Gorgeously colorful and full of fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies- these are the two main staples of a great summer salad. Whether you’re eating them as a side to the rest of your meal or enjoying them all on their own, summer salads have tons of delicious components that set them apart from regular side salads. Some of these salads are full of sweetness and others are a bit more savory, whatever your preference, each one of them is perfect for your summer meals.
1. Peach Salad with Grilled Basil Chicken
Every part of this salad is full of fresh flavors. A delicious grilled basil chicken fills this surprisingly fresh salad. The fresh peaches are incredibly sweet and juicy while the homemade vinaigrette adds some much-needed dimension to the rest of the salad.
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2. Mediterranean Bean Salad
Mediterranean flavors are known for being super fresh and even more delicious. This salad has two different types of beans, and tons of vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and peppers. The entire dish is perfect for taking to barbecues and gatherings.
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3. Berry Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
Half summer fruit salad and half fresh leafy greens, this dish has tons of summery flair. Raspberries, blackberries, and oranges mix with walnuts, feta cheese, and spinach in a salad that is just as healthy as it is delicious.
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4. Strawberry Chicken Salad
While halved strawberries, onions, and lettuce are delicious together, the tender chicken is what takes it over the edge. As an added bonus, a homemade strawberry balsamic dressing gives the salad an added sweetness that is more than appreciated.
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5. Cucumber Salad
This cucumber salad probably isn’t substantial enough to be eaten all on its own. Fresh cucumbers are mixed with red onions and, chickpeas, and a light lime dressing. The flavors, while delicious, aren’t super overwhelming but they make one fantastic side dish.
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6. Summer Grilled Corn Salad
The process for making this grilled salad does involve shucking corn, but the added work is totally worth it. The grilled corn is added to a salad made up of things like ripe tomatoes, feta cheese, and fresh basil. This dish is a lot more warm and savory than the others on this list, but no less delicious.
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7. Lemon Poppyseed Broccoli Salad
It isn’t everyday that you see a salad made up, in bulk, of broccoli. A couple heads of fresh broccoli are mixed with cranberries and almonds then topped in a sweet and zesty lemon poppyseed salad dressing.
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8. Shrimp Avocado Salad
This summer salad is like two different dishes combined into one great one. Savory Cajun shrimp is mixed with a fresh cob salad and finished off with a cilantro lemon dressing that adds a ton of flavor.
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