10 Easy summer salad recipes – light meal for the hot weather

by John Griffith

Well, summer is here. So it brings hot weather, lots of sun and longer days. Because of the high temperatures our bodies, now more than ever, need extra nutrition. And, because our appetite seems to drop when the weather is hot, the perfect thing to nibble on is a delicious salad. What’s more, when the weather is so nice, we don’t really want to spend hours in the kitchen, next to the oven, preparing meals. So, today, we have gathered 10 easy summer salad recipes, which are super light and make for the perfect lunch snack or addition to your dinner. So, consider this your cookbook. Grab a knife and a cutting board and start preparing these.

Easy summer salad recipe

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Summer salad with grilled peaches and Halloumi cheese


For the dressing:

  • 1/4 teacup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 teacup honey
  • black pepper
  • salt

For the salad:

  • fresh peaches
  • 150gr Halloumi cheese
  • arugula
  • spinach
  • cherry tomatoes
  • red onion
  • walnuts

These are the ingredients for this delicious salad

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In a bowl mix the ingredients for the dressing

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Cover the peaches and the Halloumi with the dressing

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In a grill pan grill the halved peaches

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Grill the Halloumi cheese on both sides

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In a large bowl mix the ingredients for the salad

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Add the dressing and stir, then add the grilled peaches and Halloumi

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Decorate with fresh mint

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We need light meals for the hot weather

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Easy summer salad recipes – the classic fruit salad


  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 pint of strawberries, halved
  • 2 cups red grapes
  • 2 diced mangos
  • 3 sliced kiwis
  • 3 cups pineapple chunks

Fresh, light salad you can also use for dessert

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  1. Cut all of the fruits.
  2. Transfer them to a bowl and toss.

Super easy and simple

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Delicious peach spinach salad

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  • 2 large peaches
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 5 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds

For the dressing:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper

The combination may seem strange, but trust us, it is very tasty

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  1. In a bowl mix together the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. Add the spinach to a large salad bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette, toss. Top with the rest of the ingredients and toss gently again.

Ready to serve

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Non-traditional summer salad

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Easy salad recipes to try


For the salad:

  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1 cup cooked farro
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 4 stalks kale
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 2 sprigs mint
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup spiced sunflower seeds
  • 1 lime

For the dressing:

  • 1 green onion
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For the spiced sunflower seeds:

  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch chile powder
  • a pinch of salt

Super nutritious salad

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For the sunflower seeds:

  1. Lightly wet the seeds with a few drops of water and spread them on a baking sheet.
  2. Add the spices and placed in the oven for 10 minutes at 325°F. Let cool.

For the dressing:

  1. Whisk all the ingredients together.

For the salad:

  1. Coat the watermelon with lime juice.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large salad bowl and add the dressing.

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Sweet and spicy summer salad

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For the salad:

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • one large bunch of cilantro leaves
  • 2 avocados

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 6 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili pepper
  • salt and pepper

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  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. In a large salad bowl mix the ingredients for the salad, drizzle with the dressing and gently toss.

This is a very nutritious salad, perfect for a light lunch

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Herbed ricotta salad

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How to make salad, which is both easy and nutritious


For the ricotta:

  • 1/3 cup ricotta
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 basil leaves

For the salad:

  • 1 lb heirloom tomatoes
  • 6 radishes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cups basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp oregano leaves
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

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  1. Combine the spices with the ricotta and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper together.
  3. On a platter arrange the cucumber, tomatoes, onion and radishes and drizzle with the dressing. Add salt and pepper and top with peppers and ricotta cheese.
  4. Garnish with oregano and basil.

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Pasta salad, which can be served at lunch as well as at dinner

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Summer pasta salad recipe


For the salad:

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese balls
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 lb salami
  • 3/4 cup pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup parsley

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp each dry oregano and dry basil
  • black pepper
  • fresh herbs

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  1. Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Let cool a bit and toss with oil.
  2. Whisk the ingredients for the dressing together.
  3. In a large salad bowl add all ingredients together and drizzle with the dressing. Toss gently.

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Summer couscous salad

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For the salad base:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

For the toss-ins:

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 peaches
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 pieces fresh sweet corn
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups arugula
  • any herbs you like
  • lemon juice, honey, olive oil for dressing

These are the ingredients you are going to need

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  1. Combine the ingredients for the base and cover them with the warm broth. Let sit for about 5 minutes, until the couscous is cooked. Let it cool.
  2. Add the rest of the toss-ins and season the salad to taste.

Such a simple and quick recipe

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Summer salad with berries

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Healthy salad recipes


For the salad

  • 1 cup roasted walnuts
  • 3 Roman hearts
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 10 small radishes
  • 5 oz. goat cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey

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  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss all of the salad ingredients and drizzle with the dressing

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Prawn mango salad

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For the salad:

  • 2 mangos
  • 8 prawns
  • 1/2 red onion

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp red chili sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red chili
  • 1/6 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves

Step by step tutorial for the dressing and the salad

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  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing together.
  2. In a bigger salad bowl combine the mango, prawns and onion, then drizzle with the dressing and toss gently.

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Another version of the shrimp mango salad for all the lovers of seafood

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Dinner salad recipes


For the salad:

  • 200-400gr shrimp
  • 2.5 cups cooked risoni
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango
  • 75gr arugula
  • 250gr cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup coriander
  • 1/2 red onion

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

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  1. Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together.
  2. Cut the shrimp into smaller pieces.
  3. In a large salad bowl combine all the ingredients, drizzle with the dressing and toss gently.

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Here is more different types of salads

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3 easy summer salads to try right now

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You can see what is inside the plate and try to recreate it at home

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.