I know we are creeping closer to summer’s end, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We still have several weeks left of summertime abundance and then, of course, the magical swing season where summer and autumn meet for a brief time and the produce is extra special. For now, I plan to continue to celebrate and indulge in all that the summer’s markets and local farms and gardens have to offer.
Our 15 Favorite Summertime Salads:
This fuss-free, raw salad is ready in just a few minutes and there is a lovely crunch from the raw summer squash noodles, a beautiful peppery bite from the basil vinaigrette and the crispy prosciutto and the toasted pine nuts are the perfect finishing moves.
The sweetness from the grilled peaches is perfectly offset by the soft, peppery flavor of the baby arugula and the slightly spicy bite of the fresh radishes. The creamy, tart and tangy lemony yogurt is the perfect finishing compliment to all of this.
This simple, raw cucumber salad can be made with thinly sliced cucumber or if you have a spiralizer, these gorgeous ribbons. Lightly coated in a garlic tahini dressing, the red onions, fresh mint and kalamata olives are all wonderful additions to this crunchy, light salad. A little crumbled feta on top would also be really nice, if that’s your thing.
This healthy, vibrant and crunchy salad has a bit of an Asian-flare to it with the almond butter and ginger dressing that also has soy sauce, lime juice and sesame oil. The charred pods keep a nice fresh flavor, but it they are also slightly tender and the grilling really brings out their inherent sweetness.
A sophisticated, yet very simple to execute side dish for those summer grilling nights, when you are sick of the same ‘ol green salad. The blueberries bring a subtle tart sweetness and the rich, creamy vinaigrette and avocado both nicely compliment the smoky, charred flavors of the grilled romaine. This can be made on the grill, already hot from cooking up your mains, it’s ready in just minutes.
This salad is life-changing in it’s simplicity. Smokey, savory and a little sweet – this salad will forever change how you look at grapes!
This salad was born as a means to pleasing my sandwich-loving hubby! I want him to eat less grains and more veggies and he can’t ever say ‘no’ to a turkey club sandwich. Super tasty, satisfying compromise.
This is one of my favorite summertime staple sides. Simple to throw together, a perfect fresh crunch and loaded with so many incredible flavors.
Put down the spoon to that boring ‘ol mayo based potato salad and try my family’s classic Greek-inspired potato salad. Full of a bright, fresh tang from the freshly squeezed lemon juice, an incredible fresh crunch from the red onions and cucumber this all comes together with the fresh fill and oregano to create perfect Greek flavors
These summer-inspired veggie power bowls are the perfect tasty, nourishing option for a picnic, a trip to the beach, a backyard BBQ or summer potluck. Pre-assemble the bowls, cover and bring the dressing on the side on wherever summer’s adventures lead you.
This Baby Kale and Quinoa Salad with Dates, Avocado and Citrus Hibiscus Vinaigrette is incredible on it’s own or as a side, or you can make an even heartier meal by adding some grilled chicken or fish or a poached egg for a delicious breakfast salad!
This Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon is reminiscent of my grandmother’s classic vinegar and bacon-based warm german potato salad. There is a perfect crunch from the fresh veggies, beautiful vibrant color from the sweet potatoes, a hint of tang, a little heat from the mustard vinaigrette and that smokey, salty, crunchy goodness from the bacon.
With an abundance of grapes right now, this salad is the perfect antidote. With a nice complimentary crunch from the toasted walnuts, a hint of acidity from white wine vinegar and a subtle tart sweetness from the grapes, the creamy soft goat cheese finishes it all so perfectly.
This salad is a complete meal on it’s own, flavorful, fresh, simple, light and bright. The arugula brings a nice peppery crunch and the avocado a soft, creamy compliment. Don’t forget the grilled lemons for a little extra flavor boost.
This refreshing, summer-inspired Tomato Cucumber Salad with Avocado and Olives is a beautiful addition to any seasonal meal. Swapping the traditional feta cheese for avocado make this recipe even more versatile and friendly to all.
Looking for a few more salady-bowls that can be complete meals on their own?
+ Don’t Forget…
It’s super simple to make your own salad dressings and vinaigrettes at home, taking your summer salad game to the next level. Follow our easy Salad Dressing how-to!