Creating Scrumptious Summertime Salads

I feel like often the perfect summertime or grilled meal accompaniment is some type of salad. Luckily for us, many fruits and veggies are in their prime in the summertime. There are so many fresh, local, and seasonal crops out there that the options are endless. Here is our list of summertime musts for you, your family and your guests to try this summer.

Fruit Forward Salads – Fruit salads are finally in season. Update your recipes with these exciting mixes. I especially recommend my favorite sweet and savory combinations.

Who doesn’t love peach in the summertime? Check out this peach salad:

I love this twist on the traditional caprese salad:

I love this twist on the traditional caprese salad:

This is a flavorful summer salad:

This is a great summer fruit salad that will go with any grilled item:

This is one of my favorite summer snacks!

Check out this perfect summer flavor salad:

Here is a great upgrade of a melon salad:

Veggie Based Salads – Although the most common of salads, these new recipes surely will add a little pizazz to any meal. Not to mention, they will impress your guests with some different flavor combinations. Try out these great options this summer.

Love this colorful and fresh salad!

Here is a fresh and delicious bean salad:

Here is a grain alternative salad that is sure to please:

Need an accompaniment to your bratwurst this summer? Look no further!

Figs are perfect in the summertime, and what better way to enjoy them but in a salad:

Another perfect summer salad with seasonal veggies:

Here is a great alternative to a traditional slaw:

This salad is a great light summer meal:

This salad has great texture and flavor:

This is a great upgrade to a Mexican salad:

This is a great way to add some spice to your meals:

This is a great summer seasonal salad:

Grain Based Salads – Grain salads have gained popularity lately and are a great option for an alternative to rice or potatoes. There are also some great upgrades to grains you already love. Check out some of these yummy options to please your family and friends this summer.

Love this new grain salad:

Check out this fantastic pasta salad:

Can’t say no to rice but need an upgrade? Check out this great option:

Here is a great upgrade on a pasta salad:

This is my favorite pasta salad!

Here is a great way to combine a great app with a pasta salad:

I hope you have enjoyed some these new and unique salad ideas. They will really update your summer meals and impress all of your guests. Not to mention, they will be great additions for year-round enjoyment. So which one will you add to your regular rotation? Let us know what you liked best!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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