Summertime calls for salads with fresh, seasonal ingredients. With so many options, it’s hard to pick a favorite. We’ve rounded up some of the yummiest summer salad recipes from Pinterest — each one is not just healthy, but also packed with flavor. Best of all, these recipes are quick and easy, so get cooking!
This whole wheat pasta salad is the perfect summer meal if you are looking for something that'll leave you satisfied but not overstuffed. Loaded with chickpeas, onion, cucumber and Feta cheese, this recipe takes only 15 minutes to make.
This tortellini pasta salad with creamy Italian dressing and spinach is perfect to take to a picnic (or for a workday lunch). The recipe calls for frozen tortellini, so it’s super easy to prepare. Make it healthier by purchasing tortellini with a veggie-heavy filling, rather than all cheese.
This grilled chicken salad is kicked up with fresh corn, avocado and Cotija (a crumbly Mexican cheese that's widely available — Parmesan is a good substitute if you can't find it). But as recipe developer Jaclyn of the blog Cooking Classy says, "the secret is in the sauce": a homemade chipotle-lime ranch dressing that’s healthy without sacrificing the flavor. The dressing is also easy to make: Just toss all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse.
Summertime calls for corn and zucchini and this recipe from With Salt and Wit delivers with an inventive combination of lightly charred grilled corn and raw zucchini "noodles" made with a spiralizer. A chili lime vinaigrette adds punch to this refreshing salad. For a more robust meal, add the optional cheese called for in the recipe, or toss in some grilled chicken or tofu.
This noodle salad recipe from Gimme Some Oven calls for packaged ramen noodles minus the flavoring packet, so you get all the convenience of the dorm-room favorite without the excess sodium and artificial ingredients. Made with edamame, avocado, mango and almonds, and dressed with a sweet and savory honey-soy-sesame dressing, this salad is anything but basic.
Sick of the same pasta salad? Make this amped up take on Caesar salad. Up the nutritional ante by using whole wheat pasta and adding extra veggies.
Mixed seasonal berries, spinach, crunchy almonds, goat cheese and fresh avocado make up this delicious —and so pretty! — summer salad. It's fairly robust but as Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats notes, it would also be nice with the addition of chicken or shrimp.
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