The Best Summer Dinner Salad Recipes

Hosting a dinner party on a hot summer day or warm evening wouldn’t be complete without a fresh salad bursting with the vibrant flavors of seasonal ingredients. Let us help you kick off summer festivities with our top-10 summer salad recipes to serve for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

Ten Summer Dinner Party Salad Recipes

1. Grilled Chicken Mango Salad

When it comes to summer cooking; grilling and seasonal fruits come to mind. This salad recipe brings those together with grilled chicken that’s marinated and later dressed with a delectable mango cilantro dressing.

2. Strawberry Summer Salad

With so many fruits in season during the summer, it’s hard to choose. But when it comes to salads, we know how delightful the addition of strawberries can be. They bring pops of color and a sweet and sour flavor element that complements the sharpness of red onion.

3. Roasted Red Cabbage-and-Collard Green Slaw

The rich color of the red cabbage is what brings this salad life. However, the real secret to this summer salad is its sweet-and-spicy sauce that’s made with apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes.

4. Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad

Keep cool this summer with a cucumber salad that’s best served chilled. With five main ingredients, this salad couldn’t be easier to make. Just pop it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving, and it’s the perfect start to a meal on a hot summer day.

5. Caprese Salad

Serve an irresistible Caprese Salad and pretend you are spending your summer lounging by the pool on an exclusive resort on Capri Island. This salad is incredible with its layers of fresh mozzarella and thick slices of ripe tomatoes drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.

6. Watermelon and Spinach Salad

Combining watermelon and spinach may not be your first instinct when it comes to tossing together a summer salad. However, prepare to surprise yourself and your guests by how all the elements of this vibrant salad complement one another.

7. Summer Greens with Mustardy Potatoes and Six-Minute Egg

What are your favorite summer greens? This recipe lets you get creative. Our favorites are baby romaine and arugula. They’re delicious with soft boiled eggs and bacon. Remember that the secret to perfect 6-minute eggs is to immediately transfer them into a bowl of ice water as soon as that timer goes off.

8. Southern Cobb Salad

Summer is all about fun and bright colors, and that’s what this salad is all about. The reds of the tomatoes and bacon, the yellows of the corn and boiled egg yolk, and the greens of the lettuce and avocado all come together for a sight to behold.

9. Watermelon and Cucumber Feta Salad

Take advantage of all the fruits that are in season. During the summer, melons are especially succulent and sweet. For a truly refreshing summer salad, marry watermelon with cucumber. Add crumbled feta for a savory surprise and mint for aroma and flavor.

10. Summer Avocado Salad

Creamy ripe avocado, crunchy cucumbers, and juicy cherry tomatoes are the stars of this fun summer salad. For added color and flavor, say hello to sweet yellow peppers and fresh basil.

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