Summer Salads

When it's hot outside, chill out with easy recipes for summer salads. Loaded with fruit, chicken, greens, and pasta, these easy summer salads are keepers you'll prepare over and over again.

Turkey Salad Platter

Better Homes and Gardens

This chilled main dish salad is a perfect way to use up leftover turkey.

Pork & Potato Stack

Better Homes and Gardens

A creamy walnut-garlic vinaigrette is drizzled over layers of pork tenderloin and vegetables and then refrigerated for this summertime salad recipe.

Southwestern Summer Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

This sensational spicy salad showcases summer vegetables. You can easily double the ingredients to make enough for potlucks and neighborhood block parties.

Total: 40 mins

Green Goddess Dressing

Better Homes and Gardens

The freshness and flavor of this homemade dressing far surpasses the store-bought version, and it's ready in minutes.

Herb and Roasted Pepper Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Colorful roasted sweet peppers star in this side salad. Roast a combination of red, yellow, and green peppers for extra eye-appeal.

Stephanie Izard's Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Rhubarb Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled asparagus is beautifully complemented by tart rhubarb, tangy goat cheese and rich, sweet balsamic vinegar in this creative, elegant salad. Peppery arugula and toasted almonds round out the flavors, and provide wonderful texture. When buying asparagus, look for firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. If stems are tough, simply remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.

Strawberry Romaine Salad

Family Circle

This fruity salad adds strawberries to greens for a quick-and-easy side-dish recipe for picnics and potlucks.

Potato and Green Bean Salad

Midwest Living

Pair two summer produce staples to make this delicious side dish. Bring it to a potluck, serve it alongside burgers, or add in white beans for a vegetarian main dish.

Vegetable Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

Better Homes and Gardens

This dinner salad is a perfect summer dish, though you can make it any time of year with frozen sweet corn. If Cotija cheese, a Mexican-style crumbly cheese, isn't available, try crumbled goat cheese.

Total: 45 mins

Watercress, Arugula and Asparagus Salad

Family Circle

With watercress, asparagus, and radishes, this salad is the perfect way to celebrate the onset of spring or a favorite spring holiday. If you prefer your salad greens on the milder side, use baby spinach in place of the arugula.

Three-Cheese Orzo Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

For an easy potluck dish, turn to this quick-to-toss pasta salad recipe packed with veggies. Feta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese make it a triple indulgence.

Creamy BLT Coleslaw

Better Homes and Gardens

The additions of crisp, crumbled bacon and crunchy sunflower seeds nearly makes this creamy slaw a meal in itself. Store any remaining sunflower seeds, tightly bagged, in the refrigerator to keep them fresh-tasting for up to 3 months.

Tomato-Feta Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

This super fast side dish looks impressive--perfect for serving at summer parties and cookouts.

Total: 15 mins

Corn Bread Salad

Family Circle

Beef Salad with Potato Crisps

Better Homes and Gardens

Drizzle chutney vinaigrette on this savory combination of mixed greens, beef strips, homemade potato chips, and vegetables. Pack it, well-chilled, to tote for a romantic lunch for two.

Total: 45 mins

Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette


This flavorful side dish pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or pork and makes the most of some favorite summer vegetables. Adjust the amount of jalepeno to make the dressing more (or less) spicy.

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