10 Summer Salads You'll Love All Season

Summer may technically be a month away, but mentally we're already sipping a cool beverage on the beach. While we wait for the mercury to catch up with us, it's a great time to transition your diet into a lighter mode.

We've rounded up 10 fresh salads that will help you shake off any sluggishness left over from the winter. They travel beautifully in any PackIt freezable lunch bag and can be super-sized for picnics and BBQs. Bonus: They’re all vegetarian—many can even be made vegan—but they also pair well with just about any grilled protein on top.

 

Green Goddess Quinoa Summer Salad from Pinch of Yum

Pinch Of Yum Pinch Of Yum

Great as a side or the main event, this protein-packed dish is a crowd pleaser thanks to its garlicky herbaceous dressing.

 

Grilled Watermelon Feta Basil Salad from Recipe Runner

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You’ve probably had a version of watermelon salad before, but how about one that's grilled? Turning up the heat on the melon brings out its caramelized sweetness without sacrificing its crunch.

 

Cucumber Black Bean Corn Tomato and Avocado Salad from Pop Sugar

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What do you get when you team fiber-packed ingredients with hydrating veggies? One of the cleanest, most enjoyable salads you've ever tasted.

 

Rainbow Fruit Salad from The Cozy Apron

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Who says salads have to be savory? On those ultra-hot days where you can’t even get up from your chair without breaking a sweat, this refreshing mix will be your salvation.

 

Melon, Berry and Feta Salad from Food & Wine

Food & Wine Food & Wine

Serving the melon in elegant ribbons makes this side a total showstopper at dinner parties—and even more impressive when you whip it out at the work lunch room the next day.

 

Fresh English Pea Salad with Mint and Pecorino from Cooking Light

Cooking Light Cooking Light

So fresh and elegant, this tried-and-true combination goes wonderfully with a side of fish or chicken for a hearty lunch or picnic.

 

Summer Spaghetti Salad from Better Homes & Gardens

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Pasta salad can be sort of ho-hum, but this one has a genius twist. It incorporates string cheese alongside the noodles, so each bite has a consistent texture and a surprising pop of flavor.

 

White Bean Caprese Salad from Skinny Taste

Skinny Taste Skinny Taste

Switch up the classic tomato and mozzarella pairing by tossing in some creamy white beans for an extra hit of protein.

 

Asian Ramen Salad from Table For Two

Table For Two Table For Two

We’ve seen it with our own eyes. This sweet and crunchy salad disappears in approximately 0.2 seconds at potlucks and parties. Don't forget to save yourself a portion in advance!

 

Kale Blueberry Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing from Southern Living

Southern Living Southern Living

Talk about the best of all worlds: virtuous kale, juicy berries for a hint of sweetness, and a comforting buttermilk dressing that ties it all together.


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