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.

Fresh Basil Salad

Grab the melon baller (that's right!) to shape perfect spheres of goat cheese, then roll them 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.

Peach and Tomato Salad

Just setting this salad on your table will let guests know it's time to celebrate summer. The pretty dish is extra sweet, thanks to the honey-vinegar dressing.

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!

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.

Lunchtime Quinoa Salad

No one wants to spend too much time preparing meals in the summer. Keep cooked quinoa on hand, and you won't have to worry about lunch prep with this on-the-go salad that's ready in minutes!

Cilantro Cucumber-Melon Salad

Summer calls for refreshing ingredients, and this cilantro salad fills the bill. Add feta cheese for a tasty complement to the melon.

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.

Roasted Beet and Chervil Salad

Chervil, which is in the parsley family, mixes easily with roasted beet and farro. Once you've roasted the beets (keep extra on hand for other summer meals), almost all the work is done!

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.

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.

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.

Cobb Salad Grilled Chicken

Cobb salad is a summer go-to. Mix it up by adding grilled chicken.

Fennel Salad with Arugula, Dill, and Walnuts

Mix up your salad bowl and pack in a ton of vitamins with the peppery flavor of arugula. You'll love how light this summer salad tastes when paired with a delicate honey dressing and crunchy walnuts.

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.

Baja-Asian Caesar Salad

Sauce made from rice vinegar, fish sauce, and garlic gives a Baja-Asian twist to classic Caesar salad. Make your own croutons for an extra touch!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marjoram-Scented Corn-Tomato Salad

Take grilled sweet corn off the cob and enjoy it in this summery salad. Did we mention that it calls for bacon?

Southern Cobb Salad

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

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.

Smoked Salmon and Melon Salad

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Black-Eyed Pea and Quinoa Salad

The more color, the better hen it comes to summer salads. Fresh sweet corn, avocado, and tomatoes brighten up this quinoa salad.


Shrimp, Couscous, and Melon Salad

Summer is the perfect time to serve a salad that's both simple and delicious. And with a 30-minute start-to-finish time, this salad is great for a busy night.


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.

Edamame Bread Salad

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

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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