40 Easy Summer Salads That Pack in the Best Seasonal Flavors

These filling recipes taste so very farmers' market to table.

tomato, peach, and basil salad on a blue plate
Mike Garten

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.

watermelon salad with feta on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Watermelon Salad with Feta

For a refreshing summer salad, look no further than this dynamite watermelon salad with feta and cucumbers tossed in a super simple dressing.

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herby red potato salad on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Herby Red Potato Salad

A perfect summer side, classic potato salad gets an herby refresh with the addition of parsley and dill in this satisfying variation.

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wedge salad with creamy herb dressing on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Wedge Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

We love a wedge salad, and especially can't get enough of this herby green dressing loaded with parsley, chives and dill. Yum!

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california roll salad with cucumber ribbons in a white bowl
Mike Garten
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California Roll Salad

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.

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vegan caesar salad with radishes on skewers
Mike Garten
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Vegan Caesar Salad

You won't even miss the meat in this caesar salad full of crispy chickpeas, crunchy croutons and grilled radishes.

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RELATED: 70 Vegan Recipes so Good, You'll Forget About Meat and Cheese

bright radish salad with fresh mint and served on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Bright Radish Salad

This stunning salad showcases a variety of radishes for a showstopping colorful dish.

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chicken cobb with avocados, tomatoes, red onions, bacon and soft boiled eggs on a plate
Mike Garten
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Cobb Salad

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.

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RELATED: 43 Summer Chicken Recipes to Switch It Up All Season

blt pasta salad with tomatoes, arugula, and red onions in a wooden bowl
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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BLT Pasta Salad

Pasta totally counts as salad in our book, especially if it's loaded with veggies.

Get the BLT Pasta Salad recipe.

a person serving bbq chickpea and grilled nectarine salad from a dark bowl
Mike Garten
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BBQ Chickpea and Grilled Nectarine Salad

Consider this our new go-to grilled vegetarian main: With smoky chickpeas, juicy nectarines, and peppery arugula, you won't miss the meat.

Get the BBQ Chickpea and Grilled Nectarine Salad recipe.

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grilled haloumi salad with drilled asparagus and snap peas on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Grilled Haloumi Salad

Salty, semi-soft cheese paired with lemony vegetables and fluffy cous cous will be your new summer standout recipe.

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tomato, peach, and basil salad on a blue plate
Mike Garten
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Tomato, Peach, and Basil Salad

Salty feta adds a creamy, savory twist to this 10-minute salad with juicy in-season fruit.

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RELATED: 4 Types of Peaches You'll Be Eating All Summer Long

charred shrimp and avocado salad with red onion in a dark bowl
Mike Garten
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Charred Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Pineapple and avocado turn up the tropical vibes on this shrimp salad, while cucumber and watercress keep it fresh and crunchy.

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RELATED: 20 Quick and Easy Grilled Shrimp Recipes to Try This Summer

chickpea pasta salad in a jar with tomatoes, olives, red onions, and crumbled feta
Mike Garten
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Chickpea Pasta Salad in a Jar

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.

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ginger pork, white rice and cucumber salad on a white plate
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Ginger Pork and Cucumber Salad

Forget the lettuce! Fresh cilantro and mint make up the bulk of this spicy salad.

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greek salad recipe with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, olives, and feta cheese on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Greek Salad

Briny capers give this Mediterranean dish a serious boost of flavor, while a pinch of sugar balances the tartness. Consider this our go-to Greek salad recipe.

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thai steak and pear salad with mixed greens on a white plate
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Thai Steak and Pear Salad

A little sweet, a little salty, and super hearty, this 20-minute meal makes a great weeknight dinner.

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grilled green beans, fennel, and farro salad in a blue bowl
Mike Garten
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Grilled Green Beans, Fennel, and Farro

Packed with fiber-loaded farro, this flavorful side also makes a light vegetarian main.

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heirloom tomato salad drizzled in olive oil and topped with fresh herbs
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Heirloom Tomato Salad

Behold: the ultimate summer salad.

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cheesy tex mex stuffed chicken with red onion and lettuce
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Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken

What's better than salad and chicken for dinner? Salad and chicken stuffed with spicy herbed cheese.

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RELATED: 60 Easy Chicken Breast Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

sesame cucumber salad in a blue bowl
Mike Garten
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Sesame Cucumber Salad

Loaded with tongue-tingling sesame, ginger, and soy sauce, this bright recipe holds a permanent spot in our healthy summer side dish rotation.

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asian sesame zucchini noodles on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles

The summer squash soaks up any flavors you pair with it — our 15-minute recipe uses rice vinegar, sesame, and lots of garlic.

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bacon and apple farro salad with red onion, mixed greens, and grilled cheese
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Bacon and Apple Farro Salad

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.

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tomato panzanella with sourdough bread, basil and olive oil
Mike Garten
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Tomato Panzanella

This full-flavored salad is a dream come true: Use sourdough bread instead of greens.

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cowboy caviar with corn, beans, avocado and tomatoes
Mike Garten
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Cowboy Caviar

This colorful bean salad, loaded with black-eyed peas, tomatoes, veggies, and herbs, also makes an excellent dip.

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pesto zucchini orzo with pesto, almonds and yellow squash
Mike Garten
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Pesto Zucchini Orzo

Break out of a boring pasta salad rut: Try orzo with marinated zucchini, pesto, and almonds instead.

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shaved carrot and radish salad with oranges and mint
Mike Garten
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Shaved Carrot and Radish Salad

Carrot ribbons and thinly sliced radishes get dressed in a sweet-tart, honey citrus vinaigrette for the ultimate refreshing salad.

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cucumber and cantaloupe salad with savory quinoa granola on a black and white striped plate
Mike Garten
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Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad with Savory Quinoa Granola

Savory granola adds an unexpected and irresistible crunch to this colorful salad — and works well for breakfast the next morning!

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rotisserie chicken cobb with avocado, tomato, lettuce, and cheese
Danielle Occhiogrosso
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Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad

Skip the hassle (and heat) by picking up a ready-made rotisserie chicken at the store.

Get the Rotisserie Chicken Cobb recipe.

RELATED: 24 Best Rotisserie Chicken Recipes That Give a New Life to Leftovers

farro arugula salad with mustard vinaigrette
Mike Garten
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Farro and Arugula Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Tasty BBQ salmon adds heft to this light and fresh midday meal.

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grilled steak tortilla salad with tomatoes, mixed greens and fresh herbs
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
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Grilled Steak Tortilla Salad

Charred flour tortillas take this meaty salad to the next level.

Get the Grilled Steak Tortilla Salad recipe.

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