18 Delicious and Simple Summer Salads

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As we enter into the dog days of summer, salads are a great way to avoid cooking over a hot stove. Here are eighteen simple summer salad recipes featured from the latest Inspiration Monday Party:

Eighteen Summer Salads

Why Salads are the Summer MVPs:

  1. Light & Refreshing: On sweltering days, heavy meals are the last thing on anyone’s wish list. Salads offer a light, yet satisfying alternative that won’t weigh you down.
  2. Hydration Hero: With ingredients like cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries, salads are brimming with natural water content, helping keep dehydration at bay.
  3. Nutrient-Dense: Summer salads are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, providing a nutritional punch that supports overall health and well-being.
  4. Flavorful Variety: The abundance of seasonal produce available in summer means your salad bowl can be a kaleidoscope of flavors and textures. There’s no room for boredom here.
  5. Easy & Quick to Prepare: Most summer salads require minimal cooking, if any. They’re perfect for those times when you’d rather soak up the sun than stand by the stove.

I love salads, don’t you?  I hope you find a couple of new salad recipes to try!

18 Supper Salad Recipes

Italian Caprese Tomato Salad

Summer Picnic Pasta Salad Recipe

Summer Picnic Pasta Salad ( Pasta salad with ham and cheese )

Easy Shrimp Salad With Fresh Dill

shrimp salad with dill

Mom’s Frito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing (Don't forget the Fritos - The Fritos make this Catalina dressing taco salad so good!)

Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad Recipe

Sausage and Tortellini Pasta Salad: Perfect for summer cookouts and potlucks!

Turkey (or chicken) Salad with Cranberries and Pecans

turkey salad recipe

Avocado and Bacon Chicken Salad

Avocado and Bacon Chicken Salad

Refreshing Cucumber Melon Salad

The Best Spinach Salad! (low carb)

The Best Spinach Salad! (low carb)

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

cucumber and tomato salad

Apple and Walnut Salad

Apple and Walnut Salad

5 Minute Tropical Fruit Salad

Easy Tropical Fruit Salad. Put this one together in five minutes. Kids love it and it's perfect for potlucks!

Creamy Strawberry Banana Salad

The Classic Cobb Salad

Classic Cobb Salad

My Favorite Broccoli Salad Recipe

Need a quick and easy side dish? You have to try our Favorite Broccoli Salad recipe! The flavor combination of the broccoli, bacon, almonds and grapes (with a touch of mayo and sugar) is perfect. Makes a fabulous side dish for your next meal, plus it is always a hit at potlucks!

Crunchy Summer Salad With Celery, Radish And Apple

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Quinoa Tabouli Salad (Tabbouleh)

Grilled Red Potato Salad


Hellman’s Extra Special Chicken Salad

Salad FAQs

  • Can salads be filling enough to be a main dish? Absolutely! By incorporating proteins like grilled chicken, beans, or nuts, you can transform any salad into a hearty, satisfying meal.
  • How do I keep my salads fresh? A good tip is to dress your salads just before serving to prevent wilting, or pack the dressing separately if you’re on the go.
  • What’s the best way to experiment with salads? Get creative with what you have! Mix different textures and flavors. Try adding fruits to green salads, or play around with various dressings and vinaigrettes. The possibilities are endless.
  • Are salads expensive to make? Not necessarily. While some ingredients can be pricier, buying seasonal produce can be both economical and delicious. Consider growing your own herbs or some veggies for an even fresher, cost-effective option.

With all these fantastic reasons to whip up a delightful summer salad, it’s time to explore some mouthwatering recipes

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