Must Have Summer Fresh Salad Recipes

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Looking for summer fresh salads for the beach, a dinner party, or out to lunch with friends? Here is a collection of over 25 summer salads perfect for any occasion. There’s everything from kale salads to orzo salads!

Summer Fresh Salad is perfect for the summer as its own dish or a perfect addition to any meal! Find everything from the Greek Lemon Orzo Salad to Strawberry Feta Watermelon Salad. If you want to know when vegetables are at its peak, check here.


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Expert Tips for Making Summer Salads

There is nothing like a salad made with fresh ingredients at their peak. The ingredients just taste better and you also get the maximum amount of nutrients.

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  • These Recipes Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for bigger crowds.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately.
  • Add Different Proteins: Additional proteins add-ons like chicken or tofu are perfect for any of the salads below to give it some extra flavor!
  • Change Up The Dressings: Many different dressings can be paired for summer salads! Here are some of my favorites: Summer Salad Dressings

Orzo Summer Salads

These orzo salads are delicious! Find everything from Greek to veggie to chicken orzo salad.

greek lemon orzo salad
Greek Lemon Orzo Salad
This Lemon Orzo Salad is made with risoni / orzo, tossed through with the fixings of a Greek salad then drizzled with a bright zesty lemon vinaigrette.
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Lemon Orzo Salad in a clear bowl.
Lemon Orzo Salad
Lemon Orzo Salad is the perfect summer salad. It is light and refreshing but filled with simple but exceptional flavor. This recipe has it all.
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Salmon Asparagus Orzo Salad
This lemony salmon asparagus pasta salad recipe is full of the best fresh springtime flavors, it’s quick and easy to make, and can be served warm or as a cold pasta salad.
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Chicken Orzo Salad
This chicken orzo salad comes together in under 30 minutes and is made with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, a tangy lemon vinaigrette, and more!
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orzo salad with veggies and feta
Orzo Salad with Vegetables and Feta
This Greek orzo salad is made with cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, feta and herbs, all tossed in a herb dressing. A simple yet hearty pasta salad that can be served as a main course or side dish.
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roasted cauliflower and orzo salad
Roasted Cauliflower and Orzo Salad
This Roasted Cauliflower Orzo Salad recipe is full of delicious Mediterranean flavors, quick and easy to make, and perfect for picnics or potlucks or easy make-ahead dinners.
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Summer Salads with Strawberries and Other Fruit Salads

These summer salads with fruits are fantastic! The poppyseed vinaigrettes and blueberry balsamic dressings are the perfect addition as well. Fresh fruit mixed with amazing greens are just perfect in summer.

strawberry burrata salad with basil vinaigrette
Strawberry Burrata Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
A mouthwatering salad with fresh strawberries, cranberries, goat cheese and almonds. The strawberry balsamic dressing gives it the perfect flavor and is one amazing summer salad!
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strawberry salad with poppyseed dressing
Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
This Strawberry Salad with my favorite homemade poppy seed dressing recipe is literally summer in a bowl.
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summer fruit salad
Summer Fruit Salad
This summer fruit salad is full of fresh bold flavors like pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and mandarin oranges, and an amazing glaze that just makes those flavors more vibrant.
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arugula berry salad
Arugula Salad with Berries
Arugula Salad loaded with strawberries, blueberries, creamy goat cheese and drizzled with the best balsamic glaze! 
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Cranberry Blueberry Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing
We LOVE this healthy Blueberry Salad! This scrumptious Summer salad is fun, fruity, and flavorful, and topped with the most amazing homemade blueberry balsamic dressing.
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peach tomato caprese salad
Peach Tomato Caprese Salad
This Peach Tomato Caprese Salad is a sweet twist on traditional Caprese salad! Juicy peaches, thick slices of tomatoes and mozzarella and of course fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with a lemon pesto vinaigrette and balsamic glaze for an easy and delicious summer salad!
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strawberry watermelon feta salad
Strawberry Watermelon Feta Salad
Strawberry Watermelon Feta Salad is sweet, salty, a little spicy, and perfect for summer! Serve this refreshing and easy to make side dish at your next barbecue, pool party, or picnic.
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Rice and Quinoa Salads for Summer

There are so many different rice and quinoa salads to try this summer! Read on to find Mediterranean rice salad, prawn mango avocado salad, and much more!

medditerranean rice salad
Mediterranean Rice Salad
This easy rice salad has all the flavors of the Mediterranean that we all love! Rice, cucumbers, bell peppers and chickpeas are tossed in a lemony dill dressing for a burst of flavor in every bite!
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Wild Rice Salad
This gorgeous Wild Rice Salad is a celebration of vibrant colours and textures! Made with wild rice, pomegranate, pecans, rocket / arugula, green onions, dried cranberries and feta, dressed with a simple vinaigrette to let the salad flavours shine. 
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summer wild rice salad
Summer Wild Rice Salad
This refreshing summer wild rice salad with honey lemon vinaigrette is the perfect make-ahead salad to bring to your next potluck!
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prawn avocado mango salad with lime dressing
Prawn Mango Avocado Summer Salad
A big, juicy Prawn Mango Avocado Summer Salad!! Tossed with a fresh lime dressing, this is a magical combination of textures and flavours that’s summer in a (giant) bowl.
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summer quinoa salad recipe
Summer Quinoa Salad
Summer Quinoa Salad is a healthy and easy to make salad that’s full of summer’s best vegetables! Dressed in a lemon vinaigrette, it’s a fresh and flavorful salad that’s perfect for lunch, a side dish or even a meatless dinner!
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Closeup bowl of southwest quinoa salad
Southwest Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is the new superfood on the block that has everyone buzzing. My Southwest Quinoa salad will have your tastebuds singing and if the saying "you eat with your eyes" is true, then this salad is a veritable feast for the eyes!
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Balsamic Quinoa Salad
Balsamic Quinoa Salad
This Balsamic Quinoa Salad is an easy and healthy salad recipe.
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favorite quinoa salad
Favorite Quinoa Salad
If the thought of a Quinoa Salad doesn’t exactly rock your world, you and I will probably be friends.
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Kale Salads and Other Summer Lunch Salad Ideas

Kale salads are so perfect for summer salads, especially with fruit.

kale strawberry salad
Avocado, Strawberry and Kale Salad with Strawberry-Apple Cider Vinnaigrette
Make a kale lover out of anyone with this kale strawberry salad! It’s topped with creamy avocado, juicy berries, and homemade strawberry vinaigrette! 
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Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad
If you’re looking for a tasty way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet, this is it! This kale salad is tossed with parmesan, lemon, and pine nuts for a bright and fresh flavor combination you won’t be able to resist!
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Kale Brussel Sprouts Salad
Kale Brussel Sprouts Salad
Kale Brussel Sprouts Salad makes a wonderful addition to any meal. It is a healthy, delicious combination of flavors that is completely irresistible. The tanginess of the dressing along with the hearty veggies and sweet cranberries is a crowd pleaser!
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naval orange and kale salad
Navel Orange and Kale Salad
Salads are perfect in the summer. Especially when you add the fresh citrus taste of an orange with the crisp crunch of kale, it’s beyond fantastic! 
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broccoli kale salad with lemon dressing
Broccoli Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing
This tasty broccoli kale salad features fresh veggies and a super simple homemade lemon dressing. It’s fantastic as a healthy side dish or light lunch!
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