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This collection of best 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 its 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 for creating the best “supporting cast”.

Dressings. Depending on the type of salad served you can offer different kinds of dressing options. There are so many variations of creamy mayo-based dressings as well as different Vinaigrettes.

Hearty. One way to make a hearty and filling salad is to include protein. This can be any type of protein such as beans, boiled egg, bacon, shrimp, chicken, ham, beef, or salmon.

Serving + Storing Tips

Make ahead of time. Salads are nice to be able to make ahead of time. Prep the ingredients and store them separately until it’s time to assemble and serve.

How much to make. Plan to serve ½-1 cup or 4-6 oz of fruit salad and pasta salad. For a vegetable salad, plan for 1-2 cups or 2½ -5 oz per person. 

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

Seasonal Produce

In-season produce is not only cost-effective but typically gives the freshest best tasting fruits and veggies 

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. 

Fruit:

  • apples, apricots, avocado, cantaloupe, cherries, figs, grapes, limes, mangos, nectarine, peach, pear, plums, cherry tomatoes, and watermelon
  • Berries: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries

Vegetables:

  • bell pepper, beets, carrots, sweet corn off the cob, cucumbers, garlic, green beans, red onion, peas, radishes, and zucchini
  • Greens: chard, collard, romaine lettuce, or spinach
  • Fresh herbs: fresh basil, rosemary, dill, parsley, or mint
Chicken pasta salad in a white bowl.

Serving salad outside

Summertime often brings backyard barbeques and picnics. With a bit of preparation transporting and serving these summer salad ideas outside is easy. 

  • Keep your salad in a cold cooler while you travel. This ensures it stays cold until you’re ready to serve it.
  • When serving, only set out as much as can be eaten within 30 minutes. Refill the salad bowl as needed. 
  • Setting platters and bowls on a tray of ice will help keep them cool while sitting out.

What to serve when a salad is the main dish: Salad is most often served as a side, but sometimes it gets to be the main dish.

Here are a few classic sides to pair with your best summer salads.


Savory Salads

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

FAVORITE Broccoli salad

This sunny broccoli salad is a simple, tasty, and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, and sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar-based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get-togethers.

1 Broccoli Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
4.98 from 72 votes
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Summer Corn Salad

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.

2 Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Salad Summer Corn Salad Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.99 from 87 votes
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Tuna Salad

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.

3 Tuna Salad Recipe

Side Dish Tuna Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Easy Coleslaw

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.

4 Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Side Dish Easy Coleslaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Arugula Salad

Fresh arugula salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!

5 Arugula Salad Recipe

Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

Tomato cucumber avocado salad – a simple, delicious, and quick salad perfect for dinner or for BBQs and get-togethers. So many great flavors!

6 Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe

Salad Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Homemade Potato Salad

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.

7 Potato Salad Recipe

Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Chicken Caesar Salad

Ultimate Caesar salad with grilled chicken, croutons, tomatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, Parmesan cheese, and tomatoes.

8 Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Salad Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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Asian Coleslaw

Easy Asian coleslaw is filled with crushed crunchy ramen noodles and covered in a light yummy Asian dressing!

9 Asian Coleslaw Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Asian Coleslaw Recipe
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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7 Layer Salad

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!

10 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Strawberry Harvest Salad

Strawberry harvest salad tastes just like the salad at Zupa’s! It’s topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette dressing.

11 Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe

Salad Strawberry Harvest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Chicken Taco Salad

Crunchy and fresh chicken taco salad is a weeknight dinner dream! Easy, flavorful, and a recipe that everyone will enjoy.

12 Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

Salad Chicken Taco Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Southwest Salad

Simple and delicious southwestern chopped salad filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.

13 Southwest Salad Recipe

Salad Southwest Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

This delicious Copycat Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebees is made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, and more tossed in a flavorful Asian dressing!

14 Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.95 from 74 votes
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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad is filled with texture and flavor. Tossed in a homemade poppyseed dressing, it’s perfect for any lunch, dinner, or appetizer.

15 Waldorf Salad Recipe

Salad Waldorf Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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Pizza Salad

Delish pizza salad is hearty & refreshing. Toss all of the flavors of pizza on a bed of greens, topped with a homemade herb dressing!

16 Pizza Salad Recipe

Salad Pizza Salad Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Ramen Noodle Salad

With toasted almonds, sesame seeds, and ramen noodles, this green salad has the perfect crunch to it. Top it all off with a simple homemade dressing, and this ramen noodle salad will win everyone over!

17 Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe

Salad Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Cobb Salad

This simple cobb salad is so full of tasty ingredients it’s a meal all on its own. It is quick to make and utterly delicious.

18 Cobb Salad Recipe

Salad Cobb Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Antipasto Salad

Antipasto salad Is the perfect summer salad! It’s filled with tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, veggies, and more and can be topped with your favorite dressing.

19 Antipasto Salad Recipe

Salad Antipasto Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Fresh, light, and healthy tomato mozzarella salad! Perfect for lunches with friends or a side salad for dinner!

20 Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Salad Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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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!

Easy Tortellini Salad

Super YUMMY and easy tortellini salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes, and bacon bits – perfect for summertime!

21 Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.95 from 17 votes
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Macaroni Salad

A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas, and ham. It’s perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!

22 Macaroni Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.97 from 91 votes
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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo chicken pasta salad is filled with spicy buffalo wings and topped with a tangy blue cheese dressing. It is easy and delish!

23 Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Caprese pesto pasta salad is a light dish with a bold flavor, making it perfect for potlucks, parties, BBQ’s, and get-togethers!

24 Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe

Salad Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Asian Pasta Salad

Easy & delicious Asian pasta salad topped with a sweet and tangy dressing is packed with veggies and flavor!

25 Asian Pasta Salad recipe

Salad Asian Pasta Salad recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Asian Noodle Salad

Asian noodle salad – coleslaw, linguine, chicken, and fried wonton strips covered in a delicious homemade Asian dressing!

26 Asian Noodle Salad Recipe

Salad Asian Noodle Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Greek Orzo Salad

Orzo salad is a Greek pasta salad loaded with Orzo, veggies, and feta topped with a Greek dressing.

27 Greek Orzo Salad Recipe

Main Course, Salad Greek Orzo Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Pasta Salad With Italian Dressing

Easy and delicious Italian pasta salad recipe includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, and cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get-together including BBQs and holidays.

28 Pasta Salad Recipe

Side Dish Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 197 votes
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Chinese Pasta Salad

Chinese pasta salad – filled with lettuce, noodles, fried wontons, and more tossed in a delicious homemade dressing.

29 Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe

Appetizer, Salad Chinese Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 6 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Easy & fresh mozzarella pasta salad is light, delicious and flavorful. This simply dressed salad is a new favorite!!

30 Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Chicken Pasta Salad

Creamy chicken pasta salad is quick, easy, and SO tasty. It is packed with hearty ingredients for a filling side or main dish!

31 Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Sweet Salads

These sweet salads are always the hit of any potluck or summer get-together!

Pistachio Salad

Everyone loves this pistachio salad! This cool side salad is perfect for summer or any holiday get-together.

32 Pistachio Salad Recipe

Salad Pistachio Salad Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 44 votes
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Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Jell-O pretzel salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty. This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser!!

33 Pretzel Salad Recipe

Dessert Pretzel Salad Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Cheesecake Fruit Salad

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!

34 Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe

Dessert Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
4.90 from 39 votes
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Easy Fruit Salad

A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!

35 Easy Fruit Salad Recipe

Side Dish Easy Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 41 votes
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Snicker Apple Salad

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.

36 Snicker Salad Recipe

Dessert Snicker Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 206 votes
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Ambrosia Salad

This ambrosia salad will take you straight back to your childhood. The best creamy fruit salad with mini marshmallows mixed in!

37 Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Ambrosia Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dressings For Your Summer Salads

Homemade dressings add the perfect touch when making a delicious summer salad. And these dressings are so easy they are soon to become your favorites all year round!

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Quick and simple, this strawberry vinaigrette is delicious. It’s sweet, tart, and goes wonderfully on top of a bed of greens.

38 Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

Salad Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 31 votes
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Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

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!

39 Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Salad Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Caesar Salad Dressing

Delicious homemade Caesar salad dressing with crispy homemade croutons. This simple salad dressing will become your new go-to for salads!

40 Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Dressing, Salad Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Cafe Rio Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Copycat recipe for Café Rio Cilantro Ranch Dressing is fresh and creamy with a hint of spice. We LOVE this stuff!

41 Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe

Dressing Cafe Rio Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.83 from 35 votes
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Cilantro Lime Dressing

Easy, creamy and delicious cilantro lime dressing that is great for salads, but also served over veggies, meat or even in tacos and burritos!

42 Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe

Appetizer, Salad Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Chipotle Ranch

Chipotle ranch has just the right amount of kick. Drizzle it over salads, dip tortilla chips, or serve it on the side of your Mexican entrees.

43 Chipotle Ranch Recipe

Dressing Chipotle Ranch Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Creamy Pesto Dressing

This simple creamy pesto dressing is delicious on any salad! Plus, it only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make.

44 Creamy Pesto Dressing Recipe

Dressing Creamy Pesto Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Greek Dressing

Flavorful homemade Greek dressing is perfect for salads and marinades! It comes together quickly with only a handful of ingredients.

45 Greek Dressing Recipe

Dressing, Salad Greek Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!

46 Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Dressing Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.96 from 46 votes
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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro lime vinaigrette is light and refreshing. The lime adds a brightness and cilantro a flair of flavor!

47 Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

Salad Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

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.

48 Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken Berry Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Salad Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Incredible Summer Salads

We hope you enjoy all of the incredible Summer salads listed above. No need to heat up your oven this summer with so many quick, easy, and delicious salad recipes to choose from!

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5 Comments

  1. Strawberry harvest salad at cafe zuppas is my favorite and so that was my first try off the summer salad list. Yummy definitely a good make at home substitute.

  2. I just bookmarked this post! I love the list of summer salad recipes compiled! Already tried some of them and am excited to try them all!

  3. I’m determined to work my way through this list of summer salad. Every one looks SO GOOD! I’ve already tried the cheesecake fruit salad and everyone was in love.

  4. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list of salads! I made the potato salad recipe and it was a huge hit! Can’t wait to try more this summer!