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20 Summer Salad Recipes You Need To Make This Summer

When that warm weather finally hits, salads are my “go to” meal! These salads are ideal for main dishes, lunches, cookouts, and to take to those summer BBQ’s!

These lightened up salad recipes are perfect for lunch, dinner, or for your BBQ’s this summer! Here are 20 lightened up salads that are easy to throw together and taste extra delicious on a hot summer day!

Lightened Up Dorito Taco Salad 

This recipe is a lighter version of the traditional Dorito salad that my family allays had made-but this one is made using lean ground beef, light Catalina dressing, and garnished with Quest protein taco chips! It’s healthy and so delicious.

Big Mac Salad

This Big Mac Salad tastes just like a Big Mac from Mcdonalds-without the high calories and fat. This Big Mac Salad is an absolute keeper! 

Skinny Mexican Street Corn Salad

This Skinny Mexican Street Corn Salad is over the top delicious! It’s exploding with flavors! A perfect addition for parties, potlucks, or a side dish to any meal! This is a dish that will be a hit at your outdoor barbecue or picnic!

Easy Seven Layer Salad

This Easy Seven Layer Salad is a classic layered salad with seven colorful layers and a homemade lightened up creamy dressing. This is an easy make ahead salad that looks and tastes amazing!

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad (Panera Copycat)

This Strawberry Poppyseed Salad was inspired by Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed Salad! It’s packed with so much goodness- romaine lettuce, fresh fruit, boneless skinless chicken strips, toasted pecans, and then drizzled with a mouth watering homemade poppyseed dressing!

Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad

This Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad is packed with broccoli, bacon, red onions, sunflower seeds and tossed together with a creamy ranch dressing!! The combination of all the flavors makes this Broccoli Salad irresistible!

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Strawberry Spinach Salad is simple to make and is packed with baby spinach, juicy strawberries, toasted pecans, thinly sliced red onion and feta then drizzled with light Poppy Seed White Balsamic Dressing for the tastiest summer salad. It’s quick and refreshing-perfect for potlucks, BBQ’s, or summertime picnics.

Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad

This Caprese Chicken Pasta Salad is fresh, flavorful and delicious! Packed with cold pasta, chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil-then seasoned with Italian seasonings, salt, pepper, a little olive oil and white balsamic vinegar! This pasta salad is a true winner in my book! 

Lightened Up Coleslaw Macaroni Salad

This Lightened Up Coleslaw Macaroni Salad is an easy summer side dish that combines two favorite summer salads: coleslaw and macaroni salad-packed with pasta, coleslaw, celery, diced apples-this is an easy and delicious dish to take to a potluck or your next BBQ!

Skinny Creamy Grape Salad

This Skinny Creamy Grape Salad is a tasty dessert salad- and summertime favorite at our house! A combination of bright green and red grapes slathered in a creamy lightened up cream cheese dressing and then topped with brown sugar and crunchy pecans. It’s a crowd pleaser and great for potlucks!

Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salad

This Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salad is colorful, infused with Mexican flavors, and drizzled with a tasty lime and garlic dressing. This salad for a great side dish for any meal!

Skinny Creamy Cucumber Salad

This Skinny Creamy Cucumber Salad perfect for spring and summer-made with crisp English cucumbers, sweet onions, and tossed in a homemade dill dressing.

Lightened Up Asian Chicken Salad

This Lightened Up Asian Chicken Salad is packed with so much goodness-teriyaki chicken, mandarin oranges, edamame, chow mein noodles, almonds, shredded carrots, cilantro leaves, green onions, red cabbage, and then drizzled with delicious homemade dressing!!

Easy Chickpea Salad

This Easy Chickpea Salad is packed with chickpeas, fresh vegetables and drizzled with a simple homemade vinaigrette dressing. It’s a great side dish to any meal! This Easy Chickpea Salad is naturally gluten-free, healthy, and vegan!

Fiesta Corn Salad

Looking for a great summer salad to take to those family BBQ’s or gatherings?! Here is one I definitely recommend! The combination of the corn, chili seasoning, lime juice along with the creaminess of the yogurt really makes this salad delicious!

Skinny Loaded Potato Salad

This Skinny Loaded Potato Salad is a healthier version of a loaded potato salad-packed with protein-made with non fat Greek yogurt, light mayo, bacon pieces, green onions, potatoes, and hard boiled eggs!  It’s an easy potato salad recipe that has become a staple at our summer picnics, BBQ’s, and holiday gatherings. This is a MUST have side dish!

Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad

This Skinny Classic Macaroni Salad is a lightened up version of a classic macaroni salad-packed with elbow noodles, chopped celery, scallions, red peppers, and hard boiled eggs, then tossed in a light creamy dressing! It’s sure to be a picnic favorite!

Antipasto Salad

This Antipasto Salad has a winning combination of meats and fresh vegetables. It’s packed with turkey pepperoni, red roasted peppers, salami, mozzarella, pepperoncinis, red onions, artichokes, olives, and chickpeas-then tossed in a homemade vinaigrette! This salad can be served as a main dish or side dish!

Tex-Mex Pasta Chicken Salad 

This Tex-Mex Pasta Chicken Salad  is an easy and delicious pasta salad packed with pasta, cooked chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, and topped with a creamy, spicy, flavorful dressing. Perfect for your next BBQ or summer picnic!

Watermelon Feta Salad

This Watermelon Feta Salad made with watermelon, feta cheese, and fresh mint is simply irresistible! Perfect for summer. It’s the combination of the saltiness of the feta combined with the sweetness of the watermelon that makes this salad mouth watering delicious!

Now’s the time to make these refreshing salads. If you make any of these summer salad recipes, I’d love to hear which ones are your favorite in a comment below!

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