25 Summer Salads Recipes – Healthy, Refreshing, And Quick August 18, 2017

Summer salads are the best way to cool your body, maintain fresh and glowing skin, feel light, and keep your digestive functions going great. The crunchy and colorful summer salads can have an amazingly positive effect on your health. You can actually have these salads any time of the year to boost your metabolism, flush out toxins, lose weight, and to strengthen your immune system. And all it takes is 10 minutes of your time (and some simple ingredients). So, here are 25 summer salads that will just lighten you up from within. Let’s begin!

1. Strawberry Cucumber Avocado Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1 cup medium size avocado cubes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • ½ cup finely chopped pineapple
  • 2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 3 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Prepare the dressing by mixing white wine vinegar, lime juice, honey, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss the fruits and veggies in another bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and mix well before eating.

 2. Fig And Olive Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fig wedges
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup purple cabbage
  • ½ cup black olives
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Handful of dill
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Cut the cottage cheese into small cubes.
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Toss all the veggies and cottage cheese in a bowl.
  4. Add the dressing and mix well before eating.

3. Beet And Kale Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 cup chopped purple kale
  • 1 cup cubed beetroot
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. For the dressing, mix olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss all the veggies and quinoa in another bowl.
  3. Add the dressing to it and mix well before eating.

4. Melon And Prosciutto Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sliced muskmelon
  • ½ cup baby rocket spinach
  • 6 slices of prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss muskmelon slices, baby rocket spinach, and prosciutto slices into another bowl.
  3. Add the salad dressing and mix well before eating.

5. Grilled Peach And Spinach Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 3 peaches, pit removed and halved
  • 6 ham slices
  • ½ cup mixed spring greens
  • ¼ cup baby rocket spinach
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Drizzle canola oil on the halved peaches and grill them for about 5 minutes.
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, add mixed spring greens, baby rocket spinach, and fresh ricotta cheese.
  4. Drizzle the dressing on top and toss all the ingredients well before eating.

6. Cherry Tomato, Beetroot, Pomegranate Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 8 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup pomegranate
  • 1 cup sliced beetroot
  • ½ cup sliced cucumber
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • ½ cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Prepare the dressing by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss in the veggies, pomegranate, feta, and sunflower seeds in a bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and mix well before eating.

7. Honeydew Melon And Peanut Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups honeydew melon wedges
  • ½ cup toasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Toss in the honeydew melon wedges, toasted peanuts, and coriander leaves in a bowl.
  2. Now add the orange juice, fish sauce, olive oil, pomegranate juice, chili flakes, and salt to the bowl.
  3. Toss well before eating.

8. Seared Scallop White Anchovy And Butter Lettuce Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 scallops
  • 8 tinned white anchovies
  • ⅙ cup sliced red onions
  • 2 cups chopped butter lettuce
  • 6 asparagus tips
  • 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Cook the scallops by adding a tablespoon is olive oil in a hot pan. Cook for a minute on each side.
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Toss the scallops, white anchovies, butter lettuce, asparagus, and red onions into a bowl.
  4. Add the dressing and toss well before eating.

9. Cucumber Shrimp Bacon Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup medium sized shrimps
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • ½ cup chopped fennel
  • ½ cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • ½ cup sliced and halved cucumbers
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a hot pan and cook the shrimps for about 2 minutes.
  2. Remove the shrimps and cook the bacon in the same pan for about 3 minutes.
  3. Prepare the dressing by adding garlic, olive oil, lime juice, honey, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Toss the shrimps, bacon, veggies, and the dressing in the bowl. It’s ready!

10. Strawberry Tomato Chili Lime Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 6 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 8 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup halved strawberries
  • ½ cup chopped red tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sliced green chili
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix lime juice, sliced green chili, olive oil, garlic, honey, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss the strawberries, tomatoes, and cilantro in another bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and mix well before eating.

11. Tomato Watermelon Feta And Rocket Spinach Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 9 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped watermelon
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • 2 cups baby rocket spinach
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Combine watermelon, tomato, spinach, lime juice, orange juice, and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  2. Add feta and sesame seeds on top, and it’s ready!

12. Strawberry And Plum Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced plums
  • 2 cups baby rocket spinach
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix balsamic vinegar, orange juice, pomegranate juice, tahini, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Toss the fruits and rocket spinach in a bowl.
  3. Add the dressing and mix all the ingredients well before eating.

13. Grilled Potato Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup potato wedges
  • ¼ feta cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup red bell peppers
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon chopped dill
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Mix salt, black pepper, dried rosemary, and olive oil in a bowl.
  2. Toss the potato wedges into the bowl.
  3. Place them on the grill and cook until soft.
  4. Prepare the dressing by mixing olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and salt in a bowl.
  5. Add the grilled potatoes, red bell peppers, baby spinach, and feta cheese.
  6. Combine all the ingredients together before eating.

 14. Guacamole Turkey Breast Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 9 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of smoked turkey breast meat
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced red onions
  • 1 seeded and chopped serrano chili
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • ½ tablespoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup seeded and chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

How To Prepare

  1. Mash the avocado and add lime juice, red onions, tomato, serrano chili, cilantro, Kosher salt, and a bit of olive oil. Mix well.
  2. Lay the turkey breast slices on a plate.
  3. Add the tomato slices.
  4. Next, put the guacamole on top of the tomato slices.
  5. Finally, sprinkle the chopped chives on top.
  6. If required, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on top.

15. Mushroom Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup halved button mushrooms
  • 2 cups baby rocket spinach
  • 2 teaspoons toasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • ½ cup sliced onions
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Add honey, soy sauce, hot sauce, and salt in a bowl. Add the mushrooms to it.
  2. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to a hot pan and stir-fry the mushrooms for 2 minutes.
  3. Make the dressing by adding garlic, ginger, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt to a bowl and mixing well.
  4. Toss in the mushrooms, rocket spinach, nuts, tomatoes, and onions into the bowl. It’s ready!

 16. Avocado BLT Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup smoked ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped avocado
  • ½ cup low-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and cook the bacon for 3 minutes.
  2. Mash the avocado and add lime juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, a pinch of black pepper, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Add the dressing and toss well before eating.

17. Watermelon Feta And Basil Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 6 min
  • Cooking Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 9 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups medium sized cubes of watermelon
  • ⅙ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ⅙ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan salt

How To Prepare

  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Toss well before eating.

18. Poached Chicken Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 green zucchini
  • 2 cups iceberg lettuce
  • 2 poached chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberry wedges
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 10 small pieces of mozzarella
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon chili oil
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Use a vegetable slicer to slice the zucchini in noodle shape.
  2. Put 1 teaspoon olive oil in a hot pan and cook the zucchini noodles or zoodles for a minute.
  3. Mix honey, balsamic vinegar, chili oil, olive oil, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Throw the veggies and strawberries into a bowl.
  5. Add the poached chicken slices on top.
  6. Drizzle the dressing on top.
  7. Add a pinch of black pepper and salt.
  8. Throw in the small mozzarella pieces, and it’s ready!

19. Tofu Chickpea And Rocket Spinach Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cooking Time: 4 min
  • Total Time: 9 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup boiled chickpeas
  • 1 cup baby rocket spinach
  • 8 pieces of tofu
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Put the olive oil, soy sauce, and peanut butter in a bowl.
  2. Coat the tofu with this sauce.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil in a hot pan and stir-fry the tofu for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Mix lime juice, hot sauce, olive oil, cinnamon powder, and salt in a bowl.
  5. Throw the chickpeas, rocket spinach, and tofu in a bowl.
  6. Add the dressing and toss all the ingredients before eating.

20. Grilled Corn Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized corn
  • ¼ cup chopped red onions
  • ½ cup chopped tomato
  • ½ cup avocado
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilis
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Grill the corn for about 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the dressing by mixing olive oil, lime juice, chilies, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Take out the corn kernels and toss them into a bowl.
  4. Add the onions, tomatoes, avocados, and the dressing.
  5. Toss well before eating.

21. Melony Bush Summer Salad

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  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 9 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ¼ watermelon
  • ½ muskmelon
  • ½ honeydew melon
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • A pinch of salt

How To Prepare

  1. Use a teaspoon to scoop small balls of watermelon, muskmelon, and honeydew melon.
  2. Toss them into a bowl.
  3. Add brown sugar, lime juice, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Give it a quick toss, and it’s ready!

22. Carrot Summer Salad With Lemon Honey Dressing

  • Prep Time: 7 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 9 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup julienned carrot
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons toasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

How To Prepare

  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and peanuts.

23. Low-Fat Coleslaw

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded Chinese cabbage
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons mustard sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Mix low-fat mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Throw the veggies into the bowl.
  3. Toss them and it’s ready!

24. Asian-Style Salmon Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 6 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 8 min
  • Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 6 smoked salmon slices
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup collard greens
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup fried noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped red chilies
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Salt to taste

 How To Prepare

  1. Mix rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, chilies, scallions, sesame oil, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Put the baby spinach and collard greens in the bowl.
  3. Add tomatoes to the bowl.
  4. Now, place the salmon slices on top.
  5. Drizzle the dressing.
  6. Top it with fried noodles and sesame seeds.

25. Whole Wheat Fusilli Summer Salad

  • Prep Time: 8 min
  • Cooking Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked whole wheat fusilli
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno
  • ¼ cup aduki beans soaked overnight
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Throw in all the ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Give it a quick toss and it’s ready to eat.

So you see, these 25 salads are really easy, does not require any exotic ingredient, and are highly nutritious and delicious. Try them and make your summers (or any other season for that matter) exciting, fresh, and colorful. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment in the box below.

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