When the weather is hot, I absolutely love refreshing salads. To inspire you (and me, too!) to mix up your summer salads, here is a round up of delicious and healthy summer salad recipes featuring summer produce (like watermelon, corn, peaches, and strawberries) and bright flavors.
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Healthy Salads Perfect for Summer
There are so many delicious combinations for summer salad recipes, so I wanted to put together a list of some of my favorites!
Whether it’s juicy peaches, sweet corn, crisp watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, or another crave-worthy summer flavor, these healthy salads are all perfect options for a summer lunch or light dinner.
This is the ultimate summer salad recipe, especially for strawberry lovers! Grilled steak, sweet strawberries, creamy goat cheese, greens, red onion, and more are all tossed in a delicious strawberry vinaigrette dressing.
There’s even fluffy quinoa in the mix for extra staying power!
Here’s another amazing salad that you don’t want to pass up, with grilled honey lime chicken, grilled corn, juicy peaches, and greens.
This grilled corn salad is drizzled in a lightly sweet cilantro lime dressing that pairs so well with all the flavors. It tastes like summer in a bowl!
Every time summer rolls around, I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh watermelon! It’s one of my favorite things to enjoy on a hot day, and this watermelon salad is a perfect way to do just that.
Chopped pistachios add a lovely crunch, along with the watermelon rind (which is a great way to use up the whole watermelon and reduce waste)! Fresh herbs and arugula tie it all together.
This summery caprese salad with peaches and heirloom tomatoes makes a perfect side dish for any summer meal – especially grilled meat like chicken or salmon! It’s like a classic caprese salad, but with a little added sweetness and summer flavor from the peaches.
Balsamic vinaigrette, red onion, and fresh basil add depth to the sweet and savory flavor combination. It’s super easy to make, too.
I love Mediterranean flavors, especially in the summertime. So this bulgur salad with feta cheese, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and quinoa really hits the spot!
The homemade lemon mint vinaigrette is easy to make and super refreshing, too. Enjoy this on its own, or it’s also delicious alongside grilled chicken.
Say hello to your new favorite sweet and savory salad! Plump shrimp, crisp veggies, and juicy watermelon come together for a mouth-watering combination.
The sesame lime dressing is the perfect addition to this summery shrimp salad!
If you’re looking for a refreshing and easy lunch for summer, look no further than this shrimp pasta salad recipe!
With feta cheese, diced cucumbers, pillowy pasta, and fresh herbs (plus a simple lemon and olive oil dressing), you’ll want to enjoy this easy pasta salad all summer long.
Quinoa salads are some of my favorite meal prep lunches to make, because they keep you satisfied for hours and are packed with nutrients!
This lemony quinoa salad features feta cheese, beans, spinach, and more deliciousness for a perfect healthy lunch or side dish.
Strawberries are a summertime favorite for good reason, and they really add a nice pop of flavor to any salad! Plus, their sweetness pairs so well with salty feta and peppery fennel and arugula.
It’s all served over chewy barley and tossed in a simple balsamic dijon dressing. A great go-to when you want something easy and tasty!
And that’s it! I hope you love these flavorful summer salad recipes. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite salad recipe to enjoy during the summer?
Looking for some salad dressing recipes? Here are a couple faves:
- Creamy Vegan Salad Dressing (vegan, gluten free)
- Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free)
- Kale Caesar Salad (vegan, gluten free) – dressing recipe included in post
- Creamy Italian Dressing (gluten free)
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