Summer is such a fun time of year! I love the sun, swimming, cookouts, and of course, pretty summer salads. I’ve been pinning like crazy all of the salads I can’t wait to try this summer as side dishes or main dishes.
**They are in no particular order… well maybe the Mexican inspired ones will get made first. If you love south of the border recipes as much as I do be sure to check out my Mexican Recipe Round Up I prepared for Cinco De Mayo.
#1 Cowboy Caviar– this is a caviar I can get behind from Culinary Hill! I don’t eat sugar so I’ll just leave that out or throw in a packet of Truvia. Some of the reviews said it was pretty sweet anyway. I do live in the midwest and we do like our sugar so I can always reserve my portion and add sugar to the rest.
#2. Where has this Chicken Bacon Ranch Layered Salad been all of my life? YUM! I know this salad will be a hit in our house full of bacon lovers. Thanks, Melissa from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen for this inspiration!
#3 Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad from Fueling a Fit Fam is bound to be a hit in our house. I love chickpeas in a salad- they add just the right amount of texture and protein. I like that they have a homemade salad dressing too. It’s hard to find sugar free options! I like that this salad is versatile too- I could easily switch out the type of cheese and dressing to make it have more of an Italian feel.
#4 Keeping with the chickpea theme (I’m sure you could sub any bean you like) here is one that combines my love of chickpeas with my love of feta. I can’t wait to try Chickpea, Avocado and Feta Salad! Thanks to Two peas and Their Pod! This one is on the menu for Memorial Day Weekend. 🙂
#5 I like my salads with a bit of crunch and go through 2 big bags of coleslaw mix from Sams every week! This Greek Yogurt Coleslaw recipe from Gimme Some Oven caught my eye because I always have coleslaw on hand and it doesn’t call for mayo so Sammie can eat it! (She’s allergic to eggs)
#6 Watermelon Salsa? Sounds just different enough to be amazing! Again, Gimme Some Oven is the mastermind behind this one. She has some amazingly creative recipes! I’m counting it as a fruit salad because 1. it would be an awesome side dish and 2. it would be amazing on top of a simple lettuce salad! YUM!
#7 You can’t have a summer salad list without a good baked potato salad. It’s gotta be against the law or something. I’ll have to get the expensive vegan mayo for Samantha, but I think it’ll be worth it! Tastes Better From Scratch is a great resource for family-friendly foods.
#8 This Layered and chopped Taco Salad screams summer to me. It looks like a meal I will love to throw together on a hot summer night so I don’t have to heat up the kitchen. If you are looking for a huge variety of recipes and beautiful photos be sure to check out this site. You will not be disappointed. Thanks, This Mama Cooks!
#10 is my mom’s fluffy fruit salad, lovingly referred to as “Fluffy Stuff” in our house.
Just 4 ingredients and so creamy and good. Mom used to change out the flavor of Jello to match the holiday- green for St. Patrick’s Day, red for Valentines Day and orange for Halloween. I was feeling generous so I added some mini chocolate chips this time for my kids. 🙂
It is a bit of a stretch to call this a salad I know, but it’s a great summer dessert- no baking required and goes together in 5 minutes.
5 easy steps:
- Drain a can of mixed fruit (you can use fresh or frozen fruit if you prefer)
- Add 1/2 cup or so of marshmallows- just to your taste
- Stir in Jello-any flavor and just the powder, no water- right out of the box!
- Fold in cool whip (we like extra creamy!)
- Try not to stick your face directly into the mixing bowl.