25 Creative Ideas for Summer Salads

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Summer is the perfect time to let fresh, vibrant flavors take center stage in your kitchen. Summer offers a bountiful spread of fresh produce that provides endless inspiration for culinary creations. And what better way to celebrate this season of abundance than with crisp, colorful salads?

Summer salads are not just a symphony of textures and tastes, they are also a feast for the eyes with their rainbow of colors. Also, they are perfect for keeping you cool and satiated without weighing you down in the heat.

Watermelon basil salad, flank steak salad, and cilantro lime shrimp salad
Creative ideas for summer salads

Whether you’re picnicking in the park, grilling in your backyard, or simply seeking a refreshing lunch, these creative ideas for summer salads can cater to every palate and occasion. Forget the mundane lettuce-tomato-cucumber routine; it’s time to explore beyond the ordinary.

Dive in and discover these exciting and creative summer salad ideas that are both satisfying and healthy, promising to add a refreshing twist to your summer days!

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Perfect Summer Salads

Watermelon Basil Salad
This refreshing Watermelon Basil Salad combines the juiciness of watermelon, the subtle tanginess of lemon juice, the aromatic freshness of basil, and a hint of chili powder's kick.
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Watermelon basil salad
Snap Pea & Asparagus Spring Slaw
A crunchy blend of vegetables like sugar snap peas, asparagus, and red onion, mixed with fresh herbs and a light vinaigrette.
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spring slaw
Summer Tomato Salad
Perfectly ripe tomatoes with toasted pistachios, cumin, and a light olive oil dressing.
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tomato salad
Creamy Keto Chicken Salad
This creamy keto chicken salad is a great lunch or light dinner option on a low-carb diet, as it's packed with protein and low-carb veggies like tomato, celery and chives in a creamy mayo dressing.
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Chicken salad on a fathead dough bagel
Strawberry Spinach Salad
This bright and tangy salad is perfect as a side salad paired with chicken or sliced steak.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Arugula Burrata Salad
Enjoy a burst of vibrant and vegetarian-friendly flavors in this Arugula Burrata Salad by combining fresh ingredients like peppery arugula, sweet cherry tomatoes, and creamy burrata cheese.
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Arugula burrata salad
Watermelon, Arugula, and Feta Salad
Watermelon Arugula Salad is perfect for summer with its bright and vibrant flavors and color.
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watermelon arugula salad
Mango Corn Salsa
This Mango Corn Salsa combines the sweetness of ripe mangos with the crunch of corn, the tanginess of lime, and the heat of jalapeños for a versatile topping to any dish.
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Mango corn salsa
Spicy Thai Salad (Panera Copycat)
This Spicy Thai Salad recipe, inspired by a beloved salad at Panera Bread, is packed with tender chicken breast, crunchy vegetables, and delightful toppings with a creamy peanut dressing.
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Spicy Thai salad with chicken
Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
This Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad is a fantastic low-carb lunch with plenty of crisp fresh veggies, tender shrimp, and a light dressing packed with healthy fats.
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Cilantro lime shrimp salad
Keto Greek Salad
This Keto Greek Salad is made with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper, kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese, with a tangy olive oil-based dressing. It's a light and refreshing salad that you can serve any time.
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Greek Salad
Avocado Egg Salad with Bacon
This Keto Avocado Egg Salad With Bacon is so easy to make with its hardboiled eggs, avocado, mayonnaise dressing and crispy bacon.
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egg salad
Asian Cabbage Salad
This Asian Cabbage Salad is packed with crisp, fresh vegetables and topped with a punch of flavor from the sweet and salty dressing.
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Asian Cabbage Salad
Blueberry Spinach Salad
This Blueberry Spinach Salad is the perfect side salad, with vibrant blueberries, spinach, soft cheese and a poppy seed vinaigrette.
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blueberry spinach salad
Kale Crunch Salad (Chick Fil A Copycat)
Kale Crunch Salad is packed with nutrient-rich kale, crunchy green cabbage, and roasted almonds, this salad is not only mouthwatering but also a healthy meal too.
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Kale crunch salad
Cobb Salad
This Cobb salad is packed with flavorful ingredients and topped with a creamy Ranch dressing.
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Low Carb Cobb Salad
Grilled Peach Salad
Grilled Peach Salad incorporates the sweetness of summer fruit with fresh spinach, feta cheese, and crunchy slivered almonds. Top that off with a light and refreshing homemade dressing for the perfect summer salad.
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Grilled peach salad
Strawberry Cucumber Salad
This Strawberry Cucumber Salad features ripe cucumbers and strawberries, creamy feta cheese, and a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
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strawberry cucumber salad
Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Seared flank steak with blue cheese over a bed of crispy iceberg lettuce and tomatoes.
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Steak Salad
Best Golden Beet & Blue Cheese Salad
Golden beet and blue cheese salad is a simple yet tasteful and textured salad. It is super easy to make and offers clean flavors. The tender golden beets, creaminess from blue cheese and crunch from toasty pine nuts make this salad very appetizing.
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golden beet blue cheese salad featured
Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad
This Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad combines tender cubes of chicken with crunchy celery, walnuts and dried cranberries in a creamy mayonnaise based dressing.
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A bowl of cranberry walnut chicken salad
Fennel, Avocado and Blood Orange Salad
This Fennel, Avocado and Blood Orange Salad has all the makings of a perfect spring salad, with lots of crunch and zest.
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fennel avocado blood orange salad feat
Golden Beet Salad with Toasted Spice Vinaigrette
This Golden Beet Salad with Toasted Spice Vinaigrette makes a gorgeous side salad, with aromatic spices like cumin, coriander, and fennel over sweet roasted beets, with blue cheese, and pistachios for crunch.
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golden beet salad toasted spice feat
Grilled Peaches with Burrata
Grilled Peaches With Burrata is a delicious salad with the smoky sweet flavor of grilled peaches combined with creamy burrata and fresh basil to create the perfect summer side dish.
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Grilled peaches with burrata
Pan Seared Salmon & Kale Salad
This low carb pan roasted salmon and kale salad is light and flavorful, perfect for lunch or dinner.
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pan seared salmon and kale salad

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