18 Easy Summer Salad Ideas

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Try these Easy Summer Salad Recipes to add flavor and variety to your meal with little time spent in the kitchen. Pack them up for a picnic, barbecue or just settle onto the patio for a family dinner.

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Thai peanut zucchini noodle salad, potato salad, and pasta salad.

A great summer salad comes together easily and makes everyone ask for the recipe. We’re eating salads like the ones we’ve featured below all summer long. Keeping the kitchen cool and everyone’s happy!

This is a collection of easy summer salad ideas was put together with the help from fellow food bloggers. Click through to see the recipe.

Easy Summer Salad Ideas

Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad

This Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad combines fusilli pasta with corn, black beans, bell pepper and cilantro for a Southwestern flair.
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Corn and black bean pasta

Broccoli Salad

This salad is packed with fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and cheese. It's a huge hit at barbecues and parties.
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Broccoli salad

Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad

Serve this Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad at your next outdoor barbecue to keep things light and refreshing, in a low-carb way that everyone will love.
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Watermelon arugula salad

Instant Pot Pasta Salad

Instant Pot Pasta Salad is made with rotini pasta and filled with fresh vegetables, cheese, pepperoni and Italian dressing to make a perfect summer salad in a flash.
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Instant pot pasta salad

Easy Instant Pot Potato Salad

This easy Instant Pot Potato Salad is the fastest, easiest way to make potato salad for your garden party or barbecue. It’s loaded with tender potatoes, eggs, and crunchy bits in a creamy dressing.
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Easy instant pot potato salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad With Chickpeas

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Chickpeas combines tangy feta cheese, salty Kalamata olives, sweet grape tomatoes, and crunchy vegetables for a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
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Mediterranean pasta salad

Grilled Peach Salad with Burrata and Viniagrette

This salad is something I can’t describe with words. You should just give it a try! Imagine grilled peaches and burrata, sweet and savory, perfect combo.
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Grilled peach and burrata salad

Have some left over peaches? Mix up some Peach Mezcal Margaritas or Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea.

Crispy Panzanella Salad Recipe

Crispy panzanella salad is an easy and delicious idea for lunch. Serve it on a side with grilling dishes. Best Italian salad recipe to try this summer!
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Panzanella salad

An Easy Melon Salad with Feta Recipe

This Melon Salad with Feta is such a tantalizing variety of textures and flavors. Refreshingly sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, this salad is perfect for summer!
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Melon salad with feta

Easy Rainbow Summer Rolls

Delicious and easy rainbow summer rolls are perfect for hot summer months. They are light and fresh, and versatile whether filled with veggies or tofu.
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Rainbow rolls

Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles are zoodles sautéed with fresh, everyday vegetables and tossed in a delectable Thai peanut sauce. Zucchini pasta is an easy dinner recipe that can be served warm or chilled as a pasta salad for lunch.
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Thai peanut zucchini noodles

Quinoa & Mango Stuffed Grilled Avocado

This Grilled California Avocado Stuffed with Quinoa Mango Salad is a fun summer side dish or main that is bursting with flavor and texture. The warm, creamy grilled avocado offers mouthwatering flavor and a perfectly charred finish that pairs well with the refreshing and zesty quinoa mango salad.
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Quinoa and mango stuffed grilled avocado

Zucchini Pea & Feta Summer Salad

Zucchini Pea & Feta Summer Salad with Pistachios, Mint & Lemon. The perfect salad for a summer lunch or BBQ.
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Zucchini pea & feta summer salad

Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus & Arugula

This Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad colorful and vibrant summer dish that is light and fresh. It comes together in less than 30 minutes.
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Lemon orzo salad with asparagus & arugula

Beetroot, Avocado & Edamame Salad

Healthy beet, avocado and edamame salad is perfect for lighter dinners or a delicious lunch. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free.
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Beet and avocado edamame salad

Tortellini Salad with Corn, Tomato & Zucchini

A beautiful and delicious summer pasta salad! Corn, tomato, zucchini and tortellini tossed with a lemon garlic vinaigrette.
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Tortellini pasta salad


These easy summer salads don’t use a lot of ingredients or take a long time to prepare. However, they do taste great and free you up to enjoy the summer. They are all versatile and can be eaten as a side dish or main course. Take these for an outdoor picnic or barbecue or just take the night off from cooking.

Don’t forget these summer staples to complete your picnic or barbecue:

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5 thoughts on “18 Easy Summer Salad Ideas

  1. Romina says:

    So many great ideas! I love the watermelon and feta salad and the summer rolls. I can’t wait to try the rest!

  2. Jen says:

    Looks like I’ll be set all summer long! I’m going to start with the Thai peanut noodles and work my way through this yummy list!

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