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15+ Fresh and Delicious Summer Salads

22+ Summer Salad Recipes Feature

15+ Fresh & Delicious Summer Salads to put on your menu this summer! Everything from pasta salads to simple green salads, bean salads and more!

We love salads in our house so I tend to make them quite often, especially in the summer.  This also means that I need to keep things creative and interesting. I like to make simple green salads with different vinaigrette flavours, different varieties of pasta salads, and salads that can be enjoyed as a full summer meal.  So if you’re looking for some great recipes to try this summer too, I’ve gathered a bunch here for you!  Enjoy.

Delicious Salads to Make this Summer!

Bowl of Bows Pasta Salad

Bowl of Bows Pasta Salad is a family favourite! The dressing is tangy, garlicky and so delicious. It pairs perfectly with summer barbecue recipes.

Bowl of Bows Pasta Salad

Sprouted Bean Salad

Sprouted Bean Salad is a hearty and delicious dish.  This salad is perfect served as a side dish, but is hearty enough it could stand alone as a light summer meal.

Sprouted Bean Salad

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

This Bruschetta Pasta Salad is a perfect summer side dish.  Loaded with tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese and noodles this salad is a must make dish!  Add grilled chicken to make it a meal.

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is a delicious dressing for any salad.  It’s particularly wonderful on this Grilled Turkey Salad.  Loaded with fresh summer blueberries and peaches, flavourful grilled turkey, and goat cheese, all drizzled with a blueberry balsamic vinaigrette.

Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

This Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad is the perfect summer pasta salad.  It’s loaded with peppers, celery, onions, chunks of cheddar cheese and elbow noodles, all covered in a tangy sour cream dressing.  Simple, quick and so delicious!  Great for picnics.

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Classic Creamy Coleslaw

This Classic Creamy Coleslaw is crunchy, tangy and a little bit sweet.  Make it in just minutes and serve as a side salad.  It’s especially delicious with Pulled Pork Buns!

Classic Creamy Coleslaw

Caprese Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

Make this Caprese Pasta Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing and add grilled chicken for a delicious and fresh summer meal!

Caprese Pasta Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing and Grilled Chicken

Classic Potato Salad

This Classic Potato Salad is a delicious side salad for you next BBQ.  Tip: use baked potatoes to make this salad…the flavour is amazing!

Classic Potato Salad

Creamy Pea Salad

This Pea Salad Recipe is creamy, so flavourful, and delicious with BBQ chicken and burgers!

Pea Salad Recipe

Rainbow Pasta Salad

This Rainbow Pasta Salad is wonderful for summer picnics and barbecues!  Made with a tangy, garlicky dressing, spicy Monterey Jack Cheese and loads of noodles and fresh vegetables.  This recipe is very versatile and can be easily tailored to your tastebuds.

Rainbow Pasta Salad

Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette can be made in 15 minutes, making it a wonderful and quick summer side dish.  Using summer ripened tomatoes and fresh basil, makes this salad especially amazing.

Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry Beet Salad

Strawberry Beet Salad is a fresh and delicious summer salad!  Roasted beets and fresh strawberries are a match made in heaven.  This salad is drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkled with feta cheese.  So good.

Strawberry Beet Salad

Kasha, Beet & Dill Salad

This Kasha, Beet and Dill Salad is a unique and delicious salad to serve with your next barbecue.  If you don’t have kasha, you can substitute it with quinoa, couscous or orzo.

Kasha, Beet & Dill Salad

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

This Easy Italian pasta salad is a family favourite.  Just toss cooked noodles, bite sized vegetables and chunks of cheese in some Italian dressing and enjoy!  Tip!  Make this recipe stress free by using store bought Italian salad dressing.

Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette is tangy and so flavourful!  It’s wonderful drizzled over a simple green salad.

Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette

Avocado Tomato Salad

This Avocado, Tomato, Kale & Onion Salad is a perfect summer salad!  Delicious and fresh vegetables are tossed in a tangy Lemon Vinaigrette.

Avocado Tomato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Easy Caprese Salad

This Easy Caprese Salad is fresh, easy to make, and is bursting with delicious flavour!  A classic recipe that is perfect for summer.

Easy Caprese Salad

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

The Strawberry Vinaigrette on this spinach salad is SO delicious!  It is creamy, delicious and bursting with fresh strawberry flavour.  And look how pretty it is!

Strawberry Vinaigrette

Curry Quinoa Sprouted Bean Salad

Curry Quinoa & Sprouted Bean Salad is a delicious salad!  Loaded with fresh vegetables, cooked quinoa and sprouted beans, this salad could stand alone as a simple summer lunch or dinner.

Curry Quinoa Sprouted Bean Salad

Simple Green Salad

This Simple Green Salad with Homemade Mayo Dressing is a delicious and easy addition to dinner!  Ready in 5 minutes.  This is one of my most favourite salads.

Simple Green Salad

Warm Potato Salad

This Warm Potato Salad is SO delicious.  Made with roasted baby potatoes, and tossed with homemade bacon bits and a creamy dressing.  Served warm, this salad is just so tasty.

Warm Potato Salad

More Summer Salads to try!

Looking for more salad recipes?  Follow my Salad board on Pinterest!

Do you love salads?  What are some of your favourites?

Have a delicious day!

Note:  This post was originally published in 2012, and I have since updated it with more delicious salad recipes!

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4 Comments

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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    June 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Ooh, those all look delish Jo-Anna. I love salads too! I’ll definitely be trying some of yours. : )

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    Natalia Lynn
    June 18, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    These look fantastic! Got me all hungry now!! 🙂

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    Crystal
    June 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Wonderful looking salads. I can’t wait to try some. I’ve pinned it on pinterest 🙂

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    Cherry
    June 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Visiting from One Project at a Time linkup – your salads look wonderful! Salads are a favorite of mine, especially this time of year.

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