Sensational Side Salads to Feast On this Summer

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Summer is salad season! Try one of these sensational side salads at your next picnic or cookout. They are cool, refreshing, and full of flavor.

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When I was in college, my church would hold potluck fundraisers, called “Salad’s On!” Everyone would pitch in some salad dishes and then you ponied up a little money to send off missionaries or help pay someone’s medical bills or whatever. It was a super fun way to raise money without any one person carrying the load — and it was super social because you got to eat great food. The people in that church were some of the best cooks I ever met. (Thank you, SBCC’ers!)

I still love Salad’s On. In the summer time, I might make two or three “side” salads and add some good bread — and some grilled meat for the kid who complains when there’s no meat. Feasting on salads is one of my favorite.

And here are some sensational ones! Serve them as side salads or lump them all together for a delicious salad buffet.

Sensational Side Salads to Feast On this Summer

Summer is salad season! Try one of these sensational side salads at your next picnic or cookout. They are cool, refreshing, and full of flavor.

This Caesar Salad recipe can be quick, delicious, and economical if you know how to make the right tweaks. I’ll show you how in this easy Caesar Salad recipe.

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Potato Salad is a staple side salad at summer picnics and cookouts. This version is loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese, and potatoes. You can go with the healthier, protein-filled option of plain Greek yogurt, or go for a more traditional route of 1/2 mayonnaise, 1/2 sour cream.

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A wedge salad is a fun and easy way to serve a side salad. It comes together quickly because you don’t spend a lot of time prepping the greens. This Greek Wedge Salad tops crisp iceberg lettuce with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta, and an herbed vinaigrette.

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This slightly sweet Broccoli Slaw is full of texture, thanks to pecans, cranberries, and red onions. It makes a delicious side salad that feels a little heartier and healthier than a traditional slaw.

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One of the beautiful things about this salad is that tastes just as good the second night — if not better — as it did the first night you served it. This easy cabbage salad is full of root vegetables and scented with ground cumin.

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This Chopped Salad is full of flavor and texture with avocado, radish, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds. Use Meyers lemons for the dressing if you can find them. They have a natural sweetness that regular lemons don’t have. In lieu of Meyers lemon juice, use lime juice or add a dash of honey to the dressing.

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What’s your favorite side salad for summer?

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  1. Janet says

    • Black bean and corn salad with a light vinegar and oil dressing.
    • A cranberry, apple relish with ground chili and cinnamon spices.
    • Classic carrot salad (carrots, raisins, chopped apple and mayonnaise)
    • While I like both potato salad and macaroni salad my husband and kids do not, so I save those for potlucks.

  2. sunshine salad…orange jello with shredded carrot.
    3(4 or 5) bean salad since I grow my own wax and green beans
    Philly Steak salad (uses up the leftovers from the Philly steak subs/wraps)
    Cuban bean salad (uses up the leftover Cuban black beans that is left from the leftovers of using the Cuban black beans and rice in burritos)

  3. Stephanie M. says

    Pizza Pasta Salad

    2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
    1 medium red onion, chopped
    8 to 10 white button mushrooms, sliced
    1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
    1 stick pepperoni, casing removed and cut into small dice
    1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
    handful of fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
    1 lb. cooked pasta


    2 tsp. garlic salt
    2 tsp. dried oregano
    2 rounded TBS. tomato paste
    4 TBS. red wine vinegar
    2/3 cup olive oil
    Ground black pepper to taste

    Combine tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, bell pepper, pepperoni, mozzarella, basil and pasta in a big bowl. Whisk garlic salt, oregano, tomato paste, and vinegar together; stir in olive oil while continuing to whisk. Pour dressing over pasta salad; add black pepper and mix to coat salad evenly.

    This makes a large bowl of pasta salad. Leftovers taste great the next day!!!

  4. Alice E says

    Pasta salads. usually fairly simple ones. Also marinated green beans, which just involves cooking frozen beans in the microwave and adding an Italian or vinaigrette dressing and chilling for awhile, sometimes I add great northern beans and sweet onion for a 2 bean salad. I also do a takeoff on Israeli salad with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini or summer squash and sweet onion with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing.

  5. Tiffany R says

    Tortellini pasta salad with Italian dressing, black olives, mozzarella cheese balls, chopped tomato and fresh basil – kids and hubby love this for lunch.

    Spring mix lettuce, craisins, walnuts, avocado, grilled chicken with homemade balsamic dressing

    Asian salad and Kale salad – both from Costco, served with grilled chicken

    We love salads!

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