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Here are all the summer salad recipes you need! These classic salads are perfect for cookouts and barbecues all season long.

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Once the weather is finally warm, summer salad recipes are where it’s at! Salads are ideal for highlighting the fresh produce of season: and perfect side dishes for cookouts and barbecues.

Types of summer salads

Here are a few of our favorite summer salads for all your summery occasions. This list includes side salads of all types: green salads, vegetable salads, fruit salads, grain salads and pasta salads.

They highlight ingredients of the season like juicy tomatoes and peaches, ripe strawberries, and sweet melon and corn. They’re perfect for pairing with burgers, a grilled dinner, or to round out a pitch in table.

And now, our top summer salad recipes!

More summer salads ideas

Outside of these summer salad recipes, try these main dish salad concepts that are perfect for the season. Here are a few more summer recipes we enjoy:

Also make sure to check out our top summer appetizers!

Frequently asked questions

I’m craving fresh and light flavors for summer. What kind of salads are perfect for this season?

Summer is all about fresh, vibrant ingredients! This post features recipes that utilize seasonal fruits and vegetables like watermelon, berries, corn, and fresh herbs.

How can I keep salads light and refreshing for summer?

Focus on fresh ingredients: Opt for in-season fruits and vegetables that are naturally light and hydrating.
Go easy on the dressing: Use a light vinaigrette or even a simple lemon juice and olive oil drizzle.
Lean protein choices: Grilled chickengrilled salmon, or grilled shrimp are great protein options that won’t weigh down the salad.
Skip heavy cheeses: Opt for crumbled feta, ricotta salata, or goat cheese instead of creamy cheeses.

Are there any tips for grilling vegetables for salads?

Grilling adds a smoky and delicious flavor to summer salads. Try this grilled vegetables recipe. Here are some tips:
Cut vegetables into similar sizes to ensure even cooking.
Toss with a little olive oil and seasoning before grilling.
Grill over medium-high heat until tender-crisp.
Let them cool slightly before adding them to your salad.

My summer fruits tend to brown quickly. How can I prevent that?

Here are some tricks to prevent browning:
Cut fruit right before adding it to the salad.
Toss fruit in a little lemon juice to slow down the oxidation process.
Use fruits that are naturally more resistant to browning, like mangoes or pineapple.

What are some refreshing salad dressing ideas for summer?

Move beyond heavy creamy dressings! Here are some summer-inspired options:
Citrus Vinaigrette: A classic vinaigrette with a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange juice.
Herb Dressing: Blend fresh herbs like basil, mint, or cilantro with olive oil, vinegar, and a touch of honey.
Tropical Vinaigrette: Use pineapple juice, lime juice, and a touch of ginger for a tropical twist.

Can summer salads be a complete meal?

Absolutely! By incorporating protein, healthy fats, and whole grains, summer salads can be a satisfying and well-balanced meal. Think grilled chicken with quinoa salad or grilled salmon with a brown rice and veggie salad.

I’m looking for vegetarian options. Are there any summer salads for me?

This post includes plenty of vegetarian options! Explore protein-rich ingredients like beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, and summer cheeses like halloumi for grilling. Try this bean salad and this lentil salad.

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Peach Salad

30 Top Summer Salad Recipes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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This peach salad recipe is irresistibly fresh! Pair the juicy fruit with cheese crumbles, toasted nuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette.



For the salad

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 6 to 8 cups mixed greens (we like a mix of butter lettuce and other greens)
  • 3 small (or 2 large) ripe peaches
  • 1 handful red onion slices
  • ½ cup canned corn, drained (or fresh corn or grilled corn)
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled (or feta cheese; omit for vegan)

For the dressing

  • 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Toast the almonds: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Prep the fresh ingredients: Slice the peaches. Thinly slice the onion.
  3. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper until thick and emulsified.
  4. Serve: To serve, top the greens with the peaches, almonds, red onion, goat cheese, and corn, then drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately. 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Summer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Concrete Boulder Co says:

    I keep thinking her scraper is one piece of deli ham on her cutting board haha

    1. Alex Overhiser says:


  2. Nancy Specchio says:

    Love your recipes.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Thank you!