I have nothing against lettuce. Lettuce is great! But come summertime, when there's such an abundance of produce, I find myself steering away from my usual green bowl. I want something a bit more colorful and it's hard not to fill salads with tomatoes, eggplant, corn, zucchini, and more when they are at their freshest.
Here are 25 salads with not a leaf of romaine or mesclun in sight.
Mixed Summer Vegetable (and Fruit) Salads
Make summer vegetables your base — or reach for fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe. Combining these not-too-sweet fruits with savory ingredients can result in a great summer salad.
- Rainbow Veggie Noodle Salad
- The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad
- Succotash Salad
- The Gardener's Raw Vegetable Salad
- Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint
- Cantaloupe Salad with Basil, Fresh Mozzarella & Onions
When tomatoes are in season, we just want to eat as many of them as possible. These salads feature what is possibly our favorite vegetable (okay, it's a fruit!) of summer.
- Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill and Feta
- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate-Sumac Dressing
- How To Make Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)
- Tomato Salsa Salad
- Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad
- Grilled Zucchini and Grape Tomato Salad
Toss a little chicken or tuna, or meatless protein like tofu or beans, in the mix and you've got a summer salad that's satisfying enough to be the main course.
- Tofu and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing
- Zucchini Buffalo Chicken Salad
- How To Make Nicoise Salad
- Three Bean Salad
- Tomato Chickpea Salad
- Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta
- Cold Lentil Salad with Cucumbers and Olives
Pasta, Potato, and Grain Salads
A potluck, cookout, or picnic wouldn't be the same without some sort of pasta, potato, or grain salad.