A comprehensive list of summer salad recipes featuring savory meats, colorful veggies, fruits, flavors from around the world and other favorites. These fresh and colorful salads are perfect as side dishes or light meals.

A collection of refreshing summer salad recipes that feature savory meat, fresh veggies, fruit, flavors from around the world and other favorites.

With summer on our heels and the weather getting warmer, many people are looking for recipes they can make that do not require the use of a stove. There are many summer salad recipes you can make that won’t heat your house when you are trying to cool it down. Summer dinners just got a whole lot easier this year!

I have gathered up 45 summer salad recipes to share with you as new ideas for sides at your barbecues, gatherings or just family dinners. Need dessert options? Here are plenty of summer dessert recipes to choose from.

These recipes include hearty salads featuring chicken and seafood, like shrimp salad and grilled chicken salad. There are also plenty of fresh vegetables like green beans, corn, and red cabbage. Some salads feature seasonal fruit in savory or sweet salads. This collection of recipes has fantastic dishes that are favorite crowd-pleasers for any gathering.

What is on your summer bucket list this year? I have you covered with creative ideas for meal times so that you can enjoy your family time stress-free.

45 Summer Salad Recipes

Hearty Protein Packed Salads

Some of the best salads include chicken, bacon or seafood and are are perfect as an entrée for picnics, parties or as an easy meal. Try some recipes that showcase fresh seafood like crab salad or shrimp salad. Seafood salads are perfect when served with bread or crackers. Taste these amazing salads today!

A collection of summer salads featuring chicken and seafood.
A serving bowl of avocado tuna salad topped with cilantro.

Avocado Tuna Salad

This avocado tuna salad is loaded with chunks of tuna, avocado and colorful veggies for a fresh and lighter take on the classic dish! It's the perfect lunch or dinner that's packed with protein and nutrition.
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A bowl of BBQ chicken salad topped with a drizzle of ranch dressing.

BBQ Chicken Salad

This BBQ chicken salad is a fresh and colorful combination of grilled BBQ chicken, veggies, cheese, beans and tortilla strips, all tossed in ranch dressing. WAY better than the California Pizza Kitchen version!
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BLT pasta salad in a creamy ranch dressing.

BLT Pasta Salad

This BLT pasta salad recipe is full of veggies, avocado, pasta and crispy bacon, all tossed in a cool and creamy dressing. The perfect easy meal or side dish!
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Italian pasta salad with rotini noodles, salami and pepperoni.

Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian pasta salad is loaded with meat, cheese and vegetables, all tossed together with noodles in a homemade Italian dressing. A quick and easy side dish that's perfect for feeding a crowd!
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Creamy crab salad with fresh vegetables and dill in a mayonnaise dressing.

Crab Salad

This crab salad is a blend of imitation crab, vegetables and herbs, all tossed in a simple creamy dressing. A quick and easy salad that’s perfect served over lettuce, with crackers, or in a sandwich.
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Curry chicken salad served on a croissant.

Curry Chicken Salad

This curry chicken salad is a blend of  diced chicken, fresh veggies, dried fruit and nuts, all tossed together in a creamy spiced dressing. A quick and easy meal that's perfect when served in a sandwich, with a side of buttery crackers or in refreshing lettuce cups.
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A serving bowl of seafood salad made with shrimp and imitation crab in a creamy dill dressing.

Seafood Salad

This seafood salad is a blend of imitation crab and shrimp in a creamy dill dressing with fresh vegetables. An easy high protein lunch option that takes just minutes to make!
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Shrimp salad in a serving bowl, topped with fresh dill.

Shrimp Salad

This shrimp salad is a blend of tender shrimp, fresh vegetables, dill and seasonings, all coated in a creamy dressing. An easy make-ahead lunch option that’s high in protein and easy to make!
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Grilled chicken salad with bacon, veggies and blue cheese.

Grilled Chicken Salad

This grilled chicken salad is tender marinated chicken that's grilled to perfection then served over lettuce with bacon, avocado, corn, blue cheese and tomatoes. A hearty salad that's packed with flavor and also happens to be full of nutrition.
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A bowl of lobster salad in a creamy dressing.

Lobster Salad

This lobster salad is a combination of fresh lobster meat, vegetables and herbs in a light and creamy dressing. An easy yet elegant dish that makes for the perfect lighter main course option!
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Salads From Around The World

Salads can include bold bright flavors from everywhere on Earth. These recipes feature spices and ingredients from Mexico, Europe and Asia. Try some of these salads to liven up your meals!

A group of refreshing summer salad recipes such as Mexican corn salad, Thai cucumber salad and Italian salad.
This easy Asian noodle salad recipe is ramen noodles and colorful veggies all tossed in a sesame hoisin dressing. The perfect side dish for any summer celebration!

Asian Noodle Salad

This easy Asian noodle salad recipe is ramen noodles and colorful veggies all tossed in a sesame hoisin dressing. The perfect side dish for any summer celebration!
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A bowl of couscous salad garnished with parsley.

Couscous Salad

This Mediterranean couscous salad is pearl couscous with vegetables and feta cheese, all tossed in a homemade dressing. A quick and easy side dish that's fresh, colorful and always gets rave reviews.
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A bowl of German potato salad topped with fresh herbs.

German Potato Salad

This German potato salad is boiled baby potatoes tossed in a warm bacon and mustard dressing, then garnished with fresh herbs. A unique, mayonnaise free salad that's great for parties and potlucks.
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Italian pasta salad with rotini noodles, salami and pepperoni.

Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian pasta salad is loaded with meat, cheese and vegetables, all tossed together with noodles in a homemade Italian dressing. A quick and easy side dish that's perfect for feeding a crowd!
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A bowl of Italian salad with cucumber, cheese and croutons.

Italian Salad

This Italian salad is a blend of fresh greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese and croutons, all tossed together in a homemade dressing. A colorful and easy salad that is quick to make and always gets rave reviews from family and friends!
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This recipe for mexican caesar salad is crisp romaine lettuce tossed in a creamy cilantro dressing, then finished off with a variety of fun toppings. It's caesar salad in a whole new way that might be even better than the original!

Mexican Caesar Salad

This recipe for Mexican Caesar salad is crisp romaine lettuce tossed in a creamy cilantro dressing, then finished off with a variety of fun toppings. It's Caesar salad in a whole new way that might be even better than the original!
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A bowl of Mexican corn salad topped with cheese and cilantro.

Mexican Corn Salad

This Mexican corn salad is corn kernels and vegetables tossed in a creamy lime dressing, then topped with cotjita cheese. A twist on the classic Mexican street corn that’s easy to eat and perfect for a potluck!
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This recipe for Mexican fruit salad is a blend of tropical fruit topped with chili lime seasoning - a sweet and savory delight that everyone will want seconds of!

Mexican Fruit Salad

This recipe for Mexican fruit salad is a blend of tropical fruit topped with chili lime seasoning – a sweet and savory delight that everyone will want seconds of!
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Taco salad made with ground beef, romaine lettuce and vegetables, topped with sour cream and tortilla strips.

Taco Salad

This taco salad recipe combines ground beef, lettuce, beans, cheese, tomatoes, tortilla strips and avocado, all tossed in a zesty dressing. A fun and festive salad that’s perfect for a lighter main course or as a side dish at a potluck.
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A bowl of Thai cucumber salad topped with peanuts and cilantro.

Thai Cucumber Salad

This Thai cucumber salad recipe tastes just like the restaurant version, and it only takes minutes to make!
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Vegetable Salads

When you want something more than a lettuce salad, a veggie based offering is the perfect solution. You can make amazing salads with sweet corn, fresh broccoli, ripe tomatoes and more. Don’t forget the summer classic, three bean salad!

A group of summer salads featuring vegetables like chickpea salad, red cabbage slaw and cucumber tomato salad.
Tomato avocado salad with red onion and a cilantro lime dressing.

Tomato Avocado Salad

This tomato avocado salad is a zesty blend of avocado, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno and red onion, all tossed in a lime dressing. A simple yet satisfying dish that is great for picnics and potlucks.
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A bowl of black bean salad with a serving spoon in it.

Black Bean Salad

This black bean salad is a colorful and refreshing blend of beans, corn, peppers, herbs and avocado, all tossed in a zesty lime dressing. A quick and easy salad that pairs well with grilled meats, and makes for a perfect light lunch.
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Broccoli salad in a creamy dressing topped with sunflower seeds and bacon.

Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad recipe is a blend of fresh broccoli florets, apples, bacon, red onion and sunflower seeds, all tossed in a creamy dressing. A classic salad that feeds a crowd and is perfect for potlucks and family gatherings.
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Cherry tomato salad with halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and red onion, all tossed with herbs and dressing.

Cherry Tomato Salad

This summery cherry tomato salad is made with ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, herbs and red onions, all tossed in a light garlic and herb dressing. A fun take on the classic caprese salad!
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A bowl of chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, feta cheese and herbs.

Chickpea Salad

This chickpea salad is loaded with avocado, cucumber, tomato, feta cheese and herbs, all tossed in a Greek style dressing. A healthy chickpea salad is a great addition to any barbecue, pot luck or picnic!
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A bowl of corn salad with avocado and tomato, all tossed in a lime dressing.

Corn Salad

This corn salad is filled with sweet corn kernels, avocado, tomato, jalapeno and red onion, all tossed in a zesty cilantro lime dressing. An easy and colorful side dish that pairs well with chicken, beef and seafood.
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A bowl of cucumber tomato salad garnished with fresh herbs.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

This cucumber tomato salad is full of fresh sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion and green peppers, all tossed in an herb dressing. The perfect light and refreshing side dish for any summer meal!
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A bowl of green bean salad made with feta cheese, tomatoes, red onion and kalamata olives.

Green Bean Salad

This green bean salad is made with fresh green beans, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives, all tossed in a Greek style dressing. An easy and satisfying salad that’s full of bright flavors and colors.
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Tongs serving up a portion of red cabbage slaw.

Red Cabbage Slaw

This red cabbage slaw is a blend of shredded carrots, cabbage, red onions and herbs, all tossed in a homemade dressing. A quick and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with grilled meats and seafood, and can even be served in wraps or sandwiches.
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A serving bowl of three bean salad topped with parsley.

Three Bean Salad

This three bean salad is a blend of kidney beans, green beans and garbanzo beans, all tossed in a sweet and sour dressing. A classic salad that’s easy to make and is the perfect addition to almost any meal!
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Our Favorite Summer Salad Recipes

Here are salads that are perfect for parties and get-togethers. These summer salads are sure to bring grins to your friends and family. These dishes include classics like a chopped salad and wedge salad as well as new favorites like caprese salad and pesto pasta salad.

A group of summer salad recipes including favorites like a wedge salad, creamy cucumber salad and pesto pasta salad.
Tongs serving up a portion of Asian slaw.

Asian Slaw

This Asian slaw is a blend of cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, almonds and fresh herbs, all tossed in a homemade sesame ginger dressing. A fresh and delicious side dish that pairs well with chicken, seafood and beef.
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Caprese salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and balsamic glaze.

Caprese Salad

This traditional caprese salad is a blend of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and seasonings, all drizzled with balsamic glaze. A classic summer salad that is a must-have at any picnic or gathering!
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A bowl of chopped salad made with chicken, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, bacon and chickpeas.

Chopped Salad with Chicken

This chopped salad is a mix of grilled chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, bacon, chickpeas and fresh mozzarella cheese, all tossed together in a homemade vinaigrette. A delicious blend of flavors and textures that makes for the perfect lighter meal.
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Creamy cucumber salad with red onion and dill, topped with fresh herbs for garnish.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad, also known as German cucumber salad, is a refreshing combination of cucumbers, red onion and dill tossed in a simple dressing. Dill cucumber salad takes just minutes to make and is the perfect side dish for any summer meal.
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A bowl of Mediterranean salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and olives.

Mediterranean Salad

This Mediterranean salad is a blend of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, red onion, olives and feta, all tossed together in a homemade dressing. A quick and easy side dish option that's perfect for parties and always gets rave reviews!
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Cucumber feta salad with avocado, dill and red onions, all tossed in a Greek style dressing.

Cucumber Feta Salad

This cucumber feta salad is loaded with sliced cucumbers, avocado, fresh dill, red onion and feta cheese, all tossed in a Greek style dressing. A refreshing salad that’s ready in just 10 minutes!
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Orzo salad in a serving bowl with tomatoes, cucumbers and chickpeas.

Orzo Salad

This greek orzo salad is made with cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, feta and herbs, all tossed in a herb dressing. A simple yet hearty pasta salad that can be served as a main course or side dish.
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Pesto pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, olives, mozzarella balls, pine nuts and red onion.

Pesto Pasta Salad

This pesto pasta salad is pasta with mozzarella cheese, olives, tomatoes and pine nuts, all tossed with fresh basil pesto. An easy side dish that’s perfect for a potluck or picnic.
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A bowl of cucumber dill salad with a spoon in it.

Cucumber Dill Salad

This cucumber dill salad is fresh sliced cucumbers, red onions and plenty of dill, all tossed together in a homemade dressing. A super easy side dish that is perfect for those hot summer days!
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A wedge salad topped with bacon, tomatoes and cheese.

Wedge Salad

This wedge salad recipe is chunks of iceberg lettuce topped with homemade blue cheese dressing, bacon, tomatoes and chives. A classic salad that's easy to make, yet elegant enough to serve to company.
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Fruit Salads

There is nothing better on a summer day than a salad that is full of ripe, delicious fruit. Salads can be sweet or savory while showcasing summer fruits like berries, melons, pineapples and kiwis. Try these salads for a burst of sweetness in your summer.

A group of salads featuring fruit like berry fruit salad, strawberry spinach salad and ambrosia salad.
A berry salad with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries all in a honey based dressing.

Berry Fruit Salad

This berry fruit salad is a combination of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, all tossed in an easy honey lime poppy seed dressing. This berry salad is a must-make for all your summer celebrations!
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Watermelon salad with cucumbers, feta cheese and mint in a serving bowl.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber

This watermelon salad is full of sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese and mint, all tossed in an easy lime dressing. A simple yet unusual summer salad that’s sure to get rave reviews.
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This recipe for ambrosia salad is a variety of colorful fruit with marshmallows and coconut, tossed in a light and creamy dressing. An easy salad that's a classic for good reason, people always beg me for the recipe!

Ambrosia Salad

This recipe for ambrosia salad is a variety of colorful fruit with marshmallows and coconut, tossed in a light and creamy dressing. An easy salad that’s a classic for good reason, people always beg me for the recipe!
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A bowl of tropical fruit salad with mango, raspberries, papaya, kiwi and pineapple tossed in honey lime dressing.

Tropical Fruit Salad

This recipe for tropical fruit salad is a colorful mixture of mango, pineapple, papaya, kiwi and raspberries tossed in a honey lime dressing.
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A bowl of strawberry spinach salad with poppy seed dressing, feta cheese and sliced avocado.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This strawberry spinach salad is a blend of baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, red onion, almonds, feta cheese and avocado, all tossed in a poppy seed dressing. A fresh and colorful salad that's fit for any occasion!
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These salads are a perfect way to beat the heat and enjoy everything that summer offers. You owe it to yourself to make some refreshing summer salads this year!

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  1. The seafood salad and lobster salads are the ones I’m going to try! Love the varieties of the salads here and are keepers!

  2. How will I ever choose? I’ll probably end up cooking all of these recipes eventually! This is seriously the best roundup of colorful, healthy, yummy salad recipes. Thank you!

  3. What a great compilation of salads! I’ll surely be coming back to this article all the season! Thank you!

  4. Such an incredible collection of salads! I especially love the Taco Salad, German Potato Salad, and Pesto Pasta Salad. Yum!

  5. What a wonderful post! I love salads, I always try to mix it up. These look wonderful. Thanks for sharing! 🙂