30+ Summer Salads

This collection of Summer Salad Recipes features all of the best savory salads, sweet salads, pasta salads, and dressings to enjoy during the summer months when seasonal produce is at it’s peak!

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Tips for Summer Salad recipes

I always love a good salad, but especially in the summertime when produce is fresh and in season, I tend to REALLY crave a refreshing salad.

A delicious salad is like the supporting character in a movie. It’s not the star of the meal, but it serves to elevate the entire experience. Whether you’re serving a simple green salad or a fancy sweet Ambrosia salad here are a few tips in creating the best “supporting cast”.

Choose in season: In season produce is not only cost effective, but typically gives the freshest best tasting fruits and veggies 

Make ahead of time: Salads are nice to be able to make ahead of time. Sometimes you want to prep the ingredients and store them separately until it’s time to assemble and serve. Either way anytime you can save time by doing it ahead is a win!

Colors: Produce comes in so many colors! Use those colors to your advantage to create a feast for your eyes before you feast with your mouth. 

Dressings: Depending on the type of salad served you can offer different kinds of dressing options.

How much:  Plan to serve ½-1 cup or 4-6 oz of fruit salad and pasta salad. For a vegetable salad, plan for 1-2 c or 2 ½ -5 oz per person. 

Storage: See the individual recipe posts for storage information and other specific tips and tricks.

Savory Salads

Savory Salads

The salad recipes are endless, but we definitely have our favorites for summer time, including:

Salad Corn Salad Recipe
This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's so simple and quick that it's perfect for get togethers and BBQs.
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.93 from 41 votes
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Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.94 from 33 votes
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Side Dish Coleslaw Recipe
This quick and Easy Coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or BBQ. It takes just minutes to put this classic coleslaw recipe together, and it can easily be customized with the spices and flavors you love most.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Side Dish Tuna Salad Recipe
Chopped Tuna Salad is the perfect summer side dish. Filled with fresh crisp veggies the color of the rainbow, protein packed tuna, and tossed in a light and refreshing lemon vinaigrette.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
Fresh Arugula salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Asian Coleslaw Recipe
Easy Asian Coleslaw is filled with crushed crunchy ramen noodles and covered in a light yummy Asian dressing!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe
Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad - a simple, delicious and quick salad perfect for dinner or for BBQs and get togethers. So many great flavors!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Salad Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
Ultimate Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, croutons, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, Parmesan cheese and tomatoes.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Our all-time favorite Potato Salad - it's simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It's the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
7 Layers of Goodness in this delicious layered Salad. This recipe isn't only delicious, but is easy to customize and is great to make ahead of time too!
5 from 8 votes
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Salad Chicken Taco Salad Recipe
Crunchy and fresh chicken taco salad is a weeknight dinner dream! Easy, flavorful, and a recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
This delicious Copycat Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebees is made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, cucumber, and crunchy chow mein, tossed in a flavorful asian dressing!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.7 from 26 votes
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Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Strawberry Harvest Salad - tastes just like the salad at Zupa's! It's topped with apples, strawberries, chicken, candied pecans, cheese and a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Everyone loves this Waldorf salad that is filled with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, cheese and chicken. Toss it in a homemade poppyseed dressing and this salad is perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Salad Southwest Salad Recipe
Simple and delicious Southwestern Chopped Salad filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Salad Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Fresh, light, and healthy tomato mozzarella salad! Perfect for lunches with friends or a side salad to dinner!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Salad Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
Napa cabbage, slivered almonds, ramen, & sesame seeds in a delicious dressing!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Pasta Salads

Pasta Salads

Can you beat a pasta salad in the hot summer months? They’re one of our go-to sides for all summer BBQs, get togethers and holidays!

Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas and ham. It's perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Salad Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits - perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Salad Asian Pasta Salad recipe
This Delicious Asian Pasta Salad recipe is so delicious and flavorful! It's filled with rotini, chicken, carrots, spinach Pasta, chicken, carrots, spinach all mixed in a homemade Asian dressing.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Salad Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe
This Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad Is Covered In Basil And Filled With Mozzarella Balls, Tomatoes, Basil And Balsamic Vinaigrette Reduction Sauce! It's A Light Dish With A Bold Flavor, Making It Perfect For Potlucks, Parties, BBQ's, And Get Togethers!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salad Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad is filled with spicy buffalo wings and topped with a tangy blue cheese dressing. It is easy and delish!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Penne Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Recipe
Penne Tomato Mozzarella Salad - a DELICIOUS pasta salad filled with pasta, tomatoes, olives, garlic, chopped basil, and cheese! This makes the perfect summer side dish!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Main Course, Salad Veggie Pasta Salad Recipe
A DELICIOUS and flavorful Veggie Pasta Salad filled with your favorite veggies and topped with a homemade vinaigrette dressing and Parmesan cheese.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4 from 1 vote
Side Dish Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.69 from 16 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Bowtie Pasta Salad Recipe
A great summer dish - Bowtie Pasta Salad recipe on { lilluna.com } Yummy pasta, veggies, & dressing!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Salad Asian Noodle Salad Recipe
Asian Noodle Salad - coleslaw, linguine, chicken, and fried wonton strips covered in a delicious homemade Asian dressing!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer, Salad Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Chinese Pasta Salad - filled with lettuce, noodles, fried wontons and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Sweet Salads

Sweet Salads

Dessert Snicker Apple Salad Recipe
Delicious Apple Snickers Salad that is so good and so easy to make! Layers of apples, snickers, and caramel in a creamy topping made from cool whip, milk, and vanilla pudding mix.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.93 from 13 votes
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Dessert Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping! Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Salad, Side Dish Ambrosia Salad Recipe
This ambrosia salad will take your straight back to your childhood. The best creamy fruit salad with mini marshmallows mixed in!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe
This Cheesecake Fruit Salad is the perfect combination of creamy, light, and fresh! Fresh berries tossed in a cream cheese pudding mixture—it's the perfect side, or crepe filling!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Salad Pistachio Salad Recipe
Everyone loves this Pistachio Salad! With mini marshmallows and crushed pineapples, this cool side salad is perfect for summer or any holiday get together.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Salad Dressing

Dressings for your Summer Salads

Salad Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe
Quick and simple, this strawberry vinaigrette is delicious. It's sweet, tart, and goes wonderfully on top of a bed of greens.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dressing, Salad Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
Delicious Homemade Caesar Salad dressing with crispy Homemade Croutons. This simple salad dressing will become your new go-to for salads!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Appetizer, Salad Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe
5 from 6 votes
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Dressing Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe
Copycat recipe for Cafe Rio's Ranch Dressing - we LOVE this stuff! It's made with cilantro, mayo, ranch seasoning, sour cream, & jalapenos!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Salad Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
A delicious salad with tomatoes, chicken, craisins, sunflower seeds and a delicious homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. The dressing only requires 4 ingredients and takes minutes to make!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Dressing Ranch Dressing Recipe
Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Dressing Pesto Salad Dressing Recipe
This simple creamy pesto dressing is delicious on any salad! Plus, it only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Chicken Berry Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Salad Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe
Honey Mustard Chicken Salad is one of the heartiest, most delicious salad recipes you'll try! With greens, fruits, nuts, and a tangy dressing, it's a real winner.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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