37 Best Summer Salad Recipes You Will Love

As the sun stretches its golden arms across the sky and temperatures climb, summer dining calls for the easy, quick, and refreshing simplicity of vibrant, crisp salads bursting with flavor. 

Using the summer’s bounty of fresh produce at its prime makes these summer salad recipes as beautiful as they are delicious. And the best part is that there is minimal to no cooking involved.

The hot weather requires refreshing salads, or even salads that are the main meal, accompanied by thirst-quenching drinks such as my watermelon pineapple juices and this delicious refreshing pineapple cucumber juice

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These summer salads are great as a side dish to accompany a grilled feast or as a standalone meal to beat the heat. Summer months are full of fresh veggies for delicious salads.

From crisp greens kissed by the tang of citrus to sweet bursts of ripe fruit juxtaposed with savory cheeses, these recipes elevate salad-making to an art form. 

But perhaps their greatest allure lies in their simplicity; with minimal effort, you can whip up a wholesome, nutritious meal that sings with the essence of summer. 

And you may not even need to turn the oven on. No required extra heat on a hot sultry summer day. Better still enjoy your salad outside under a cool breeze and some barbequed meat. 

These easy-to-make, healthy summer salads will tantalize your taste buds and leave you feeling nourished and refreshed, one delectable bite at a time.

Let’s take a look at these fabulous fresh summer salads.  

The best summer salad recipes

1. Mango Cucumber Salad

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This Mango Cucumber Salad – is a vibrant fusion of sweet mangoes, crisp cucumbers, and zesty lime, drizzled with a tantalizing blend of honey and olive oil dressing. Nothing says summer more than a juicy fresh mango and a fresh crisp cucumber. 

The juicy mangoes complement the refreshing crunch of cucumbers, while the tangy lime dressing adds a burst of citrusy delight. The red bell peppers add a lovely sweet crunch and color to this gorgeous salad. 

Perfectly balanced and refreshing, this salad is not just a side dish – It’s a tropical escape! It is perfect for a hot summer day. Serve alongside roasted meats, or use some chips to scoop it up.

Get the recipe here. 

2. Peach Arugula (Rocket) Salad

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Nothing says summer more than juicy peaches. Combine peaches with peppery arugula for a lovely dance of flavors. 

This  Peach Arugula Salad is a harmonious blend of juicy peaches, peppery arugula, crunchy walnuts, creamy goat cheese, and delicate prosciutto, all drizzled with a luscious honey balsamic vinaigrette. 

Each forkful is a burst of flavors and textures, as the sweetness of ripe peaches melds with the tang of goat cheese, the nuttiness of walnuts, and the subtle saltiness of prosciutto. 

Enjoy the seasonal abundance, with this culinary ode to the sun-kissed days and balmy evenings of summer.  Nothing like a delicious summer salad to make me wax poetic. 

See the full recipe here. 

3. Summer fruit salad

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This summer fruit salad is like an explosion of summer in your mouth in a tropical fruit meets southern charm sort of way. And it’s sure to please adults and kids alike.

 No dessert is needed. Because when juicy mangos and peaches combine with tangy succulent pineapple in a tropical paradise dream vacation kind way you will have all the sweetness and fresh succulent explosion your sweet tooth can handle. 

Indulge in this summer fruit salad treat. This is the essence of summer. 

This mango fruit salad is the ultimate refreshing and fun summer treat!

Get the recipe here. 


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Light and refreshing this spinach and arugula salad is a perfect summer salad. vibrant fresh spinach and tangy arugula come together with crisp cucumbers, creamy feta cheese, plump cranberries, and crunchy pecans, to make a light tangy crunchy salad dressed with luscious white wine vinegar and honey vinaigrette to make the perfect combination of flavors. 

This refreshing and satisfying salad celebrates the essence of the season in every mouthwatering bite.

Get the recipe here. 


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I love Italian food. I am sure this sounds so nice in Italian and it tastes just as delicious too. Beautiful summer Juicy tomatoes and creamy burrata cheese instead of mozzarella make this summer salad so rich and light yet decadent. 

And it’s quick to put together. Just break out a nice wine and enjoy. 

See this beautiful delicous burrata caprese recipe here. 


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This grilled shrimp avocado and corn salad recipe from the Hot Pan Blog doesnt make you hot in the kitchen. It comes together quickly delicious fresh and filling so you can get out of the kitchen or away from the grill faster. 

The result is a fresh summer salad that is a full meal in its own right. 

Take full advantage of sweet summer corn, cherry tomatoes, and creamy avocado to make this refreshing and nutritious salad. 

Dressed with a light lime dressing, for a tangy and light refreshing finish, this is sure to become my very personal favorite especially since as a night shift RN, I have little time and little energy, and love any recipe that will get me out of the kitchen fast. 

Get the recipe here. 

7. Green Goddess Salad – TikTok Recipe

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Cabbage, kale, avocado, sweet peppers, spinach

This green goddess salad is vibrant, fresh crunchy, and delicious. Cabbage, kale, avocado, sweet peppers, and spinach combine into a crunchy and creamy nutritious salad that is perfect as a summer salad.

This green goddess salad is tossed with a lovely basil cashew parmesan dressing, making a delightful fresh, flavorful, and nourishing summer salad that will leave you craving more.

See why it was all the rage on TikTok.

Get the recipe here.

8. Summer Strawberry Salad.

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Summer bountry brings us plump ripe juicy strawberries perfect for this Summer Strawberry Salad.

Choose between nutrient-rich spinach or kale, paired with peppery arugula and juicy strawberries, complemented by hearty chickpeas, zesty red onion, and earthy beetroot.

Topped with a tangy Strawberry Balsamic Dressing, this salad is perfect for a healthy easy dinner on hot summer days when cooking feels like a chore.

This is a well-rounded dinner with all the nutrients you need.

Get this summer strawberry recipe here.

9. Three Bean Salad With Fresh Cilantro

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This Three Bean Salad is vegan and gluten-free, and did I say delicious, easy, nutritious, and perfect for the summer?

Toss the kidney beans, chickpeas, and black beans with red onions, bell peppers, and cilantro with tangy salsa dressing and you have a filling and delicious salad.

Easy and perfect for meal prep so you enjoy more summer days without laboring in the kitchen.

Find the full recipe here.

10. Cantaloupe and Strawberry Summer Salad

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Pair spicy arugula with juicy ripe cantaloupe and summer strawberries and you have a light refreshing and delicious summer salad perfect for a hot summer day.

Plus with added quinoa, this salad also features a complete protein making it light but hearty. Enjoy this sweet and peppery salad for the summer treat that it is.

Get the recipe here.

11. Greek Salad & Dressing

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What I love about food is the celebration of cultures that it is and so I love this Greek salad. It offers a glimpse into another culture. I know. That’s pretty profound.

This is a simple salad recipe but so rich in flavor. It is fresh and easy to make which is exactly what summer cooking is all about. Good food, little effort but bursting with flavor.

Fresh tomatoes, tangy feta cheese camalata olives, and a few other ingredients make this salad so good.
Get this summer Greek Salad here

You may actually want to make this one quite a bit this summer.

12. Watermelon Tomato Salad

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Nothing says summer like watermelon. And summer tomatoes are quite a special treat and this salad is another celebration of summer’s bounty.

Paired with balsamic dressing is sweet savory, and refreshing. Plus as a good summer salad should be, it’s quick to make. No laborious cooking is needed.

Find this refreshing watermelon summer salad here.


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Who doesnt love apples and cheese together? This salad kicks it up a notch with broccoli, carrots, and raisins with a honey Greek yogurt dressing making for a tangy, sweet, and crunchy salad.

It’s a satisfying salad for lunch, perfect for potlucks and barbeques. And this salad also holds its own if you have any leftovers.

Get this broccoli summer salad here.

14. Asian avocado peanut coleslaw

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This Asian avocado peanut coleslaw is nut-crunchy and tangy and features a peanut tamari dressing for a lovely savory Asian flavor.

This coleslaw is vegan and vegetarian and the savory flavors get even better the longer it sits as it’s mayo-free.

Now that’s a great summer salad perfect for a summer barbeque. Take this one to your next potluck and wow them all.

Get this recipe from The Short Order Cook here.


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This berry Mint salad with peaches checks all the boxes for refreshing summer eats. It’s full of crunch and has sweet notes from the fruit. If you are looking for a light and refreshing summer meal, this berry mint salad is perfect.

Find the recipe here

16. Vegan Cucumber Salad

Whoever said cool as a cucumber was right. This cucumber salad is cool, crispy and refreshing, and another perfect salad for hot summer days.

This salad is light, with a burst of lemony herbal spice and a hint of sweetness in every bite. Enjoy a light easy and quick-to-make salad perfect for food prep, picnics, and potlucks.

Find this delicious recipe here.


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This chicken Cobb salad is not your ordinary Cobb salad. This is a mouthwatering epic cobb salad featuring a blackened roast chicken breast, tomatoes avocado, hard-boiled eggs, and blue cheese on a bed of romaine lettuce with red wine vinaigrette dressing.

It’s a full meal in its own right.

The only cooking here is grilling the chicken, and that makes for a great summer salad when a salad is its own main meal.

Get the recipe here.

18. Crispy Chicken Tender Salad

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This is a well-rounded salad that you can easily make into a meal. Crispy chicken tenders on a bed of lettuce tomatoes and creamy avocados make this a full meal.

This is another summer salad recipe that you may come to again and again as summer stretches on.

Find the recipe here.

19. Asian Zoodle Salad

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This Asian zoodle salad is as fun to make as it is to make. It’s colorful, inviting, and tastes amazing. This is one of the best summer salads indeed.

Light, sweet, and savory, every mouthful is a burst of an amazing explosion of Asian-inspired flavors.

Get this delicious recipe here.

20. Spring Onion Potato Salad

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As you may know, no summer salad round-up post is complete without a potato salad. But this spring onion potato salad is not your regular potato salad. Just look at it.

And it tastes amazing! The savory green onions and creamy potatoes are pure magic in this potato salad making the ultimate comfort food.

I can have this in all seasons, but this is perfect as a summer salad because it’s so easy to make and tastes so good.

21. Nicoise Salad

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I love a salad that is already a complete meal. And I love the history of Nicoise salad too. Jessica of The Forked Spoon Blog explains that Nicoise salad originated from the city of Nice on the French Riviera.

I really did not know that. This salad comes together of cooked and raw ingredients including hard-boiled eggs, green beans, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, and lettuce with a lemony tangy dressing. And the result is marvelous.

Go on and get the recipe here.

And there you have it! 21 best summer salad recipes that are as gorgeous as they are delicious to make your summer fun easy and nutritious.

22. Peach Panzanella

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Do you have some leftover ciabatta or a baguette? Grab some in-season juicy yellow peaches and tomatoes and make this delicious and easy-to-make Panzanella salad.

This one is a beautiful coming together of the sweetness of peaches with the crunchy bread, juicy tomatoes, and spicy onions plus the tart vinaigrette, all make this salad so good.

And can it be any easier to make? It’s perfect for the summer.

See the recipe here.

23. Italian tuna bean salad

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Thanks to Bella Buchiotti of XOXO Bella blog, now I know this salad is also called insalata di tonno e Fagioli.

This tuna and bean salad features tuna steaks, and cannellini beans making it a satisfying lunch or side dish. Make this delicious salad and enjoy a taste of Tuscany this summer.

See all the details for this Italian bean salad here.

24. Chicken Caprese Salad With Avocado

Enjoy the best of the summer with this chicken caprese salad.

Juicy well-seasoned chicken over a bed of Juicy tomatoes, lettuce, and other veggies dressed with a tangy vinaigrette makes this salad delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.

And again this one makes a complete meal so no extra kitchen work is needed on a hot summer day.

Get all the details and recipe here.

25. Carrot Cucumber Daikon Salad with Cilantro Citrus Dressing

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This zesty salad is so lovely to look at and fun to eat. Thin strips of carrots, cucumber, and daikon with a nutty citrusy cilantro dressing. It’s light and so easy to make. It is a perfect side for any grilled meat and is perfect for potlucks and barbeques.

See the recipe here

26. Crab Louie

Just imagine delicious flaky crab meat with juicy crunchy veggies with a tangy dressing. Another great summer salad recipe idea you are sure to enjoy.

Get this recipe here.

27. Grilled Pork and Peach Salad

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Here is another easy summer salad featuring juicy in-season peaches. This one pairs peaches with pork. veggies and balsamic vinaigrette.

We all know fruit and pork are always delicious together. Just imagine grilled peaches and grilled pork together.

Another perfect summer salad that can be a complete meal.

See the recipe here.

28. Italian chopped salad

It’s true what they say. We eat with our eyes and this salad looks delish!

This salad is so lovely and if you love antipasto platters, you are sure to love this chopped Italian salad. You get crispy lettuce and juicy tomatoes with cheese, salami, red olives roasted peppers, and pepperoncini.

Make it an Italian experience with a pasta dinner, or serve it with grilled meat. This is a recipe you will want to make several times over the summer.

See the full recipe here.

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29. Fresh Corn Salad Recipe

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This fresh corn salad is light vibrant and bursting with the fresh flavors of summer. There is something special about fresh corn and there is no better time than summer to enjoy sweet corn.

This salad is simple to make and the fresh summer flavors of sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and cucumbers are dressed in a light lime basil dressing.

Get the recipe here.

30. Pinto bean salad.

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I love this salad because it is simple, fresh vibrant and so easy to make.

Another one featuring corn. Plus this recipe reminds me of my homeland Kenya and a dish we call Githeri which is made of corn, and beans in savory tomato sauce.

However, in this recipe here, no cooking is needed and that is just perfect for the summer.

Get the recipe here.

31. Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

This Mediterranean cucumber salad is full of vibrant flavors and colors making it a perfect summer salad. This salad is also great for cookouts, and asweso,e for meal preps.

English cucumber adds that delicious crunch and then you have juicy tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and other add-ins all dressed in a simple Mediterranean vinaigrette.

Get the recipe here

32. Black bean sweet potato salad.

This is a nourishing and filling salad that can stand as a full meal. I love black beans and when paired with roasted sweet potatoes and red peppers, I could eat this every day.

Make this delicious and nutritious salad and you will be out of the kitchen in no time.

Get this recipe here.

33. Heirloom tomato with balsamic and feta

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Big gorgeous juicy heirloom tomatoes are the pride of summer. Toss in some herbs and drizzle with a balsamic vinegar dressing.

This salad is summer on a plate, juicy colorful, flavorful and so easy and quick. It’s one of the best summer salads. Enjoy the very best of summer with this salad.

Get the recipe here.

34. Avocado and mango salad

Fresh, vibrant, and delicious. This gorgeous and easy-to-make salad is perfect for the summer. Creamy avocado and juicy tangy mango come together in this salad to make a match made in heaven-creamy tangy juicy, delicious! This salad is a great compliment for many dishes.

See this recipe here.

35. Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil and Blueberries

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This decadent salad features sweet, juicy watermelon mingling with the tangy bite of feta cheese, while bursts of juicy blueberries and aromatic fresh basil dance on your taste buds.

And if that wasn’t enticing enough, drizzle it all with our optional homemade vinaigrette dressing for an extra kick of tangy goodness.

Indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, celebrating the essence of summer in every tantalizing bite!

Get the recipe here.

36. Easy Spicy Cucumber

Cucumber and spice are always a great combination. This cucumber salad combines cucumber and harissa with feta for an epic Mediterranean experience. Experience these exotic North African flavors right at home this summer.

37. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dinner Salad

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This amazing salad is a delicious full-meal salad loaded with spicy buffalo chicken and lots of veggies, and topped with creamy Greek yogurt and buttermilk dressing. It’s a perfect summer salad for any meal or occasion, whether as a weeknight dinner or for a potluck or cookout.

And the best part is you can simply grab a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store to make it even easier.

Get the recipe here.


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