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57 Easy Summer Salad Recipes to Make All Season

published Jun 4, 2024
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Avocado and tomato salad.
Credit: Joe Lingeman

There’s nothing better than spending time outdoors in the summer — from summer cookouts and potlucks with friends and family, to weeknight dinners made on the grill (on my favorite grill, of course), to cocktails or lemonade on the porch.

Of course, summer also brings those hot days when all you want are big salads, summer sandwiches, and easy no-cook meals to keep the oven off. If you’re looking for the best summer salads, we’ve got you covered with chopped salads, hearty pasta salads, and more. Summer produce definitely takes center stage here with our refreshing watermelon feta salad, the absolute best summer tomato salad, and a classic avocado-corn salad

These summer salads are delicious on their own or alongside your favorite BBQ dishes, like grilled chicken or grilled steak. Here are 57 easy summer salad recipes to make this season.

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The Ultimate Summer Salad

A bright and fresh mix of sweet summer peaches, juicy cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

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Summer Tomato Salad

This simple salad — made with thinly sliced red onions, fresh herbs, and a drizzle of oil and vinegar — lets juicy summer tomatoes shine.

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Avocado-Corn Salad

Fresh sweet corn, creamy avocado, and juicy tomatoes shine in this flavorful summer side dish.

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Easy Pasta Salad

Is there a more quintessential warm-weather side dish than cold pasta salad? This easy pasta salad is one we think you should know by heart.

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Avocado Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs

This simple summery avocado salad takes avocado from supporting ingredient to the main attraction. Creamy chunks of avocado are tossed with cherry tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, peppery red onions, and a generous shower of fresh herbs for a crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for summer potlucks.

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Halloumi Salad with Peaches, Cherries, and Arugula

This jam-packed summer salad combines juicy peaches and cherries with peppery arugula, creamy avocado, crunchy pistachios, and crispy cubes of halloumi cheese.

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The Best Grilled Chicken Salad

Packed with bright, fresh, bold flavors and juicy strips of grilled chicken breast, this is the big salad you'll eat on repeat all summer long.

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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli is a great base for a make-ahead side because it holds up well to dressing without sacrificing crunch. It's a summer cookout classic!

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Greek Salad (Horiatiki)

Juicy tomatoes, cooling cucumbers, feta cheese, crunchy onions, and briny olives all work together to create this classic Greek salad that's perfect for summer.

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Watermelon Feta Salad

This zesty, sweet and savory watermelon salad has all the delightful, crunchy elements of a perfect summer side.

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Nothing says summer like tendrils of pasta, fresh mozzarella pearls, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy cucumber dressed in a basil pesto sauce.

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Fresh Corn Salad with Tomato, Basil, and Feta

This fresh corn salad is mixed with juicy tomatoes, sweet basil, and salty feta for a simple, refreshing salad that tastes like summer.

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Lemony Greek Potato Salad

Inspired by Greek lemon potatoes, this easy potato salad is packed with bright, tangy flavors.

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Warm Fajita Steak Salad

This steak fajita salad features cumin-rubbed flank steak along with charred peppers and onions over a bed of crunchy, chopped romaine and red cabbage.

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Cucumber Salad

This is the easy side dish you’re going to want at every barbecue and picnic. The best part: You only need four ingredients.

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Summer Veggie Chopped Salad

A simple summer salad with tomatoes, corn, bacon, mozzarella cheese balls, peppery arugula, basil, and a simple lemon vinagrette.

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Tortellini Salad with Marinated Artichokes and Feta

Cheesy tortellini pockets are tossed with marinated artichokes, fresh veggies, feta cheese, olives, and a lemon vinaigrette.

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Cucumber Caprese Salad

A simple twist on classic caprese salad that adds cool, crisp cucumbers to the equation.

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Chicken Caesar Salad

The homemade dressing and juicy strips of chicken are really what make this a hit. You can always swap in your favorite bottled Caesar dressing in place of homemade. If you have a brand of store-bought croutons you really, really love, go ahead and use those.

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French Onion Dip Pasta Salad

This version of pasta salad utilizes one of our favorite pantry shortcuts: onion soup mix.

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Grilled Eggplant Caprese

To tuck in more seasonality in between the red, white, and green layers of a caprese salad, look to grilled eggplant.

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Sour Cream and Dill Cucumber Salad

An easy, potluck-friendly recipe for classic cucumber dill salad tossed in a tangy sour cream dressing. It pairs well with whatever’s on the grill — burgers, hot dogs, chicken, or steak — and we guarantee your family and friends will ask you for the recipe.

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Chopped Greek Salad with Grilled Steak

Grilled skirt steak turns a regular Greek salad into a hearty main salad that's full of crunchy veggies and feta cheese in a lemon-oregano vinaigrette.

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Spicy Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Basil

Summer cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and jalapeño combine in this simple yet flavor-packed salad. It's extra delicious on a hot sum­mer day when basil and cucumbers are in abundance in the garden.

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Black Bean Salad with Corn and Avocado

This classic black bean salad is packed with bright, refreshing flavors like sweet corn, creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes, and cilantro, with a kick from fresh garlic, jalapeño, and red onion.

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Classic Cobb Salad

This classic Cobb salad recipe hits that sweet spot of just the right ingredients made in the easiest way possible. Serve it with a summery soup or simply pair it with a loaf of crusty bread.

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Caprese Couscous Salad

This quick, almost no-cook side dish features couscous, pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes, and mini mozzarella balls.

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Mediterranean-Style Chopped Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette

This vegetarian chopped salad — packed with farro, fresh veggies, and hearty chickpeas — gets even better as it sits.

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Tomato-Peach Salad with Feta and Cucumbers

This summer peach salad is as vibrant as can be, thanks to peach and tomato wedges, sliced cucumber, crumbed feta, and lots of fresh herbs.

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20-Minute Steak Salad with Chile, Garlic, and Herbs

This easy 20-minute steak salad gets an umami hit from fish sauce, sherry vinegar, and lime juice tossed through a mix of crunchy veg, and is finished with fresh herbs.

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Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Green Beans

This light and fresh summer salad is packed with fresh herbs, snappy green beans, and a sunny lemon vinaigrette.

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Stone Fruit Panzanella

If your goal is to make just one really great, memorable summer salad, this is the one! It features tender slices of ripe stone fruit, juicy tomatoes, and sweet basil — and impossibly creamy burrata, which totally takes it over the top.

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Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna salad meets pasta salad in this light and creamy mash-up that's the perfect make-ahead meal in the summer.

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Esquites-Inspired Watermelon Salad

This fresh, juicy, mouthwatering side dish is a mash-up of two iconic summer foods: ruby-red watermelon and Mexican street corn salad (esquites).

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Gỏi Gà (Vietnamese Shredded Chicken and Cabbage Salad)

Gỏi gà (translated to “chicken salad”) couldn’t be simpler. Shredded cabbage and chicken are mixed up with julienned veggies, and it's all tossed in a vinegary dressing cut with sugar and fish sauce. The dish can actually be made with rotisserie chicken for an easy summer dinner without cooking.

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Vegetarian Italian Chopped Salad

This make-ahead-friendly salad is packed with crunchy veggies and tossed in a garlicky oregano vinaigrette. Eat as-is or serve alongside your favorite pizza.

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Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad

It’s fast, flavorful, and easy to make — the trifecta of a staple recipe! What sets this apart from all other salads? A trick using rotisserie chicken that delivers the fastest shawarma.

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Cheese Tortellini Salad with Salami, Mozzarella, and Marinated Veggies

This quick and easy tortellini salad is filled with all the flavors of a classic antipasto spread. It features roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes, salami, and, of course, cheese.

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Chicken Salad

Grapes shouldn’t work in a chicken salad, but they really, really do. Serve this easy chicken salad on a flaky croissant or on top of greens for a quick 20-minute dinner in the summer.

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Creamy Grape Salad

This salad features red and green grapes (or cotton candy grapes!) tossed in a sweetened cream cheese and sour cream sauce and is topped with toasted pecans and tarragon. It’s fresh and cool and makes the perfect side dish for summer cookouts.

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Shrimp Pasta Salad

This shrimp pasta salad recipe is laced with tiny succulent shrimp, crunchy celery, colorful red onion, bell pepper, juicy cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. A short-cut pasta with lots of nooks and crannies like fusilli is perfect for pasta salads because it’ll hold onto the dressing better.

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Chicken Club Chopped Salad

This club sandwich-turned-salad is incredibly fun to make. Stack all of your ingredients on a cutting board and just chop, chop, chop until everything is bite-size. Then, toss it in a creamy vinaigrette with mayo and Dijon mustard (classic sandwich spreads) and you have dinner in about 10 minutes.

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Heirloom Tomato and Steak Caprese

Inspired by traditional caprese, this dinner salad is topped with marinated grilled steak and a punchy basil vinaigrette.

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Tuscan Tortellini Salad with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

An easy pasta salad with cheese tortellini, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach tossed in a balsamic dressing.

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Rotisserie Chicken Panzanella

Rotisserie chicken, toasted bread cubes, and sweet summer veggies combine for a shortcut panzanella you'll want to eat all summer long.

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BLT Pasta Salad

This pasta salad takes everything you love about that classic BLT sandwich, then folds it into a quick and easy summer meal.

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Curried Chicken Salad

A few hints of sweetness take this classic curried chicken salad into a winner that you can stuff into bread or eat as lettuce wraps.

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Tomato Orzo Salad with Tahini Dressing

This salad is equal parts nourishing and nutty, thanks to juicy tomatoes, orzo pasta, fresh veggies, feta cheese, and tahini.

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Shrimp Salad

A delicious mayonnaise-based shrimp salad that you can serve over toast, on a bed of salad greens, or on a buttered roll for a quick, satisfying summer meal.

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Marinated Chickpea and Feta Salad

This star of this crunchy, veggie-packed salad is a tangy Greek-inspired dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the feta cheese and chickpeas.

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Dak Naengchae (Korean Cold Chicken Salad)

Say what you will about boiled chicken breast, but this cold chicken salad with crisp cucumber, ripe mango, and a toasty sweet mustard dressing is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Melon and Herb Salad with Pistachios

This combination of cantaloupe, fresh herbs, and salty pistachios is light, elegant, and perfect for hot summer days.

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Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Dressing)

This hearty, easy-to-make Indonesian salad features different blanched vegetables like bean sprouts, spinach, and chayote, plus tofu and tempeh for heft. It’s served alongside a savory, spicy peanut sauce, fried shallots, and crispy shrimp chips.

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Watermelon Salad with Shiso, Plum, and Salt

This easy summer salad comes together in about five minutes! It features slices of sweet watermelon and black plum topped with shiso leaves, togarashi, and flaky salt. Admire this work of art and enjoy it immediately.

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Niçoise Salad with Avocado

Swap out the tuna for some flaky Dungeness crab in this California twist on the classic Niçoise salad.

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Creamy Caesar Pasta Salad with Chicken

If you love chicken Caesar salad, you’re going to fall hard for this recipe. Inspired by the beloved salad, tendrils of spiral pasta are partnered with bite-size pieces of juicy chicken breast, crisp romaine, ruby-red tomatoes, buttery croutons, and shards of salty Parm, all tossed together with creamy Caesar dressing.

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Smashed Cucumber and Feta Salad

The smashed feta cheese dressing is light, creamy, and what totally makes this super refreshing cucumber salad.

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