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We love salad, and as summer is on its way, we are thinking of salads more than ever. There is nothing so easy as throwing a salad together for a hot summer evening’s meal. Quick and easy wins the day for me but boring old blah salads can’t stay. Bye bye boring, hello fun! Try some of these healthy and delicious salads this summer. The added beauty of salads is that you don’t really need to measure. You just throw however much you want in and it’s perfect.

19 summer salad ideas with salad pictures
Salad Ingredient Ideas

Salad Dressing Round up

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Taco Salad

  • Mixed Greens
  • Cooked ground meat (turkey, chicken, or beef)
  • Rice
  • Diced onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Black beans
  • Monterey Jack/Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Jalapenos (optional)
  • Salsa
  • Crushed tortilla chips or nacho chips

Garden Salad

  • Mixed greens or romaine lettuce
  • Diced celery
  • Sliced or shredded carrots
  • Chopped sweet peppers
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Favorite cheese
  • Croutons
  • Favorite Salad Dressing. I love this Avocado Lime Ranch.

Caesar Kale Salad

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Chopped kale
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Croutons
  • Grilled chicken
  • Squeeze of lemon juice over top

Summer Veggies Salad

  • Spring mix greens or romaine
  • Grilled or sauteed rounds of zucchini/squash/eggplant – I add a little salt and pepper then grill to just tender. A tiny bit of char on the outside adds a beautiful flavor.
  • Grilled sweet and/or hot peppers
  • Quick and Easy Balsamic Dressing

Berry-licious Salad

Flank Steak Salad

  • Spring greens or romaine
  • Flank steak grilled to your favorite done-ness
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Purple onion, sliced paper thin
  • Favorite dressing

Sweet and Nutty Salad

  • Favorite greens
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Blue cheese or feta
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Soybeans or nuts
  • Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing

Stir Fry Salad

  • Spring greens
  • Rice
  • Steak or chicken breast, grilled, pan fried, or baked then sliced thin
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Blanched snow peas
  • Onions (opt.)
  • Mushrooms (opt.)
  • Spicy ginger salad dressing (Have to make this recipe but will share when I do.)

Tropical Salad

  • Spring greens or romaine
  • Grilled pineapple, diced
  • Mango
  • Starfruit (opt.)
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh squeezed juice from an orange or blood orange to taste
  • Salt and pepper

Beany Salad

  • Favorite greens or romaine
  • Black beans
  • garbanzo beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Feta
  • Your favorite dressing

Fig and Blue Salad

Summer’s End Salad

  • Cubed acorn squash (cooked)
  • Chopped apples (Granny Smith are perfect)
  • Raisins
  • Diced crystallized ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple balsamic reduction ( balsamic vinegar with a bit of maple syrup, reduced to a glaze)

Prosciutto, Pear and Goat’s Cheese Salad

Pesto and Quinoa Salad

  • Arugula or mixed spring greens
  • Quinoa
  • Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • Pesto (Nut-free, healthy, and amazing)
  • Parmesan

Zesty Cucumber Salad

  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced tomatoes/halved grape tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced onion (white or purple)
  • Vinegar
  • Feta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chef’s Salad

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Lunch meat (ham, turkey, salami)
  • Cheese (Swiss, Jarlsberg, American, Provolone, Cheddar, etc.)
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Bacon bits
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Favorite Dressing

Greek Salad

  • Romaine
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Feta
  • Oil and vinegar or Greek Dressing
  • Salt/pepper

Buffalo Chicken Salad

  • Romaine or spring greens
  • Grilled chicken – tenders or cubed, tossed in hot sauce
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Bacon bits
  • Veggies as desired

More Delicious Salads

Grilled White Fish and Roasted Pepper Spring Green Salad

Roast Chicken, Strawberry, and Kale Salad

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Grilled Fruit Salad

Grilled Asparagus and Strawberry Salad

Warm Rice and Lentil Salad

Beet and Goat’s Cheese Kale Salad

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