Summer Salad Recipes to Beat the Heat

On summer days so hot it doesn’t cool down after sunset thanks to all the residual solar energy the earth eagerly soaked up all day long, I really don’t like to cook much. And I especially do not seek out a hot meal. In the winter, I purposely cook for the warmth from both the process of cooking and the food itself. But on hot days and nights, I tend to eschew hot food and embrace salads instead. Not all salads are created equal, and for many reasons. But specifically when it comes to preparation: some are low-cook, some are no-cook, some are fully cooked and then cooled, some even served warm. Choose a recipe that you can tolerate comfortably for the weather you are currently experiencing!

There are so many delicious salad recipes to choose from and so many different types of salads! If the word salad conjures an image of iceberg lettuce and a few dots of orange carrot, push that image as far from your mind as possible and peruse the list of loosely categorized recipe links below. The culinary universe of salads is vast, complex, full of flavor, and not to be ignored.

Vegetable Salads
Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing
Meze Salad
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Kale Cranberry Salad
Lentil Salad with Radish
Mediterranean Salad with Blue Cheese
Kale Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing
Tomato-Beet Salad
Shaved-Squash Salad with Tomatoes, Zucchini Blossoms, Ricotta, and Thyme Oil
Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad
Roasted Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese
Kale Caesar Salad
Radish Salad
Tomato, Fresh Fig and Blue Cheese Salad
Sugar Snap Pea with Radishes, Mint and Ricotta Salata
Garden Chickpea Salad
Roasted Moroccan Carrot Salad with Chickpeas
Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad

Fruit Salads
Mango Bean Salad
Apple Celery Salad
Melon, Berry and Feta Salad
Grilled Peach, Onion and Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Watermelon, Orange, and Feta Salad
Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad
Minty Fruit Salad
Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Noodle, Grain, & Bread Salads
Asian Mixed Grain Salad
Quinoa Kale Salad with Corn
Portobello-Asiago Pasta Salad
Udon Noodle Salad with Pineapple
Asparagus Pad Thai Salad
Wild Rice Salad
Barley and Chickpea Deli Salad
Summer Farro Salad
Tomato Panzanella with Ricotta
New Greek Salad
Green Goddess Quinoa Summer Salad
Crunchy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad
Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Orzo Vegetable Salad
Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
Southwestern Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Salads with Meat
Thai Roast Beef and Herb Salad
Cranberry Nectarine Chicken Salad
Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad
Grilled Pineapple, Chicken and Avocado Salad
Grilled Portobello-Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Summer Salad
Vietnamese Noodle Salad
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
Grilled Sesame Chicken and Eggplant Salad
Asparagus, Spinach, and Crisped-Prosciutto Salad

Potato Salads
Roasted Garlic Potato Salad
German Potato Salad
Spiced Potato Salad
Caesar Potato Salad
Warm Potato Salad with Goat Cheese
French Potato Salad
Sweet-Potato and Ginger Salad
Beet, Potato, and Walnut Salad

Did you find a new recipe for each and every day of summer? Good. Now head on down to the co-op for some fresh, local ingredients to get you started on your next salad adventure!