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This collection of 25+ 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 25+ 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 zucchini ribbons with Italian-inspired flavours like parmesan, olives, basil, and an easy lemon vinaigrette dressing. It's super refreshing, flavourful, and quick to make! This salad is gluten-free, vegetarian, and meant to be enjoyed as a cold 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) Watermelon, Feta & Arugula Salad

salad with arugula, watermelon, feta, blueberries, avocado on white plate
Want a refreshing summer salad, ready in 15 mins? This Watermelon Feta & Arugula Salad hits the spot. Plus, blueberries & mint add an extra burst of flavour!
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9) 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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10) Plum Salad With Arugula & Blue Cheese

plum salad with arugula, blue cheese, walnuts, cucumber
This easy 15-minute plum salad recipe is a summer treat! Both sweet and savoury, healthy and delicious.
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11) 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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12) 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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13) 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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14) 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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15) 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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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!

16) 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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17) 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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18) Shrimp Taco Salad Bowl

taco salad bowl with romaine lettuce, shrimp, avocado, bell peppers, tomatoes, quinoa, lime, cilantro
This healthy Shrimp Taco Salad Bowl is made with simple ingredients like quinoa, avocado, cilantro, and lime. Refreshing and full of flavour!
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19) 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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20) 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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21) 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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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!

22) 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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23) 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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24) 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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25) 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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26) 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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27) Couscous Salad With Roasted Corn, Tomatoes & Shrimp

Overhead photo of arugula, couscous, roasted corn, tomatoes, and shrimp in a white bowl.
This couscous with roasted corn, tomatoes, and shrimp is such an easy and delicious recipe. It's flavoured with ingredients like feta, lemon, and fresh basil. You can enjoy it as a hot weeknight dinner, as a cold packed lunch, or even bring it with you to serve at a BBQ, picnic, or potluck party!
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And there you have it – 25+ 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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  • 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


  • 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!


*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!

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