28 Easy Summer Salad Recipes For Hot Days

Salad recipes are my favorite way to celebrate fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies. They’re so delicious on their own that you don’t need to do much to turn them into a tasty meal. In winter, I love combining root veggies and hearty greens to add color to our table on chilly nights. But on warm summer days, when I’d rather be outside than cooking, summer salads are a go-to for lunch or dinner. They’re easy to put together but packed with flavor.

Whether you’re looking to eat more plant-based meals or just want to jazz up your salad routine, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in the recipes below. From simple green salads to hearty pasta options and more, these recipes are perfect for potlucks, dinner sides, or as standalone meals.

1. Southwestern Salad

southwestern saladWill Dickey

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2. Burrata Salad

burrata saladCaitlin Bensel

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3. Italian Pasta Salad

italian pasta saladWill Dickey

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4. Corn Salad

corn saladCaitlin Bensel

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5. BBQ Salad

bbq saladCaitlin Bensel

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6. Avocado Salad

avocado saladCaitlin Bensel

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7. Steak and Bacon Salad

steak bacon salad

Ralph Smith

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8. Caesar Salad

caesar saladCaitlin Bensel

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9. Chef’s Salad on a Stick

salad skewersCaitlin Bensel

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10. Waldorf Salad

wadorf saladWill Dickey

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11. Cucumber Salad

summer salad recipes cucumber saladCaitlin Bensel

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12. Cheeseburger Salad

summer salad recipes cheeseburger saladCaitlin Bensel

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13. Chickpea Salad

summer salad recipes chickpea saladCaitlin Bensel

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13. Strawberry Arugula Salad

summer salad recipes strawberry arugula saladDavid Malosh

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14. Caprese Pasta Salad

summer pasta recipes caprese pasta saladCaitlin Bensel

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15. Strawberry Spinach Salad

strawberry spinach salad with orangesWill Dicky

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16. Greek Salad

greek salad with tomatoes cucumbers olives in blue bowlDanielle Daly

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17. Broccoli Salad

broccoli salad with cheddar cheese in wood bowlCaitlin Bensel

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18. Caesar Salad Spears

caesar salad spears with croutonsRalph Smith

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19. Easy Taco Salad

easy taco salad with ground beef cheese and chipsWill Dickey

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20. Layered Salad

layered salad with dressing on top on red and white checkered clothRalph Smith

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21. Greek Salad with Chicken

greek salad with chicken and pita chips overheadCon Poulos

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22. Ginger Shrimp Salad

ginger shrimp salad with leafy greens on yellow plate with bread slices on sideRyan Dausch

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23. Barbecue Chicken Salad

barbecue chicken salad sliced chicken on wood board with salad in bowl and dressing on sideCon Poulos

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24. Antipasti Chopped Salad

antipasti chopped salad in red bowlGhazalle Badiozamani

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25. Greek Pasta Salad

greek pasta salad with feta tomatoes and bow tie pastaWill Dickey

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26. Ranch Chopped Salad

ranch chopped salad with cheese in metal bowlRalph Smith

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27. Red Potato Salad

red potato salad with baconWill Dickey

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28. Caprese Salad

caprese salad with basil and balsamic

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