My family loves a good salad. It doesn’t have to be complicated or fancy; sometimes just romaine leaves with a simple vinaigrette make them happy. Because we live in California, we have great produce year-round; therefore, I make salads as main courses and as a side dish all the time. I especially enjoy throwing a salad together when summer rolls around because of all the fresh produce, and a main-course salad means I don’t have to cook! I have put together a list for you of 10 easy and flavorful salads for summertime. A few of them are main-course salads, and the rest are side-dish salads that can become main dishes by adding grilled chicken, steak, or fish. It’s up to you!
I was visiting my kids (when they lived in Texas) when I tried this salad for the first time. We were at a small chain called Torchy’s, and they were sure I would love the guacamole made there. This side salad beat out the guacamole! After one bite I was hooked and wanted to make this at home. This recipe tastes very much like the one I ate in Texas.
This Caesar salad does not include raw eggs, is super simple, and the ingredients are probably ones you have on hand. Included with the salad is a recipe for homemade croutons. Homemade croutons taste 10x better than store-bought.
This salad is my husband’s favorite, and he asks me to make it every year on his birthday. The first time I made it, I couldn’t find Anaheim peppers, so I used a Jalapeno instead. This wedge salad is very flavorful! Also, I found it tastes best if you make the dressing earlier in the day, so the flavors have time to blend.
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a recipe because it is so simple, but I wanted to include it because the flavors together are so yummy. It’s a salad I can throw together quickly because I usually have all the ingredients in my kitchen. I make this for a quick lunch or as a side at dinner.
This chopped salad is tangy, salty, and so good! I serve it as a main course, and my family loves it. Also, I purchase the ingredients separately that are listed at the bottom, not as a package.
This quinoa salad recipe is healthy, wonderful and so easy. There are so many ways you could change it up to your preference. It is a perfect summertime dinner!
This salad is one of those perfect and quick recipes. You could easily add roasted chicken to make this one your main course. While I have not tried this one yet, I have saved the recipe to try soon. If you make it, let me know what you think!
This chickpea salad is another of my husband’s favorites. I whip this one up all year-long. It is super simple and so good. It makes a great side dish served warm, or a yummy lunch served cold.
This spicy salad is fabulously easy! When you need to throw together a fast meal, this one is it. It does have strong flavors, but my family loves this slaw salad.
Who doesn’t love a Cobb salad??? This salad looks like the perfect one to take to a picnic or barbecue, or to serve on a hot summer day. Yum!
I also want to include an incredibly simple salad recipe that my youngest loves. You probably have every single ingredient in your kitchen. Here you go:
Emily’s Favorite Salad:
- 4 cups lettuce mix
- one small can of mandarin oranges, drained
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted (or pecans)
- one garlic clove, chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- salt and pepper to taste
Directions: Make the dressing first by mixing the garlic, olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper together in a mason jar or by using a whisk. Then put the lettuce in a bowl and top with the oranges and dried cranberries. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, and toss to combine. Sprinkle the nuts on top and serve immediately.
Happy salad eating!!