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20+ Insanely Delicious Salad Recipes to Shake Up Your Summer Meals

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Celebrate all the fresh, seasonal produce with our collection of flavorful and delicious summer salad recipes. Perfect for hot days and light meals, these refreshing combinations are sure to be a hit with your family.

While I eat salad on the regular year round, I especially enjoy making them for dinner on warm summer evenings. The mix of fresh vegetables and toppings makes for a light meal that keeps me feeling good in the warm weather months. And with so many ingredient options, it’s easy to keep things interesting and tasty.

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From crunchy veggie forward salads to hearty main dish wonders, these recipes will add a burst of flavor and freshness to your summer dining. Perfect for any occasion, from family dinners to casual gatherings and solo meals.

So get ready to enjoy the best of the season with these tempting and easy-to-make salads! If you’ve got pasta lovers in the house be sure to check out these unique pasta salad recipes for more easy side dish ideas.

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24 of the BEST Summer Salad Recipes

Summer Side Dish Salads

close up of copycat Panera Greek Salad in a large white bowl with a fork
Panera Copycat Greek Salad
Packed with crisp veggies, tangy feta, and a zesty homemade dressing that's perfect for hot summer days. Serve as a side dish or add grilled chicken to turn it into a main dish meal.
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Salad with toasted bread cubes mixed in.
Dinner at the Zoo.
Panzanella Salad
There is nothing quite like a panzanella salad. This one uses peppers, tomatoes and toasted bread cubes with the tastiest homemade dressing. You will love the flavor and texture this easy salad offers in each bite.
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A bowl of zucchini ribbons made into a salad.
J Cooking Odyssey.
Zucchini Ribbon Salad
Save this tasty zucchini recipe for summer. It is the perfect way to use your abundance of garden produce in a tasty salad. Serve this for lunch, or on the side of grilled meats.
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Salad made with peaches and burrata cheese with raspberries.
The Suburban Soapbox.
Peach Burrata Salad
This salad has it all: juicy peaches, buttery burrata, corn and fresh raspberries and greens. Drizzle some hot honey vinaigrette over the top for a total treat for the taste buds!
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Overhead view of Mediterranean Wedge Salad on a plate with a fork.
Mediterranean Wedge Salad
This refreshing twist on the classic wedge salad is bursting with vibrant Mediterranean flavors.
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The Organic Kitchen.
Blueberry Walnut and Feta Salad
This blueberry walnut and feta salad is so fresh and flavorful for a light lunch to share with a friend, or serve this salad for dinner on a night that it is too hot to cook a full meal.
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A salad made with ancient grains and fresh veggies.
Our Happy Mess.
Ancient Grains Salad
Make a salad with parmesan cheese, leafy greens and nutty farro to accompany your dinner tonight. This is fresh and flavorful and has a wonderful texture enhancement thanks to the pita chips.
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A jar of cucumber and onion salad.
Miss in the Kitchen.
Cucumber Onion Salad
A simple salad of cucumbers, onions and dressing makes such a yummy addition to any summer meal. This salad is ultra easy to prepare and goes well with so many entrees.
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A salad made with crispy faro.
Avocado Skillet.
Crispy Farro Salad
This salad has peas, feta, radish and crispy baked farro. Serve this protein packed salad for lunch or dinner. It pairs well with grilled chicken or fish.
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A cucumber and bell pepper salad.
The All Natural Vegan
Cucumber and Bell Pepper Crunch Salad
Make a crunchy salad with cucumbers and bell peppers with a yummy chili dressing for dinner tonight. This salad was viral on Tiktok for a good reason – it is insanely easy and delicious!
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Salad made with leafy greens and nectarines.
The Cinnamon Jar.
Nectarine Salad
Nectarines, arugula, feta and mozzarella cheese make the best combo for a salad. This recipe uses a yummy basil dressing to tie the ingredients together for a flavorful and fresh addition to your lunch or dinner.
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A salad made with pears, nuts and greens.
I Heart Nap Time.
Pear Salad
This easy pear salad is colorful, has great texture and it tastes so good that you will want to make this every time you purchase fresh pears. Pecans, pears and pomegranates are such a wonderful combination that you have to try it yourself.
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A spring salad with arugula, cheese and tomato chunks.
The Gifted Gabber.
Spring Spinach Arugula Salad
If you need a stunning and satisfying salad recipe, look no further than this spinach arugula. With avocado, tomato and feta, this dish has an assortment of flavors that play off of each other wonderfully.
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A simple salad of tomatoes, cheese and onion.
All Nutritious.
Tomato, Spinach and Feta Salad
Tomato, onion, spinach and feta cheese make such a delicious combo. You can mix this up in minutes for a fresh and tasty addition to any meal.
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A salad with eggs, asparagus and crispy prosciutto.
Sun Grown Kitchen.
Spring Asparagus Salad
This spring asparagus salad is just the place to tuck in boiled eggs and goat cheese for an easy lunch. This flavorful salad is a great option for lunch on a beautiful afternoon, but it's filling enough to be served for dinner as well.
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A salad made with kale, artichokes and cheese.
Garlic and Zest.
Tuscan Kale Salad
This salad adds artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and creamy lemon dressing with kale for a one of a kind salad. The taste of this easy dish will transport your taste buds to Tuscany with the first bite.
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A fresh salad made with farmers market veggies.
A Dash of Meg Nut.
Farmers Market Salad
After a trip to the farmers market, you need to assemble this delicious salad. With tomatoes, green beans, fingerling potatoes and a fantastic dressing, this dish encompasses the best parts of the market in every bite.
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A simple salad of radish and cucumber tossed in creamy dressing.
Emkay’s Kitchen.
Radish Cucumber Salad
This radish and cucumber salad is so delicious and healthy that you will want to make it all summer long. The bite of the radishes pairs so well with the coolness of cucumbers and the creaminess of the dressing.
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Main Dish Salads for Summer

panera thai chicken salad in a large bowl with a fork and spoon
Copycat Panera Thai Chicken Salad
Made with a delightful combination of chicken, romaine lettuce, fresh vegetables and a flavorful peanut dressing with a hint of spice. This refreshing salad offers the perfect balance of flavors and textures that make it a popular choice for a light and satisfying meal.
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A bowl of salad loaded with spicy southwestern flavors.
The Oregon Dietitian.
Spicy Southwestern Salad
This southwestern style salad is so deliciously spicy. With tortilla strips, corn, avocado, tomato and the best spicy ranch, you are going to want to make this easy option a regular in your meal planning rotation.
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Chicken Cobb Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette
Enjoy a hearty Chicken Cobb Salad with grilled chicken, crisp bacon, creamy avocado, hard-boiled eggs, juicy tomatoes, and crumbled blue cheese on a bed of fresh greens, all dressed in a tangy vinaigrette. This flavorful and hearty salad combines a variety of textures and flavors for a delightful summer meal.
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Big Mac in a Bowl
Our deconstructed version of the beloved Big Mac is a tasty twist on the fast food classic. Complete with "secret sauce" you won't even miss the bun! It's a flavorful, healthier option to the cheeseburger and easy to make for any occasion.
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Homemade Taco Salad
This easy recipe combines classic taco flavors with your favorite salad ingredients for a hearty main dish salad.
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A layered cobb salad with veggies, cheese and chicken.
Delicious Table.
Cobb Salad
No need to go out for a great cobb salad. This recipe is so easy to recreate at home. Layer fresh avocado and your favorite dressing on top for a perfect at home meal.
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