11 Easy and Delicious Summer Salads

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If you’re looking for a new recipe to wow your family/friends, look no further than these easy-to-prepare, crowd-pleasing summer salads. Just serve, then wait for the compliments to start rolling in!

1. Bacon Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad in a serving dish

This bacon broccoli salad is a family favorite recipe from my mother-in-law. It’s also, incidentally, the first side dish to disappear at any family BBQ. Get the recipe here

2. Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded potato salad in a bowl

If you’re looking for an outstanding, easy-to-make side dish, this nontraditional loaded potato salad features a yummy combo of savory flavors including bacon, sour cream, cheese, and green onion. Get the recipe here

3. Pressure Cooker Potato Salad

pressure cooker potato salad with egg

This delicious pressure cooker potato salad recipe is easy, creamy, delicious, and cooks up in just 4 minutes! I admit I’m picky when it comes to homemade potato salad, but you’re gonna love this. Get the recipe here

4. 4-Ingredient Avocado Chicken Salad

keto avocado chicken salad

If you love avocados, this low-carb Avocado Chicken Salad is a delicious and extremely easy idea. Get the recipe at Hip2Keto

5. Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

pasta salad recipe

If you’re looking for a quick, flavorful, and easy pasta salad recipe, check out this zesty Italian pasta salad – perfect for your next potluck! Easily add or omit ingredients to make it your own. Get the recipe here

6. Cauliflower No-Potato Salad

Cauliflower potato salad minus the potatoes

Cauliflower has a versatile, mild flavor that blends beautifully with other recipe ingredients. What’s more, this batch of cauliflower no-tato salad was a huge hit! Get the recipe at Hip2Keto

7. Watermelon Feta Salad

watermelon feta salad in a bowl

If you’re a fan of watermelon, the sweet flavor of watermelon combined with feta cheese and balsamic dressing makes for a delicious and beautiful summer salad. Get the recipe here

8. Zesty Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad

cilantro quinoa salad in a serving bowl

I’ve been making this salad for a couple of years now, and it’s one of my favorites to keep in the fridge. All of the fresh ingredients marinate together, so it tastes even better the next day! Get the recipe here

9. Cold Pesto Pasta Salad

pesto pasta salad

This fresh-tasting, simple salad is a mix of sun-dried tomatoes with sautéed mushrooms – which adds even more delicious flavor! It’s a real crowd pleaser! Get the recipe here

10. Massaged Kale Superfood Salad

massaged kale salad

Nothing is better than eating whole foods – especially when they taste this delicious. This salad boasts some amazing superfoods with many fabulous benefits! Get the recipe at Hip2Keto

11. Ranch BLT Salad

ranch BLT salad

This easy, crowd-pleasing BLT pasta salad features bites of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a creamy ranch dressing. It’s also a perfect addition to any potluck or casual meal. Get the recipe here

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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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  1. Susie

    Simple Grape Salad
    1 pound red seedless grapes
    1 pound green seedless grapes
    8 oz cream cheese softened
    1 jar marshmallow cream
    Wash & dry your grapes. Mix softened cream cheese with marshmallow cream until well blended. Fold in the grapes & refrigerate. Optional add ins, Heath toffee chips OR chopped pecans. The bowl is always the first dish emptied no matter where you take it. Sounds like an odd combination but tastes wonderful, great Pinterest find🌷

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That sounds yummy Susie! Thanks for sharing 😀

    • Carrie

      Thatas my favorite! Its super addicting!

    • Melody

      Sounds very yummy !! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing

    • TwinMom

      I make the cream cheese/marshmallow cream as a dip for my fruit salads. It’s great to dip strawberries in or any fruit! I have never mixed grapes into it, but will try. Thanks

  2. ihearthip

    Oh yum. Thanks for this easy recipe! Sounds delish!!

    My go to would have to be Italian pasta salad or copycat Olive Garden salad.

    • Shirley

      ihearthip do you have the recipe for the copycat Olive Garden salad or link?

  3. Sarah

    Summertime has the best foods… Yum!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I agree!! 👍🏻

  4. Judy

    Great post! Thank you!

  5. katie

    Simple Summer Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Salad

    2 large cucumbers
    3 large tomatoes
    1 large vidalia or red onion, halved and sliced thick
    For the Dressing:
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup vinegar – apple cider, red wine or white are all good choices
    2 teaspoons granulated sugar, or to taste
    1/2 tablespoon mixed fresh, chopped herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, dill), or to taste
    1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
    1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste

    Peel the cucumber and cut it in half lengthwise. Cut into slices and put into a glass serving bowl. Cut tomatoes into bite sized chunks and add to the cucumbers. Cut the onion slices into quarters and add to the bowl. Whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, herbs, salt and pepper and pour over the salad. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, 2 hours is even better. Let rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes; serve as is or spoon over torn lettuce.

  6. Jodi

    The Zesty Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad is so good. I even have “yummy” written at the bottom of the recipe. I just printed most of these out. We better have a BBQ this weekend.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That is so great!!! Enjoy 😀

  7. Donna

    Here’s a grape salad that can be used as a dessert also.

    Grape Salad

    2 lbs. Grapes ( I used the white and the red seedless grapes)
    8 ozs. Cream Cheese
    8 ozs. Sour Cream
    1 Cup Sugar
    1 cup Brown Sugar
    1 cup pecans

    Wash the grapes and drain on a paper towel until dry.
    Depending on the size of the grapes, you can leave them whole or cut them in half.
    Mix cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until well blended.
    Place the grapes in dish and then pour the mixture on top.
    Mix the brown sugar and nuts to gather and then sprinkle it over the top of the salad.
    Refrigerate until time to serve. It is better if you make it the night before. The brown sugar melts into the other mixture and makes a caramel type topping.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow sounds so yum! Thanks so much for sharing this with us ❤️

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