10 Fresh Summer Salads

by Chandni Reddy

On a sweltering day there's nothing more refreshing than a cool, crisp salad washed down with a glass of sangria (except maybe a dip in the pool!) Throw together these easy breezy recipes and watch them become a hit at your next summer soiree.

Fresh Mint and Beet Salad

Drizzle tangy lemon-mint dressing on a bed of greens topped with sweet beets and wow -- you've got a bright salad with flavors that are hard to "beet."

Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Salad

Say hello to your new potluck staple! Once you've tried this tasty combination of chilled noodles loaded with crunchy vegetables, you'll make it over and over again.

Arugula Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

What do you get when you roast juicy strawberries to perfection and then mix with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper? An addictive vinaigrette that takes this arugula salad to a whole new level. (Seriously, you'll be spooning this dressing over everything you eat all summer long!)

Mason Jar Salad

Ah, lazy summer days are best spent strolling through the Farmers Market, while toting an armful of veggies. Use your latest haul as inspiration for these make-ahead mason jar salads. They're not only super portable but also keep fresh for days.

Broccoli Bacon Raisin Salad

We can't get enough of this crowd-pleasing salad that'll satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Bacon, broccoli, raisins, and mayo hit all the right notes -- sweet, salty, and crunchy. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a big bowl and chow down!

Mandarin Orange Salad

The citrus tang from oranges combines flawlessly with the creaminess from avocados in this zesty and vibrant salad. Serve up straight from the fridge at a patio shindig for a fresh burst of flavor on a scorching day.

Cabbage Salad with Roasted Cashews and Sesame Maple Dressing

Cabbage isn't the most popular vegetable; but when it's shredded and combined with smoky cashews and sweet maple dressing, it becomes a star in a slaw that's anything but boring. Enjoy this side dish on its own, or pair with our mouthwatering Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers for even more deliciousness at a backyard BBQ.

Skinny Egg Salad Without Mayo

There's no such thing as healthy mayo, which is why our take on egg salad uses Greek yogurt as a substitute. Trust us, the "skinny" version is just as rich, creamy, and satisfying.

Seaweed Salad

This healthy, Japanese-inspired salad takes just minutes to prepare if you can find dried seaweed at your local Asian supermarket. Simply rehydrate and then toss together with julienned carrots, a soy-vinegar dressing and sesame seeds. Who knew seaweed could taste so incredibly yummy?

Tabouli Salad

Bring Mediterranean flavor to a picnic with a lemony bulgur salad. It's even tastier when made with aromatic herbs and succulent veggies plucked right from your garden. (Granted, soaking the bulgur takes some patience, but the result is so worth it!)

About the Author

Chandni Reddy is an editor at eHow. She has an MA in Journalism from NYU. She has written lifestyle content for brands such as Reader's Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, and iVillage.