15 Summer Salad Recipes


Summer is just around the corner, and I know I don’t like eating really heavy meals during the summer. Especially because it’s just so hard to be active when you have food weighing you down. We are always going for walks, going swimming, playing outside, and I just love light and easy meals, which salads just fit that bill. I polled some of my blogger friends and have compiled a list of amazing salads that are just absolutely perfect for summer. Whether you want it as your main meal, or a side dish, there’s sure to be something here that you will just love!

Make sure to check them all out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Quinoa Summer Salad

Copycat ChickFilA Grilled Market Salad

Four Bean Salad

Avocado Egg Salad

Broccoli, Bacon, & Raisin Salad

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

Rainbow Fruit Salad

Mandarin Orange Summer Salad

Asian Cabbage Cole Slaw

Creamy Cole Slaw

Salad Stuffed Peppers

Strawberry Fields Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Deconstructed Asian Lettuce Wrap Salad

Simple Spinach Salad

Coconut Ambrosia Salad

Which one of your salad recipes is your favorite?
Which one are you itching to try?


  1. Can’t wait to try the Deconstructed Asian Lettuce Wrap Salad! So healthy and delicious, with its crunchy carrots and almonds, and fab flavor combo of sesame, ginger, and soy! YUM!

  2. Yummy collection of summer salad recipes. I especially like the Asian Cabbage Coleslaw and the 3 Bean Salad recipes.

  3. Renee Smith says:

    I’ve been looking for some lighter meal ideas. These recipes are going to be great! I can’t wait to try them on my family.

  4. I am always looking for new salad ideas. Thank for sharing them with us.

  5. sarah poole says:

    Yay! I love salads in summer. No cooking is a big win.

  6. So many of them sound delicious! The Deconstructed Asian Lettuce Wrap Salad and Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Market Salad are ones I definitely want to make soon!

  7. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Thank you for sharing these recipe When it is hot out I never feel like eating anything heavy. Besides that , I do need to lose some weight and eat healthier.

  8. I;m not a huge vegetable eater. But, for the past two days I’ve craved salads. I just like a simple lettuce, tomato, onion, green pepper. cubed ham and Mexican cheese blend topped off with green goddess dressing.

  9. Marti Tabora says:

    I love salads in the summer so these recipes will definitely suit our tastes. There are several of them that I want to try.

  10. David Fultner says:

    I love a salad when it is hot. Thanks for some ideas.

  11. These all look amazing. Would love to try the salad stuffed peppers! Thanks so much for including mine in this great round up!

  12. M.Clark says:

    These salads are all wonderful and I can’t pick just one. I want to try the Quinoa Summer Salad, the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad, the Strawberry Fields Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, Simple Spinach Salad, and the Coconut Ambrosia Salad. I have never had a salad with coconut in it, this should be interesting. Thank you for sharing this post and these links.

  13. These look so good, we are obsessed by Thai peanut dressing these days, and cucumbers!

  14. Plus, don’t forget! Avocados are in season. We use them to make a dressing that is amazing.

  15. Thanks so much for sharing 15 Summer Salad Recipes! I checked out a few of them and they sure sound good! I checked out the Copy Cat Chick Filet Salad, The Colorful Fruit Salad, Creamy Cole Slaw Recipe, and the Mandarin Orange Summer Salad! WOW! They all look so good and sound so good too! Thanks so much for sharing all these recipes with all of us! I’ll definitely be making some on your list!!! Thanks Again! Michele 🙂

  16. WOW great recipes. The last thing I want to do when it is hot is turn on the oven or stove and salads are a great way to go.

  17. I love Coconut Ambrosia Salad. I make it every year.

  18. i love eating salads special during summer time

  19. love salads

  20. BILL HOFF says:

    We are always looking for different ways to prepare our salads…thanks!

  21. I love the idea of having avocados with a salad. I appreciate this recipe, it is a gem.

  22. sheila ressel says:

    I love making salads but tend to make the same ones. I’m definitely gonna work these into my rotation. They all sound so yummy!

  23. Thank you for the recipes. We love salads of all kinds in our house. They all look great.

  24. Jackie Roberts says:

    I have been looking for some new salad recipes. So tired of the same old ones. Thanks so much!!

  25. I’m wishing that we had a vegetable garden this year.A store bought tomato just doesn’t compare to home grown.

  26. Thank you for the salad recipes. I could live on different kinds of salads. They all look delicious

  27. I like salads. I like to eat all kinds of salads.

  28. i love salads i love all different types of salads

  29. lissa crane says:

    These sound awesome! One of my top favoirite things about summer is having salads! These are great because there are so many and they seem easy too! The best part of course, is no cooking or putting the oven on! The first one I want to try is the Copycat ChickFilA Grilled Market Salad!

  30. Wow, they all sound yummy! My favorite is the Copycat ChickFilA Grilled Market Salad! I will be pinning these for later, thanks so much for posting this!

  31. All of these salad recipes sound really great! I especially want to try the Strawberry Fields Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe, sounds amazing 🙂

  32. Carissa Joslyn says:

    these look really good and refreshing on a hot day! Rainbow Fruit Salad looks great!
    Ill add most of these to my “to do” foods list!

  33. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These summer salad recipes are great. It has given me some great options for some summer dishes. Thank you so much

  34. I like taco salad. It’s especially good with a Mexican cheese blend instead of regular cheddar cheese.

  35. wow I love these. the rainbow summer salad is my favorite. I love fruit poppy seed sunflower salads AND Asian salads. My husband thinks i’m crazy! lol

  36. These salads look awesome! I am always looking for new recipes and ideas during the summer. Thank you for sharing!.

  37. All of these salads look really delicious and easy to make, I’ll definitely try them out, thanks for posting!

  38. These recipe all sound good. I use the rainbow salad one the family loved it

  39. Looks yummy!

  40. nadinebongio says:

    Perfect timing! I need to bring a salad to my niece’s baby shower! I’m think the Quinoa Summer Salad or the Coconut Ambrosia Salad! Thanks!!

  41. I like a tossed green salad with diced meat, usually grilled chicken breast, and a Mexican cheese blend.That makes a filling meal that’s fairly low in calories.

  42. I make an Oriental Salad recipe that is always a big hit. It always tastes better the second day when the dressing has really soaked into the cabbage! YUMMY!

  43. Thank you for the ideas. We love all kinds of salad at our house

  44. I love all kinds of salads. Thanks for all these great recipes 🙂

  45. Thanks for sharing these recipes. I am all set of summer.

  46. Absolutley LOVE your recipes!! Thanks so much for sharing. ^-^

  47. This is a great collection of salad recipes. I have always loved 3 bean salads and I also love to eat spinach with mandarin oranges.

  48. I love to make and eat salads during the summer! They’re such a quick and easy meal. And I really like that if you want to make a meal out of it, you can just add some type of protein to it. I’m really looking forward to trying the four bean salad and the avocado egg salad. Thanks for sharing these great recipes!

  49. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These salads have been providing us with some great changes this summer. I really appreciate every recipe here. Thank you for sharing

  50. Brigid OHara Koshko says:

    Summertime means salads for us. It is often too hot to eat a heavy meal and my garden has blessed us so salads fit the bill. I love the variety and I think my family will love them too. Thanks!

  51. Charlene says:

    I love salads so it’s difficult to pick a favorite. They all look good.

  52. Great recipes! Salads are great for the summer! And so easy to make too!

  53. I love salads of any kind. We will try out a few of these. Thank you for the information.

  54. THANK YOU FOR THIS! These all look so tasty, simple to make, and best of all healthy!

  55. I like taco salad Super spicy meat, a pile of Mexican blend cheese, hot salsa and a dollop of sour cream on a pile of salted white corn chips.

  56. kelly galpin says:

    thanks for sharing this! i really try to eat on the healthy side and when you have different salad options its a lot easier to do and not get bored of having the same thing to eat. i like reading different recipes from people to see what they have come up with to get new ideas 🙂

  57. Thanks for making this blog post! I love salads in the summer. My go to is usually the strawberry fields chicken salad from Wendys. So delicious! Can’t wait to try the rainbow fruit salad!

  58. Lori Pouncey says:

    These sound so cool and refreshing for the summer, not to mention healthy for you as well! I would love to try them all lol Thanks for all the great new eats 🙂

  59. Always like learning about new salad combinations.

    slehan at juno dot com

  60. I love a good chicken salad. I can never seem to get mine quite right.

  61. Laurie Arnheim says:

    Definitely making the Broccoli, bacon, raisin salad! Not only does this sound good, but it looks GREAT! Never in a million years would I have thought of putting raisins in a salad with broccoli. BUT, it makes perfect sense! The sweet & then the salty from the bacon… YUM!!! Love broccoli!

  62. it look healthy and delicious..
    from now on i will start prepare these instead of eating fast food

  63. The Mandarin orange summer salad sounds great! Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  64. I love to prepare and eat salads in the summer. They’re so quick and easy and you can really mix up the flavors. I also love to add beans and/or meat for protein and make salad a meal.

  65. I love salads. I am always looking for new salad recipes to try. Thank you for sharing these.

  66. denise low says:

    I could like on salads. Thank you for the recipes. We will give some a try.

  67. I’m currently hooked on the Four Bean Salad! The perfect summer salad 🙂

  68. denise low says:

    Thank you for the recipes. We eat lots of salads. We will try a few of these.

  69. johnhutchens1 says:

    A very nice collection of salads. I will be trying a few of these. My family really likes salads. I have not had 4 bean salad in years so I will be making this one soon. Thanks for the recipes

  70. I like taco salad or just a simple vegetable salad with grilled chicken breast meat, Mexican cheese , sesame seeds and green goddess dressing. No fruit pieces.

  71. I really like a fresh fruit salad. Especially a melon salad. Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits.

  72. One of my favorite salads is chicken salad for sandwiches.I keep it simple using grilled skinless breast meat, real mayo, onion, celery and salt and pepper. Maybe a small amount of mustard mixed in.

  73. The Fuji apple and chicken salad looks so good! I love salads with fruit and goat or bleu cheese and nuts. So good.

  74. David Fultner says:

    WHO COOL. I have been thinking about a3 bean salad for while. Well four bean has to be better.

  75. These sounds amazing, thank you for sharing these amazing recipes.

  76. I like taco salad with spicy ground beef, Mexican blend cheese hot sauce and sour cream. Not the healthiest salad but it tastes great.

  77. Kara Paintedone says:

    Oh my! I think I know the copy cat chick-fil-A grilled market salad would be my go to. With salads a lot of the time I tend to go stale with mixing up some different flavors and keeping it interesting.(I keep forgetting sometimes a pop of some select fruits are a nice edition) I love this I may have to pin these.

  78. I know summer is over but I’m trying to buy some vegetables now for salad before the prices go sky high. I’m looking forward to a vegetable salad with grilled chicken breast.

  79. Fruit salads are always good. I’m not fond of frozen fruit. I prefer it freshly made.

  80. All of these sound so good and thank you for sharing these recipes with us.

  81. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I have really enjoyed several of these salads. Your recipes I have tried have been great. Thank you so much for sharing

  82. Edna Williams says:

    Can’t wait to try some of these! I just love salads! Thanks for sharing!

  83. Jodi Hunter says:

    This is an amazing collection of salads, Thanks!

  84. So many different salads! Thank you

  85. Salad stuffed peppers? I’ll have to check that one out. Just looking over the list, I’d say a simple fruit salad sounds the best.

  86. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I have got to lose some weight for my sons wedding in April and I also need to start eating healthier. These recipes will really help me with this. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy New Years

  87. Edna Williams says:

    Yummy lighter summer recipes! Wow! Thanks again!

  88. KATE SARSFIELD says:

    I love broccoli salad but never thought of adding dried fruit. Thanks!

  89. clojo9372 says:

    Thanks for this! I am trying to expand my salad vocabulary in order to eat healthier. I find salads a bit boring so trying different recipes is very helpful! 🙂

  90. Dotty J Boucher says:

    I am loving all these summer salads, I am already making plans for a few upcoming events so a few of these salads will be on the menu..

  91. Lauryn R says:

    I love salads! There are so many different ingredients and flavor combinations! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing these, just in time for Summer! 🙂

  92. The hottest day of the year here in SoCal, and time for some summer salads. These are some great ideas!

  93. We just love the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad. This is so good. The whole family enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing

  94. I just love the avacado egg salad. I don’t know why but I never thought of adding avacado to this. This is so good. Thank you for sharing this recipe

  95. I am all into salads for the summer. I love the Simple Spinach Salad. Spinach is so good and it is so healthy. This salad is great. Thank you so much for sharing

  96. The rainbow fruit salad sounds so good. It is pretty to look at too with all the great colors. This would be great for us to snack on with this hot and humid weather. Very refreshing. Thank you for sharing

  97. I love stuffed peppers. The recipe you shared on http://www.courtneyssweets.com/2014/08/salad-stuffed-pepper-bowls-with-creamy-avocado-dressing.html sounds so good. This will make a great dish for summer. Thank you so much for sharing

  98. The Strawberry Fields Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette is so good. It makes the perfect lunch for me and gives me a little pick me up. Thank you again for sharing

  99. The Copycat ChickFilA Grilled Market Salad is so good. It is a great pick me up in the afternoon. I just love this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  100. I can’t wait to try the Avocado Egg Salad. I love avacado with my eggs in the morning. This recipe sounds perfect for me. Thank you so much for sharing

  101. Olivine Eyes says:

    My two favorites on that list are the Quinoa Summer Salad and the Deconstructed Asian Lettuce Wrap Salad. They look delicious with no cheese or ranch in sight.

  102. The Creamy Cole Slaw is so good and so easy to make. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing

  103. I’e got my eye on the Asian Cabbage Cole Slaw. Perfect side for an asian marinated grilled main course.

  104. Brandy Trover says:

    I guess it’s time for these recipes again. I would like to try a spinach salad recipe. Spinach is my favorite food but I have never tried it any other way then cooked.

  105. I love salads and all these sound very delicious. Will definitely keep these in mind. Thank you for sharing, and Happy Spring!

  106. Today is the very first day that is singing SPRING! so warm and sunny, it sure makes me want to try these, especially the Rainbow Fruit Salad!

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