In the summertime, "salad night" is a regular part of my dinner rotation. Some weeks I'll even do salad night twice. It's the simplest, most delicious way to clean out the crisper at the end of the week, a fun way to use up my farmers market haul, and, when it's hot and I'm tired, it makes dinner super easy. From all-veggie salads to more substantial salads topped with meat or (ahem) beefed up with beans and hearty grains, here are 20 delicious salads to add to your summer meal plan.
All Veggie Salads for Dinner
Come summer, all I really want to do is clean out my crisper or turn my farmers market haul into dinner night after night. This lineup celebrates summer produce for an all-veggie salad that will satisfy.
- Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad
- Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous Salad
- Broccoli and Kale Caesar Salad
- Spicy Panzanella Salad
- Succotash Salad
Dinner Salads Topped with Meat or Fish
Top your salad bowl with some meat or fish, and dinner is instantly more filling. Lean on leftovers, the convenience of rotisserie chicken, or frozen cooked shrimp to make these meals even quicker and easier to bring to the table.
- Flank Steak Panzanella
- Honey Mustard Chicken Tender Salad
- Italian Chopped Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette
- Shrimp & Arugula Salad with Preserved Lemon Dressing
Bean and Legume Salads
These salads are just one more reason to keep a can of beans or some lentils in the pantry at all times. They come together in no time, and with protein-rich beans and legumes front and center you can be sure they'll fill you up.
- Chopped Chickpea Salad
- Chickpea Waldorf Salad
- Tomato Chickpea Salad
- Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta
- Cold Lentil Salad with Cucumbers and Olives
Simple Dinner-Worthy Grain Salads
When you cook up a pot of grains on Sunday, these salads are a snap to throw together for a quick and delicious dinner during the week.