These fresh, vibrant summer salad recipes are super easy to make and perfect for warm days when it’s just too hot to cook!

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Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

Salads are just right on sweltering summer nights when you’re not even hungry but still need to have a little something. You can easily make them a meal by adding some grilled chicken or fish, just as long as you keep it simple!

The recipes below are some of my favorite summer salad recipes. Choose from an ultra-simple Cucumber Salad. Or, go for a heartier, one-bowl meal with my Summer Cobb Salad. I love serving potato salad with burgers and always bring macaroni salad or ramen noodle salad to summer gatherings! You’re sure to find something to fit every occasion.

1. Cucumber Salad

This Cucumber Salad recipe could hardly be simpler to make, but it is so refreshing! Crunchy sliced cucumbers are dressed in a simple vinegar and sugar dressing, with fresh herbs added for extra flavor. I like to make this a little bit in advance and keep it cold in the fridge until I’m ready to eat it.

Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Salad is the perfect refreshing summer side dish made with cucumbers, a vinegar and sugar dressing, along with fresh herbs for a classic recipe!
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2. Summer Cobb Salad

This summery take on a traditional Cobb salad is sure to please. Full of fresh vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, almonds, and creamy avocado this is a super satisfying and healthy meal. I add blackberries and raspberries for a delicious twist.

Summer Cobb Salad
This hearty and wholesome salad is loaded with all your favorite veggies and is enough to serve for lunch or a light dinner!
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3. Corn, Avocado, and Cilantro Salad

In-season corn, plus avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro makes for a salad I find it hard to stop eating! This dish works perfectly as a simple, juicy side dish at a barbecue; you can serve it alongside burgers for a healthy and fresh accompaniment. However, this Corn, Avocado and Cilantro Salad is so good I sometimes just slice up a loaf of French bread and eat salad and bread and butter for dinner. I don’t need anything else!

Corn, Avocado, and Cilantro Salad
This Corn, Avocado and Cilantro Salad is perfect for a simple side dish that can be mixed up either ahead of time or right at dinner time.
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4. Summer Pasta Salad

As its name suggests, this is an amazing pasta salad full of summer flavors! Rotini pasta is loaded with fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and salty feta cheese, and tossed with Italian dressing. As a result, you get a satisfying one-bowl meal that can be served at room temperature. I love this Summer Pasta Salad for potlucks!

Summer Pasta Salad
This summer pasta salad is the perfect side dish for warm summer days! Crisp, fresh veggies, tangy artichoke hearts, and salty feta are tossed with rotini and Italian dressing for a light, easy summer pasta salad.
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5. Potato Salad

A thick and creamy version of a summer staple, my recipe for Potato Salad is so tender and flavorful. I love to throw in lots of chopped fresh dill, crunchy chopped celery and red onion, paprika, sweet relish, mayo and mustard, and hard-boiled eggs! You absolutely need to make this one for your next picnic gathering!

homemade potato salad
Potato Salad
This is literally the best potato salad recipe, ever. Packed full of flavor, you're going to love how simple this summer side dish recipe is.
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6. Macaroni Salad

Forget about buying store-bought macaroni salad, this homemade Macaroni Salad is a cinch to put together and tastes so much better! Plus, when you make it yourself you can adapt it to your preferences (Try pickles instead of sweet relish, for example). I love it with little cubes of cheddar cheese thrown in. This recipe is a must for your 4th of July BBQ!

A bowl of macaroni salad.
Macaroni Salad
This easy Macaroni Salad recipe combines macaroni noodles and cheese with a sweet relish and creamy mayonnaise dressing. Quick and easy to make, it's perfect for a cookout, potluck, picnic, or summer get-together!
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7. Ham Salad

Ham Salad is a wonderful way to use up leftover ham. It’s a versatile option for hot summer nights when you want something a little different but don’t want to make a lot of effort. It’s great as a sandwich or on crackers. Or, you can simply top a fresh green salad with a scoop of ham salad for extra protein.

A bowl of ham salad surrounded by crackers.
Ham Salad
Ham salad is a deli favorite that’s easy to make at home! It’s perfect for school or work lunches, and it’s a great way to use up leftover ham.
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8. Antipasto Salad

A bowl of Antipasto Salad is a classic appetizer for good reason. It’s loaded with vegetables, made filling by the addition of meat, and is finished with lots of cheese. I think it’s hearty enough to work as a main meal, especially during the dog days of summer when cooking a big meal is the last thing you want to think about. You could throw in extra meat, or top it with some grilled chicken if you want a little more protein. However, this summer salad is really satisfying just on its own.

Antipasto Salad
The Antipasto Salad is filled with bright veggies, loaded with meats, and flowing with cheese. It truly is the best addition to any meal!
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9. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Here’s another super flavorful and filling summer salad that will go fast when you bring it to a potluck! It’s hard to go wrong when you toss pasta with Ranch dressing, smoky bacon, black olives, and sharp Cheddar cheese. Serve this Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad as a side with hot dogs. Or, enjoy it as a standalone for a lighter dinner option.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Bacon ranch pasta salad is the type of dish that will disappear at a potluck or backyard barbecue!
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10. Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad with Honey Mustard

This Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad is dressed with an amazing homemade honey mustard dressing that really takes it over the top. We start with fresh produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, and avocado. Then, we add tender lettuce and crunchy red onions to make this a memorable and satisfying meal. Perfect for summer lunches!

Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing
This Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad is absolutely packed with flavor! It’s a satisfying dinner with a variety of colors and textures, and the homemade honey mustard dressing is irresistible!
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11. Delicious Chicken Salad

A really nice option for a summer lunch or simple dinner is Chicken Salad. Serve it on fresh or toasted bread for a complete meal! My version of chicken salad is creamy with mayonnaise, has a wonderful tang from fresh lemon juice, and is packed with juicy grapes, crunchy celery, and apples. Add some nuts for even more crunch, and you’ve got the makings of the perfect picnic basket sandwich.

easy chicken salad recipe
Delicious Chicken Salad Recipe
This is such a tasty chicken salad recipe!
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12. Taco Salad

Tacos, but make it a salad! My Taco Salad is a satisfying meal that takes hardly any time to prep, making it perfect on those extra humid and hot summer nights. You can also serve this as a sort of deconstructed dip, with lots of crispy tortilla chips to scoop up the seasoned ground beef, cheese, avocado, and of course, sour cream.

taco salad in a white bowl
Taco Salad
Taco salad is the best kind of salad! With seasoned ground beef, cheese, and avocado, it’s a satisfying meal that’s packed with flavor and sure to fill you up!
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13. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

I love serving this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad at BBQs. It feels like the perfect side to serve with juicy burgers or grilled chicken kabobs that have just come off the grill! This is a unique twist on a traditional pasta salad. I’ve added pickles, tangy pickle juice, and fresh dill for lots of flavor all your guests will love.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad gives traditional pasta salad an upgrade by adding crunchy pickles, fresh dill, and tangy pickle juice! 
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14. Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad made with raw broccoli is a healthy and delicious salad to add to your summer rotation! You’ll start with lots of fresh broccoli. Then, throw in bacon and sunflower seeds. Stir in some shredded cheddar, and toss the whole salad in a creamy mayo-based dressing for a finishing touch. I especially love this one at cookouts!

broccoli salad with dressing, cheese, and bacon bits in a white bowl.
Broccoli Salad
This Broccoli Salad recipe is an amazing addition to your summer salad menu! Raw, crunchy broccoli, lots of salty bacon and cheddar cheese, and a creamy dressing will make this one a family favorite!
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15. Waldorf Salad

A Waldorf Salad is a wonderful addition to a summer brunch! It features chopped apples, juicy grapes, crunch celery, and raisins. If you’re serving this later in the day you can even add in some grilled chicken for a light, complete meal.

Waldorf Salad
Waldorf salad is a traditional favorite made with sweet fruits like apples, grapes, and raisins. Add chopped grilled chicken for a light meal.
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16. Ambrosia Salad

I had to include a dessert salad on this list! The ultimate decadent fruit salad, Ambrosia Salad is a classic recipe that mixes pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut, a creamy dressing, and mini marshmallows. I love to serve ambrosia salad as part of a summer brunch spread.

ambrosia salad with a cherry on top served in a white bowl
Ambrosia Salad
This Ambrosia Salad recipe is a classic! It combines pineapple, mandarin oranges, and coconut with creamy dressing and mini marshmallows.
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17. Pea Salad

Pea Salad is a delicious, classic summer salad, especially when you use fresh peas. This makes a fantastic side dish for a BBQ meal and is a perfect make-ahead recipe. Prepare it in advance, store it in your fridge, and take it out when you are ready to eat!

A bowl of pea salad.
Pea Salad
Simple Pea Salad is a delicious southern side dish that is filled with frozen peas, bacon, chopped red onions, and cheddar cheese.
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18. Orange Fluff Salad

While Orange Fluff Salad is more like a dessert than a side dish, we wanted to include it on our list of summer salads. A big bowl of orange fluff is the perfect summer treat! Make a double batch, because people go crazy for this bright, cold salad.

Orange fluff salad.
Orange Fluff Salad
Made with simple ingredients – mandarin oranges, pineapple, cottage cheese, and cool whip, this simple Orange Fluff Salad is the best!
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19. Tomato Salad

There is nothing quite as tasty as a fresh Tomato Salad in the summer! The perfect summer recipe, this salad is the best way to use up fresh garden tomatoes. Pair it with grilled chicken, shrimp, or fish for a refreshing meal!

Tomato Salad
Simple ingredients shine in this flavorful tomato salad recipe that's always welcome at BBQs as well as on the dinner table.
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20. Grape Salad

I love cold fruit salads in the summer, and this Grape Salad is one of the best recipes ever! It is perfectly sweet and just a little bit crunchy thanks to the fresh grapes. Kids and adults will adore this quick and easy recipe.

Grape Salad
This recipe is full of juicy grapes, crunchy pecans, plus loads of tangy flavor from sour cream. It'll be a hit at your next gathering!
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21. Tortellini Pasta Salad

I love summer all pasta salads, but this Tortellini Pasta Salad may be the best. The tortellini makes it even heartier than a traditional salad. So, it is perfect to serve as a complete meal.

Tortellini Pasta Salad
My simple tortellini pasta salad is packed with fresh vegetables, salty cheese, and tender cooked pasta. The homemade red wine vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch.
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22. Fresh Corn Salad

Summer corn is so flavorful and sweet! And a whole bowl of Corn Salad is the best way to enjoy all that amazing summer corn taste. Pair it with your favorite protein for a seasonal meal full of flavor and nutrients. You’ll make this summer salad recipe again and again!

Corn Salad
This corn salad is the perfect summer side dish! Fresh corn is tossed with cherry tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, onions, avocado, tangy feta, and fresh herbs, all in a sweet-and-tangy red wine vinaigrette.
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Did you make any of these summer salad recipes? Leave a rating, and let us know how they turned out in the comments below!

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  1. These summer salads all look luscious!!! We had lots of salads in the summer when I was growing up and I have always loved them especially in the hot summer summertime. Thanks for posting these!!!

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