Summer is about to end. But Summer days are meant for salads. Whether you’re looking for refreshing cookout and barbecue sides, need a potluck or picnic idea, want to serve an elegant starter at your summer soirees, or are seeking easy meals to make on those days when it’s too hot to turn on the oven, there’s an option here to try.
Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad With Cilantro Dressing
Shaved asparagus spears, peppery arugula greens, and edamame make an elegant flavor combination. Parmesan cheese, crispy breadcrumbs, and cilantro dressing take this gorgeous, green salad over the top. Serve it for a sophisticated starter at summer dinner parties.
Cucumber Pineapple Thai Salad
Sweet, sour, and refreshing, this vibrant, Thai-inspired summer salad looks and tastes gourmet, but takes little time and effort to make. It makes a satisfying lunch on its own, thanks to a generous amount of peanuts, and pairs well with grilled meats at cookouts.
Fresh Corn Salad
Fresh corn is one of the best things about summer. Slice the raw kernels right off the cob for using in a sweet and crunchy salad with other chopped fresh vegetables and spicy, fresh basil leaves. Serve alongside burgers and veggie burgers, or grilled chicken breasts.
Spanish Mixed Green Salad With Tuna and Olives
Spanish-style “ensalata mixta” with tuna and olives makes a satisfying brown bag lunch for summer days at work when you want to avoid all the carbs of sandwiches. It’s light enough to be virtuous, but packs plenty of protein to help you avoid an afternoon energy slump.
Tomato and Asparagus Fattoush Salad
Fattoush is the Middle Eastern version of bread salad and a cousin to Italian Panzanella. It includes toasted pita bread pieces and quickly-sauteed vegetables flavored with olive oil, garlic, and simple seasonings. You add the bread to the skillet with veggies, where it softens and soaks up the cooking juices.
Classic Cobb Salad
Cobb salad is a popular addition to summer salad buffets and makes a hearty lunch on its own. There’s something in it for everyone to like, with crispy bacon, hard-cooked eggs, chunks of chicken, avocado, tomato, Romaine lettuce leaves, and tangy Roquefort cheese.
Eating a bowl of refreshing salad will give you a shot in the Summer heat. Salad is also perfect for Summer to Fall. You’ll find great ideas here for simple salads to enjoy on lazy summer days and evenings at home, plus, company-worthy salads you can make when you entertain guests.