Here are all the summer salad recipes you need! These classic salads are perfect for cookouts and barbecues all season long.

Summer salad recipes

Once the weather is finally warm, summer salad recipes are where it’s at! Salads are ideal for highlighting the fresh produce of season: and perfect side dishes for cookouts and barbecues. Here are a few of our very favorite summer salads for all your summery occasions. This list includes only side salads: perfect for pairing with burgers, a grilled meal, or to round out the pitch in table. Looking for main dish salads instead? Keep reading: we’ve got something for everyone!

And now…our top summer salad recipes!

Want more summer salads?

Don’t worry: we have lots more salads where those came from! Outside of these summer salad recipes, try these main dish salad concepts that are perfect for the season. Here are a few more summer recipes we enjoy:

Also make sure to check out our top summer appetizers!

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Peach Salad

20 Summer Salad Recipes You Need Now

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This peach salad recipe is irresistibly fresh! Pair the juicy fruit with cheese crumbles, toasted nuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette.



For the salad

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 6 to 8 cups mixed greens (we like a mix of butter lettuce and other greens)
  • 3 small (or 2 large) ripe peaches
  • 1 handful red onion slices
  • ½ cup canned corn, drained (or fresh corn or grilled corn)
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled (or feta cheese; omit for vegan)

For the dressing

  • 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. Toast the almonds: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Prep the fresh ingredients: Slice the peaches. Thinly slice the onion.
  3. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper until thick and emulsified.
  4. Serve: To serve, top the greens with the peaches, almonds, red onion, goat cheese, and corn, then drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately. 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Summer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Summer Salads, Summer Salad Recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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