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37 Healthy Summer Salad Recipes & Ideas for Dinner or Lunch

May 22, 2018

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Healthy Summer Salad Recipes37 Healthy Summer Salad Recipes & Ideas for Dinner or Lunch

Summer salad ideas for dinner that will help you spend more time outside and less time in the kitchen!

When summer rolls around I definitely want to take advantage of all of the seasonal food!  I love to find light summer recipes like these healthy summer salad recipes!

We love to check out farmer’s markets and stock up on lots of veggies and fresh food.  There is nothing better than a yummy summer salad.

But nothing is worse than the same old boring salad.  If you’re anything like me, you can eat healthy as long as it’s not boring.

This list of 37 healthy summer salad recipes will keep up with variety and give you a ton of summer salad ideas for a crowd or even just for dinner for two!

Sometimes I’ll double up with a refreshing summer salad for dinner and then have the same summer salad for lunch the next day.  It makes meal planning and prepping easy and helps me to spend less time in the kitchen.

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Summer Salad with Chicken Recipes

Chicken is a light addition to any salad.  It’s a great protein base for your healthy summer salad.

Summer Salad with Chicken


Summer Cobb Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
7-Layer Chicken Taco Salad
Apple Cider Chicken Salad Recipe
Chicken Chopped Salad with Mango Vinaigrette
Lime Chicken Pasta Salad

Best Healthy Salad to Take to a Party

If you’re heading to a summer party and need a quick salad for Memorial Day or 4th of July barbecue, these easy summer salads for a crowd will get you on your way with a healthy summer salad recipe that anyone will enjoy!

summer salads for a crowd

Easy Mexican Layer Salad

Broccoli Salad with Grapes & Bacon
Pizza Pasta Salad
Tomato Spinach Couscous Salad
Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Summer Salads with Fruit

I love refreshing summer salads with fruit!  Mixing fresh veggies and fruit is delicious.

Summer salads with fruit


Summer Salad with Watermelon, Mango & Feta

Arugula Salad with Fruit
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Watermelon Basil Salad
Nectarine Summer Salad with Prosciutto
Spinach Strawberry Walnut Salad

Grilled Summer Salads

grilled summer salad recipes

Why not break out the grill and try these healthy grilled recipes for salads?


Balsamic Grilled Peach & Scallop Salad

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad
Grilled Wedge Salad Skewers

Low Carb Summer Salad Recipes

If you’re looking for keto diet salads or following a low carb diet, these low carb summer salad ideas will keep things yummy!

low carb salad recipes for ketogenic diet


Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

BLTA Chicken Pesto Salad
Zucchini Noodle Salad with Bacon & Tomatoes
Big Mac Salad
Summer Zucchini & Squash Salad

Vegetarian Summer Salad Recipes

Vegan and vegetarians will find variety in these refreshing summer salads for vegans and vegetarians.

vegetarian summer salad ideas

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Cucumber
Summer Vegetable Quinoa Salad
Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad
Vegan Pesto Quinoa Salad
Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

Summer Salad Ideas for Dinner 

These recipes are great salad ideas for dinner that can also work as leftovers for healthy work lunches that aren’t sandwiches!

summer salad ideas for dinner
Roasted Shrimp Asparagus Orzo Salad
Chili and Lime Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado and Chicken
Shrimp Avocado Salad Recipe with Cajun Lime Dressing
Chicken Taco Salad
Tuna Green Bean & Potato Salad

Do you like salad variety?  What is your favorite summer salad ingredients?  Tell me in the comments!

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