Summer Salad Recipes

Dig into a crisp, cool salad for a perfect summer meal. Green, potato, bean, and broccoli salads, plus coleslaw and caprese salads. Get the recipes.

Staff Picks

Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

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Pasta salad filled with veggies, cheese, and seasoning. Very tasty and versatile -- is great to make ahead.

Perfect Potato Salad

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This is my mother Pauline's recipe. It's pretty much a classic American salad but remember, if you add onions, use sweet onions and chop with a very sharp knife, allow potatoes to cool to room temp before dressing them, and always taste for salt.

Insalata Caprese II

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Because this salad is so simple, fresh, top-quality tomatoes and mozzarella are important.

Summer Corn Salad

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This fresh and flavorful salad features buttery yellow corn tossed with chunks of tomato and onion with a fresh basil vinaigrette.

Greek Orzo Salad

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A delicious, colorful salad, with artichoke hearts and feta. I receive a lot of requests for this one.

Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

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Everything in this salad is fresh, except the bread! Prepare this salad by using a loaf of artisan bread or rosemary bread that is a touch stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton.

Strawberry-Melon Summer Salad

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This salad is perfect for summer BBQs. The fruit makes it tasty.

Sufferin' Succotash Salad

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Thanks to the sweet, starchy crunch of the raw corn, the combination of tastes and textures in this salad is outstanding.

Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw

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An absolutely delicious coleslaw, more tart and tangy than the creamy kind. Can make this up to 2 weeks ahead of serving and it only gets better.

Summer Pasta Salad I

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This is a great pasta salad, light and refreshing and a great family favorite! Has Catalina and Italian dressing, veggies and vinegar that gives it that zing! This is best when prepared the day before to get the full flavor!

Classic Macaroni Salad

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This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.

Fresh Broccoli Salad

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This is a yummy summer salad that uses an interesting combination of fruits, vegetables and meats. Before you decide you won't like it, try it. You'll be pleasantly surprised. You can add an extra head of broccoli, if you like.

Inspiration and Ideas

Cucumber-Tomato Salad with Zucchini

"Loved it, especially with the lemon juice and zest. Classic Mediterranean ingredients and flavors, easily mixed in proportions to suit your own tastes." – naples34102

Chef John's Shrimp and Pasta Shell Salad

"This is one of my favorite summer salads, and it's oh-so-easy." – Chef John

Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad

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Whether it's sitting next to some smoky ribs or just a humble hot dog, this deli-style macaroni salad will always be a crowd favorite, as long as you pay attention to a few key details.