When summer finally arrives after a long winter, it brings with it a huge bounty of fresh produce. One of the best ways to show this produce off is with a fresh, bright salad. We’ve rounded up 30 of our favorite salad recipes to highlight the best of summer’s fruits and vegetables.
Tomatoes are available year-round in American supermarkets, but good tomatoes are distinctly a summer treat. One of the best ways to show them off is in a caprese with burrata, basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Cherry or plum tomatoes pair with sweet corn—another summer treat—in our summer succotash. Or pair them with toasted bread to make panzanella.
Summer also brings fruit. Sweet watermelon and briny feta are a natural combination—add olives to double down on the briny pungency or jalapeños to add a spicy kick. Sweet-tart citrus works well in salads, too. Place honey grilled chicken on a bed of cilantro, grapefruit, and three kinds of orange for a refreshing main. Pomelo serves as an excellent base for a Thai salad with chiles, peanuts, and mint.
Thailand is home to many salads. The best known is som tum, or green papaya salad. This vibrantly flavored salad is packed cabbage, cucumber, dried shrimp, peanuts, fish sauce, and more. A variation can be made by substituting the green papaya for green mango and pairing it with green beans and grape tomatoes.
Find all of these salads and more in our collection of 30 summer salad recipes.
Use this crisp, bright salad as a side dish or as a stand-in for chimichurri on top of fish, grilled meat, or chicken.”No matter where you fall on the cilantro spectrum,” says Bishara, “I urge you to try it.”
Get the recipe for Cilantro Salad with Olives, Avocado, and Limes »
Chickpea Tofu Salad (Burmese Salad with Shan Tofu)
The classic wedge with a zesty upgrade.
Get the recipe for Iceberg Wedge with Lemon-Parsley Dressing »
Homemade Crème Fraîche and Preserved Lemon Salad Dressing
Hearts Of Palm and Avocado Salad
Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
This substantial summer salad is a tribute to the “everything tastes better grilled” philosophy of cooking, one with which I am currently obsessed. Here, watermelons get even sweeter from the flames, shrimp gets crisp and plump, and avocado turns deliciously smoky.
Get the recipe for Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad »
Tomatoes and cucumbers are a classic combination. Here, Eli Sussman of the
Sussman Brothers modernizes the summer staple with heirloom varieties of the titular ingredients and brings them together with a caramelized fennel–lemon dressing. Get the recipe for Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Fennel Dressing »
In this offbeat slaw from chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, 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.
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Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds
Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad
For a Southeast Asian spin, add fish sauce, chile, and Thai basil to the classic combination of watermelon and feta.
Get the recipe for Watermelon, Feta, and Jalapeño Salad »
Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil
Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
Boiling potatoes whole and unpeeled means they don’t absorb too much water as they cook. Mixing them with an egg yolk and olive oil yields a rich dressing without the heavy creaminess of mayonnaise.
Get the recipe for Ignacio Mattos’ Potato Salad »
In this salad red wine vinegar balances the sweetness of ripe fruit, while cilantro and basil add a floral note.
Get the recipe for Peach and Plum Salad »
Puntarelle and Dandelion Green Salad with Honey and Olive Vinaigrette
Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad
A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar.
Get the recipe for Caprese Salad »
Bright shiso leaves and a touch of earthy sesame oil enhance this stone fruit and berry salad.
Get the recipe for Blueberry, Nectarine and Shiso Salad »
Summer Bean Salad
Crusted dried shrimp add an umami boost to this papaya salad.
Get the recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) »
Summer Succotash Salad
Sweet pomelo pairs beautifully with chiles, peanuts, and mint in this recipe for a classic Thai salad from Talde in Brooklyn, New York.
Get the recipe for Thai Pomelo Salad (Dtam Som Oo) »
Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)
Creamy avocados and sweet mangoes are marinated in a citrus dressing, composing a bright and refreshing salad that’s the perfect counterpoint to rich and savory stews.
In this summer salad, watermelon is a sweet counterpoint to the briny pungency of feta and olives.
Get the recipe for Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Salad »
Sweet, ripe, summer tomatoes dressed in olive oil, vinegar, and basil are tossed with garlicky, toasted bread cubes to soak up the delicious juices in this classic Italian salad.
Get the recipe for Summer Panzanella »
Fava beans add protein to this take on the Levantine bread salad from Australia-based chef Matt Wilkinson.
Get the recipe for Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush »
Crabmeat is rubbed with a smoky chile paste, then sautéed and tossed in this refreshing salad of creamy avocado, tart grapefruit, and herbs.
Both blue cheese and Italian dressings adorn the classic iceberg wedge salad.
Get the recipe for Blue Cheese Wedge Salad »
Light, tangy yogurt replaces rich mayonnaise in the herb-laced dressing for this salad.
Sliced cucumber is tenderized with kosher salt in this zesty slaw.
Cucumber Pepper Slaw »
This refreshing salad takes on various guises in Greece depending on what vegetables are in season, but it almost always features feta and a dusting of dried oregano.
Get the recipe for Greek Salad (Horiatiki) »
This classic salad is easy to make from scratch at home.
Get the recipe for Caesar Salad »
This cool, creamy, classic potato salad is spiked with pickle relish and red onion.