn salad recipe Courtesy of Lil' Luna

Planning a delicious picnic on the beach? Don’t forget to pack your cooler with this light and flavorful summer salad. It’s packed with invigorating ingredients such as fresh lime zest, basil, cucumber, and feta, and is rich in plenty of satiating fiber from the corn. Looking for more ways to incorporate the macro into your meals? Stock up on these 43 Best Foods for Fiber.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.

2

Summer Chicken Chopped Salad With Strawberries, Avocado & Feta

Chicken chopped salad recipe Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Effortlessly add more protein to your diet by whipping up this quick salad. Barbecued chicken and toasted nuts meet briny feta and juicy watermelon in this refreshing lunch option that’s sure to please any picky eater. A serious bonus: fat-blasting apple cider vinegar makes up the dressing’s base for extra slimming powers.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

3

Asparagus Salad

Asparagus salad recipe Courtesy of Lil' Luna

If you usually throw asparagus into the stove with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, you might want to jot this fresh recipe onto your list. This blogger combines the crunchy spears with rich Mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, basil, and a light balsamic vinaigrette that ties it altogether.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.

4

Summer Barbecue Salad

Strawberry avocado salad Courtesy of Naturally Sassy

Barbecuing is a the cornerstone of long summer days, so why not pair your grilled meats with a sizzling salad? This recipe combines caramelized carrots, succulent strawberries, tamari-roasted seeds, and corn on the cob for a truly finger-licking side dish that works well with any of our 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss.

Get the recipe from Naturally Sassy.

5

Famous Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad

Thai quinoa salad recipe Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

For a vegan and gluten-free dish that doesn’t skimp out on hearty, indulgent ingredients, try this crunchy Thai salad. It’s packed with superfoods such as peanut butter, legumes, plant-based oil, and quinoa—a complete protein that packs in all nine essential amino acids for muscle-building and maintaining. Add this salad to your weekly rotation to slim down for sundress season in no time!

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

6

Avocado Feta Salsa

Avocado feta salsa recipe Courtesy of A Healthy Slice of Life

Die-hard avocado fans like us know that it’s best to pair the creamy fruit with a salty counterpart. This scrumptious recipe seems to share our palate’s preferences with this smart avocado-feta-and-tomato combo. Serve the fresh salsa with crunchy whole-grain pita chips for added satiety.

Get the recipe from A Healthy Slice of Life.

7

Broccoli & Avocado Salad with an Almond Butter-Lime Dressing

Broccoli avocado salad Courtesy of Naturally Sassy

Rather than slathering almond butter on toast, try whipping it with savory garlic, lime, and tamari for a unique dressing that’ll make you look forward to lunch again. This superfood-packed bowl is brimming with healthy fats to keep you slim and satiated as well as vitamin C-packed broccoli to help you ward off those pesky post-season colds.

Get the recipe from Naturally Sassy.

8

Summer Pasta Salad with Garlic, Chilli and Lemon

Pasta salad Courtesy of Naturally Sassy

Fork into something other than your go-to bowl of mixed greens by prepping this easy, plant-based meal. Fiber-rich asparagus, peas, and zucchini lighten up the pasta base while the capsaicin-packed chili powder and immunity-boosting garlic add some coveted zest.

Get the recipe from Naturally Sassy.

9

Southwest Chicken Salad With Roasted Poblano Dressing

Southwest chicken salad Courtesy of Little Family Adventure

When the days are long and sweltering, the last thing we want to do is crank on the oven to get a meal on the table. This southwest-inspired salad is the perfect hot day remedy. Start by grilling the chicken, corn, and poblanos in the backyard BBQ; toss with radishes, cotija cheese, and mixed greens; and finish it off with a probiotic-packed yogurt dressing that bumps up the creaminess and protein content.

Get the recipe from Little Family Adventure.

10

Nacho Average Kale Salad

Avocado kale salad Courtesy of Flavorrd

Fancy crunchy tortilla chips but not t0o keen on kale? This salad will convince you that the divisive green is actually quite the delicious salad staple. This bowl is made indulgent with sweet corn and a crumbled cheese topping that’ll help you forget you’re forking into healthy greens.

Get the recipe from Flavorrd.

11

Mason Jar Taco Salad

Mason jar taco salad Courtesy of Tried and True

For a trendy take on your favorite street food, layer taco fixings such as beans and salsa into a deep mason jar. Just remember to add the sauce first to prevent unwanted sogginess and wilted greens.

Get the recipe from Tried and True.

12

Watercress Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette

Watercress tomato salad Courtesy of Mommy's Home Cooking

A seriously underrated green, watercress boasts more bone-building calcium and skin-repairing vitamin C than spinach. The peppery plant’s bite is neutralized thanks to the tender hearts of palm and raspberry vinaigrette’s sweetness. Serve alongside your favorite dinner proteins from grilled salmon to baked poultry.

Get the recipe from Mommy’s Home Cooking.

13

Lemon, Mint & Pineapple Kale Salad

Lemon mint kale salad Courtesy of Flavorrd

Spruce up your pals’ potluck dinner by bringing a batch of this refreshing slaw that’s sure to stand out among rows of carby concoctions. This pick is brimming with unsaturated-fat-filled pumpkin seeds, vitamin A-rich kale, and pineapple—which is high in bromelain, an enzyme that helps break down protein and banish bloat, getting you beach-ready in no time.

Get the recipe from Flavorrd.

14

Sesame Spinach & Citrus Salad

Spinach citrus salad Courtesy of Zenbelly

Looking to freshen up your bruch without spending hours experimenting in the kitchen? Simply combine baby spinach, cucumbers, oranges, scallions, walnuts, and sesame seeds with Zenbelly’s velvety tahini-based dressing for a truly impressive dish.

Get the recipe from Zenbelly.

15

Chimichurri Chicken Salad With Peaches

Peach chicken salad Courtesy of Zenbelly

Consider this hearty salad your antidote to all-too-regular romaine. The parsley-based sauce adds a freshness profile while the peaches contribute natural sweetness to round out the dish. Feel free to play around with your add-ins and experiment by tossing in grapes or plums and sprinkle some pecans for crunch.

Get the recipe from Zenbelly.

16

Midwestern Steak Salad

Steak jalapeno salad Courtesy of 24 Carrot Life

To ensure your steak is extra tender and flavorful, this blogger recommends marinating the meat with a mix of heart-healthy olive oil, lemon, cumin, and paprika. While the tasty flatiron seems like the star of this salad, the avocado cilantro topper is far from your humdrum bottled dressing. It boasts some serious texture thanks to thick Greek yogurt and filling avocado.

Get the recipe from 24 Carrot Life.

17

Instant Pot Beet Salad With Arugula, Goat Cheese & Walnuts

Arugula beet goat cheese salad Courtesy of Paint the Kitchen Red

Your instant pot may have served its purpose throughout frigid winters, producing warming chilis and toasty soups, but that doesn’t mean you should stow it away come summer. The restaurant-inspired combo of arugula, goat cheese, beets, walnuts and balsamic salad dressing is made simple with just a push of a button. The beets are cooked in a quick 20 minutes and add a pop of color to the zingy greens.

Get the recipe from Paint the Kitchen Red.

18

Fresh and Easy Nicoise Salad

Nicoise salad Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

One of the easiest—and cheapest—ways to bulk up your salad’s satiety factor is to toss some tuna on top. The omega-3-rich fish makes a stellar accompaniment to hard-boiled eggs, roasted potatoes, and salty olives in this classic, family-friendly combo.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.

19

Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Salad Bowls

Sweet potato salad Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Whether you’re prepping for a pool party or looking for a light dinner after noshing on fried carnival fare, this salad will become your go-to. Instead of using store-bought sweet potato chips, this blogger concocts her own with just a few simple ingredients: olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and aged cheddar. As a final touch, the superfood bowl is garnished with a luscious avocado cream.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

20

Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad

Cucumber egg mushroom salad Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Trade your usual plate for a bowl by throwing together slices of blackened chicken with meaty mushrooms, turkey bacon, avocado, and crumbled blue cheese. The poultry’s sapid seasoning blend is far from bland and jam-packs your bowl with boatloads of protein and flavor.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

21

Antipasto Chicken Salad Recipe

Antipasto salad Courtesy of Show Me the Yummy

Versatile and easy to prep, this salad can be portioned out into an appetizer or served as a standalone entree. It features deli favorites such as pepperoni, salami, and mozzarella and elevates it with the addition of roasted red peppers, tomatoes, red onions, and fresh basil. Sounds too delicious to pass up? This pick is prepped in a mere 10 minutes!

Get the recipe from Show Me the Yummy.

22

Peach, Melon, Basil & Burrata Salad

Peach ham and burrata salad Courtesy of I Am A Food Blog

Nothing screams summer more like seasonal fruit and fresh herbs, which is why this salad made it onto our priority list. It features sliced melon and peach as well as aromatic basil, rich burrata, tender Serrano ham, crushed red pepper, sunflower seeds, olive oil, and sesame.

Get the recipe from I Am a Food Blog.

23

Orzo Caprese Salad

Orzo feta tomato salad Courtesy of Savory Simple

This simple Italian salad is the epitome of summer—bursting with fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes and upgraded with orzo. The chewy carb helps add substance to the otherwise light salad, so you won’t be too tempted to reach for seconds. But if you do, we’re totally not judging.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

24

Freekeh Salad With Sweet Potatoes and Pears

Sweet potato salad with freekeh Courtesy of Savory Simple

What the heck is freekeh, you ask? This nutritious whole grain is low in fat and high in both filling fiber and protein. The supergrain is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine and boasts a pleasant, nutty flavor and a nutritional profile that rivals quinoa. This easy recipe combines freekeh with sweet potatoes, succulent pears, and sage.

Get the recipe from Savory Simple.

25

Fregula Sarda Salad With Tart Cherries and Smoked Trout

Fregula sarda trout salad recipe Courtesy of Love & Olive Oil

Fregula is a toasted pasta hailing from Sardinia and is quite similar in taste and texture to couscous. It fares well in cold salads, and this pick is no exception. Smoked trout adds a depth of flavor while dried cherries contribute a leathery yet balancing tartness. Make this dish your go-to summer dinner as tart cherries have been proven to induce sleep thanks to their natural source of melatonin.

Get the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.

26

Blueberry Corn Salad

Blueberry corn salad recipe Courtesy of Seven Spoons

Blueberries and corn may sound like an odd combination at first glance but will quickly become love at first bite when you give it a whirl. Start by sauteing corn with olive oil, shallots, green onions, and red chilies. Then, add in the antioxidant-rich berries and cilantro and top with homemade dressing.

Get the recipe from Seven Spoons.

27

Deconstructed Pesto Couscous Salad

Deconstructed pesto salad recipe Courtesy of Love & Olive Oil

If you’re one to bust out the blender and make a batch of homemade pesto to spruce up any meal, you’ll love  this deconstructed version that highlights each ingredient. Pearl couscous is meshed with quality olive oil, pine nuts, basil, and shaved Pecorino cheese rather than pulverized into a spread. Trade the butter knife for a spoon and dig into this delightful dish.

Get the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.

28

Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Soba noodle salad recipe Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Distract yourself from the blistering heat outdoors by spiking your lunch with some spice. This recipe is made with gluten-free soba noodles and green veggies, and made indulgent with a sauce whipped with creamy peanut butter, honey, and tamari sauce. For added crunch, this blogger sneaks in bright purple cabbage, red pepper, and crushed peanuts.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

29

Kitchen Sink Sunflower Salad

Sunflower salad recipe Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Much like how the beloved kitchen sink cookie combines an array of yummy ingredients, this salad also tosses together almost every ingredient under the sun—and we’re talking sunflowers, especially. With sunflower seed butter and sunflower seeds, this pick is bursting with cholesterol-lowering fats as well as Brussels sprouts and aromatic curry and cumin. It’s a true must-try to squelch all your summer cravings.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

30

Creamy Summer Fruit Salad

Creamy fruit salad Courtesy of Little Family Adventure

End your hearty hamburger dinner with this blogger’s smart take on dessert. Double up on antioxidants (they help shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays) with this indulgent fruit cup that benefits from gut-loving yogurt. While this blogger opts for vanilla Yoplait, you can bump up your cup’s protein content while cutting back on sugar by swapping the ‘gurt for any of our go-to picks in The 20 Best and Worst Greek Yogurts.

Get the recipe from Little Family Adventure.

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