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Our Best Summer Salads

These fresh summer salad recipes are anything but ordinary. Our irresistible combinations of seasonal vegetables and fruits come together with tasty dressings and tangy vinaigrettes for summer salads everyone will love.


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    • Fresh Basil Salad

      Grab the melon baller (that's right!) to shape perfect spheres of goat cheese and roll in toasted farro. Serve the cheese balls atop a leafy bed of lettuce, basil, and berries. Salad just got gourmet.

    • Summer Spaghetti Salad

      Who needs sauce when you can use tomatoes fresh from the garden? String cheese makes a playful addition to the summer pasta salad.

    • Fresh Corn Salad

      Summer-ripe sweet corn blends with fragrant basil and piping-hot jalapeno in this mouthwatering summer salad recipe. Diced cucumbers, onions, and peppers create a medley of juices that's almost a dressing on its own.

    • Strawberry Pretzel Salad

      Summer salad doesn't have to mean pasta and greens. This one calls for pretzels, lush cream cheese, strawberries, and gelatin. Yes, please!

      Summer's Fruitiest Treats
    • Boozy Gelatin Salad

      Perfect gelatin salad is just a few steps away. Did we mention this one features champagne and grapefruit?

    • Farro Fruit Salad

      Bursting blueberries give this fennel-farro salad a candylike punch. Shake up a DIY dressing, then sprinkle with salty pistachios for a trendy touch.

      Ahh-Mazing Summer Sides
    • Broccolini and Sweet Pepper Pasta Salad

      No boxed stuff here! Garden-fresh basil and sweet red pepper slices prep pasta for the summer potluck table. A honey-garlic dressing and some goat cheese keep it sweet and tangy.

    • Shaved Summer Vegetables

      Have yourself a little slice of summer -- with a shaved summer salad. Enjoy endless ribbons of colorful veggies: zucchini, yellow squash, kale, and more.

      Top-Notch Summer Salads
    • Grilled Fruit Couscous Salad

      Grill time isn't just for veggies. Toss blushing plums and juicy nectarines on the grill, then pair with cool cilantro and couscous for a sweet and filling summer salad.

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      Grilled Turkey and Strawberry Salad

      Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving. The lean meat makes a perfect alternative to chicken in our strawberry-studded summer salad. Homemade lemon-pepper rub and sherry vinaigrette will make this recipe a seasonal favorite.

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      Cabbage and Carrot Salad

      Move over, spinach. Garden-fresh carrots and cabbage are the new salad stars. The shredded veggies stock this Asian-inspired salad with gorgeous color and lots of nutrients. Sauce it up with an easy peanut drizzle.

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      Grains and Fruit Summer Salad

      Not sure what you're hungry for? This toss-together summer salad has a bit of everything: chopped melon and berries, sliced vegetables, and even a serving of hearty quinoa. Add salmon to turn this side into a main dish.

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      Farm Salad with Sweet Peppers and Sage Croutons

      Give mixed greens a makeover with crunchy sage croutons and zippy apple cider vinaigrette. We love this fresh summer salad with grilled pork chops.

    • How to Make Seven-Layer Salad
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      The Ultimate Layered Salad

      The more layers, the better the salad? We think so! Get the tricks to our favorite layered salad in this video.

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      BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

      Turn your summer salad on its head. Grill halved romaine and top with juicy cherry tomatoes and bacon pieces for a BLT-inspired side salad. Creamy garlic-and-dill dressing completes the sandwich-to-salad transformation.

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      Fennel Salad with Arugula, Dill, and Walnuts

      The peppery flavor of arugula is a great way to mix up your salad bowl and pack in a ton of vitamins. Paired with a delicate honey dressing and crunchy walnuts, you'll love how light this summer salad tastes.

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      Corn and Blueberry Salad

      Sweet corn and blueberries are an unexpected pair, but their flavors come together effortlessly in this lime- and cumin-laced salad.

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      Basil-Tomato Salad

      If you love pesto, you'll love this basil-loaded summer salad. The fresh herb mingles with tomatoes and pine nuts for a sophisticated summer salad.

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      Grilled Flank Steak Salad

      A little honey and a shot of lime balance the distinct flavor of cilantro in our delicious dressing recipe. It's perfect for drizzling over slices of juicy grilled steak and a bed of crisp veggies.

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      Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

      This supper may look light, but it's filling! The refreshing dish makes the most of juicy watermelon, plump shrimp, and crisp cabbage. Feta cheese adds tanginess.

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      Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad

      If you've never tried fried green tomatoes, you're missing out. We paired the easy summer treat with hearty seared pork and fresh greens in this tasty summer salad. To punch up the flavor, drizzle on sweet-and-sour sauce and crumbled blue cheese.

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      Tomato and Red Onion Salad

      Fresh heirloom tomatoes and onions get dressed up with a sweet-sour vinegar dressing. Make it ahead or just before supper -- prep takes 25 minutes. Add grilled chicken to make it a meal.

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    • How to Make Your Own Salad Dressing
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      Homemade Ranch Dressing

      An endless supply of ranch dressing may sound like a dream, but it's totally possible with our easy, make-at-home recipe.

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      Spinach Salad with Indian-Spiced Chickpeas, Apricots, and Onion

      Our summer-friendly take on Indian cuisine features layers of spices that will take you from sweet to spicy and back again. Lemon juice and apricot slices keep this salad light and fresh.

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      Layered Spinach and Pot Sticker Salad

      This layered salad features pot stickers (small dumplings filled with meat), fresh spinach, juicy strawberries, and a homemade strawberry vinaigrette. Spiced potato chips sprinkled on top add delicious crunch.

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      Southern Cobb Salad

      A creamy cheese dressing pulls together crisp fried chicken, black-eyed peas, sweet peppers, and pecans for a satisfying salad.

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      Melon Salad with Sweet Sesame Dressing

      The sweetness of the watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew in this delicious salad recipe tempers the spice of the cayenne pepper in the dressing.

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      Smoked Salmon and Melon Salad

      Make this delicious layered salad for brunch or a light, no-cook dinner. Lively, spicy-sweet cardamom complements the smoky salmon and cool melon.

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      Pork and Noodle Salad

      A ginger-soy dressing gives a bit of Asian flair to this crisp pork and cabbage salad. Easy wonton crisps make a delightful side dish.

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      Fresh Corn-Rice Salad

      Filled with fresh corn, cold rice, ripe tomatoes, and peppery arugula, this light salad makes the ideal hot-weather supper. Slivers of jalapeno pepper and red onion add punch.

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      Crispy Chopped Chicken Salad

      Crisp, wafer-thin slices of prosciutto and a lemony dressing top this mix of sauteed chicken, vegetables, and blue cheese.

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      Gazpacho Shrimp Salad

      Pour the red pepper-tomato dressing into the bowl, set the gazpacho salad on top, and finish with quick-cooked shrimp and crunchy croutons.

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      Minty Pasta Salad with Lamb

      Arugula and mint tossed with pasta create a bed for peppery lamb chops, which go on the plate still sizzling from the grill.

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      Edamame Bread Salad

      This adaptation of an Italian bread salad is meatless, but thanks to high-protein edamame, it's seriously hearty. The dressing gets plenty of punch from olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil.

    • Easy Summer Side: Sweet Potato Salad
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      Best Sweet Potato Salad Ever

      When it comes to standing out on the potluck table, playful is always best. Watch for tips and tricks on making this fun potato salad.

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      Mango and Corn Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

      For a different kind of cookout dish, try this delicious summer salad of grilled corn, juicy mango, red onion, and arugula. The homemade vinaigrette adds a tangy kick.

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      Grapefruit-Watercress Supper Salad

      Juicy grapefruit and creamy avocado top watercress in this easy summer salad. Toss with a zippy homemade vinaigrette of fresh mint, olive oil, grapefruit juice, and pepper.

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      Mango Chicken Salad

      Jazz up your chicken salad by tossing in juicy mango, fresh blueberries, crumbled blue cheese, and crunchy broccoli.

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      Shrimp and Watercress Salad

      This fresh veggie-loaded summer salad takes just 15 minutes to make. Simply toss asparagus, watercress, shrimp, and cherry tomatoes with light raspberry vinaigrette.

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