Summer is all about warm weather, grilling and some of the Best Summer Salad Recipes to enjoy all season long! This collection includes everything from potato and pasta salad to coleslaw and Greek salad. You’re guaranteed to find the perfect salad for BBQs, picnics or any occasion!

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I eat salads every day all year round, but summer is one of the best seasons to enjoy them because of the wide variety of produce that’s available.

Corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, figs and berries are all wonderful in salads, and this collection of 30+ Best Summer Salad Recipes is proof of that.

There are so many summer salad ideas that are refreshing and easy to make, and they’re perfect for BBQs, picnics, lunch or any occasion!

And all salads should be tossed with homemade salad dressing recipes as well. They’re so much more fresh tasting than store bought and are guaranteed to make your salads next level!

Best summer salads

I love that summer embodies all types of salads, including potato, pasta, coleslaw, beans, fruit and so much more. Nothing is off limits!

Most of them are super easy to prepare and are great for feeding a crowd, which is important because it’s the season for cookouts, picnics and gatherings of all kinds.

These recipes are refreshing, flavorful and guaranteed to be a hit whether you serve them for a gathering or for a family lunch or dinner. 🙂

Salads for dinner

Santa fe chicken salad

It doesn’t get better than healthy salads for dinner on a hot day. They’re fresh and light, yet completely satisfying because they’re packed with protein, veggies and tons of flavor!

Most of them can also be made ahead of time for meal prep lunches to enjoy during the work week.

Santa Fe Chicken Salad
Santa Fe Chicken Salad is crisp, refreshing and packed with protein! It's tossed in a zesty, flavorful lime dressing for one unforgettable salad!
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Italian Chopped Salad
This Italian Chopped Salad is packed with salami, chickpeas, veggies and plenty of greens, and it's tossed in a flavorful homemade Italian dressing!
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Salmon Nicoise Salad
Salmon Nicoise Salad is a twist on the French classic with a tender salmon filet instead of tuna. It's tossed with a savory dijon vinaigrette and it makes a satisfying lunch or dinner!
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Strawberry Fields Salad
Strawberry Fields Salad is an addictive combination of fresh strawberries, chicken, bacon, feta cheese and greens tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing!
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Chicken Cobb Salad
This Chicken Cobb Salad is loaded with juicy chicken breast, crisp bacon, blue cheese and creamy avocado. It makes a satisfying low carb dinner or meal prep lunch!
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Grilled Shrimp Louie Salad
Grilled Shrimp Louie Salad is classic shrimp louie salad with smoky grilled shrimp and fresh, creamy homemade louie salad dressing! 
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Green salads

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Green salads are always a great choice because they’re so versatile. They’re crisp and refreshing with a foundation of nutritious greens such as butter lettuce, mixed greens, arugula and kale.

The sky is the limit on the combinations that you can come up with as they can be made with sweet and savory ingredients.

They can be served as a side dish or topped with air fryer chicken breast or blackened salmon.

They’re also wonderful served alongside skillet lasagna or a bowl of asparagus soup!

Butter Lettuce Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing
Butter Lettuce Salad is tender butter lettuce, creamy avocado and crisp radish tossed in a tangy lemon dijon dressing.  It's clean eating at its best!
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Baby Lettuce Salad with Raspberries, Cranberries and Feta
Baby Lettuce Salad with Raspberries, Cranberries and Feta is baby lettuce with raspberries, cranberries, walnuts and feta tossed in a red wine vinaigrette!
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Easy Greek Salad Recipe
Easy Greek Salad Recipe is fresh, flavorful and tossed in a tangy homemade Greek dressing. This versatile salad is perfect as a light lunch, side dish and it's so easy to make!
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Kale Cherry Salad with Goat Cheese
Kale Cherry Salad with Goat Cheese is an addicting superfood kale salad with juicy cherries, almonds and a tangy, sweet balsamic vinaigrette!
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Broccoli Kale Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
This Broccoli Kale Salad will be your new favorite! Hardy kale is tossed with crunchy broccoli florets, crisp apple and it's tossed in a lemon poppy seed dressing!
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Strawberry Salad with Grapes, Feta and Walnuts
This Strawberry Salad recipe is brimming with juicy strawberries, crisp grapes, feta cheese and toasted walnuts for the ultimate summer salad!
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Apple Fig Arugula Salad
Apple Fig Arugula Salad is packed with peppery arugula, crisp apple and sweet fig for an addictive sweet and savory salad!
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Slaws

Classic coleslaw in a white bowl

Coleslaws may not be considered a salad by some, but I think they have to be included in this collection of summer salads because they’re a quintessential summer side dish.

They’re a must with grilled bbq chicken and make a wonderful topping for pulled pork and BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches!

Broccoli Slaw Salad
Broccoli slaw is crunchy, addictive and a must for your BBQs! It's tossed in a creamy coleslaw dressing for the ultimate summer side dish.
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Classic Coleslaw Recipe
This Classic Coleslaw Recipe is the perfect side dish for grilled burgers and makes a great topping for pulled pork sandwiches!
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Kale Slaw
Kale Slaw is ribbons of kale with broccoli slaw, apple and dried cherries tossed in a sweet, tangy honey lime dressing!
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Vegan Coleslaw with Creamy Curry Dressing
This Vegan Coleslaw is crunchy, addictive and tossed in a flavorful creamy curry coleslaw dressing!
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Pasta salads

Lemon orzo pasta salad in a white bowl with basil on top

Summer pasta salad recipes are a crowd favorite. They may be made ahead of time, so they’re perfect for entertaining.

They can be made gluten-free very easily by using gluten-free pasta, or by substituting with grains such as quinoa.

They’re perfect served with grilled burgers and grilled shrimp!

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad
Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad is summer in a bowl! It's brimming with summer vegetables, basil, creamy feta cheese and it's tossed in a fresh, tangy lemon salad dressing!
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Greek Orzo Salad Recipe
This Greek Orzo Salad Recipe is perfect for your next barbecue or gathering! It's bursting with fresh, zesty flavor, it's so easy to make, and it gets rave reviews every single time!
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Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad is bow tie pasta tossed with grilled vegetables, salami, olives, chickpeas and a zesty Italian dressing.  It's the ultimate pasta salad!
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Potato salads

German potato salad in a white bowl

There’s no going wrong with potato salad — it’s always a crowd pleaser!

It’s a versatile dish that can be made classic style with mayo, or tossed in a vinaigrette for a lighter, fresher take like the recipes below.

German Potato Salad Recipe
This German Potato Salad is the best potato salad recipe! Tender potatoes are tossed in a warm sweet, tangy dressing with crisp bacon and fresh herbs. Eat it warm or cold for the ultimate side dish!
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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad is smoky, tender chunks of grilled sweet potato with bacon, crisp veggies and a tangy, sweet bacon dressing. It's a delicious gluten-free summer side dish!
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Grilled Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Grilled Potato Salad is packed with smoky flavor, fresh herbs and is tossed in a tangy dijon vinaigrette. It's gluten and dairy free, and is the perfect summer side!
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Vegetable salads

Mexican corn salad in a bowl with jalapeno on top

Vegetable salads don’t include any greens….they’re nice and rustic and contain some of summers best vegetables.

They’re great served with grilled tomahawk steak, tequila lime chicken or turkey burgers!

Caprese Salad Recipe
This Caprese Salad Recipe is perfect for summer! Juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella and fresh basil are finished with olive oil and balsamic for an easy appetizer or side dish that's guaranteed to impress!
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Horiatiki (Greek Village Salad)
Horiatiki, or Greek Village Salad, will transport you to the islands of Greece! It's fresh, flavorful and finished with a simple drizzle of oil and vinegar for the perfect summer salad!
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Grilled Mexican Corn Salad
Grilled Mexican Corn Salad is packed with sweet, smoky charred corn and is bursting with fresh flavor. It's a versatile, easy side dish that's perfect for picnics and barbecues!
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Grilled Vegetable Salad
Grilled Vegetable Salad is packed with tender, smoky vegetables, feta cheese, fresh basil and is tossed in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette for the perfect summer side dish!
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Basil Lime Zucchini Corn Salad
Basil Lime Zucchini Corn Salad is a fresh, flavorful side dish that's perfect for summer! It's gluten free, dairy free and vegan!
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Panzanella and bean salads

Greek panzanella salad in white bowl with garlic and oregano

Panzanella salads include rustic, chunky veggies, croutons and are tossed in vinaigrette. The bread soaks up the dressing (and a ton of flavor in the process), creating a salad like no other!

Bean salads are fresh and hearty, so they’re great served with air fryer hamburgers and air fryer pork chops.

If you’re looking for great summer lunch ideas, these recipes are for you!

Greek Panzanella
Greek Panzanella is a classic Greek village salad, or horiatiki, tossed with crunchy homemade croutons and Greek salad dressing!
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Easy Three Bean Salad
Easy Three Bean Salad is packed with hearty beans, fresh green beans, veggies and a sweet, tangy dressing. It's an easy side dish that's perfect for picnics, potlucks or lunch!
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Greek Three Bean Salad
Greek Three Bean Salad is classic 3 bean salad with a Greek twist!  It’s packed with protein and veggies and makes the perfect side dish or lunch!
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Grain salads

Greek quinoa salad in a white bowl

Grain salads are hearty and satisfying all on their own, so they make a great vegetarian meal prep lunch or dinner.

They’re the perfect vehicle for all the summer produce or whatever type of protein, cheese or dressing that you have on hand!

Greek Quinoa Salad
Greek Quinoa Salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavor! It's a healthy, satisfying vegetarian meal that's great for meal prep!
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Pearl Barley Salad with Chickpeas, Feta, and Lemon
This pearl barley salad recipe is made with green beans, chickpeas, feta, and dill for a Mediterranean twist. Great for bringing to picnics and potlucks!
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Fruit salad

It doesn’t get better than a refreshing fruit salad does it? They’re great for brunch, picnics, snacks or a light summer dessert.

Tropical Fruit Salad with Lime and Coconut
Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut and Lime is a delicious blend of tropical fruit tossed with fresh lime juice and coconut flakes with no added sugar!
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