25 Easy Summer Salad Recipes

Summer is salad season for sure—I eat salads all year round, but in the summer salads just seems to make themselves, and gorgeously we might added.  If you want into a farmers’ market a salad might leap into your environmentally friendly basket or tote, demanding to be taken home.   


25 Easy Summer Salad Recipes

Here are some of my all time favorite summer salad recipes:

Simple Vegetarian Pasta Salad

So easy, so colorful, so make ahead, so crowd-pleasing….and actually a vegan pasta salad, too).

Modern Three Bean Salad

A contemporary version of a classic side dish, with the addition of whole grains, hearts of palm, and fresh herbs to brighten it up.

Food Deadline Mediterranean Tomato Wheat Berry Salad with Fresh Herbs 1/Katie Workman

Mediterranean Tomato Wheat Berry Salad with Fresh Herbs

This salad has a whole lot going on in terms of color, texture, taste, and nutrition.

Perfect End of Summer Pasta Salad / Mandy Maxwell / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Perfect End of Summer Pasta Salad

Make it while you can.

Summer Corn, Tomato and Bacon Salad / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Summer Corn, Tomato and Bacon Salad

Starring the two best vegetables of late summer, with bacon as a supporting actor.

Red Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Artichoke Hearts, and Olives / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Red Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Artichoke Hearts, and Olives

Sometimes a side dish will steal the show—and when that's the case, maybe it should be the main dish.

Late Summer Cobb Salad

The salad to keep up with the end-of-summer influx of produce.

My family could eat Cobb Salads every week, all year round.  This is the summer version.


Egg and Potato Salad with Bacon

Who is the genius who conceived of mixing egg salad AND potato salad together? We need to thank them.

Tomato, Red Onion, Watercress, Feta and Olive Salad

15 minutes gets you to an explosion of summery color and flavor in a bowl.

Bring it to a potluck gathering and wow everyone.


Zucchini Ribbon Salad / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

The perfectly pretty salad to make with those perfectly pretty zucchini.

Greek Tabbouleh Salad

A Mediterranean twist on a very classic Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad

I’ve also made it with quinoa and it’s a lovely and substantial summer salad choice.


Couscous Salad with Shrimp, Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Couscous Salad with Shrimp and Pesto Dressing

This summery dish pretty well underscores the thought that we eat with our eyes.

This is a great main dish summer salad recipe, with a nice pop of flavor and color from the pesto dressing.


Artichoke, Feta and Roasted Pepper Couscous Salad

Artichoke, Feta and Roasted Pepper Couscous Salad

A room temperature salad made with Mediterranean couscous is one of my pernennial go-to’s.

This one is actually great all year round.


Classic Potato Salad with Celery and Fresh Thyme / Laura Agra / Katie Workman themom100.com

Classic Potato Salad with Celery and Fresh Thyme

A great summer side for those who don’t like mayo based potato salads.

Pasta Salad with Chicken, Green Olives, and Ramp Vinaigrette

Chicken salad meets Spring. This pasta salad is heavy on the chicken.

Make this recipe as you head into summer, using those fabulous wild ramps that are only available for a short time.


Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad

This is so, so pretty, and can be made ahead, which is great when you have a crew of guests.

Chopped Salad with Chicken, Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Dressing / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Chopped Salad with Chicken, Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Dressing

This was one of the best lunches ever, just that perfect chopped salad.

Southwest Black Bean and Corn Salad

Beautiful, easy, inexpensive, vegetarian, satisfying.

Spinach and Radish Salad with Feta

What's green and white and red all over? This perfect little side salad.

If you can find those gorgeous watermelon radishes, this simple salad is a little bit breathtaking.


Tomato, Zucchini and Bulgur Salad

A great grain and vegetable salad for all kinds of occasions.

Makes use of all those gorgeous tomatoes and zucchinis that flood the markets in July, August, and September.


Kamut Tabbouleh Salad / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Kamut Tabbouleh Salad

Adding grains to green salads gives them a definite level of umph.

Shrimp and Corn Salad with Basil Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Shrimp and Corn Salad with Basil Dressing

A must-make when corn is in season. This is such a good looking and satisfying salad for later summer.

Grab extra ears of corn at the market to make this recipe.


Pasta Salad with Chicken and Chipotle Dressing

Leftovers join forces to become this better-than-I-expected salad.

One of many great ways to combine shredded chicken and pasta.


Greek Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Yes, another Greek Salad recipe. And I doubt it will be the last.

Romaine and Arugula with Tarragon Vinaigrette / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com

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