Summer Salads that Inspire from Around the Internet
Summertime is just around the corner so I’m sharing a collection of some of my favorite summer salads from around the Internet. From grain-based salads featuring farro or quinoa to fruit-focused salads with juicy summer berries and tender greens, this round up offers something for everyone.
While Wisconsin is known for its brutal winter snowstorms, believe it or not, we do get nice weather for a few short months too. Our pasty alabaster skin may glow with the light of a thousand stars, but we love summer just as much (if not more) than the next person. Personally, once summer hits, you’ll find me outside kayaking with my husband or venturing to a new playground with our daughter. Sidenote: she just learned how to say “dirt” today and it’s the cutest thing ever!
As for food, I’m always looking for recipes that either get me outside on the grill or are easy to throw together quickly after a long day outside in the sun. Salads are definitely one of my family’s favorites this time of year. Nothing is better in my opinion than a big bowl of crisp, cool veggies paired with juicy fruits or protein-packed, tender grains. Even my husband, who is a true carnivore, loves a big salad in the summertime.
In this round-up, you’ll find a collection of some great, inspiring summer salad recipes. Some are hearty enough to stand alone as your main dish, while others are rockstar side dishes to serve at your next potluck or barbecue session. I’ve broken out this round-up into a few categories so feel free to jump around to the category that interests you most.
I don’t know about everyone else, but in the summer I love salads that are loaded with lots of fruit. Whether grilled, chilled of pureed as part of the dressing, fruit in salads just screams summer.
Loaded with protein-packed quinoa or farro, grain-based salads are not only nutrient-dense but filling too. If you’re one of those people who often feel unsatisfied after eating a traditional green salad, grain-based salads are a great option for you.
While not all of these are true “green salads” most of the salads in this category are dominated by crisp vegetables and/or leafy greens. So if you’re not a fan of fruit, grains or pasta in your salads, this group is for you.
Who loves croutons? If you raised your hand, then a summer panzanella is right up your alley. These salads are dominated by pieces of delicious toasted crusty bread. Traditionally made with tomatoes, herbs and stale bread that gets dressed in oil and vinegar, today panzanellas are only limited by your imagination. Here are a few I’m excited to make this summer.
No picnic, potluck, or summer barbecue session ever seems complete without a pasta salad. While some may argue that pasta salads are not really true salads, I still couldn’t resist including at least a few yummy options in this summer salads round-up. I hope you don’t mind!
I hope this list of great summer salads helps inspire you this season in your kitchen. Be sure to bookmark or pin this page so you can reference back to it all season long. I’m looking forward to making my way through each of these while the warm weather lasts. Finally, if you have a favorite summer salad recipe that isn’t on my list, please share a link in the comments below. I’m always up for trying something new!