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.