Salads may not be hard to make…
Yet when you find a delicious, beautiful, and simple one with just the right dressing… well, it’s a keeper!
My goal in gathering these salads for you was to choose easy salads that are also classic, reliable and pretty to see!
I hope these salads will bless your kitchen, your loved ones, your health — adding relevance to your late spring, summer, and early fall as you eat with the seasons.
I have chosen only 30 Easy Summer Salads, so you don’t have to sift through too many recipes to find the ones you want. Each salad represents a traditional favorite.
Just Summer Veggies
Image courtesy of Karen’s Kitchen Stories.
Mexican Street Corn Salad (Gluten-free)
The fresh corn from your garden would love to find itself grilled and slathered with a mixture of homemade mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili, and lime, just like the flavors of Mexican street vendors. This salad also features vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, and onions.
Summer Succotash Salad (Gluten-free)
Fresh green beans, corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers from your garden are tossed with avocado, cilantro, and a simple dressing.
Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, GAPS, Keto, Low Carb)
Fresh mint, fresh parsley, za’atar, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon juice set this salad apart.
Italian Cauliflower Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, GAPS, Keto, Low Carb)
A chef teaches us this super simple but perfect salad that will have your mouth watering! Wait till you see the dressing…
The Best Broccoli Bacon Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, GAPS [use the ACV and honey options for GAPS])
I like that this recipe uses steamed broccoli, which is easier to digest.
Healthy Instant Pot Potato Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo)
This salad cooks the eggs and the potatoes in the same pot at the same time. Easy cooking and a classic recipe.
Summer Veggie Salads With Cheese
Image courtesy of Haute & Healthy Living.
Asparagus Tomato Salad (Gluten-free, Primal, Keto, Low Carb)
I’m pretty sure this salad would be the first to go at a potluck: so pretty and concentrated with everyone’s favorites. Tossed together with feta, avocado, and a Dijon dressing, this salad is just yum.
Tomatoes Caprese Salad (Gluten-free, Primal, Keto, Low Carb)
You won’t find an easier salad to prepare, nor one that’s gobbled up as fast.
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Crispy Walnuts (Gluten-free, Primal)
Slow-roasted beets with a balsamic vinaigrette, delicious!
Salads With Fruit To WOW
Image courtesy of Krumpli.
Roasted Fig Salad (Gluten-free, Primal)
The figs are roasted with just a little honey and some balsamic vinegar in this spectacular salad that can be served after, before, or as the meal. Mesmerize your guests with this rich but easy to assemble selection of ingredients! (The figs are accompanied by blue cheese, hazelnuts, prosciutto and arugula.)
Peach, Plum and Cherry Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette (Gluten-free, Primal)
A celebration of summer stone fruits, this salad is accompanied by feta cheese, fresh mint, and caramelized walnuts or pecans… all served with greens.
Greek Style Watermelon and Tomato Salad (Gluten-free, Primal)
Here’s a juicy, sweet, beautiful twist on a classic.
Parma Ham and Melon Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30)
Just a few ingredients, but so special with the best summer melons.
Image courtesy of Haute & Healthy Living.
Spiralized Cucumber Greek Salad (Gluten-free, Primal)
So pretty and alluring, this salad can also be served with grilled chicken for a complete meal.
Spiralized Cucumber and Mango Salad (Gluten-free, Primal)
This salad doesn’t require a spiralizer. If you don’t have one, you can also just slice or chop your cukes.
Spiralized Carrot Salad with Lemon and Dill (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30)
A super simple Dijon vinaigrette makes these raw veggie noodles so special.
Asian Zucchini Noodle Salad (Gluten-free, sub another vinegar for the rice to make it Paleo and Whole30)
A great and different way to enjoy all your garden zucchini!
Image courtesy of Vindulge.
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad
If you’ve seen grilled romaine lettuce but never made it yourself, here’s your tutorial! You’ll also grill lemons and bread for this captivating summer salad.
Paleo Panzanella Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo)
A grain-free version of the classic, the bread cubes soak up the vinaigrette. Bread recipe included. 🙂
Toasted Gluten-free Panzanella Salad Bowls (Gluten-free)
This recipe uses Udi’s Gluten-free Baguettes, so it comes together really fast. Looks super beautiful and delicious!
Image courtesy of The Organic Kitchen.
Greens with Grilled Shrimp and Citrus Vinaigrette (Gluten-free, Paleo, GAPS)
This salad comes together in just 4 easy steps!
Salade Nicoise with Sardines or Tuna (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, GAPS)
Sardines are a great way to get more omega-3s into your diet. This French-composed salad is a delicious, nutrition-packed meal with a Creamy Tarragon Dressing.
Italian Tuna Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30, GAPS, Keto, Low Carb)
This beautiful version of tuna uses the tomatoes and peppers from your garden and no mayo for a fresher, veggie-spiked approach.
Image courtesy of Mamagourmand.
Grilled Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo)
Accompanied by a homemade Honey Mustard Dressing, the author also grills corn and peaches! Such a celebration of summer! (She lists vegetable oil in the dressing ingredients; just sub that with extra virgin olive oil.)
Cobb Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Keto, Low Carb)
Served with a light, fresh Red Wine Vinaigrette, this salad is a great way to use all those little cherry or grape tomatoes you have growing.
Chicken Mango Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30)
In addition to big juicy chunks of fresh mango, the salad dressing for this composed salad is made with fresh mango and fresh cilantro.
Buffalo Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30)
This salad allows you to use lots of different summer veggies that you may have on hand, and then the dressing makes the whole meal special.
Best Asian Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, Paleo, Whole30)
Served with wilted sautéed cabbage and sugar snap peas, this grilled chicken salad is swathed with an Asian Sesame Ginger Dressing.
Which of these Easy Summer Salads are must-makes for you?
...without giving up the foods you love or spending all day in the kitchen!
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