7 Scrumptious Summer Salads

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I just read that the 2nd most popular New Year’s Resolution is to eat healthy food. I know it’s on my list and Dave’s as well. One of the ways I plan to do this in 2013 is by eating more salads. I really enjoy them but generally don’t give myself enough time to make them. I decided to put together a collection of delicious salad recipes in this post for easy reference whenever lunch or dinner ideas are needed.

These salads all are hearty, filling, and full of flavor. They are pretty easy to prepare and there are not usual or hard to find ingredients. This collection of salads is an enticing way to work toward the goal of eating healthy this year. Enjoy!

Cucumber Black Bean & Feta Salad

Cucumber Black Bean Feta Salad For the recipe visit: Cooking Cowgirl

 Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad For the recipe visit: The Ungourmet 

Refreshing & Easy Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Easy Cucumber & Tomato Salad

 For this recipe visit: Honey…I Am the Help!

Awesome Chickpea Salad

Awesome Chickpea Salad

 For this recipe visit: Zoe

Rainbow Fruit Salad

Rainbow Fruit Salad

For this recipe visit: I {heart} Food

Tri Colore Orzo

Salad - Tri Colore Orzo

For this review visit: Lauren’s Kitchen

Wheat Berry and Argula Salad

Wheatberry & Argula Salad

 For this review visit: Cake & Allie

 What about you? What’s your favorite type of salad?

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  1. Maralea says:

    I was needing a great salad for our Memorial Day cookout tomorrow. The Cucumber and Tomato Salad looks like the one! Thanks for sharing these great recipes :)

  2. sheila ressel says:

    These all look so good. I eat a lot of salads but I get tired of the same ones. I will definitely add these to my rotation.

  3. Stephanie says:

    That black bean salad looks so yummy. I’m going to pick up the ingredients at the store this weekend – perfect for the summer.

  4. um, too many with avocado. Never going to happen for me.

  5. saminder gumer says:

    i like all the salad recipes. i think i will have to try one out over the weekend. i do not know which one because they all look so great.

  6. Betty Baez says:

    They all look amazing…i make tomato and cucumber salad all the time never thought to add jalapeno peppers definitely going to spice it up ;) and give it a try

  7. Fabulous collection – love the variety! We are big fans of salad for dinner and I am always looking for new recipes to liven up my tried-and-true repertoire. Thanks!

  8. kelly nicholson says:

    this looks really yummy…

  9. Wow these really look good. I like to have a big salad as the main part of dinner occasionaly and these look healthy.

  10. I’m a vegan so I really appreciate your black bean salad recipe. Yum.

  11. I make cucumber and tomato salads every summer when my garden is in full swing.

  12. The mozzarella-tomato-avocado salad looks delicious. I love Greek salad, and often make it with Israeli couscous instead of romaine.

  13. Thanks for all the new salad ideas! Healthy eating!

  14. Ashley Morrissey says:

    Thanks so much for this! I have been addicted to salads lately, especially while breastfeeding, and I needed new recipes!

  15. I really don’t like eating salad out of a bowl much but put it in a wrap or pita and I’m on it. I like to add spinach or kale, some type of lean meat, and all the veggies I can, fresh or sauted!


    Mmmmm Yummy! I love when foods are both healthy AND still delicious. I think the first 2 recipes would be my personal favorites. I always love sweeter salads too like chicken breast with fruits and raspberry vinaigrette and nuts for example.

  17. Naomi Osborn says:

    I love salads that have baby spinach in it! My favorite is probably a spinach salad with asian dressing, toasted almonds and sesame seeds, tons of avocado, julienne carrot (I love your carrot curls in one of the recipes above!), sautee chicken or beef strips, asian peas, maybe some sprouts, etc., etc.! Lots of flavor and crunch.

  18. Very cool! I love goat cheese – one of my favorite salads is warm goat cheese salad. You take goat cheese and make small discs and bread them and bake them. The inside gets gooey and the outside is crunchy. You put these on top of a salad of spinach, chopped up pear, walnuts, and dressing! So good!

  19. Ellen Casper says:

    Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, & Goat Cheese sounds yummy!

  20. Evelyn Goettner says:

    They all look delicious! I think my favorite would be the Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, & Goat Cheese. Yum!

  21. My favorite kind of salad is one that someone else makes. I don’t know why, but it always seems to taste better if someone else makes it.

    I do like the first one you posted and I think I’ll try that one out!

  22. Oh those look scruptious!! I need to try out the Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinegrette!

  23. Oooh, those all look so yummy!

  24. I will definitely be trying these recipes.

  25. stephanie says:

    the Marinated Broccoli, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad looks great

  26. I love Greek salads. Sometimes I just improvise since it’s one of my favorite things. I think I could eat salad every day.

  27. Cucumber & Tomato Salad is my favorite but all of those salads above look delicious!

  28. Betsy Barnes says:

    YUM! They all look so good, but I am going to make the Marinated Broccoli, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad very soon :)

  29. Great salad ideas for me! I’ve been trying to look for healthy food to make for me and my husband. We’re trying to lose some weight.

  30. The mozzarella tomato and avocado looks yummy.

  31. The Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinegrette looks amazing. It is one I could probably even get the kids to eat.

  32. That mozzarella tomato avo salad looks amazing!

  33. Wow! A few of those salads almost look like casseroles! So yummy and filling!

  34. They all look scrumptious! My favorite salad to have is a wilted spinach salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette dressing and I also love grilling romaine lettuce with a balsamic dressing.

  35. They all look wonderful! My favorite is anything with grilled chicken and a balsamic dressing, and lots of different greens.

  36. Looks delicious! I love trying new salads!

  37. Thomas Murphy says:

    The Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, & Goat Cheese looks so good!

  38. These look like great recipes…sound so tasty.

  39. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    These looks so good! My favorite is the Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinegrette!

  40. The Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinegrette sounds absolutely delicious! Yum! Going to pinterest now to repin that one. Mm, Thanks, Tésa!

  41. Thanks for the healthy recipes to start off the new year! I love spinach salads especially with hardboiled eggs

  42. They look delicious!!

  43. The cucumber and tomato salad is on my must make list. They all look great!

  44. Those salads look DELICIOUS! I love pine nuts!

  45. I will eat ALL those salads. Now. Can you please invite me over for lunch so I can do just that!? :) LOL

  46. I’d actually eat all of those, which is rare for me to say since I’m super picky. Thanks for the great resource, I know I’ll be making quite a few of these!

  47. The broccoli and mozzarella salad looks delicious! (Minus tomatoes)

  48. These look wonderful! We haven’t done a lot avocados. I think it is time was explore them.

  49. Hi T’esa,
    Happy New Year! I love avacodo and goat’s cheese so I have to try that recipes. I love that. I must share. Have a great day.


  50. That marinated broccoli salad sounds delish! Thanks for the inspiration!

  51. I made the spinach, avocado, chicken salad last week and it is AWESOME!!! It will be a standard on our menu.

  52. Yum! Love the first salad because goat cheese and avocados are two of my favorites. Loads of great flavor. :)

  53. I love anything with avocado in it. I’ll have to make that salad. Great ideas.

  54. That grilled chicken and spinach made me so hungry and all that had avocado. LOL now I am drooling. Thanks for sharing.

  55. I am a salad person so I will certainly be making these.

  56. I am not usually a big fan of salads, but these look sooo yummy! I will be trying the Grilled Chicken & Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinegrette for sure!

  57. Oh Tesa, these all look so delicious and healthy! yum!

  58. That black bean salad looks amazing! :)

  59. The mozzarella, avocado salad looks AMAZING!

  60. I would LOVE to try any of these! They all look yummy… :)

  61. I’m a total salad person so I can’t decide which one I want to have first!

  62. These all look great and I really love the Spinach Salad with Chicken, Avocado, & Goat Cheese

  63. Those are some really good looking salads! The Black Bean salad looks really delicious.

  64. I love salads (without tomatoes). Any grilled chicken, lots of greens and I love topping with almonds for crunch! Happy New Year Tesa!

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