20 Perfect Summer Salads

This is a roundup of 20 perfect summer salads. We all love a light meal or salad side dish for summer so I gathered a few recipes to show you the versatility of the classic salad. Whether you’re looking for a full meal salad or a simple side dish I have you covered! 

20 Perfect Summer Salads

I know you all know I LOVE me some salad. I’m happy to eat it for dinner, I’m happy to eat it for lunch and on occasion, I’ll even eat it for breakfast. I mean, it’s not a traditional breakfast dish but I’m not one to believe in strict breakfast foods. Lucky for you I gathered 20 perfect summer salads from around the web (Ok, mostly my blogger friends) and from Nutmeg Nanny. I have you covered with full meal salads, side salads, midnight snack salads…

You get it. I got all types of salads! Now, let’s get this party started!

Lentil Couscous Goat Cheese Salad

No summer salad roundup would be complete without my FAVORITE summer salad of 2017. I had this salad when I was in London last summer and came home and made it immediately. It’s the perfect meatless Monday dish or throw in some grilled chicken and make it extra protein packed.

Lentil Couscous Goat Cheese Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Tart Cherry Balsamic Grilled Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad

Tart cherries, check. Grilled vegetables, check. Pasta, check. Yep, this salad literally has it all. I’m always looking for fun twists to pasta salad and this salad totally has that! – by Running to the Kitchen!

Tart Cherry Balsamic Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Crispy Chicken Apple Cabbage Salad

Ok, so I literally make this salad almost 2 times a month. It stays so well in the fridge and I can eat it for DAYS without it getting weird. Plus, you’re going to LOVE the crispy bits of rotisserie chicken. This salad is a total game changer.

Crispy Chicken Apple Cabbage Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Summer Panzanella

There is something beautiful about a salad that has a main ingredient of bread. Like, did you read my mind and make all my dreams come true? – by Table for Two

Summer Panzanella - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Broccoli Bacon Salad

I LOVE me some broccoli salad but I love it, even more, when you throw in some bacon. This salad is the perfect summertime side dish and I will legit eat it each and every single summer week. Ok, I’ll eat it in the spring too. And fall. And winter.

Broccoli Bacon Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Peach Tomato Corn Salad

This salad legit takes all the best parts of summer and throws them together. It’s a late summer gift of a salad that gets even better by drizzling it with a spicy honey vinaigrette. Sweet baby J YES! –  by The Cookie Rookie

Peach Tomato Corn Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Watermelon Greek Salad

Take all the flavors of Greek salad and throw in some watermelon and BOOM – watermelon Greek salad. There is nothing better than tangy feta and sweet watermelon. Trust me!

Watermelon Greek Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad

Ok, this is one of a few cucumber salads on this list because I’m obsessed with cucumber because it’s just so dang tasty. This salad has an Asian twist most everyone will love! – by The Food Charlatan

Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Grilled Peach Burrata Salad

I have always loved grilled peaches but it gets even better when you pair it with the BEST CHEESE EVER – BURRATA!

Grilled Peach Burrata Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Chickpea Salad

I’m all about chickpeas and they are the perfect addition to salad. This chickpea salad is the perfect side dish and would go perfectly with grilled chicken. – by Spend with Pennies

Chickpea Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad

Strawberries are the perfect summer salad addition but it gets a boost of nutrition by throwing on a little quinoa and tangy goat cheese. PLUS this baby is smothered in a strawberry balsamic dressing.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Thai Salad with Carrot and Cucumber Noodles

Mmmmmm cucumber salad. A total classic given a Thai and carrot spin – heck. yes. – by Peas and Crayons

Thai Spiralized Carrot Cucumber Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Roasted Asparagus Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is a classic dish but this time I swapped out the lettuce for roasted asparagus and I made my own lower fat higher protein Caesar dressing by using Greek yogurt.

Roasted Asparagus Caesar Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Quick Basic Chopped Salad

If you’re new to making salads it’s always important to have a delicious basic recipe. This baby is packed full of flavor and contains ingredients you might already have sitting in your pantry. – by Table for Two

Quick Chopped Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Southwest Steak Salad with Fried Plantains

Listen, sometimes I crave red meat and sometimes I want that red meat on top of a salad. This salad gives me both PLUS it gives me fried plantains which I crave all. the. time. Oh, and it’s all drizzled with Greek yogurt cilantro dressing.

Southwest Steak Salad with Fried Plantains - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberries and poppy seed dressing go together like 2 peas in a pod. It’s so sweet and tangy and 100% perfect for summer. –  by The Cookie Rookie

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Greek Spiralized Cucumber Salad

I have always loved cucumber salad but I LOVE that this version is spiralized. Not only does it make it way more fun but those little strips of cucumber soak up all that delicious dressing. – by Peas and Crayons

Greek Spiralized Cucumber Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Favorite Three Bean Salad

Three bean salad always reminds me of summer. It was always present at every single family bbq and devoured by my parents. When I was a kid I was not a fan but now that I’m an adult I learned that three bean salad is in fact awesome. – by Country Cleaver

Favorite Three Bean Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

Pickled Blueberry Panzanella Salad

Pickled blueberries?! Where have you been all my life! I mean, I’m team pickled all the things but pickled fruit is one of my favorites. It gets even better when you throw it on bread salad. I mean, a salad that contains bread. – by Running to the Kitchen

Pickled Blueberry Panzanella Salad - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

 

How to Eat Salad Everyday and Like It!

Listen, if you’re not sold on salads just check out this post and know that you can legit love salad. – by Barefeet in the Kitchen

How to eat salad everyday and like it! - 20 Perfect Summer Salads

5 Responses to “20 Perfect Summer Salads”

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    Delaney | Melanie Makes — July 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    What a wonderful roundup for this time of year!

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    Dorothy at Shockinglydelish — July 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I could live on salads! I now have the menu for my meals for a while!!

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert — July 4, 2018 at 3:48 am

    These are on my must-make list!

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    Sabrina — July 4, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Loving all of these options! They all look fantastic!

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    Allyson Zea — July 9, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Salads are definitely my go-to meal over the summer so I can’t wait to try all of these!

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