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10 scrumptious summer salads to make

Do summer salads bring back childhood memories for you, as they do for me? I can vividly picture our family reunions with dream buffets. My mom’s one-cup salad. Grandma’s Jello salads – 1 in each color. And my happy plate filled with a sampling of each summer salad.

From classic to new, these are 10 scrumptious summer salad recipes to inspire you. They’re perfect to bring to a barbecue or to share with your family.

Summer Salads

Summer salads to make

Potato Salad

1. Low-fat potato salad

Prep time: 20 minutes
Low Fat Potato Salad – Potato salads are like snowflakes – no two are alike. The base of this low-fat potato salad is what makes the salad low fat. Then, simply add extra ingredients to give it your own flare.

Frugal Tip: Make potatoes last longer by taking them out of the bag and putting them into an open container in a dark cupboard.

Broccoli Salad

2. Favorite broccoli Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes (Chill time: 3-24 hours)
Broccoli Salad – This broccoli salad recipe is amazing. It’s always the first salad to go at parties. Who knew raw broccoli could be this delicious?

Fugal Tip: Broccoli often goes on sale for 88 cents. Be sure to price match to get the best price on produce.

Spinach Chicken Avocado Salad

3. Chicken & avocado spinach salad

Prep time: 30 minutes
Chicken & Avocado Spinach Salad – This chicken & avocado spinach salad is perfect for those summer nights where you just don’t feel like doing too much cooking. It’s light, yet very satisfying!

Tomato Cucumber Salad

4. Tomato, cucumber and onion salad

Prep time: 5 minutes (Chill time: 20 minutes)
Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad – Rachael Ray gives this tomato, cucumber and onion salad a thumbs-up – and she’s right! Blend her toppings with farmer’s market fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. Yum!

Tomato Mozzarella Salad

5. Tomato mozzarella salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Tomato Mozzarella Salad – Yummy! This tomato and mozzarella salad takes very little prep work and tastes mighty delicious! It would make for a great appetizer before your dinner.

Shredded Chicken Salad Recipe

6. Shredded chicken salad

Prep time: 35 minutes
Shredded Chicken Salad – This is one of the best summer salads – shredded chicken salad! It packs a punch with so many wonderful flavours and is very easy to make.

Jello Salad

7. Jello salad

Prep time: 10 minutes (Chill time: 2 hours)
Jello Salad – You can’t go wrong with this Jello salad, calling for only 4 ingredients. It makes a very special treat for the kids (and you, too!).

Fruit Salad

8. Fruit salad with savory dressings

Prep time: 15 minutes
Fruit Salad With Savoury Dressings – These fruit salad recipes start with basic fruit in a cup and then you can add a variety of dressings to change the taste entirely. The Vanilla Vinaigrette is next on my list to try.

Frugal Tip: Grab a variety of fruit from the clearance stand and make this salad right away. It also makes a great “clean out the fruit drawer” salad.

Chickpea Tomato Salad

9. Chickpea and tomato salad

Prep time: 15 minutes (Chill time: 2 hours)
Chickpea and Tomato Salad – This chickpea and tomato salad is one of the easiest and healthiest summer salads out there! It uses inexpensive ingredients, takes very little time to prepare and can be served to a large crowd (or a small one!).

Watermelon Salad

10. Watermelon and sweet tomato salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Watermelon and Sweet Tomato Salad – This refreshing watermelon and sweet tomato salad has an interesting blend of sweet and savory. Making this salad is a great way to use up leftover watermelon and tomatoes!

There really are a ton of summer salads to make, but these are some of the salads that I thought were the best and easiest to prepare.

More recipes for summer:

  • Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato
  • Strawberry Banana Fruit Drink
  • Sweet & Spicy Pork Back Ribs
  • Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Please share your summer salad recipes in the comments!


  1. Kris

    For me, summer means my mom’s macaroni salad. So simple, so good: macaroni, cucumber, dill pickles, green onions and boiled eggs…enough mayo or Miracle Whip to moisten/bind, a little paprika on top.

  2. Barb

    Dinner last night in our 40 degree heat was a chef salad – Romaine, Ice Berg lettuce, chicken slices, cheese slices, hard boiled eggs quartered, green onions along with dinner rolls. Light and satisfying. Going to try another one tonight (it’s still hot out there) with ham slices, grated carrot, cucumbers, eggs and dinner rolls again. Thanks Cassie for the recipes – I had forgotten about some of these salads. Sure wish my family liked Jelly salad ….oh well, can always make one just for me.

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