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We’re big fans of the all-grilled meal, charring everything from steaks to desserts. Once you have those coals going, why not take full advantage of them? Meet the grilled salad, the best way to add a smoky, savory edge to your summer side dishes.

Raw vegetables make a quick salad, but some extra time by the fire adds deeper layers of flavor to those greens. Romaine gets beefier with some char. Endives soften their bitterness after a kiss from the flame. Even fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe taste sweeter in contrast. All that is left is a simple dressing. These easy salad recipes channel summer in every bite and add a twist to your next BBQ meal. And for more ideas, be sure to explore all our essential grilled recipes.

Grilled Halloumi and Cherry Salad

Simple Weeknight Meal, Grilled Halloumi and Cherry Salad
Grilled Halloumi and Cherry Salad Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

The sweetness of cherries balances the saltiness of halloumi in this simple summer salad. It’s perfect as a side or a main dish. Get the recipe >

Grilled Onion Salad with Sumac and Herbs

Grilled Onion Salad with Sumac and Herbs
Photography by SAVEUR Editors

Zippy sour pickle juice offsets the sweetness of the pomegranate molasses and charred onions in this vibrant salad. Get the recipe >

Grilled Asparagus with Citrus-Beet Salad and Whipped Ricotta

Grilled Asparagus with Citrus-Beet Salad and Whipped Ricotta
Photography by Kat Craddock

Crisp-tender asparagus and a sweet, earthy mixture of beets and citrus are tossed in an herb-packed, umami-rich salsa verde. Get the recipe >

Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad

Shaved Fennel and Grilled Corn Salad
A base of crunchy, fresh fennel contrasts perfectly with grilled corn kernels and crumbled feta cheese in this summer salad. Photography by Elizabeth Cecil

A base of crunchy, fresh fennel contrasts perfectly with grilled corn kernels and crumbled feta cheese. Get the recipe >

Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad

Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

Grilling makes everything better—watermelons get even sweeter from the flames, shrimp gets crisp and plump, and avocado turns deliciously smoky. Get the recipe >

Green Cabbage Salad with Charred Cabbage Vinaigrette and Hazelnuts

Green Cabbage Salad with Charred Cabbage Vinaigrette and Hazelnuts
Photography by Justin Walker

Chef-owner of New York City’s Wildair and Contra, Jeremiah Stone combines the juice from grilled cabbage with vinegar and browned butter. Afterwards, he tosses the resulting vinaigrette with a salad of raw cabbage and hazelnuts for an all-season slaw. Get the recipe >

Warm Red Potato Salad

Warm Red Potato Salad
Photography by Laura Sant

Tender red-skinned potatoes are doused in herb vinaigrette in this warm salad. Get the recipe >

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

A simple and fresh black bean salad with corn pairs perfectly with a quick marinated and grilled chicken. Get the recipe >

Charred Cabbage Slaw

Charred Cabbage Slaw
Photography by Belle Morizio

Raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits. Get the recipe >

Charred Escarole Salad

Charred Escarole Salad
Photography by Charity Burggraaf

At The Willows Inn, chef Blaine Wetzel presents a version of this chopped salad as a composed dish. Tossing the hot, just-grilled escarole and apples with the cold vinaigrette intensifies the flavor of the vinegar. Get the recipe >

Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad

Charred Asparagus and Egg Salad
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

Super easy and fresh, this is a perfect dish for spring, but also translates well to outdoor cooking in the summer. Get the recipe >

Sallad på Rostade Grönsaker (Grilled Vegetable Salad)

Grilled Vegetable Salad
Photography by SAVEUR Editors

Dill-and-new-potato salad is an iconic summer food in Sweden. In this version, warm your sautéed kohlrabi, fresh dill, and boiled potatoes in melted butter. This simple side dish is perfect for picnics and backyard barbecues. Get the recipe >

Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Photography by SAVEUR Editors

Fresh heads of romaine lettuce are split down the middle, grilled until charred and smoky, and then topped with blue cheese and bacon for this satisfying salad. Get the recipe >

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad
Photography by Helen Cathcart

Barley is turned into a hearty summer staple, seasoned with cumin and chiles, and tossed with grilled vegetables, feta, and pistachios. Get the recipe >

Summer Succotash Salad

Summer Succotash Salad

This summer mainstay is elevated with grilled sweet corn, plus fresh edamame in place of the traditional limas. Get the recipe >

Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Cherry Tomatoes, and Anchovy Vinaigrette

Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Anchovy Vinaigrette
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

Tacolicious owner Sara Deseran first discovered this smoky salad, from Neil Fraser of LA’s Redbird, while cooking at the annual Sabores San Miguel festival in Mexico. The trick to getting tender, flavorful octopus is boiling it first, then marinating and grilling it. Get the recipe >

Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cantaloupe
Photography by Drew Anthony Smith

In this elegant dessert, cantaloupe is grilled until it caramelizes and is then dressed with agrodolce, a sour-sweet Italian sauce made by reducing vinegar and sugar. Get the recipe >

Grilled Squash and Scallions with Chile-Honey Vinaigrette

Grilled Squash with Scallions And Chile Honey Vinaigrette
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

Grilling adds smokiness to summer squash, a flavor that chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s Miller Union balances with bright ingredients like vinegar, chile, and honey. Get the recipe >

Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette

Endive Salad with Bee Pollen Vinaigrette
Photography by Ingalls Photography

A thick honey vinaigrette pairs with pleasingly bitter endives that are steamed, grilled, and marinated in this recipe from Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. Get the recipe >

Frida Kahlo’s Zucchini Salad (Ensalada de Calabacín)

Frida Kahlo's Zucchini Salad (Ensalada de Calabacín)

This simple Mexican salad consists of grilled zucchini, avocado, and salty, crumbled añejo cheese. Get the recipe >

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