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:
So easy, so colorful, so make ahead, so crowd-pleasing….and actually a vegan pasta salad, too).
A contemporary version of a classic side dish, with the addition of whole grains, hearts of palm, and fresh herbs to brighten it up.
This salad has a whole lot going on in terms of color, texture, taste, and nutrition.
Starring the two best vegetables of late summer, with bacon as a supporting actor.
Sometimes a side dish will steal the show—and when that's the case, maybe it should be the main dish.
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.
Who is the genius who conceived of mixing egg salad AND potato salad together? We need to thank them.
15 minutes gets you to an explosion of summery color and flavor in a bowl. Bring it to a potluck gathering and wow everyone.
The perfectly pretty salad to make with those perfectly pretty zucchini.
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.
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.
A room temperature salad made with Mediterranean couscous is one of my pernennial go-to’s. This one is actually great all year round.
A great summer side for those who don’t like mayo based potato salads.
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.
This is so, so pretty, and can be made ahead, which is great when you have a crew of guests.
This was one of the best lunches ever, just that perfect chopped salad.
Beautiful, easy, inexpensive, vegetarian, satisfying.
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.
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.
Adding grains to green salads gives them a definite level of umph.
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.
Leftovers join forces to become this better-than-I-expected salad. One of many great ways to combine shredded chicken and pasta.
Yes, another Greek Salad recipe. And I doubt it will be the last.
Because you almost always need a salad with dinner.