Summer is the perfect time to create fresh, colorful, whimsical salads using the season’s bounty as your palette. For some lettuce love, toss together one of these tasty summer salads, which showcase seasonal ingredients and light flavors—think avocado, berries, watermelon and crisp greens. Easy to assemble and almost too pretty to eat, these anything-but-ordinary salads will take you from June to August and beyond.
Put a twist on the strawberry and feta combo by honey roasting your strawberries as seen in Running to the Kitchen’s Honey Roasted Strawberry Feta Salad. The natural berry juice makes a sweet and healthy dressing.
Granola and strawberries make a sweet and savory breakfast, but COOKIE + kate takes this concept further with a Strawberry Kale Salad with Nutty Granola Croutons. This is a power salad with almonds, sunflower seeds, oats and kale. You may love the granola so much you’ll want to throw some leftovers on your yogurt!
Lunchbox Bunch’s Avocado, Sweet Potato Tahini-Maple Greens is a great go-to salad. The recipe is fairly simple, but the creamy avocado and sweet potato make this a salad you’re unlikely to get bored with.
This naturally sweet Avocado, Asparagus, Pea and Radish Sesame Salad from Heather Christo is clean eating at its finest. The sesame dressing adds a light flavor, and if you are looking for some extra protein try adding seared salmon.
Nothing tastes more like summer than watermelon, except for maybe grilled shrimp. Skinny Taste makes the perfect summer salad: Grilled Shrimp and Watermelon Chopped Salad. Take this feta, watermelon and shrimp salad to the beach and you’ll be in paradise.
The Super Green Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil + Pistachios from With Food + Love was inspired by eating greens from a garden. Summer is a relaxing, sunny season to grow your own produce, and this salad is a delicious place to start.
Blackberries, pecans and blue cheese each have bold and distinct flavors that make the Black & Blue Spring Salad with Honey-Roasted Pecans and Berry-Balsamic Vinaigrette from Iowa Girl Eats much more exciting than a subtle salad. This salad will hit the spot when you’re hungry with its filling ingredients.
When you’re craving a satisfyingly traditional salad, the Sun Dried Tomato and Gorgonzola Salad from Coffee & Quinoa combines everything you would expect in a lunchtime salad: onions, mixed greens, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. To kick it up a notch, this recipe adds sun dried tomatoes and Gorgonzola cheese.
A vegetarian salad doesn’t always pack a lot of protein, but Dr. Frank Lipman’s Lemon Hemp Kale Salad offers plenty of protein with hemp seeds to keep you fuller longer and give you a brain boost for the rest of your day. The peppers mix well with the crunchy kale.