Summer Salad Recipes

We can't get enough of these refreshing summertime salads

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.

Cilantro Salad with Olives, Avocado, and Limes

Cilantro Salad with Olives, Avocado, and Limes
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 »Ted Cavanaugh

Chickpea Tofu Salad (Burmese Salad with Shan Tofu)

Burmese vegetarian chickpea tofu salad recipe
This traditional Burmese salad is a refreshing mix of silky, turmeric-infused chickpea tofu mixed with crunchy fried garlic and onions and tamarind ginger dressing. Get the recipe for Chickpea Tofu Salad (Burmese Salad with Shan Tofu) »Matt Taylor-Gross

Iceberg Wedge with Lemon-Parsley Dressing

Iceberg Wedge with Lemon-Parsley Dressing
The classic wedge with a zesty upgrade. Get the recipe for Iceberg Wedge with Lemon-Parsley Dressing »William Hereford

Homemade Crème Fraîche and Preserved Lemon Salad Dressing

Homemade Crème Fraîche and Preserved Lemon Salad Dressing
Crème fraîche: It's one of those expensive grocery-store items that's so easy and cheap to make at home yourself, you really have no excuse not to have it in your fridge at all times. Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry and The Homemade Kitchen, picks up a pint of cream on every grocery run, mixes it with a little cultured buttermilk (or buttermilk culture, a powder you can order online), and the next day, voilà, a bowl of slightly sour, thick, lush crème fraîche. "It's perfect for adding tang and richness, and it doesn't have that weird pucker of sour cream," says Chernila, who finds herself adding it to salad dressings, drizzling it on tacos, and folding it into pumpkin pie. It will keep for up to three weeks in the fridge—more than enough time for you to pick up some cream and make yourself another batch. Get the recipe for Homemade Crème Fraîche and Preserved Lemon Salad Dressing »Justin Walker

Hearts Of Palm and Avocado Salad

Hearts Of Palm and Avocado Salad
A simple salad that puts a ubiquitous supermarket staple to work. Canned hearts of palm have a vegetal, slightly nutty flavor similar to artichokes, and they combine perfectly with butter lettuce and avocado. Get the recipe for Hearts Of Palm and Avocado Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint

Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
This light quinoa salad, filled with scallions, mint, snap peas, and crisp haricots verts tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette, makes a perfect summer side dish for picnics and barbecues. Get the recipe for Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint »Matt Taylor-Gross

Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad

Grilled Watermelon, Avocado, and Shrimp Salad
Grilling makes everything better—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 »Farideh Sadeghin

Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Fennel Dressing

Tomato-Cucumber Salad with Fennel Dressing
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 »Matt Taylor-Gross

Charred Cabbage Slaw

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw
In this offbeat slaw, 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 for Charred Cabbage Slaw »Drew Anthony Smith

Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds

Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds
Pomegranate seeds add a pop of tart juice to each bite of this buttery sautéed corn salad with crunchy cucumbers and a toasty sesame oil vinaigrette. Get the recipe for Cucumber and Corn Salad with Pomegranate and Poppy Seeds »Farideh Sadeghin

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad

Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad
Barley is typically eaten in a pudding for breakfast or dessert in Egypt, but in this recipe from cookbook author Suzanne Zeidy, it's turned into a hearty salad, seasoned with cumin and chiles, and tossed with grilled vegetables, feta, and pistachios. Get the recipe for Grilled Vegetable and Barley Salad »Helen Cathcart
Watermelon, Feta, and Jalapeño Salad

Watermelon, Feta, and Jalapeño 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 »Drew Anthony Smith

Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil

Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil
Tearing the basil leaves for this simple salad releases their aroma while preventing the bruising that results from chopping. Get the recipe for Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil »Marcus Nilsson

Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad

Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
This grilled chicken dish is the Holy Trinity of weeknight cooking: delicious, quick, and made from easy-to-find ingredients. Get the recipe for Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad

Ignacio Mattos' Potato 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 »Marcus Nilsson

Peach and Plum Salad

Peach and Plum 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 »Marcus Nilsson

Puntarelle and Dandelion Green Salad with Honey and Olive Vinaigrette

Puntarelle and Dandelion Green Salad
Dandelion greens and sturdy, slightly bitter puntarelle (an Italian chicory) stand up to honey-mustard vinaigrette in this assertive spring salad. Get the recipe for Puntarelle and Dandelion Green Salad with Honey and Olive Vinaigrette »Romulo Yanes

Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad

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At Los Angeles' Lemonade restaurant, crunchy radishes, snap peas, and medium-rare seared tuna are tossed in a ginger-soy dressing for a crisp and colorful entrée salad. Get the recipe for Watermelon Radish, Ahi Tuna, and Snap Pea Salad »Ingalls Photography

Caprese Salad

Caprese 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 »Landon Nordeman

Blueberry, Nectarine and Shiso Salad

Blueberry, Nectarine and Shiso 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 »Helen Rosner

Summer Bean Salad

Summer Bean Salad
This fresh side is a kaleidoscopic combination of fava and romano beans, garbanzos, cranberry beans, and green and yellow wax beans. Get the recipe for Summer Bean Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
Crusted dried shrimp add an umami boost to this papaya salad. Get the recipe for Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum) »Ingalls Photography

Summer Succotash Salad

Summer Succotash Salad
Grilled sweet corn, plus fresh edamame in place of the traditional limas, elevates this light summer salad. Get the recipe for Summer Succotash Salad »James Oseland

Thai Pomelo Salad (Dtam Som Oo)

Thai Pomelo Salad (Dtam Som Oo)
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) »Ingalls Photography

Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)
Unripened mangoes are julienned and combined with chiles, garlic, and shallots to form the base of one of our favorite Southeast Asian salads,a refreshing adaptation of the more widely known version made with papaya. Get the recipe for Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang) »Todd Coleman

Avocado-Mango Salad (Saladu Awooka ak Mango)

Avocado-Mango Salad (Saladu Awooka ak Mango)
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. Get the recipe for Avocado-Mango Salad (Saladu Awooka ak Mango) »Penny de los Santos

Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Salad

Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Salad
In this summer salad, watermelon serves as a sweet counterpoint to the briny pungency of feta and olives. Get the recipe for Watermelon, Feta, and Olive Salad »André Baranowski

Summer Panzanella

Summer Panzanella
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 »Helen Rosner

Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush

Fava Bean, Herb, and Pomegranate Fattoush
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 »André Baranowski

Sautéed Crab with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Herb Salad

Sautéed Crab with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Herb Salad
Crabmeat is rubbed with a smoky chile paste, then sautéed and tossed in this refreshing salad of creamy avocado, tart grapefruit, and herbs. Get the recipe for Sautéed Crab with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Herb Salad »Penny De Los Santos

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad
Both blue cheese and Italian dressings adorn the classic iceberg wedge salad. Get the recipe for Blue Cheese Wedge Salad »James Oseland

Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing

Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing
Light, tangy yogurt replaces rich mayonnaise in the herb-laced dressing for this salad. Get the recipe for Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing »André Baranowski

Cucumber Pepper Slaw

Cucumber Pepper Slaw
Sliced cucumber is tenderized with kosher salt in this zesty slaw. Get the recipe for Cucumber Pepper Slaw »James Oseland

Greek Salad (Horiatiki)

Greek Salad (Horiatiki)
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) »Todd Coleman

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad
This classic salad is easy to make from scratch at home. Get the recipe for Caesar Salad »Todd Coleman

Creamy Potato Salad with Red Onion

Creamy Potato Salad with Red Onion
This cool, creamy, classic potato salad is spiked with pickle relish and red onion. Get the recipe for Creamy Potato Salad with Red Onion »Helen Rosner