20 Easy Summer Salad Ideas

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Try these Easy Summer Salad Recipes to add flavor and variety to your meal with little time spent in the kitchen. Pack them up for a picnic, barbecue or just settle onto the patio for a family dinner.

30-Minute Summer Salad Recipes, Easy Summer Salad Ideas

A great summer salad comes together easily and makes everyone ask for the recipe. We’re eating salads like the ones we’ve featured below all summer long. Keeping the kitchen cool and everyone’s happy!

This is a collection of easy summer salad ideas was put together with the help from fellow food bloggers. Click through to see the recipe.

»Looking for a main dish to pair these with? Check out this list of 21 Easy 30-Minute Summer Meals.

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Easy Summer Salad Ideas

Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad
This Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad combines fusilli pasta with corn, black beans, bell pepper and cilantro for a Southwestern flair.
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corn and black bean pasta salad
Miso Kale Salad
This easy Miso Kale Salad brings together crunchy kale with the umami richness of miso dressing to create a satisfying dish.
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Miso kale salad
Broccoli Salad
This salad is packed with fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and cheese. It's a huge hit at barbecues and parties.
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broccoli salad
Cobb Salad with Pasta
This Cobb Salad pasta is piled high with chicken, tomato, avocado, blue cheese and bacon.
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cobb salad with penne pasta
Shaved Asparagus Pesto Salad
You will surely wow your guests with this beautiful pesto asparagus ribbon salad, perfect for any spring meal.
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asparagus salad recipe
Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad
Serve this Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad at your next outdoor barbecue to keep things light and refreshing, in a low-carb way that everyone will love.
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Watermelon arugula salad
Instant Pot Pasta Salad
Instant Pot Pasta Salad is made with rotini pasta and filled with fresh vegetables, cheese, pepperoni and Italian dressing to make a perfect summer salad in a flash.
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Instant Pot Pasta Salad
Air Fryer Roasted Broccoli Caesar Salad
This Broccoli Caesar Salad has all the flavors and delights of a traditional Caesar, only with roasted broccoli.
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Broccoli Caesar salad
Easy Instant Pot Potato Salad
This easy Instant Pot Potato Salad is the fastest, easiest way to make potato salad for your garden party or barbecue. It’s loaded with tender potatoes, eggs, and crunchy bits in a creamy dressing.
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Easy Instant Pot Potato Salad
Easy Panzanella Toscana Salad
This Easy Panzanella Toscana Salad is a delightful mix of ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and fragrant basil, all tossed with chunks of Italian bread and a zesty vinaigrette.
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A bowl of panzanella salad
Grilled Peach Salad with Burrata and Viniagrette
This salad is something I can’t describe with words. You should just give it a try! Imagine grilled peaches and burrata, sweet and savory, perfect combo.
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Grilled peach salad with burrata

Have some left over peaches? Mix up some Peach Mezcal Margaritas!

Crispy Panzanella Salad Recipe
Crispy panzanella salad is an easy and delicious idea for lunch. Serve it on a side with grilling dishes. Best Italian salad recipe to try this summer!
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Panzanella salad
An Easy Melon Salad with Feta Recipe
This Melon Salad with Feta is such a tantalizing variety of textures and flavors. Refreshingly sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, this salad is perfect for summer!
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Melon salad with feta
Easy Rainbow Summer Rolls
Delicious and easy rainbow summer rolls are perfect for hot summer months. They are light and fresh, and versatile whether filled with veggies or tofu.
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Rainbow salad rolls
Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles Recipe
Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles are zoodles sautéed with fresh, everyday vegetables and tossed in a delectable Thai peanut sauce. Zucchini pasta is an easy dinner recipe that can be served warm or chilled as a pasta salad for lunch.
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Thai zucchini noodles
Quinoa & Mango Stuffed Grilled Avocado
This Grilled California Avocado Stuffed with Quinoa Mango Salad is a fun summer side dish or main that is bursting with flavor and texture. The warm, creamy grilled avocado offers mouthwatering flavor and a perfectly charred finish that pairs well with the refreshing and zesty quinoa mango salad.
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Quinoa mango salad in an avocado half
Zucchini Pea & Feta Summer Salad
Zucchini Pea & Feta Summer Salad with Pistachios, Mint & Lemon. The perfect salad for a summer lunch or BBQ.
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Zucchini Pea & Feta Summer Salad
Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus & Arugula
This Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad colorful and vibrant summer dish that is light and fresh. It comes together in less than 30 minutes.
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Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus & Arugula
Beetroot, Avocado & Edamame Salad
Healthy beet, avocado and edamame salad is perfect for lighter dinners or a delicious lunch. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free.
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Beet, avocado and edamame salad
Tortellini Salad with Corn, Tomato & Zucchini
A beautiful and delicious summer pasta salad! Corn, tomato, zucchini and tortellini tossed with a lemon garlic vinaigrette.
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Tortellini pasta salad


These easy summer salads don’t use a lot of ingredients or take a long time to prepare. However, they do taste great and free you up to enjoy the summer. They are all versatile and can be eaten as a side dish or main course. Take these for an outdoor picnic or barbecue or just take the night off from cooking.

Don’t forget these summer staples to complete your picnic or barbecue:

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5 thoughts on “20 Easy Summer Salad Ideas

  1. Romina says:

    So many great ideas! I love the watermelon and feta salad and the summer rolls. I can’t wait to try the rest!

  2. Jen says:

    Looks like I’ll be set all summer long! I’m going to start with the Thai peanut noodles and work my way through this yummy list!

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