15 Salads For Summer

Summertime and the living is easy!  When the temperature rises,  we start grilling and living on salads in this household.  Lots and lots of salads.  Here are 15 of my favorite from the blog’s archives. Some are entrée salads. Many of them can easily be turned into a meal by adding a favorite grilled protein. They all lend themselves to substitutions of a preferred green or a more seasonal ingredient as the garden starts producing.  There are several grain-based salads as I find they hold up well in the summer heat and can be assembled in advance.  Again, feel free to substitute a different grain of choice. Make your salads come alive wth infused oils and vinegars and flavored salts.  Click on the highlighted titles to access the recipes.  Happy summer!

1- Roasted Honey Balsamic FIg Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Don’t like figs? Grill peaches for an equally dazzling salad.

2-  Warm Roasted Tomato Israeli Couscous Salad

3-  Roasted Butternut Squash Couscous Salad with Apricots and Mint

4-  Strawberry Chèvre Arugula Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

5-  Golden Beet and Blueberry Chèvre Salad with Caramelized Maple Hazelnuts


6-  Roasted Sweet Potato Rice Salad with Cherries and Toasted Hazelnuts

7- Beet Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese, Mint and Pistachios

8-  Roasted Beet Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

9- Mediterranean Chicken Couscous Salad

10-  Citrus Avocado Salad

Substituting sliced peaches or nectarines for the citrus would also be good in this salad.

11-  Shredded Carrot Salad with spicy mustard and lemon

When zucchini is in season, you can toss zucchini ribbons or noodles in the same dressing.  Really great also!

12-  Niçoise Salad

With planked grilled salmon fillet

With seared tuna steak:

13-  Pea and Edemame Salad with Shaved Pecorino

14-  Grapefruit, Salmon and Avocado Salad with Watercress

15- Grain Salad with Citrus, Dates, Cabbage and Cranberries

Bon appétit!

16 thoughts on “15 Salads For Summer

  1. YUM! I want to try them all. Thx so much for posting — was just thinking that I was getting bored with my standard, go-to summer salads!!

    • Definitely salad season. We have gorgeous lettuces of every kind from a neighbor who flags me down when I ride past on my bike and gives me big bags full. I have to tell you another meatball story. I was at my garden club year end social last week when a board member said her pilates teacher(whom I know) was raving about “my” (YOUR) Mexican meatballs. Said they were the best meatballs ever and she made them all the time! If you ever publish a cookbook, you must include them!

      Johanne Lamarche


  2. Johanne you have out-done yourself on this post! I want every one of these salads…we have a salad most evenings and I do think I will start at the top and work my way through. I hope you are well and staying cool.

    • Thank you Teresa! I have been touring private English gardens in the Cotswolds and Berkshire region in cold and rainy weather and discovering wonderful salads here in spite of the weather. The farm to table movement is popular here and the cooking quite creative and a departure from traditional fare. Will try to recreate several of those salads when I return.

      Johanne Lamarche


    • I love figs also Sheryl and their season is so short. I came up with that salad idea and it was very good way to enjoy figs in a savory way. I hope you enjoy the salad!

      Johanne Lamarche


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