13 Super Summer Salad Recipes
Hello, sunshine. We missed you.
Summer is here and it’s time to get out there and enjoy it. Though we all have things to do, there is no reason to make more work for yourself—especially in the kitchen. Who wants to fire up the oven or spend the day cooking? Besides, all of your garden-fresh favorites are officially in-season.
Though we love salads all year long, their cool, crisp and colorful presence is both refreshing and satisfying during the summer months. So we wanted to share the love with you. Here is a little inspiration for your al fresco summer eating.
Inspired by your favorite Greek flavors, this salad skips the lettuce and goes straight to the protein with marinated chickpeas. Sweet sun-dried tomatoes, crumbled feta and chunks of crisp cucumber take it home.
You’ll think you’ve gone to the Southwest with this colorful grain bowl. Featuring chewy, nutty quinoa and smoky grilled corn, this quinoa salad recipe is perfect for lazy days at the pool or serving up at your summer gatherings.
If you’re looking for a vegan summertime recipe that scores just as many points for color as it does for flavor, this loaded bean salad is where it’s at. Briny olives, smoky-sweet roasted tomatoes, pickled peppers and tender cannellini beans come together in an irresistible red-wine vinaigrette.
We promise that this summer salad is like nothing you’ve ever had. Crisp, creamy and refreshing with a citrus and Dijon kick, this salad is sure to be the talk of the picnic.
As long as there are inspired recipes like these, you will never have to eat another boring salad again. Admit it... we had you at “prosciutto-wrapped shrimp.”
We take a cue from the Mediterranean for this fresh and flavorful summer salad. Serve it up with pita chips for a simple summer snack, a light lunch or a shareable dip at your next summer gathering.
Balsamic-marinated grilled chicken takes this salad from light lunch to summer meal. Besides this chicken, this super salad recipe features peppery arugula, toasted almonds, crisp slices of apples and radishes, Cheddar cheese and creamy avocado. The homemade apple cider and Dijon dressing takes it to another level.
Think of this classic salad as an upgraded house salad, like the one you might order off the menu at your local pizza joint: crunchy Romaine lettuce, bell pepper, red onion, marinated artichokes, pepperoncini, etc. We top it off with shaved Parmesan.
This hybrid bean and tuna salad is a fan favorite. If you haven’t tried it yet... what are you waiting for? It’s healthy, colorful... and honestly, you’re not going to want to share. We recommend serving it up with toasted slices of baguette for lunch, summertime get-togethers, picnics or just a tasty weekend snack by the pool.