Favorite Summer Salad Recipes

Bring on the summer salads! Here you'll find my collection of summer salad recipes all in one place. Look for simple salads plus great salads for the fridge, for quick lunches, for salad suppers, for potlucks and so much more. Keep at least one summery salad handy all summer long and supper will be quick to the table!

Favorite Summer Salad recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, a huge super-organized collection of healthy salads for quick lunches, salad suppers, potlucks and parties.

Quick Salads. Easy Salads. Supper Salads. Make-Ahead Salads. Meal-Prep Salads. Refrigerator Salads. Summer-Vegetable Salads. Potato Salads. Summer Slaws. Plus a Few Surprises!

Call me the Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. You know, the one Who Had So Many Children, She Didn't Know What To Do?

That's me, not with shoeless kids but with summery salad recipes, from the simple to the fancy pants, packed with summer veggies like green beans, sweet corn and of course, the much anticipated perfect summer tomatoes.

I honestly didn't know I had quite so many but love each and every one like a child.

As usual at Kitchen Parade, the collection is built not only to inspire summer meals but also to make it easy to hone in on what you have on hand, what looks so pretty at the farmers market, what the garden is producing.

Updated every year with new recipes!

This collection was a real labor of salad love. I hope you love it!

Happy Summer, All!
~ Alanna

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Favorite Summer Salad recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, a huge super-organized collection of healthy salads for quick lunches, salad suppers, potlucks and parties.

Summer Salads Galore!

~ Vegetarian Salad Suppers ~
~ Around the World in Chicken Salads ~
~ Meaty Salad Suppers ~
~ All the Meat "Salads" ~
(Chicken, Tuna, Ham, Egg & Etc)
~ Seafood Salad Suppers ~

~ Crowd Pleasers ~
~ Party Lettuce ~
~ Fancy Pants Salads ~

~ Simple-Simple-Simple ~
~ Old-Fashioned Salads ~
~ Global Salads ~
~ Oddballs ~
~ Oodles of Noodles ~
(Pasta Salads)
~ Oodles of Zoodles ~
(Spiral Veggies)
~ Summer Salads for Blueberry Lovers! ~
~ Salad Dressings ~
~ Just Add Vinegar ~
(Pickles, Jams, Preserves)

~ Bean Salads ~
~ Lentil Salads ~
~ Grain Salads ~
~ Rice Salads ~

~ Asparagus! ~
~ Avocados! ~
~ Beautiful Beets! ~
~ Broccoli! ~
~ Cabbage Slaws ~
~ No-Cabbage Slaws ~
~ Cauliflower! ~
~ Sweet Corn! ~
~ A Glut of Cucumbers?! ~
~ Fresh Green Beans! ~
~ Peppers! ~
~ Potato Salads! ~
~ Sweet Potato Salads! ~
~ Summer Squash Salads! ~
(Zucchini, Yellow Squash & More)
~ Summer Tomatoes! ~

Vegetarian Supper Salads

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Tomato-Caper Salsa ♥ KitchenParade.com, a simple, wondrous late-summer salad.

Simple Lentil Salad with Seasonal Vegetables ♥ KitchenParade.com, a concept recipe, a supper salad that starts with meaty lentils and whatever vegetables are on hand or appeal.

Around the World in Chicken Salads

Chicken Greek Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, it's a Greek salad with chicken, extra easy with a rotisserie chicken.

Mexican Chicken Salad, another Quick Supper ♥ KitchenParade.com, just rotisserie chicken tossed with lime-yogurt vinaigrette, black beans, jicama, corn and tomato.

Asian Chicken Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, an easy supper salad. Chicken with spinach, peppers, bean sprouts with ginger-lime-cilantro dressing.
  • THE RECIPE Asian Chicken Salad Rotisserie chicken with greens and veggies in a soy-ginger-lime vinaigrette.
  • ANOTHER TAKE Mexican Chicken Salad Rotisserie chicken tossed with lime-yogurt vinaigrette, black beans, jicama, corn and tomato.

~ cooked chicken recipes ~

Meaty Salad Suppers

Tropical Pork Tenderloin ♥ KitchenParade.com, a quick supper, lean pork tenderloin seasoned with spices, topped with sweet-hot glaze with a companion recipe for Tropical Supper Salad.

Grilled Steak with Tomato-Avocado Salad in a Warm Poblano-Bacon Vinaigrette ♥ KitchenParade.com, grilled steak atop a wet and messy salad of tomatoes, avocado and lettuce, slightly wilted in an onion-bacon-poblano vinaigrette.

Seafood Salad Suppers

Shrimp Salad Recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, three ways to make shrimp salad, easy, versatile.

Smoked Salmon Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a simple cold salad, smoked salmon with cucumbers and red peppers, takes just a few minutes to assemble.

Arugula Salad with Smoked Trout & Peach Preserve Dressing, another simple summer salad supper ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, smoked fish plus an easy peach preserve and mustard vinaigrette.

Crowd Pleasers

Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella for a Crowd ♥ KitchenParade.com, a quick and easy way to serve two of summer's best treats, good garden tomatoes and good fresh mozzarella.

Big Cajun Chopped Salad, another fresh, flexible & healthy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Great with gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish boils and more.

Summer Black-Eyed Pea Salad, another crowd-friendly salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com

Party Lettuce

Seven-Layer Strawberry Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing, another show-stopping salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a strawberry riff on the classic seven-layer salad.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing, another easy DIY salad dressing ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Low Carb. WW Friendly. Gluten Free.

Classic Seven-Layer Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, the picnic and potluck favorite, just lightened up.

Fancy Pants Salads

Twice-Roasted Beets with Red Grapes, Cherries, Blueberries & Avocado Feta Cream, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Weeknight Simple, Worthy of a Weekend Occasion. Familiar Ingredients In An Unfamiliar Combination. Best Recipe August 2014. Naturally Gluten Free. Vegetarian.

Wedge Salad with Homemade Low-Cal & Low-Carb Blue Cheese Salad Dressing, another weeknight easy supper idea ♥ KitchenParade.com. Low Carb. High Protein. Fresh & Seasonal. Summer Classic.

All the Meat "Salads"

Chicken Salad for Sandwiches ♥ KitchenParade.com, simple, fresh, useful. WW Friendly. High Protein.

Kalamata Tuna Salad Bok Choy Wraps ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, tuna salad made with olives wrapped in peppery bok choy leaves. Weight Watchers Friendly. LowCarb. Naturally Gluten Free. Paleo. Whole30 Friendly.

Simple Beef Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a great way to use or stretch a small piece of leftover beef or pork.


Simple Arugula Salad, another simple but special light salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Vegan. Weeknight Easy, Company Special. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Whole30 Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly.

King Hill Farms Simple & Sublime Warm Beets with Butter ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Prepare to swoon ...

Old-Fashioned Salads

Old Liz's Old-Fashioned Cucumber & Tomato Salad, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Fresh & Seasonal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Pinterest Loves It! Best Recipes 2008.

New-Fashioned Sauerkraut Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a classic sauerkraut salad recipe, lightened, brightened. With vegetables, hominy and black beans.

Tomato Soup Vegetable Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a retro salad updated from the 1960s. Great crunch, a real crowd pleaser.


Gorgeous Raw Asparagus Salad, another simple seasonal salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.

Asparagus Scallion Salad with Hard-Cooked Egg, another healthy, substantial salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.

Party Asparagus with Aioli ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. The trick to serving asparagus chilled? Salt. A little effort but definitely worthwhile for perfect chilled asparagus.

Avocado Salads

Smitten Kitchen's Avocado-Cucumber Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, addictively good, so many variations. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Celery & Chickpea Salad, another healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, a captivating salad, a simple lemony mix of crunchy celery (extra points for celery with leaves!) and creamy chickpeas, held together with a touch of feta.

Orange & Avocado Salad, another healthy mid-winter salad ♥ KitchenParade.com.

A Glut of Cucumbers?

Nana’s Cucumbers with Sour Cream, a German-Russian salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Family Recipe. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Julia Child's Cucumber Salad, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Great Crunch. Low Carb. Vegan. WW Friendly.

Cucumbers in Vinegar, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. An old-fashioned cucumber salad, just cucumbers and a few pretty-pretty radishes in vinegar seasoned with no more than a little salt. So fresh and summery! Great for Meal Prep. Pretty! Vegan. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Summer Squash Salads

(Zucchini, Yellow Squash & More)
Simple Zucchini Ribbon Salad, more salad inspiration ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, just ribbons of small, young summer squash tossed in a simple vinaigrette. Low Carb. Low Cal. Gluten Free. Vegan.

Waiting – Impatiently! – for Summer Tomatoes!

Pretty Ways to Serve Summer's Best Tomatoes ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, ideas from creative food bloggers across the world.

Panzanella (Classic Italian Tomato Salad) ♥ KitchenParade.com, the classic recipe for Italian tomato and bread salad. Worthy of an occasion.

Global Salads

Fattoush (Middle Eastern Salad with Romaine, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Fried Pita Chips and Lemon-Sumac Dressing), another creative summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com


Everything Bagel Breakfast Salad, another easy healthy summer breakfast ♥ A Veggie Venture. High Protein. Low Carb. Easy Weekday Breakfast. Very Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Bloody Mary Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a vegetable-packed jello salad, perfect for potlucks, dieters and healthy eaters. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Oodles of Noodles

Best-Ever Macaroni Salad, the summer classic, just better ♥ KitchenParade.com. Great crunch, thanks to six different vegetables in a light and bright savory dressing. Budget Friendly. Potluck and Party Friendly. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Greek Pasta Salad with Creamy Feta Vinaigrette, another classic summer salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, loaded with vegetables in a tangy-creamy feta vinaigrette.

Garden Pasta Salad with Mint Vinaigrette ♥ KitchenParade.com, light on the pasta, generous with the summer's best fresh veggies and all tossed in a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s mint vinaigrette.

Oodles of Zoodles

(Zucchini Noodles & Other Spiral Veggies)
Zucchini Spiral 'Noodle' Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a fresh summer salad, light and lovely.

Spiral Zucchini Noodle Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Fresh, healthy, summery. Low Carb.

Chilled Zucchini Noodle Salad with Pesto, Sweet Corn & Sun-Dried Tomato, another healthy, easy summer salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Summer Salads for Blueberry Lovers!

Pickled Beet Salad with Fresh Blueberries & Mint, another quick and easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, totally fresh and summery! Quick. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. WW Friendly.

Salad Dressings

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, another Master Recipe ♥ KitchenParade.com, quick, easy meal prep. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing, another easy homemade salad dressing ♥ A Veggie Venture

Homemade Greek Salad Dressing ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Just a few pantry ingredients plus feta. Better than bought!

Just Add Vinegar

(Pickles, Jams, Preserves)
Homemade Bread & Butter Pickles ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, no canning required, great for sandwiches and charcuterie boards.

Homemade Zucchini Relish ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a perfect way to use up giant zucchini from the garden.

Tomato Ginger Jam ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, an unusual but delicious stovetop jam, no canning required.


Lemony Broccoli Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, surprisingly substantial.

Favorite Cabbage Slaws

Alice Waters' Coleslaw ♥ KitchenParade.com, no mayonnaise, bright with lime and cilantro. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Weight Watchers Friendly. Great for Meal Prep.

Green Cabbage Salad with Fresh Lime Vinaigrette, another fresh, healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Vegan. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Light Red Cabbage & Carrot Slaw, another bright, healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Naturally Gluten Free. Winter Color!

No-Cabbage Slaws

Cauliflower Salads

Cauliflower Steaks with Warm Corn & Poblano Salsa, another vegetarian supper ♥ A Veggie Venture.

Cauliflower 'Potato' Salad, another low-carb salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com.

Cauliflower Salad with Fresh Herbs, another easy summer salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, just steamed cauliflower tossed in a vinaigrette with fresh herbs.

Sweet Corn!

Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, simple in name but much more than the sum of its parts, this is a classic summer salad.

Summer Green Bean Salad, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, just steamed green beans, sweet corn and Spiced Pickled Red Onions. WW Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Raw Mexican Street Corn Salad with Cauliflower Rice, another summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb.

Hearty, Healthy Bean Salads

Chipotle Chickpea Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, beans mixed with summer-fresh vegetables and a smidgin of heat. WW Friendly. Rave Reviews. Gluten Free.

Pinto Bean Salad, another Fresh & Flexible Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Quick to Make. Low Fat. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Lentil Salads

Best-Ever Lentil Salad with an unusual cooking technique ♥ A Veggie Venture

Summer Lentils, another hearty salad ♥ A Veggie Venture, healthy lentils plus plenty of vegetables for crunch and color. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegan or Vegetarian.

Grain Salads

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a great make-ahead salad recipe. Hearty with quinoa and crunchy with vegetables, bright with lime.

Ina Garten's Tabbouleh Salad, another fresh summer salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, starring bulghur wheat, cucumber, tomato, green onion, fresh parsley, fresh mint. Middle-Eastern Classic. Hearty & Filling. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan.

Rice Salads

Tomato & Rice Salad, another easy-easy summer salad ♥ A Veggie Venture

Greek Rice Salad with Artichokes & Feta, another easy salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Fresh & Seasonal. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly. Vegetarian. Gluten Free.

Fresh Green Beans!

Green Bean Garden Salad, a 'real' garden salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, just fresh beans, tomatoes and corn tossed in tangy feta dressing. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Chilled Green Bean Salad with Rosemary & Garlic Oil, another healthy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Vegan. Low Carb. WW Friendly.

Fresh Three-Bean Salad, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, made skinny with less oil and less sugar. WW Friendly. Gluten Free. Low Carb. Vegan.


Greek Bread Salad with Toasted Pita Chips ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Great crunch and color. Kid Friendly! Weight Watchers Friendly!

Potato Salads! But Up a Notch

Finnish Summer Potato Salad, ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, just new potatoes and a simple vinaigrette. No Mayo. Vegan. Paleo. Easy. Nordic.

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad, another easy summer salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Festive for Patriotic Holidays & Potlucks. Great Crunch. Relatively (For a Potato Salad) Low Carb & High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Mom's Potato Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a classic potato salad with sweet pickle and fresh herbs, extra protein from cooked eggs and cottage cheese.

Sweet Potato Salads

Simple Sweet Potato 'Potato' Salad with Hardly Any Mayonnaise ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Great crunch, touch of sweetness, a few dried cranberries.

Confetti Potato Salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, a colorful mix of sweet potatoes, potatoes and vegetables. No mayonnaise.

Sweet Potato Salad with Roasted Poblano, Roasted Corn & Chipotle ♥ KitchenParade.com, summery sweet potato salad. Vegan. Pure Summer. No Mayo. Great for Potlucks.

Beautiful Beets!

(Because You Know This "Beet Queen" Loves Her Beets)
How to Make a Roasted Beet Salad ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Just roasted beets with a little cheese (feta or goat or blue) but somehow, so much more. So rich and full of satisfaction.

Beet Salad with Sumac, Yogurt & Pita ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, a quick beet salad turned appetizer when served with a garlicky yogurt sauce and fresh pita bread. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Quick-Quick to Make.

Favorite Summer Salad recipes ♥ KitchenParade.com, a huge super-organized collection of healthy salads for quick lunches, salad suppers, potlucks and parties.

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  1. Oh, I would love to try the summer lentil salad. I'm not sure I've ever had lentils!


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