15 Summer Salad Recipes to Try


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Summer salad recipes are a must during those warmer days. Here’s a collection of 15 fresh, flavorful and wholesome ways to add vegetables into your meals. These healthy globally inspired salads are loaded with flavor!

15 Summer Salad Recipes to Try

I’ve got 15 summer salad recipes for you to try at home. From a quick pasta salad to a heartier entree salad with protein, it’s all here! These salads are packed with exciting ingredients inspired by seasonal farmers market ingredients and flavors from around the globe.

The key to a great salad is pairing the vegetable base with just the right dressing. You’ll become a pro with my tips for creating delicious homemade dressings by making the perfect emulsion.

There are so many different types of lettuce to try, and this roundup provides tasty salad ideas that highlight a variety of tender greens as well as heartier vegetables, for any occasion.  I can’t wait to hear which one you choose to make!

Summer Salad Recipes

#1) Salmon Greek Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing

Take a trip to Greece with this light, fresh and healthy grilled salmon salad recipe. Crisp vegetables, tomatoes, and feta cheese are tossed in a tangy lemon basil dressing and topped with flaky grilled salmon.

Salmon Greek Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing

#2) Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

This Asian chicken salad is loaded with crunchy toppings, fruit, and vegetables! A crowd-pleasing appetizer tossed in naturally sweetened ginger sesame dressing. Plus its Whole30 and Paleo diet friendly!

Asian Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing

#3) Spiralized Vegetable Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Take your salad game to the next level by “spiralizing” carrots, zucchini and summer squash into low carb vegetable ribbons. You could even make it a cucumber salad instead of zucchini. Don’t skip the irresistible crunchy chickpea topping for added protein and fiber to each serving.

Spiralized Vegetable Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

#4) Crunchy Thai Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing

Hearty kale and colorful cabbage are made tender by thinly slicing the vegetables and dressing them in a smooth, savory, and creamy peanut dressing. This Thai style coleslaw will make any traditional recipe more exciting and exotic!

Crunchy Thai Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing

#5) Easy Greek Pasta Salad

Greek pasta salad gets a tasty twist with tender Gemelli pasta added to the mix. It only takes 15-minutes to prepare this flavorful side dish. Each spoonful delivers sweet tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, bell peppers, feta cheese, tossed with a lemon herb dressing.

 Easy Greek Pasta Salad

#6) Chicken Kale Caesar Salad with Croutons

All hail to the extremely popular Caesar salad! This version gets a healthier gourmet makeover with Tuscan kale, homemade whole wheat croutons, and tender sliced chicken. A light anchovy-based dressing adds an incredible depth of flavor to greens! Switch it up and add seafood to make it a shrimp salad.

Chicken Kale Caesar Salad with Croutons

#7) Summer Fruit Salad with Peach Poppy Seed Dressing

Take fruit salads to the next level! Summer is known for ripe berries and stone fruit, which are the stars of this sweet, savory and crunchy salad. To make a fruit dressing, sliced peaches are pureed with olive oil, lemon, and a touch of honey for luscious drizzle of flavor.

Summer Fruit Salad with Peach Poppy Seed Dressing

#8) Summer Succotash Salad

Hearty grilled vegetables like eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, and corn are chopped and tossed together for the ultimate smoky salad. Snappy green beans can even be chopped and tossed in raw into the mix. A tangy citrus salad balances the charred notes of the barbecued vegetable salad.

Summer Succotash Salad

#9) Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad with Chicken

Broccoli salads never tasted so good! This coleslaw is packed with colorful superfoods and antioxidants like kale, red cabbage, carrot, cruciferous broccoli, and cranberries. Sprinkle some sunflower seeds or pine nuts on top. It all comes together with a creamy dijon dressing and topped with lean chicken for extra protein.

Broccoli Slaw and Kale Salad with Chicken

#10) Spiralized Apple Salad with Citrus Dressing

Vegetables do not always have to be the main ingredient in a salad. Sweet and tart Granny Smith and Fuji apples are cut into spiralized thin ribbons of fruit, for a crunchy and fun dish. The salad is dressed with a citrus vinaigrette and topped with savory cheddar cheese, crunchy pecan, sunflower seeds, and tart dried cranberries.

Spiralized Apple Salad with Citrus Dressing

#11) Grilled Corn Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

If you are a fan of elotes, try this grilled corn salad. The cobs are grilled until the kernels nearly pop and drizzled with tasty toppings, you will love this healthier salad version. Lightly charred fresh sweet corn combined with crunchy cucumber, red onions, cucumbers, avocado, and bell pepper for a fiesta for your taste buds. A lime dressing adds just the right amount of creaminess. Switch up to make a bean salad with pinto or black beans.

Grilled Corn Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

#12) Broccoli Salad

If you want a salad that will keep you energized throughout the day, this broccoli salad is loaded with nutrients for the boost you need! The florets are tossed with a creamy yogurt dressing and topped with sunflower seeds, red onion, cranberries, crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese. Blue cheese dressing would also be a tasty alternative if you like soft ripened aged cheese.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

#13) Caprese Salad

This popular Italian tomato salad is loaded with fresh juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, and slices of mozzarella cheese. Make sure to add freshly picked basil leaves and drizzle with a sweet and tangy homemade balsamic vinegar.

Caprese Salad

#14) Asian Soba Noodle Salad With Soy Dressing

Add a little Asian flair to any boring pasta salad by using tender buckwheat noodles. Fresh sugar snap peas, bell peppers, cabbage, and cucumbers add and addicting crunch to the twisted noodles tossed in a soy dressing.

Asian Soba Noodle Salad With Soy Dressing

#15) Easy All-American Potato Salad 

I couldn’t resist adding a classic creamy potato salad perfect for summer barbecues and picnics. Tender russet potatoes mixed with hard boiled eggs, celery, red onions, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and mustard for a tasty side dish. Greek yogurt can also be substituted for a lighter version.

Easy All-American Potato Salad

Take advantage of all of the ripe seasonal fruits and vegetables during the summer season, and let them shine! Whether you are preparing meals for lunch, dinner, or bringing to a party, these healthy salads will provide a pleasing dish for any eating occasion.

Now that you have over two weeks of salad recipe ideas, which one will you try first? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear!

Jessica Gavin

I'm a culinary school graduate, cookbook author, and a mom who loves croissants! My passion is creating recipes and sharing the science behind cooking to help you gain confidence in the kitchen.

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  1. Barbara says

    Thank you! These look amazing! I too would love the nutritional information. We are doing Keto so that would really be helpful!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Barbara- If you open the link to each recipe they have the nutritional information towards the bottom of the post.

  2. Donna says

    I struggle making good salads at home so I really appreciate these salad recipes. The variety will help me stay interested in trying them all. Thanks!

  3. Judy says

    We have had our company here for two weeks. When they return home I told my hubsand we are going back to soup for lunch and salad for dinner so great to see these recipes again Jessica. You are a blessing.

  4. Diane says

    These summer salads look amazing!!! For sure I’m going to try the Chinese Chicken Salad and the Thai Crunchy Salad! And I just got a spiralizer, so I’m going to try those recipes too! Thank you so much!!!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I’m so happy that you found the round up inspiring katie! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the salmon salad.

  5. Judy says

    These all look truly delicious. I printed several to try next week.

    One thing that would be so nice, but not sure it is possible, is for the Nutrition Facts to print out along with the recipe. Right now I am copying and pasting the nutrition facts into a Word doc and printing it after I print the recipe it goes to.

    Anyway, wishing you a lovely weekend and another celebration with James and family. Thank you for each and every wonderful recipe you share Jessica.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Great question Judy! I’ll have to look into the nutrition facts information some more. Thank you for your support and kind wishes for James’ birthday!