Summer is right around the corner, and that means barbecue season! Whether you’re searching for a healthy summer salad recipe, making summer salads for a crowd at your next outdoor gathering or just trying to put dinner on the table without having to turn on your oven, I’ve got you covered! No one wants to cook in suffocating heat, and you can make pretty much any kind of salad you could imagine. Here are 19 refreshing summer salad recipes for you to try!
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Healthy Summer Salads Featuring Fresh, Bright Seasonal Ingredients
Nothing is worse than the same old boring salad. If you’re anything like me, you can eat healthy as long as it’s not boring. Sometimes I’ll double up with a refreshing summer salad for dinner and then have the same summer salad for lunch the next day. It makes meal planning and prepping easy and helps me to spend less time in the kitchen.
This list of 19 healthy summer salad recipes will keep up with variety and give you a ton of summer salad ideas for a crowd or even just for dinner for two!
Here's 19 Refreshing Summer Salads to Try
Bring any one of these refreshing summer salads to your next outdoor gathering and you'll be bringing home an empty bowl!
Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad
Featuring red, white and blue ingredients this fruit salad is the perfect way to add a healthy 4th of July salad to your holiday table. This is sure to make you the life of your summer party party.
Heart Healthy Mixed Bean Salad
Turn canned beans, lentils and chickpeas into a flavourful salad that will add a healthy boost to your meals. Perfect year round, this fibre-rich salad is a great way of incorporating legumes into your diet. This can be served as a side dish, perfect for potlucks or to make it a main for lunch serve it over spiralized cucumbers.
Summer Cucumber Salad with Vinegar
This easy summer Cucumber Salad with Vinegar is the best and made easy with thinly sliced cucumbers and red onions! You’ll love the light, refreshing dressing!
Strawberry Almond Salad with Honey Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
An easy formula for this salad dressing that you can customize to your taste buds. Tangy, sweet, and delicious! #summersalad #saladdressing #strawberrysalad #honeyvinagrette #healthysalad
Cold Peach Quinoa Salad
This Peach Quinoa Salad is the perfect cold lunch meal prep as well as being super easy to make for a large gathering! Look no further for a cold lunch idea than this sweet peachy salad.
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon and Almonds
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon and Almonds is filled with fresh broccoli florets, crunchy cauliflower, almonds and red onions, tender bacon pieces and slivered carrots - a flavourful, colourful, healthy, and ideal salad for a BBQ or a picnic.
Summer Berry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing
Boost your immune system this summer with this healthy and incredibly simple spinach salad topped with raspberries, blueberries, almonds, and a delightful balsamic vinegar dressing.
Feta Bruschetta Pasta Salad
This quick and easy Feta Bruschetta Pasta Salad packs bold flavours to pair perfectly with your summer grilling feasts and is sure to be a big hit at your next BBQ or cookout.
Hawaii Inspired Pasta Salad
This Hawaii Inspired Pasta Salad is a refreshing alternative to a Hawaiian Pizza that is perfect to take to a cookout, or for a simple dinner at home with some grilled barbecued chicken.
Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad
This cilantro lime chickpea salad has buttery chickpeas, summer fresh corn, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, and a homemade cilantro lime dressing. It’s the perfect summer salad for a potluck barbecue!
Peach and Feta Cheese Salad
Summer salads are a great way of reducing time slaving over a hot stove. This seared peach and feta cheese salad does involve a little cooking but it is all very chilled and laid back.
Sweet Bell Pepper Salad
Make this refreshing sweet bell pepper salad as an easy weeknight side. With onions, fennel, and feta cheese, eating the rainbow never tasted so good!
How to Make Greek Pasta Salad
This Greek pasta salad has all the Mediterranean flavors incorporated into it! It can be served for lunch or dinner.
Mixed Berry Cobb Salad w/ Goat Cheese Vinaigrette ⋆ Slim Pickins Kitchen
Mixed Berry Cobb Salad with Goat Cheese Vinaigrette is a show stopping salad that’ll look gorgeous on the table for a summer lunch or brunch!
Fresh Garden Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette
Fresh crunchy vegetables with a simple homemade dressing is packed with all things bright and fresh! This fresh garden salad recipe with creamy vinaigrette is as delicious as it is pretty!
Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Prosciutto (Paleo, Whole30)
The perfect balance of flavors of textures in this Watermelon Cucumber Salad with prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, and mint!
Easy Tuna Nicoise Salad
The perfect combination of flavorful ingredients, this classic Tuna Nicoise Salad is a simple, fresh, and easy lunch or dinner option for the sunny months ahead. With warm, crispy roasted potatoes and green beans, tuna, olives, and more, it’s a healthy meal that truly satisfies!
Cucumber Tomato Salad - Easy and Refreshing
When summer produce is at its peak, nothing beats this easy Cucumber Tomato Salad with just a splash of vinegar, oil, and dill.
6 Ingredient Corn and Tomato Salad
A refreshing and satisfying salad that only calls for a handful of ingredients, this 6 ingredient corn and tomato salad is the perfect side dish for summer.
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Vegan Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing
Looking for a delicious and healthy meal that’s easy to prepare? Try this Buddha Bowl with Peanut Dressing recipe! This colorful and flavorful bowl is packed with fresh veggies, and a creamy, nutty peanut dressing that will have you licking your plate clean.