21 Fresh & Tasty Summer Salads
Whether you’re entertaining small groups or finding new ways to spruce up your sides, these 21 Fresh & Tasty Summer Salads are healthy and simple. From pasta and potato salads to vibrant fruit salads with greens, here you’ll find summer salads sure to satisfy your taste buds!
Summer salads with fresh ingredients
Before you roll your eyes at the word ‘salad’, I want to preface this roundup with the following statement: if you think salads are boring, you’re doing it wrong.
My favourite salads are those filled with a bold flavour, fresh ingredients, and a variety of delicious texture. Of course, greens in salads always have their time and place, but the toppings are what make it fun! Besides, if I’m going to be eating anything with the word “salad” in it, make it a pasta salad, potato salad, fruit salad, quinoa salad, or bean salad. Mmm, yes please!
With a recipe to satisfy any dietary preference, from vegetarian to gluten-free or paleo, these 21 Fresh & Tasty Summer Salads have a variety of dishes and ideas to inspire your meal prep for the rest of the summer. Scroll through these summer salads to find the ones that sound irresistible for your lunches or side dishes for the week!
This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is loaded with fluffy quinoa, fresh chopped vegetables, and a lemon oregano dressing! It’s a light and simple salad with healthy ingredients.
This 5 Ingredient Pesto Pasta Salad is filled with sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and basil for a bold flavour in an easy dish! Its simple and healthy ingredients help it come together in just 15 minutes.
This Corn & Grilled Zucchini Salad has charred corn, crumbled feta cheese, and peppery arugula for one of our very delicious vegetarian summer salads. It’s naturally gluten-free, and the lemon juice gives it a light twist!
This summery Thai Mango Salad is made with fresh sliced mango, red bell pepper, and Thai basil leaves. It’s tossed with a spicy and tangy sauce and roasted peanuts to capture the authentic flavour of the dish!
This Honey Dijon Potato Salad has tender potatoes mixed in with boiled eggs for protein, optional bacon (leave out for a vegetarian salad), and a tangy sweet honey mustard dressing! It’s paleo, dairy-free, soy-free, and and gluten-free to fit any dietary preferences.
With thinly shaved brussels sprouts, fennel, and apple, and topped with a maple dijon vinaigrette, this salad is letting out all of the fresh vibes! It’s filling, hearty, and topped with tangy pomegranate seeds for an extra bit of crunchy texture.
Sign me up faster for this Summer Peach Spinach Salad. The combination of sweet fresh peaches, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy toasted almonds over a bed of fresh green spinach sounds like a summer salads’ dream!
This Kale Caesar Salad is made with smokey roasted chickpeas, a hemp seed parmesan and a creamy egg-less Caesar dressing for a delicious salad! It’s a delicious way to enjoy eating kale, and is vegan and gluten-free.
For an incredibly simple and flavourful fruit salad, make this Rainbow Fruit Salad with Maple Lime Dressing! It’s a delicious way to serve fresh fruit, and easy to customize by adding whichever fruits are your favourites.
While we love summer salads filled with greens, we also have to love summer salads filled with carbs. This Lemon Basil Pasta Salad is tossed with a sweet lemon vinaigrette, and topped with asiago cheese and fresh basil!
This Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint is made with sweet juicy watermelon, salty feta and fresh mint for a delicious and refreshing summer salad!
Made with a classic Chimichurri sauce and three protein-rich, fibre-filled types of beans, this bold and flavourful Easy Chimichurri Three Bean Salad would be a great dish to serve with grilled veggies and proteins.
Made with quinoa, fresh veggies and herbs, and cashews, this Thai Quinoa Salad comes together in less than 30 minutes. It’s mixed with a creamy sesame tahini vinaigrette for a delicious dish that’s vegan and gluten-free!
The flavour combinations in this Cranberry Blueberry Salad are *chef’s kiss*. From fresh blueberries blended into the balsamic mustard dressing, to the fresh fruits loaded on top of the bed of greens, this salad is about as fun as they come!
15. Superfood Salad
This Superfood Salad is loaded with good for you ingredients like kale, quinoa and chia seeds, tossed together with a light maple vinaigrette. It all comes together in just 15 minutes for a quick and healthy meal!
This simple Greek Chickpea Salad is filled with protein-rich chickpeas, fresh and crisp veggies, salty feta cheese, and a super easy Greek vinaigrette. It’s gluten-free, vegetarian, and easy to make for a dish filled with light and summery flavour!
This Thai Crunch Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing is a healthy chopped salad loaded with delicious ingredients like edamame, avocado and mango! As far as summer salads go, this is the freshest – it’s even topped with a light dressing filled with fresh ginger.
This Roasted Veggie Vegan Taco Salad is packed with spiced and roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, & taco toppings, tossed with a healthy homemade smoky dressing filled with chipotle flavour! Pull out your big salad bowls, you’ll want to pile all of your toppings high for this one.
This Israeli Couscous Salad recipe is made with chickpeas, dried cranberries and salty feta cheese for a delicious salad that’s quick and easy to make! The spiced vinaigrette wraps up this dish to make the perfect summer salad.
For a juicy side dish packed with delicious flavours, this Sweet, Spicy, and Salty Fruit Salad is the ultimate recipe. Mix colourful fresh fruit with crunchy cucumbers, jalapeños, mint, and lime juice for a sweet and savoury explosion for your taste buds!
This Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad is made with fresh, simple ingredients like herbs, quinoa, tomatoes, and red onion for a vegan, gluten-free, and protein-rich summer salad!