When the weather heats up and your motivation to be anywhere near the kitchen goes down, these refreshing and easy summer salad recipes will help you get a healthy dinner or side dish on the table, no sweat. Our easy picks make the most of summer produce— from sweet tomatoes to succulent corn and juicy peaches — so that you can celebrate the bountiful season in the best (and most delicious!) way possible. Bonus: these fresh ideas with few ingredients will leave you with extra time for fun backyard games with your favorite people.
Whatever your salad craving, we’re here to help! If you need hearty ideas for dinner, we rounded up plenty of protein-packed summer salad recipes with chicken, shrimp, steak, pork or countless colorful vegetarian options. Bright and crunchy salads make the best BBQ side dishes to complement smoky grilled mains, while summer salads with fruit offer a sweet-savory contrast you’ll be thinking about ‘til fall.
These easy and satisfying recipes are packed with full of summer flavors that you can make in a cinch to spend more time enjoying those beautiful sunny days! Make-ahead pasta salads (yep, we're counting them as salad) make summer family cookouts so much easier, while mason jar salads are a cinch to bring to a picnic. And don't forget to make the most of the season with these summer dinner recipes as well! Summertime livin’ should be as easy as these summer salad recipes.
For a refreshing summer salad, look no further than this dynamite watermelon salad with feta and cucumbers tossed in a super simple dressing.
Get the Watermelon Salad with Feta recipe.
A perfect summer side, classic potato salad gets an herby refresh with the addition of parsley and dill in this satisfying variation.
Get the Herby Red Potato Salad recipe.
We love a wedge salad, and especially can't get enough of this herby green dressing loaded with parsley, chives and dill. Yum!
Itching to switch up sushi night? Look no further than this California roll turned salad, complete with spicy mayo, sesame seeds and plenty of veggies.
Get the California Roll Salad recipe.
You won't even miss the meat in this caesar salad full of crispy chickpeas, crunchy croutons and grilled radishes.
Get the Vegan Caesar Salad recipe.
This stunning salad showcases a variety of radishes for a showstopping colorful dish.
Get the Bright Radish Salad recipe.
Get your fill of veggies and protein with our favorite Cobb salad! Full of chicken, egg, tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese, this filling meal will keep you full for hours to come.
Get the Cobb Salad recipe.
Pasta totally counts as salad in our book, especially if it's loaded with veggies.
Get the BLT Pasta Salad recipe.
Consider this our new go-to grilled vegetarian main: With smoky chickpeas, juicy nectarines, and peppery arugula, you won't miss the meat.
Salty, semi-soft cheese paired with lemony vegetables and fluffy cous cous will be your new summer standout recipe.
Get the Grilled Haloumi Salad recipe.
Salty feta adds a creamy, savory twist to this 10-minute salad with juicy in-season fruit.
Pineapple and avocado turn up the tropical vibes on this shrimp salad, while cucumber and watercress keep it fresh and crunchy.
Just flip it over, watch the dressing run down, and dig into this veggie-packed mason jar salad. Quadruple the recipe, toss it in a bowl, and it becomes dinner for the whole family.
Get the Chickpea Pasta Salad in a Jar recipe.
Forget the lettuce! Fresh cilantro and mint make up the bulk of this spicy salad.
A little sweet, a little salty, and super hearty, this 20-minute meal makes a great weeknight dinner.
Get the Thai Steak and Pear Salad recipe.
Packed with fiber-loaded farro, this flavorful side also makes a light vegetarian main.
Behold: the ultimate summer salad.
Get the Heirloom Tomato Salad recipe.
What's better than salad and chicken for dinner? Salad and chicken stuffed with spicy herbed cheese.
Loaded with tongue-tingling sesame, ginger, and soy sauce, this bright recipe holds a permanent spot in our healthy summer side dish rotation.
Get the Sesame Cucumber Salad recipe.
The summer squash soaks up any flavors you pair with it — our 15-minute recipe uses rice vinegar, sesame, and lots of garlic.
Get the Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles recipe.
Halloumi cheese (a semi-soft cheese similar to feta) gets seared in the leftover bacon fat for extra porky flavor. This salad is unlike any other.
Get the Bacon and Apple Farro Salad recipe.
This full-flavored salad is a dream come true: Use sourdough bread instead of greens.
Get the Tomato Panzanella recipe.
This colorful bean salad, loaded with black-eyed peas, tomatoes, veggies, and herbs, also makes an excellent dip.
Get the Cowboy Caviar recipe.
Break out of a boring pasta salad rut: Try orzo with marinated zucchini, pesto, and almonds instead.
Get the Pesto Zucchini Orzo recipe.
Carrot ribbons and thinly sliced radishes get dressed in a sweet-tart, honey citrus vinaigrette for the ultimate refreshing salad.
Savory granola adds an unexpected and irresistible crunch to this colorful salad — and works well for breakfast the next morning!
Skip the hassle (and heat) by picking up a ready-made rotisserie chicken at the store.
Get the Rotisserie Chicken Cobb recipe.
Tasty BBQ salmon adds heft to this light and fresh midday meal.
Charred flour tortillas take this meaty salad to the next level.
Get the Grilled Steak Tortilla Salad recipe.