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This collection of 40+ dietitian-designed spring and summer salad recipe ideas will show you that eating salad doesn’t have to be boring! These recipes use simple, healthy, and seasonal ingredients that are easy to prepare while packing in a ton of flavour. You’ll find everything from refreshing side salads for a crowd or BBQ, main dish salads for lunch or dinner, as well as plenty of pasta salads.

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It’s probably no surprise to hear that as a registered dietitian I’m a big fan of salads! With that said, I am a HUGE proponent of making sure that salads are delicious, refreshing, and actually satisfying. There’s no bland bowls of lettuce around here – I promise 🙂

As soon as the weather gets warmer, I often find myself craving super refreshing salads filled with plenty of seasonal produce like strawberries, corn, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, and fresh herbs like basil. Each of these salad recipes truly celebrates the best of spring and summer produce. I’d love to know if you try any!

In this post, you’ll find 40+ spring and summer salad recipe ideas from the blog! Keep scrolling or click on the following sections to go straight to them:

  1. refreshing side salads (for a bbq, picnic, or alongside your main meal)
  2. main dish salads (for lunch or dinner)
  3. healthy pasta salads

Refreshing Side Salads

In this section you’ll find refreshing summer side salads that are perfect to bring with you to a BBQ, picnic, or to serve alongside your meals at home. If you’re planning to serve a lot of people, feel free to increase the recipes as needed!

1) Summer Salad With Corn, Strawberries & Avocado

overhead shot of white bowl with corn, tomato, avocado, strawberry, basil, feta salad and gold serving spoons
If summer was a flavour, it would taste like this! This salad is loaded with fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies. It's super refreshing and perfect for your next summer BBQ or picnic.
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2) Cantaloupe Melon Salad With Cucumber & Feta

Overhead photo of a cantaloupe cucumber and feta salad on a large white serving plate.
This cantaloupe melon salad is made with refreshing ingredients like cucumber, fresh mint, lime, and feta cheese. It's a super simple summer side salad idea that's both sweet and savoury. This recipe is easy, healthy, and gluten-free!
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3) Grilled Nectarine Salad With Burrata

Overhead photo of a grilled nectarine, arugula, tomato, and burrata salad on a white serving dish.
This grilled nectarine salad is made with burrata, heirloom tomatoes, arugula, basil, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It's so easy to make and bursting with fresh summer flavours! Recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, and meant to be enjoyed as a side salad.
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4) Grilled Kale Salad

overhead shot white serving plate with grilled kale salad topped with avocado, pecans, parmesan, lemons
This healthy grilled kale salad is paired with avocado, lemon, garlic, pecans, and parmesan. It's one of the best ways to eat kale!
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5) Halloumi Salad With Couscous

Overhead photo of a white plate topped with an arugula, halloumi, couscous, and vegetable salad.
This halloumi salad recipe is made with fried halloumi cheese, couscous, tons of veggies, and a delicious balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It's a quick and easy salad idea that can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a yummy lunch! For a gluten-free version, simply swap couscous with quinoa.
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6) Shaved Raw Zucchini Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

Overhead photo of a shaved zucchini salad on a white plate.
This easy raw zucchini salad recipe combines shaved ribboned zucchini with Italian-inspired flavours like parmesan, olives, basil, and an easy lemon vinaigrette dressing. Ready within 25 minutes, it's super refreshing, flavourful, and meant to be enjoyed as a cold vegetable side dish.
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7) Strawberry, Tomato & Avocado Salad

strawberry tomato avocado salad with mint, basil, balsamic, and hemp seeds in a white and brown bowl
This strawberry, tomato & avocado salad is bursting with flavour and nutrition. Make it in minutes and bring to your next summer BBQ or picnic!
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8) Smoked Salmon Avoado Potato Salad

Smoked salmon salad with avocado, arugula, potatoes, and goat cheese on a white plate.
This smoked salmon salad is made with avocado, potatoes, cucumber, arugula, fresh dill, goat cheese, and a simple lemon dijon dressing! It's so easy to make and is perfect for an appetizer or side salad. Recipe is nutritious, gluten-free, and can easily be made dairy-free!
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9) Simple Tomato Bread Salad

Tomato bread salad with shallots and basil in a large white bowl.
This vegan Panzanella-inspired tomato bread salad recipe is so quick and easy to make! All you need are 6 simple ingredients, like fresh basil, shallots, and sourdough bread. It's SO fresh, flavourful, and sure to be a crowd favourite!
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10) Watermelon, Feta & Arugula Salad

salad with arugula, watermelon, feta, blueberries, avocado on white plate
A refreshing summer salad, ready in 15 minutes — yes please! This lightly dressed watermelon feta salad recipe with fresh mint and arugula is easy, healthy and quick to make. Ready in just 15 minutes, it’s a wonderfully simple summer salad. Add fresh blueberries for an extra burst of flavour!
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11) Roasted Pepper Salad With Farro & Goat Cheese

Overhead photo of a roasted red pepper salad with farro, arugula, goat cheese, and basil on a white serving plate.
This easy roasted pepper salad recipe is made with farro, goat cheese, arugula, basil, and a simple white wine + lemon vinaigrette dressing. It can be enjoyed warm or cold, and served as either an entree style salad or as a side dish.
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12) Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad

balsamic roasted beets with goat cheese, walnuts, parsley
This roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts is simple, healthy, and lightly tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It's the perfect salad or vegetable side dish!
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13) Cold Asparagus Salad

Asparagus salad with potatoes, peas, and avocados on a white plate.
This cold asparagus salad recipe is made with potatoes, avocado, parmesan, and a simple lemon vinaigrette dressing. It's such an easy, nutritious salad perfect for spring and summer!
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14) Strawberry Quinoa Salad With Feta

small bowl with strawberry quinoa tabbouleh salad and 2 pieces of feta cheese and gold fork
This Strawberry Quinoa Salad is made with feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, and mint. It's refreshing, nutritious, and incredibly easy to make! Gluten-free, with dairy-free/vegan option.
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15) Grilled Watermelon Salad With Balsamic

Overhead photo of a grilled watermelon salad with arugula, strawberries, avocado, feta, and basil on a white plate.
This grilled watermelon salad recipe is made with simple ingredients like strawberries, avocado, feta, basil, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It's easy, refreshing, and absolutely delicious! Recipe is gluten-free, vegetarian, and meant to be enjoyed as a side salad.
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16) Spinach Goat Cheese Salad With Potatoes

Spinach salad with goat cheese, roasted potatoes, shaved radishes, and cucumbers in a while bowl with silver utensils
Crunchy vegetables like radish and cucumber are paired with creamy goat cheese and roasted potatoes to create this refreshing and nutritious spinach salad. Finished with a homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing, this salad is perfect for warm spring and summer nights!
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17) Carrot Cucumber Celery Salad

Cucumber carrot celery salad with herbs on a large white serving plate.
This raw cucumber carrot celery salad recipe is crunchy, refreshing, and delicious! It's made with simple ingredients like fresh dill, parsley, mint and a lemon vinaigrette dressing. Recipe is easy, healthy, vegan, gluten-free and makes a perfect side salad!
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18) Healthy Canned Salmon Potato Salad

Healthy canned salmon potato salad with arugula, dill, chives, hard boiled eggs, and red potatoes
Looking for an easy side dish to bring to your next party or get together? This mayo-free, healthy canned salmon potato salad with arugula, dill & chives is for you!
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19) Mango Avocado Salad With Shrimp

Shrimp mango avocado salad in a large bowl.
This mango avocado salad recipe is made with shrimp and a spicy lime dressing! It's quick, unique, and delicious. Option to leave out shrimp for a vegetarian version.
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20) Spinach Blueberry Salad

Spinach blueberry salad on white plate.
This healthy spinach blueberry salad recipe is made with goat cheese, walnuts, avocado, mint, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It's super quick to make, packed with flavour and nutrition!
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21) Simple Watercress Salad

Watercress salad with apples, cucumber, pecorino, and almonds on a white plate.
This watercress salad recipe is a nutrition powerhouse! Made with green apple, cucumber, almonds, pecorino, and a lemon vinaigrette dressing, this side salad is light, crisp, and refreshing. Ready in just 20 minutes!
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22) Peach Feta Salad With Tomatoes

Peach feta salad with tomatoes, shallots, and herbs in a white bowl.
This quick + simple peach feta salad recipe is made with cherry tomatoes, shallots, fresh basil, and mint. The flavours are a perfect marriage of sweet, juicy, salty, and acidic – every bite tastes just like summer!
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23) Strawberry Walnut Salad With Goat Cheese

Strawberry salad with walnuts, goat cheese, basil, and avocado on a serving plate.
This 20-minute strawberry salad is made with walnuts, goat cheese, basil, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Sweet, savoury, and refreshing!
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24) Arugula Burrata Salad With Pesto

Arugula burrata salad with tomatoes, corn, and pesto salad dressing.
This arugula burrata salad is made with juicy tomatoes, sweet corn, and a creamy, tangy pesto vinaigrette salad dressing. Celebrating the best of summer ingredients, you will love this as an easy side salad to serve at your next get together!
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Main Dish Salads (Lunch or Dinner)

In this section you’ll find plenty of main dish spring and summer salads that are perfect for lunch or dinner. These recipes are filling and nutritionally balanced, complete with sources of protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and (of course) fiber-rich veggies. They’re awesome for a packed work lunch or a refreshing dinner!

25) Broccoli, Cauliflower & Salmon Salad With Curry Tahini

Overhead photo of a white plate topped with arugula, cauliflower, broccoli, salmon, and a drizzle of curry tahini dressing.
This roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and salmon salad is made with arugula, quinoa, dried cherries, and a creamy curry tahini dressing. It's an easy, healthy, and balanced meal that packs in a ton of nutrition, like fiber and protein. Recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.
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26) Crispy Tofu Salad With Miso Tahini Dressing

Overhead photo of a large white plate topped with a colourful chopped salad topped with tofu cubes and a drizzle of tahini dressing.
Filled with crunchy veggies and crispy tofu, this healthy salad is satisfying, delicious, and packed with nutrients. With a creamy and rich miso sesame tahini dressing, this recipe is vegan and gluten-free. This salad is meant to be eaten cold and enjoyed as a complete meal!
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27) Shrimp Taco Salad Bowl

taco salad bowl with romaine lettuce, shrimp, avocado, bell peppers, tomatoes, quinoa, lime, cilantro
This taco salad recipe is such an easy and quick-to-make shrimp dinner idea. It combines sautéed shrimp and nutritious cooked quinoa with healthy salad ingredients, such as crunchy romaine lettuce and chopped bell peppers. A terrific 35-minute meal!
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28) Quinoa Edamame Salad

Quinoa edamame salad in a large serving bowl.
This quinoa edamame salad recipe is made with colourful, crunchy vegetables like cucumber, celery, carrots, and purple cabbage. Tossed in an Asian-inspired miso sesame ginger dressing, this salad recipe is so flavourful and PACKED with plant-based protein!
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29) Crunchy Romaine Salad With Za’atar Dressing

plate with crunchy chopped romaine salad and hard boiled egg
This Crunchy Romaine Lettuce Salad is packed with chopped raw vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes. Toasted almonds and sunflower seeds add an extra crunch, while fresh mint, parsley, and a za’atar dressing add that punch of Mediterranean flavour. It’s simple, healthy, and delicious!
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30) Cold Soba Noodle Salad

cold soba noodles salad with tempeh, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, red peppers, and radishes in a brown bowl
This nutritious soba noodle recipe is made with a delicious tamari lime dressing. Vegan, gluten-free, and ready in 30 minutes!
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31) Cucumber Avocado Salad With Quinoa

large white bowl with cucumber, avocado, quinoa, hard boiled eggs, sauerkraut salad and gold serving utensils
This Easy Cucumber Avocado Salad is made with nutritious ingredients like quinoa, sauerkraut, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, lemon, and fresh herbs. It's healthy, refreshing, and can be enjoyed as a complete meal or side salad! Gluten-free with vegan option available.
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32) Costco Copycat Dill Pickle Salad

Chopped dill pickle salad in a white bowl.
You're going to love this healthy, homemade Costco copycat dill pickle salad! It's easy to make and paired with a greek yogurt-based dressing and hard-boiled eggs for protein. 
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33) Salmon Couscous Salad Bowl

Salmon couscous salad in a bowl.
This salmon couscous salad bowl serves crispy, spiced salmon over a refreshing couscous salad made with cucumber, mint, and feta. Filled with Mediterranean flavours, this salmon bowl is easy, refreshing, and incredibly nutritious!
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34) Tuna Cucumber Salad With Avocado

Cucumber tuna salad with avocado, parsley. and hemp seeds in a bowl.
This tuna cucumber salad with avocado is one of my go-to meals when I'm craving something light. It's super hydrating, quick to make, and packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats!
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35) Hummus Salad

Chopped green salad topped with creamy hummus dressing in a white bowl.
This Mediterranean-inspired green salad is tossed in a deliciously tangy and creamy hummus salad dressing! Using store-bought hummus, the dressing comes together in minutes and can be used in a variety of ways. Serve it with the included salad recipe or over pita wraps, grain bowls, and more.
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Summer Pasta Salads

Pasta salads are the ultimate summer dish! These salads would work great for a main dish or to bring with you to a summer party. Feel free to switch up the pasta shapes to any smaller pasta. You can swap them with gluten-free pastas if needed, or even increase the protein content by using a legume-based pasta!

36) Lemon Orzo Salad

Orzo salad with shrimp in a white bowl.
This lemon orzo salad is served with feta, zucchini, and shrimp. Light, delicious, and easy – enjoy it as a cold summer pasta salad!
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37) Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad With Shrimp

pasta salad with roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, corn, shrimp, and arugula in a white bowl, gold fork, and blue dish towel
This roasted veggie pasta salad is packed with balanced nutrition and tons of antioxidants! Perfect to make for an easy weeknight dinner, packed lunch, or to bring to your next summer BBQ.
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38) Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Bruschetta pasta salad in a large salad bowl.
This cold bruschetta pasta salad is such a delicious vegetarian dish! Made with juicy cherry tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh basil, and mini mozzarella balls (or mini bocconcini), plus with optional homemade sourdough breadcrumbs for the perfect crunch and bruschetta-inspired flavour! This pasta salad comes together in just over 30 minutes and is seriously SO delicious — make it for a dinner party, barbecue, or packed lunch.
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39) Simple Caprese Pasta Salad

overhead shot of white bowl with cavatappi pasta, chopped cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, bocconcini, and basil
Bursting with flavour, this caprese pasta salad recipe is easy to make, or make-ahead. It's perfect for a BBQ, picnic, or packed lunch idea. Balsamic vinaigrette and pesto dressing options included!
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40) No-Mayo Tuna Pasta Salad

healthy tuna pasta salad with olives, tomatoes, arugula, and herbs
This Tuna Pasta Salad Recipe is easy, fast, and healthy. Made without mayo and ready in 20-minutes! Perfect for a make-ahead meal.
Recipe is dairy-free and can be gluten-free if using gluten-free pasta.
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41) Tuna Pasta Salad With Pesto

overhead shot of large white bowl with tuna pasta salad, pesto, cherry tomatoes and gold spoons
This Tuna Pasta Salad With Pesto is an easy, healthy make-ahead lunch idea. It's made with protein-packed canned tuna and a dairy-free hemp seed pesto. Simple, delicious, and ready in 30 minutes!
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42) Canned Mackerel Pasta Salad

canned mackerel pasta salad with peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and arugula in pink bowl
This Canned Mackerel Pasta Salad is an excellent source of omega-3s, protein, and tons of veggies. Super delicious, ready in 30 mins, and great for meal prep or a packed lunch!
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43) Couscous Salad With Roasted Corn, Tomatoes & Shrimp

Overhead photo of arugula, couscous, roasted corn, tomatoes, and shrimp in a white bowl.
This easy and healthy couscous salad is made with baked shrimp, pearl couscous, roasted corn, tomatoes, feta, basil, and arugula. It’s a tossed dinner salad that can be enjoyed warm as a main meal, or as a cold packed lunch. Or, bring it with you to serve at a BBQ, picnic, or potluck party!
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And there you have it – 40+ Easy, Healthy Spring & Summer Salad Recipes to cook and enjoy. I so hope you found some inspiration from this list!

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This strawberry, tomato & avocado salad is bursting with flavour and nutrition. Make it in minutes and bring to your next summer BBQ or picnic! Plus more spring and summer salad recipe ideas.
strawberry tomato avocado salad with mint, basil, balsamic, and hemp seeds in a white and brown bowl
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Ingredients

  • Approx. 25 grape or cherry tomatoes, vine-ripened if possible (about 285 grams)
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries (1 container)
  • 1 large avocado, ripe
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint (loosely packed)
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds

Salad dressing:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or 1-2 cloves garlic)
  • 1 tsp liquid honey
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and dry strawberries, tomatoes, and fresh herbs.
  • Remove stems from strawberries, and slice into quarters. Slice tomatoes into halves. Place into a large bowl.
  • Shred mint and basil, add to large bowl.
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a small glass jar or container with a lid, shake well. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Pour dressing over salad ingredients. Slice avocado and add to salad along with hemp seeds. Toss all ingredients well.
  • Serve immediately or keep in the fridge. Best served cold!

Notes

*If you can, I would strongly suggest getting VINE-RIPENED tomatoes…it makes all the difference in flavour, I promise!
*If making salad in advance, I would suggest adding the avocado just before serving to prevent browning.
*Number of servings will vary depending on how hungry you are. Recipe can easily be increased!

Nutrition

As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.

Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.

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