Salads are great for summer as they’re light, healthy and refreshing. They’re perfect for lunch or dinner, when you’re eating on your own or when you want to please a crowd. But they can also be a bit boring, especially if you have the same ones over and over again.
Here are 8 summer salad recipes so good you won’t believe it. Full of colour, flavour, and texture, they’re totally Instagram worthy and super delicious.
1. Mexican street corn salad with Chipotle dressing
Elotes are a classic Mexican dish. Jessica Gavin takes all of the flavour of Mexican-style elotes and turns them into a salad packed with vegetables. It’s a delicious healthier alternative. Full of spice, crunch, sweetness, and smoky flavours, this dish is a fiesta in your mouth.
2. Mango and chicken pasta salad
Mango provides that perfect touch of natural sweetness in this delicious pasta salad from The Organised Housewife. It also brings a nice tropical flavour that can jazz up any boring salad. The dressing is served on the side so you can pour on as much or as little dressing as you like. The chicken makes it a nice filling lunch. However, you can leave out the chicken if you want a vegetarian dish or a salad to accompany a meal.
3. Chopped salad with shallot vinaigrette, feta, and dill
This salad is full of nutritious green vegetables with a touch of red and purple. The vinaigrette provides a tasty lemony dressing and makes this salad a delicious way to eat your greens. You can use whatever produce you like in this salad as long as you cut everything to roughly the same size. So you can enjoy this salad from Bon Appetit all year round.
4. Cobb salad
Jessica Gavin’s cobb salad is made up of chicken, bacon, eggs, and a tonne of veggies making it perfect for a main dish. Although it’s made up of a lot of elements, each element is easy to prepare and the combination of flavours makes for a worthwhile delicious result.
5. Copycat Cheesecake Factory vegan cobb salad
Don’t worry, vegans, you don’t have to miss out on the deliciousness of cobb salad. Layers of Happiness has got you covered with a tasty vegan version. Packed with colour, vegetables, beans, and quinoa, it’s full of goodness. The copycat Cheesecake Factory dressing means you can enjoy the flavours of the classic restaurant dish when you can’t go out.
6. Sashimi tuna salad with carrot ginger dressing
This gorgeous salad from The Girl on Bloor looks like it came straight out of a sushi restaurant, and it tastes like it, too. The seared tuna and fresh vegetables go perfectly with the delicious healthy and veggie packed dressing. Packed full of nutrients and protein, this is one colourful and healthy dish.
7. Cantaloupe and cucumber salad
Fruit doesn’t just have to be used in sweet salads, it can be used in savoury salads too, like this recipe from Bon Appetit. Sweet cantaloupe mixed with cucumber and pumpkin seeds and the other ingredients provides a great mix of textures.
8. Summer fruit salad with lime-mint dressing
This fruit salad from Simply Delicious Food is bursting with colour and sweetness. It’s perfect for a light dessert with some ice-cream or for breakfast with a bit of Greek yoghurt or for an afternoon treat. The tasty fruits provide natural sweetness while the lime-mint dressing adds a bit of zing and a nice minty fragrance.
Have you made any of these salad recipes before? Which one of these salad recipes will you be making this summer? What’s your favourite summer salad recipe?
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Julie is currently studying s Bachelor of Arts (Professional and Creative Writing) at Deakin University in Australia. She's a hardcover book and journal collector, she owns way too many planners, and she keeps telling herself that one day she will go to Paris.