Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes

Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes

As we draw near to the hot summer months of July and August, turning on the oven seems less and less enticing. So when shorts-and-tank-top weather doesn’t exactly call for piping hot casseroles or hearty stews, it’s a good idea to have some refreshing summer salad recipes on hand. When it’s hot and humid outside, serve a tempting dinner salad that’s easy to prepare, filling, refreshing, cool and nourishing. Here are a few of our favorite summer salad recipes – onward!


What’s a summer BBQ dinner without fresh corn on (or off) the cob? Summer Corn Salad is the perfect side dish for virtually any type of barbecue. Meat or fish hot off the grill is made all the better by the cool flavors of this delicious salad – try it on the fourth of July and make foodie fireworks!

What You’ll Need 


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6 cups of fresh corn, cooked to tender and cut off the cob (about 8 ears)

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 red onion, diced

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered

1 cup chopped fresh dill

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon white sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

How To Prepare

It’s as simple as it sounds – in a very large bowl, combine all the ingredients, adding olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste as you gently mix the ingredients together. When your preferred taste is achieved, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate. This salad can be made the night before a barbecue the next day. PS – We have also heard of people adding feta cheese to this salad!


Bleu Cheese & Berry Tossed Salad is a delicious summer salad that takes advantage of all the in-season produce that’s at the peak of perfection. We love it served alongside a piece of salmon off the grill and a glass of cold Chardonnay – al fresco, of course!

What You’ll Need

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For the Salad 

11 ounces spring mix salad

1 cup crumbled bleu cheese

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup fresh strawberries, halved

For the Vinaigrette

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup champagne vinegar

1/4 cup raspberry vinegar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper



How To Prepare

In a salad bowl, combine the greens, cheese and berries. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients. When combined, start to drizzle the dressing over the salad mixture, tossing to combine, until your desired taste is achieved. Serve immediately.

There are two items that reach their prime during the summer months, and our summer salad blog would be remiss if we didn’t mention them: Avocados and Peaches. Sounds interesting, right? This unique and delicious Summer Peach Salad is absolutely luscious with firm, ripe peaches and avocados – that is, if you can make it through salad prep without eating all the fruit! We originally found the recipe on, and doubled it for our hungry team!

What You’ll Need

For the Salad


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16 oz spinach or mixed greens

4 ripe peaches (or nectarines!), diced

2 cups of fresh sweet peas, pods removed

2 ripe avocados, diced

1 cup sunflower seeds


For the Dressing

1/2 minced shallot

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and fresh ground black pepper


How To Prepare

In a jar or blender, combine the dressing ingredients and blend or shake. Store in the refrigerator, chilling for up to one week. In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients. When combined, start to drizzle the dressing over the salad mixture, tossing to combine, until your desired taste is achieved. Serve immediately.



Comment Below

What is your favorite salad to serve in hot weather?

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  1. my favorite salad consists of arugula, goat cheese, dried apricots chopped up small, candied walnuts and white balsamic vinaigrette.

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