‘Tis the season for salad: greens, fruits, grains, chicken, and all
We’ve assembled 50 salads that are ideal for the spring and summer season. They use a range of ingredients from unusual grains like farro, bulgur, and wheat berries to vegetables like beets, parsnips, zucchini, and carrots. There are classic combinations like the iconic Cobb salad, but there are also more modern salad interpretations such as a grilled halloumi and peach salad. Throw out any preconceived notions of what you thought a salad should be, and let these 50 recipes spark your imagination.
50 Salads for Spring and Summer
We’ve assembled 50 salads that are ideal for the spring and summer season. Throw out any preconceived notions of what you thought a salad should be, and let these 50 recipes spark your imagination.
Roasted beets offer a natural sweetness to salads and pair well with vinaigrette or acidic dressing. This is technically a salad, but it can also act as a side dish. One serving of this beet salad is only 143 calories.
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Classic Zucchini Salad
Easy Greek Salad
The Greek salad is perfection on a plate. Kalamata olives contribute a salty pop, while fresh oregano contributes some extra depth. Just make sure to use your best extra-virgin olive oil.
Click here for the Easy Greek Salad recipe.
Frisée Salad With Asparagus and Prosciutto
Gorgonzola and Apple Salad
Italian Tomato-Bread Salad
The Forge Chopped Salad
No salad-recipe roundup could be complete without some rendition of the chopped salad. This classic dish uses a variety of crisp and crunchy vegetables, diced in such a manner as to afford clean and simple eating.
Click here for The Forge Chopped Salad recipe.
Celery Citrus Salad with Feta
Detox Kale Salad
Whether this salad will truly “detox” your body is debatable, but it certainly is healthy. Kale, carrots, cabbage, quinoa, and avocado make this salad a hearty lunch that will keep you satisfied until dinner time.
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Gajar No Sambharo (Warm Carrot Salad)
Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad
Lemony Asparagus Salad
Mixed Green Mesclun Salad With Blackeye Pea Vinaigrette
Muffuletta Olive Salad
The muffuletta was made famous in New Orleans by Italian immigrants. This salad is inspired by the sandwich, and uses a giardiniera (an Italian relish of pickled vegetables), olives, and plenty of spices, green onion, and fresh parsley.
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Roasted Parsnip and Arugula Salad
When roasted, parsnips become sweet, but retain some of their pepperiness. The salad’s accoutrements — apricots, sunflower seeds, and crumbed chèvre cheese — complement the parsnip, while a little bit of za’atar (a traditional Middle Eastern spice) makes the dish unforgettable.
Click here for the Roasted Parsnip and Arugula Salad recipe.
Spicy Yam Potato Salad
This spiced, lighter version of a classic potato salad will improve every summer picnic or potluck you’re hosting. The salad is the perfect balance between sweet and savory with warm spices like cumin, smoked paprika and cinnamon, and the cool notes of Greek yogurt, fresh mint, and parsley.
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Easy Soba Noodle Salad
Gluten-Free Macaroni Salad
Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad
Orzo and Broccoli Salad
Pasta Salad in a Jar
Picnic Pasta Salad
It’s not hard to see how anchovies may be perceived as unappetizing, but these piquant flavored fillets add an oceanic layer of saltiness whose taste can only be described as “fish bacon.” This picnic pasta salad takes advantage of this extremely flavorful ingredient, along with sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, and fresh Italian parsley.
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Spicy Gazpacho Pasta Salad
Thai Noodle Salad
This simple shirataki noodle salad can be served cool, at room temperature, or even warm, depending on your mood. Add any vegetables you have on hand, like baby bok choy or broccoli.
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Beet and Wheat Berry Salad
Whole grains are in-fashion because of their satiating fiber and mineral content. A wheat berry is a complete wheat kernel minus the hull; they are traditionally cooked down into a porridge, but this recipe uses wheat berries cooked al dente as a hearty foil to sweet golden beets. This can be served as a side dish or even as a vegetarian main course.
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Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad
You can’t do much better for less than 300 calories. Fresh jalapeño, green onions, and cilantro make every bite of this quinoa and black bean salad interesting. This salad is easy to make and even easier to eat; confidently bring it to any picnic or beach outing.
Click here for the Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad recipe.
Easter Waldorf Rice Salad
The original Waldorf salad was created in New York City’s Waldorf hotel in 1893, and it has been tantalizing taste buds with its clever combination of apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes ever since. This version uses rice (rather than chicken) to add some more depth and texture.
Click here for the Easter Waldorf Rice Salad recipe.
Farro With Artichokes and Herb Salad
Grilled Eggplant and Quinoa Salad
If you ever are stuck with leftover grilled eggplant, zucchini, or red bell pepper keep this recipe in mind. All you need is a couple cups of cooked quinoa, tahini paste, lemon juice, and some dried parsley to reinvent lowly leftovers into a terrific side dish.
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A classic Mediterranean salad, tabbouleh is unique because it is comprised of almost equal parts fresh parsley and bulgur (a textured cracked wheat). Lemon juice, green onion, and tomatoes make this salad super refreshing.
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Blackberries are an elegant addition to savory salads. Lemon zest, dill, and sesame seeds make for a stimulating ensemble of tastes. This salad takes no time to make and will seriously impress your guests.
Click here for the Blackberry-Lemon Salad recipe.
PointsPlus Mango Berry Salad With Ginger Glaze
Grilled Halloumi and Peach Salad
Mango and Watermelon Salad
Cubes of watermelon, thinly sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes, watercress, and mango make for a salad that is sweet, savory, and refreshing. As spring approaches, this elegant appetizer can be served before the meal, or alongside a well-seasoned protein.
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Raspberry Avocado Salad
Upgrade your colorful fruit salad with powerhouse ingredients including nutrient-dense avocado and refreshing herbs. If raspberries aren’t in season, try experimenting with other fruits like blueberries, blackberries, or peaches.
Click here for the Raspberry Avocado Salad recipe.
Spinach Salad With Grilled Figs
Crabmeat and Heirloom Tomato Salad
Jerk Shrimp and Citrus Salad
Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad
Seared Ahi Salad
If “Seared Ahi Salad” doesn’t grab your attention, maybe “Mango Sriracha Dressing” will. This beautiful dish is not your normal tuna salad. Tuna steaks are quickly seared, and paired with crispy vegetables like shredded cabbage and carrots, julienned snow peas, and daikon sprouts.
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Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
This recipe straddles the line between salad and main course. Shredded chicken, bacon, and green onion are combined with a yummy mixture of ranch dressing, Greek yogurt, and Dijon mustard, and then stuffed into hollowed-out tomatoes. The dish looks as good as it tastes.
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Epic Taco Salad
Salads are all about balance, and this taco salad is certainly standing steady. It’s loaded with superfoods like avocado, edamame, kale, and quinoa, but its flavor is enhanced with some fresh lime juice and thinly sliced jalapeño. “Epic” is not an overstatement.
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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
Chinese Tofu Chop Salad With Orange-Sesame Miso Dressing
Fresh, crunchy, sweet, and savory — this salad has it all. All of the vegetables are either shredded or chopped small so that the sweet and tangy dressing can evenly coat each bite. The boost of protein from the tofu makes it a wonderful lunch to fuel your afternoons as well. Prepare this salad fresh, or pack as a traveling lunch to enjoy within a few hours.
Click here for the Chinese Tofu Chop Salad With Orange-Sesame Miso Dressing recipe.
‘Deviled’ Egg Salad
The classic party time appetizer takes a while to assemble, but you can easily mimic its flavor in an egg salad. Just chop your hard-boiled eggs, and mix them with mayonnaise, onions, mustard, and spices. Spread the egg salad on toast, or add a scoop to a bed of greens.
Click here for the ‘Deviled’ Egg Salad recipe.
French Picnic Lentil Salad
Mock Tuna Salad
Cooking is all about ingenuity, and nothing represents that creative drive better than this mock tuna salad. Sunflower seeds and raw almonds mimic the dry, flaky texture of tuna, and the use of classic accoutrements like chopped pickles, dill, red onion, and celery will have you thinking you’re eating the real thing.
Click here for the Mock Tuna Salad recipe.