Summer to me means hot weather, vegetable gardens, and long, lazy days outside. And since no one wants to be indoors, cooking a meal over a hot stove, easy summer salads are a perfect solution.
When growing up my mom would always make salads to accompany our main meals. Sometimes it would be greens with tomatoes and cucumbers. Sometimes it would be cucumber, onion, and vinegar mixture with her homemade dressing, while another would be potatoes, green beans, onions, and a vinegar-based salad dressing. I remember these salads specifically.
When I visited my husband’s family in Iowa for the first time, I learned that a salad was jello with fruit in it. That was not what I grew up with, and that is when I learned not everyone makes my version of a salad; but here are a few easy salad recipes you can make this summer using fresh vegetables and fruits. Enjoy, then let me know your favorite after you make it!
Easy Summer Salads
Colorful Rainbow Bean Salad
This rainbow bean salad is a light and refreshing summer salad. Full of color and nutrients just waiting for you to dish up.
Fingerling Potato Salad with Pesto Creme Fraiche
A fraîche way to eat potato salad. Includes directions to make PESTO and crème fraîche. Creamy and delicious!
Watermelon and Blueberry Salad
Summer means all the fresh fruit you can get! This refreshing watermelon blueberry salad is great for a cookout side dish! It works especially well for a red white and blue fruit salad for an easy 4th of July recipe or your Memorial Day menu.
Broccoli Salad is a fast, delicious, classic salad recipe everyone loves! A sweet, salty, tangy, crunchy salad is full of fresh broccoli, bacon, sharp cheese, and covered in a sweet-tangy dressing!
Macaroni Vegetable Salad
Macaroni Salad is a ‘must make‘ for summer barbecues and picnics. This easy classic recipe is full of colorful vegetables, soft elbow pasta in a creamy, tangy sauce everyone loves!
Snap Pea Salad with Goat Feta Cheese
This sweet and zesty Snap Pea Salad features locally made goat feta, fresh mint, and bright lemon zest. Enjoy this delicious salad tonight in less than 20 minutes!
Four Bean Salad
Bean Salad is packed full of yummy fiber. This easy salad recipe is loaded with beans and a flavorful dressing.
Easy Fruit Salad With Marshmallows
Easy fruit salad recipe with marshmallows has all the best fruits, along with a sweet creamy sauce and marshmallows to make it extra fun!
Cucumber and Strawberry Salad
Enjoy the fresh flavors of Summer in this delicious Cucumber Strawberry Salad with homemade balsamic Dijon dressing. Baby spinach, baby cucumbers, fresh mint, feta cheese, and strawberries are tossed together in this light and healthy salad recipe.
Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad
This Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad is loaded with all of your favorite vegetables. It is simple to make, but packed with flavor. The perfect side dish for a summer barbecue and always a hit at a potluck party! It also makes a healthy and filling appetizer before lunch.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
This healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe is packed with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries with walnuts and feta on a bed of spinach and homemade dressing!
Italian Blue Salad
Italian Blue Salad – mixed greens served with blue cheese, honey roasted pecans, fresh blueberries, and an apricot vinaigrette dressing.
Cucumber Pasta Salad
Whether you are feeding a crowd or just overflowing with cucumbers, this easy pasta cucumber pasta salad is the perfect dish to bring to a spring or summer BBQ or cookout. Cut the sugar in half to make it a healthy option.
There are so many fresh vegetables and fruits during the summer months, so it’s the perfect time to have easy salad recipes at your fingertips. Tell me if you grow your own vegetables or fruits and which ones you use in your salads.
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