Best Summer Salad Recipes

Thursday 2 July 2020

This Baker's Dozen of delicious Summer Salad Recipes are touted to be the best on my blog.  These recipes are all popular, all easy,  all delicious and all have been made again and again to rave reviews! 

Chosen by you, all are simple  and make the best of the fabulously fresh ingredients we have available to us at this time of year! Eleven of them are main dish salads, that you can enjoy for lunch or dinner and I have included two of my most popular potato salad recipes that go down very well with any variety of grilled meats, poultry or fish. 

Heck they are so tasty I even enjoy them all on their own!  If you are looking for a delicious summer meal that will help to keep the heat out of your kitchen, and yet still satisfy, look no further!  These are guaranteed to fit the bill on all counts!

Almost Fried Chicken Chopped Salad

Almost Fried Chicken Chopped Salad - This salad proves you can make a salad out of just about anything you have in the house. 

A fabulous mix of textures and flavours with a tasty dressing drizzled over top. This is a meal salad.

Bacon & Egg Salad

Bacon and Egg Salad - Another whole meal salad, this salad is light and delicious with a fabulous rich creamy dressing, and yes, you CAN have your bacon and eat it too!

 Steak, Mushroom, and Blue Cheese Salad

Steak, Mushroom & Blue Cheese - The flavour trinity of fabulous steak tastiness . . . a good piece of meat, some meaty mushrooms and blue cheese. What's not to like!

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad - I rub the chicken before cooking with my own homemade Montreal Chicken Seasoning.  

Its very easy to make and tastes delicious.  I love Caesar Salad full stop, but add grilled chicken and I am all over it! 

Turkey, Sour Cherry & Almond Pasta Salad

Turkey, Sour Cherry & Almond Pasta Salad - This is a lovely salad with beautiful flavours, colours and textures. I like to serve on a bed of shredded lettuce. 

Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad -  A main dish salad with grilled chicken, black olives, BACON, a lovely mix of fresh salad ingredients and a tangy Greek Yogurt dressing!

Chicken Nicoise Salad Platter

Chicken Nicoise Salad Platter - Rotisserie Chicken with roasted fingerling potato wedges, fresh beans, cheese, olives, boiled egg with a tangy mustard vinaigrette! 

 Beetroot Summer Salad Bowl 

Beetroot Summer Salad Bowl - This is a lovely salad that makes a nice light supper. It's easy to make, quick and we think it's quite delicious. 

You don't have to use ham in this if you don't want to. You could use a flavourful goats cheese, torn into bits, or chopped camembert, smoked fish . . . use your imagination. Chopped cooked steak or beef is also very nice. 

Tarragon, Chervil & Chive Dressed Salad 

Tarragon, Chervil & Chive Dressed Salad -  This is very adaptable. The dressing is the star. You can pair it with whatever you have to hand. 

In this case I used leftover roast chicken, cracked boiled baby potatoes, boiled egg, broccoli, baby carrots and peas and some baby gem lettuce leaves. 

Mom's Potato Salad 

Mom's Potato Salad - This is my favourite way to make a mayonnaise based potato salad.  It is perfect in my opinion, with just the right amount of dressing.   

Nicely flavoured with a bit of crunch from the celery and the cucumber.   This is a recipe I get asked to share again, and again.  

Potato, Egg & Green Bean Salad 

Potato, Egg & Green Bean Salad -  When you dress potato salads with a vinaigrette salad while the potatoes are still quite warm, they absorb some of the dressing which imparts a lovely flavour to the potatoes, it doesn't just coat them. This is simply lovely.  

Classic Cobb Salad 

The Classic Cobb Salad - A deliciously interesting way to get in some of your five a day! Based on the classic from the original signature dish of the Hollywood Brown Derby.  

It has a lovely Sherry Vinaigrette Dressing.  Cheese, egg, tomato, chicken, bacon and lettuce. Yummy! 

 Crispy Chicken Salad with a Blueberry Vinaigrette 

Crispy Chicken Salad with a Blueberry Vinaigrette - There is nothing about this salad that isn't pleasing.   Easy and quick to make.   

Pretty to look at with all of those colours and textures . . .  delicious to eat.  Plus the added bonus of being a tasty way to use up leftovers.  And pretty darned healthy if I don't say so myself. 
I hope that all my Canadian Readers had a lovely Canada Day and I wish a Happy Independance Day to all of my American Readers!   I am sure it is not quite the holiday any of us planned. Life sure has a way of surprising you! 




  1. Hi Marie, here's an easy way to remember the ingredients in a Cobb salad - Eat Cobb.
    E - eggs
    A - avocado
    T - tomato

    C - chicken
    O - onion
    B - bacon
    B - Blue cheese

    I use that as my grocery list, too, when I want to make a Cobb salad. It certainly is salad weather. Hope your weather has warmed up. Love and hugs, Elaine

    1. I love that Elaine! Thanks! It is raining again today, so no joy! xoxo

  2. Salata en sevdiğim. İçlerinde yaptıklarım var.

    1. Çok teşekkür ederim! Umarım bazılarını denersiniz!

  3. Wonderful ! Ooh ! Marie , you really are the most wonderful cook ! Thankyou :) x

    1. Thank you so much Debs! I really hope that you have a chance to make at least a few of these! xoxo

  4. What a lovely collection of salads. I can vouch for several others of yours as well! The Turkey, Sour Cherry & Almond Pasta Salad is one I must have missed. It sounds really lovely and I'm keen to try it out. We have perfect salad weather at the moment - I hope the weather improves for you over there.

    1. Thanks Marie! That turkey one is a ral favourite of mine! I hope the weather improves also. Showery, windy and cold again today! xoxo


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