With arugula, tomatoes, corn, peaches and other delicious fruits and veggies in season, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to alllll the salads and smoothie bowls! (And let’s face it, it’s just too hot to use the oven or stove too much.) Keep scrolling to check out our favorite summer salads of the moment — we found them all on Pinterest!
1. Balsamic Steak Gorgonzola Salad with Grilled Corn
There’s just something about grilled corn that instantly elevates any salad. Between that and the delicious marinated steak, this is one summer salad to have in your rotation year after year. Check out the recipe via Aberdeen’s Kitchen!
2. Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken
Fresh, healthy and ready in 30 minutes, this bright lemon orzo salad via Salt & Lavender is a must-try. Pair it with some prosecco on the weekend or make it ahead for the office!
3. Grilled Zucchini Salad with Corn & Tomatoes
With in-season vegetables and a delicious lemon vinaigrette, this salad can be whipped together for summer hangouts, prepped ahead for the work week, or just thrown together at the last minute. Bookmark the recipe via Diethood!
4. Tomato, Peach & Burrata Salad
Any salad with fresh basil and burrata is a win in our book! Add in a delicious herb vinaigrette and plenty of sweet summer fruits and you’ve got a summer staple! Head over to Half-Baked Harvest ASAP for the recipe!
5. Fiesta Avocado Corn Salad
Searching for summer salads that you can prep for cookouts and potlucks? This one needs to be at the top of the list. Full of fresh herbs, jalapeño, toasted pumpkin seeds and creamy dressing, it’ll be the star of the show. Head to Dishing Out Health to see how it’s done.
6. Southwest Chicken Quinoa Bean Salad
If you’re attempting to take more salads to work, you need heartier recipes that feel like a full meal. This tasty recipe has quinoa, grilled chicken, black beans and more — along with two dressing options: cilantro lime and a creamy southwest dressing with yogurt and sour cream. Oh yes. Recipe via My Food Story.
7. Tomato Cucumber Salad with Avocado, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto
For those days where it’s just too hot to even venture near the stove, this recipe can save the day. Packed with red and yellow cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado and more, this colorful salad just requires a bit of basil pesto and lemon juice to come alive. Visit Julia’s Album for the full run-down!
8. Mediterranean Orzo Salad
Craving some Meditteranean flavors? Time to make this orzo salad! Whether it’s a solo meal or a pasta side, you’ll love this combo of crunchy vegetables and spinach, briny olives and feta cheese. Recipe via Foodie Crush!
9. Vegan and Gluten Free Caesar Pasta Salad
Vegans have been enjoying amazing salad options for a while. But when it comes to Caesar, it can get a little tricky. This vegan and gluten-free recipe is packed with protein, nutrients and flavor *and* it’s so good, no one will even be thinking it’s vegan. Test it for yourself via Choosing Balance.
10. Green Goddess Quinoa Summer Salad
Three words: magic green sauce. This vibrant salad is about to change your mind about meal planning for the office, just FYI! Click over to Pinch Of Yum to get started!
Now that we have our summer salads all squared away, let’s shift to cocktail hour! Here are the 5 cocktail recipes to add to your arsenal this season.
Allison Wheeler is a writer, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and sixth-generation Texan living in Denton, Texas.