36 Tasty Summer Salad Recipes to Savor All Season

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh and vibrant salads, and we’ve got 36 delicious recipes that will have you savoring the season. From light and refreshing to hearty and filling, we’ve got something for every taste bud. These summer salad recipes are packed with fresh and seasonal ingredients that will leave you feeling nourished and satisfied. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch, a side dish for your BBQ, or a refreshing dinner option, these fresh summer salads have got you covered. So grab your ingredients and get ready to indulge in some seriously tasty summer eats!

Green Goddess Salad

Green goddess salad in a bowl.

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Green Goddess Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

There’s a reason this green goddess salad has gone viral on Tik Tok, and that’s because it’s delicious. You will love every element from the colourful, crunchy salad mixture to the garlic, cashew, spinach, and parmesan dressing.
Get the Recipe: Green Goddess Salad

Italian Panzanella Salad

Italian panzanella salad in a large bowl.
Italian Panzanella Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Panzanella salad is a refreshing summer side dish that combines juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and chunks of crusty bread, all tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. It’s the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of the season.
Get the Recipe: Italian Panzanella Salad

Italian Rice Salad – Insalata di Riso

Italian rice salad in a large bowl.
Italian Rice Salad – Insalata di Riso. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This colourful, flavourful Italian rice salad is perfect for a picnic, potluck, summer BBQ, or as a versatile side dish for a simple lunch or dinner. Every mouthful of this Mediterranean brown rice salad is bursting with fresh ingredients such as tasty salad vegetables.
Get the Recipe: Italian Rice Salad – Insalata di Riso

Asian Zoodle Salad

A large bowl with a zucchini noodle salad.
Asian Zoodle Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Asian zoodles salad is a wonderful blend of zoodle, or spiralized zucchini noodles along with other vegetables and an Asian inspired dressing. Have it for lunch or pair it with your preferred protein as a side dish.
Get the Recipe: Asian Zoodle Salad

Savoury Steak and Squash Salad

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Savoury Steak and Squash Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This steak and squash salad with apple maple dressing and cranberries is a delicious and unique option that can be enjoyed year-round. With its savory flavors and satisfying combination of steak, squash, and greens, it’s a must-try recipe for anyone looking for a delicious and filling meal salad.
Get the Recipe: Savoury Steak and Squash Salad

Cobb Salad

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Cobb Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This homemade Cobb salad with leftover ham is a delicious and visually stunning meal salad that’s perfect for summer. With a beautiful arrangement of ingredients including crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and fresh veggies, it’s a must-try recipe for anyone looking for a filling and satisfying dinner salad.
Get the Recipe: Cobb Salad

Smoked Italian Pasta Salad

A pasta salad in a black Dutch Oven.
Smoked Italian Pasta Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Add some smoky flavour to your favorite pasta salad with this delicious smoked Italian pasta salad recipe. Packed with pepperoni, salami, mozzarella cheese, and a pepperoncini dressing, it’s the perfect dish for your summer BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Italian Pasta Salad

Radicchio Endive Chicken Salad

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Radicchio Endive Chicken Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

As the weather gets warmer, this radicchio endive chicken salad with creamy honey mustard dressing is a fresh and delicious option for a filling summer meal. With its unique combination of flavors and textures, including tender chicken and crisp veggies, it’s a must-try recipe for anyone looking for a simple and satisfying dinner salad.
Get the Recipe: Radicchio Endive Chicken Salad

Zesty Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad

A pasta salad in a large wood bowl on a table.
Zesty Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Try this Tex Mex chicken pasta salad that combines the best of all worlds – a southwest pasta salad with chicken. Bursting with color and flavor, this is one of those salad recipes that is perfect for a BBQ or as a flavorful dinner option.
Get the Recipe: Zesty Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad

Watermelon Feta Cucumber Salad

Overhead view of a watermelon feta cucumber salad on a large platter.
Watermelon Feta Cucumber Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This refreshing watermelon feta cucumber salad is a colorful and easy-to-make side dish that combines sweet, savory, and tangy flavors inspired by Greek cuisine. With only four ingredients for the salad and 3 for the dressing, this easy salad recipe is quick and easy to make, perfect for a last-minute addition to any meal.
Get the Recipe: Watermelon Feta Cucumber Salad

Heirloom Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad

Overhead view of a heirloom tomato and burrata salad.
Heirloom Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This authentic Italian burrata caprese salad is a delicious side dish or appetizer that features heirloom tomatoes and creamy burrata cheese with balsamic vinegar and truffle salt for added flavor. With every bite, you’ll savor the delicious flavors of this simple yet impressive dish.
Get the Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad

Italian Tuna White Bean Salad

A large bowl of tuna bean salad.
Italian Tuna White Bean Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Simple ingredients combine to make this Tuscan classic. Juicy fresh tuna pairs with beans for a Tuscan tuna white bean salad everyone will enjoy. It makes a tasty meal, whatever the season.
Get the Recipe: Italian Tuna White Bean Salad

Sesame Avocado Asian Chicken Salad

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Sesame Avocado Asian Chicken Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This Asian chicken salad with honey ginger dressing is a delicious and easy meal salad that can be enjoyed year-round. Loaded with chicken, cabbage, avocado, carrots, edamame beans, almonds, green onions, and cilantro, it’s a must-try recipe that can be customized with sesame sticks or other toppings.
Get the Recipe: Sesame Avocado Asian Chicken Salad

Smoked Potato Salad with Bacon

Potato salad in a wood bowl with a spoon.
Smoked Potato Salad with Bacon. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This recipe for smoked potato salad with bacon combines the smoky flavors of potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, making it an ideal dish for summer gatherings and barbecues that will surely impress your guests. This will become one of your favorite summer salad recipes!
Get the Recipe: Smoked Potato Salad with Bacon

Elote Street Corn Kale Salad

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Elote Street Corn Kale Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This Mexican inspired Elote Street Corn Kale Salad is a delicious and refreshing salad inspired by the flavors of street corn. With a mix of colorful and textured ingredients, and a spicy yogurt lime dressing, this salad is sure to be a hit at your next meal.
Get the Recipe: Elote Street Corn Kale Salad

Garden Veggie Macaroni Salad

A vegetable pasta salad in a wood serving bowl.
Garden Veggie Macaroni Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

For a colorful and healthy lunch or side dish, try this garden veggie macaroni salad with a creamy avocado dressing. The garlic, horseradish, and avocado dressing pairs perfectly with the pasta and veggies, creating a fresh and flavorful salad that is sure to impress. Add this to your list of favorite summer salad recipes!
Get the Recipe: Garden Veggie Macaroni Salad

Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad

A chicken caesar salad in a glass bowl on a table.
Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Imagine having a delicious blackened chicken Caesar salad for dinner tonight. This easy salad recipe features air fryer homemade croutons, the best homemade Caesar dressing, and is a great way to learn how to make blackened chicken for other tasty dishes like chicken tacos.
Get the Recipe: Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad

Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad With Green Olives

Marinated mushroom pasta salad
Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad With Green Olives. Photo credit: Lavender and Macarons.

Easy and fun marinated mushroom pasta salad with green olives is perfect for picnics or potlucks. Mushrooms make this pasta salad hearty and rich. They also stand up to the bold flavors of the dressing. Be sure to slice the mushrooms thin to make sure they absorb plenty of flavor from the marinade.
Get the Recipe: Marinated Mushroom Pasta Salad With Green Olives

Prosciutto & Melon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Prosciutto & melon salad on a white plate.
Prosciutto & Melon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Photo credit: Love and Olive Oil.

The best salads combine sweet, salty, creamy and tangy: in this case, ripe summer cantaloupe, cured prosciutto, creamy mozzarella and a flavorful (and easy!) homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
Get the Recipe: Prosciutto & Melon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

BBQ Chicken Salad – An Entree Salad

Bbq chicken salad on a plate with avacado.
BBQ Chicken Salad – An Entree Salad. Photo credit: Food Folks and Fun.

This BBQ Chicken Salad with cilantro ranch dressing is a refreshing and budget-friendly weeknight meal. It’s an entree salad with a combination of Tex-Mex flavors.
Get the Recipe: BBQ Chicken Salad – An Entree Salad

Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood pasta salad.
Seafood Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

This creamy seafood pasta salad recipe is a quick and easy dish featuring real lump crab meat and shrimp tossed in butter and mixed in with a deliciously creamy homemade dressing! It’s the perfect side dish for summer BBQs, holidays, or served as a main dish for dinner.
Get the Recipe: Seafood Pasta Salad

Taco Pasta Salad

Taco pasta salad
Taco Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Sugar and Soul.

Taco pasta salad with Doritos puts a zesty twist on regular pasta salad! Made with Mexican spices, ground beef, and fresh veggies, it’s tossed in creamy chipotle dressing and topped with cheesy tortilla chips!
Get the Recipe: Taco Pasta Salad

Old Fashioned Cajun Potato Salad

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Old Fashioned Cajun Potato Salad. Photo credit: The Cagle Diaries.

This old fashioned Cajun potato salad recipe has been around forever. Deliciously creamy and full of Cajun flavor, this potato salad is the perfect side dish a good bowl of gumbo or barbecue.
Get the Recipe: Old Fashioned Cajun Potato Salad

4×4 Tomato Salads You Need In Your Life

tomato and peach salad.
4×4 Tomato Salads You Need In Your Life. Photo credit: Salted Mint.

4 ingredients, 4 tomato salads and all the juicy, sweet tomato perfection you can handle. This will become one of your favorite summer salad recipes!
Get the Recipe: 4×4 Tomato Salads You Need In Your Life

Grilled Shrimp Salad

Grilled shrimp salad in a large shrimp bowl.
Grilled Shrimp Salad. Photo credit: The Cookie Rookie.

Perfect for the warmer weather, this grilled shrimp salad is healthy and light, and incredibly delicious! Marinated shrimp is grilled before being added to a fresh salad for a tasty Mexican-inspired dish.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

A bowl of orzo pasta salad.
Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad. Photo credit: The Novice Chef Blog.

In need of a light vegetarian lunch, side dish, or dinner? Mediterranean orzo pasta salad is just the colorful, healthy salad recipe for all three jobs! This fresh and easy pasta salad recipe is made with cucumbers, tomatoes & feta cheese, all tossed in a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

A bowl of dill pickle pasta salad.
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad. Photo credit: The Novice Chef Blog.

Calling all pickle lovers! Crisp dill pickles are the star of this refreshing dill pickle pasta salad, loaded with bacon, cheese, and homemade dressing. Perfect for barbecues, summer parties or anytime! Add this one now to your list of favorite summer salad recipes!
Get the Recipe: Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon (Spinach Salad Dressing)

Spinash salad with bacon
Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon (Spinach Salad Dressing). Photo credit: The Cookie Rookie.

This delicious spinach salad recipe is loaded with texture and flavor and finished with a sweet and tangy dressing. Hearty enough to serve as a main, it’s easy and quick to make.
Get the Recipe: Spinach Salad Recipe with Bacon (Spinach Salad Dressing)

Roasted Potato Chickpea Salad with Dill

Roasted potato chickpea salad.
Vegan Roasted Potato Chickpea Salad with Dill. Photo credit: Avocado Skillet.

Potato salad is a classic summer recipe. However I am not a fan of most potato salads because they are typically super soggy and packed with mayo. This Vegan Roasted Potato Chickpea Salad with Dill (no mayo) is crispy and packed with fresh flavors.
Get the Recipe: Roasted Potato Chickpea Salad with Dill

Green Goddess Pasta Salad

A bowl of green goddess pasta salad.
Green Goddess Pasta Salad. Photo credit: The Cookie Rookie.

Green goddess pasta salad is full of flavor and oh so easy to throw together. Loaded with asparagus, peas, chickpeas, pine nuts, and the ultimate green goddess dressing. This pasta salad recipe is perfect as a side dish, main course, or even guilt-free late night snack.
Get the Recipe: Green Goddess Pasta Salad

Burrata Caprese Salad

Burrata salad on a wood plate.
Burrata Caprese Salad. Photo credit: Lauren From Scratch.

This burrata caprese salad has all the delicious flavors of a traditional caprese salad with a twist. Fresh tomatoes and fragrant basil with creamy burrata cheese, topped with sweet balsamic glaze and a generous drizzle of olive oil
Get the Recipe: Burrata Caprese Salad

Pesto Potato Salad

Overhead view of pesto potato salad.
Pesto Potato Salad. Photo credit: J Cooking Odyssey.

You can make super creamy vegan pesto potato salad in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. This potato salad is bright, herby and full of flavour! It tastes great chilled or at room temperature alongside your favourite summer BBQ favourites!
Get the Recipe: Pesto Potato Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

A bowl of BLT pasta salad.
BLT Pasta Salad. Photo credit: The Cookie Rookie.

This BLT pasta salad recipe is loaded with juicy tomatoes, crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, and tiny toasted croutons. This pasta salad is tossed in a flavored mayonnaise dressing and is the ultimate easy tecipe!
Get the Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad

Best Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta salad in a bowl.
Best Pasta Salad Recipe. Photo credit: Joy Food Sunshine.

This is the best pasta salad recipe! A flavorful homemade dressing and roasted tomatoes make it stand out from the rest. It is a delicious, healthy, make-ahead BBQ side dish full of fresh veggies, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Get the Recipe: Best Pasta Salad Recipe

Greek Salad with Za’atar Chicken

greek salad
Greek Salad with Za’atar Chicken. Photo credit: Lauren From Scratch.

Bold and tangy flavors packed into this Greek-inspired salad with Za’atar seasoned chicken and creamy Greek vinaigrette make a zesty filling meal. I love the Mediterranean flavors in this salad!
Get the Recipe: Greek Salad with Za’atar Chicken

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Orzo salad with beans and tomatoes in a bowl with a fork
Mediterranean Orzo Salad. Photo credit: Lisa’s Healthy Kitchen.

This simple side salad packs a lot of delicious Mediterranean flavors into one dish for the best summer side. Serve this with a variety of proteins for a really tasty addition to summer meals. This is one of those summer salad recipes you will make on repeat!
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Salad

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