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Healthy Summer Salad Recipes

These are all the summer salads you need to make this year. Recipes for every type of healthy salad from green salad to chicken salad, potato salad, fruit salad and more!

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When the weather warms up and the farmers market opens, you know it’s time to start making some summer salads! Healthy salads are a great way to use fresh produce from your garden or the store.

Take advantage of all of the amazingly fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, greens, fruit and potatoes. We know you’ll find a new favorite summer salad in this roundup!

Side salads or a full meal

A lot of the salads included in this roundup are delicious and filling all on their own. You don’t have to make a separate protein, just follow the recipe for a full meal!

Of course, we also included some awesome side salad recipes. Nothing says summer like grilling, so we included plenty of options for BBQ sides.

My personal all time favorite?

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Green Salad Recipes

A variety of greens like kale, chard, spinach, arugula and romaine. Fresh garden veggies like tomatoes, radishes, carrots, zucchini and peppers. These green salad recipes showcase the abundance of flavor that summer produce offers!

BLT Salad (Paleo + Whole30)
This BLT salad is so flavorful and only has 8 ingredients! It’s a quick and easy meal and sure to be your new go-to Paleo + Whole30 salad option!
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Burger Salad With Pesto (Paleo + Whole30)
Quick, easy and real tasty, this burger salad with pesto is the best way to eat a clean and satisfying Paleo + Whole30 lunch or dinner! It is also one of our favorite ways to meal prep. You’re really going to enjoy the dairy-free pesto with this Paleo + Whole30 burger salad. 
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Easy Paleo Salmon Salad Bowls (Whole30 + Keto)
These easy Whole30 and Paleo Salmon Salad Bowls are the perfect way to sneak more salmon in and make a meal that you will absolutely look forward to making again! It’s packed with healthy fats and colorful veggies your body will love! 
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Easy Paleo Cobb Salad
This easy Paleo cobb salad is packed with all the flavors, like smoky bacon, creamy avocado, fresh tomatoes and a tangy balsamic dressing! 
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Mediterranean Chicken Salad (Paleo + Whole30)
This quick and easy mediterranean chicken salad is the perfect light meal for spring and summer.
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Potato Salad Recipes

To me, nothing says summer and grilling like a hearty potato salad. It’s the perfect side for a summer BBQ, potluck, holiday or family gathering. Plus, the leftovers are even better than the day it was made!

The Best Potato Salad with Bacon (Paleo + Whole30)
It's like a classic potato salad but better. Loaded with savory bacon, smoked cheddar cheese plus some crunchy celery and green onions, this creamy and delicious potato salad with bacon is sure to be a family favorite!
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Pesto Potato Salad
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Featuring an easy dairy-free pesto sauce and only 3 other main ingredients, this pesto potato salad is a flavorful side dish that can be served warm or cold.
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Whole30 Mustard Potato Salad – Whole Kitchen Sink
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This Whole30 mustard potato salad is a family favorite. Make this potato salad in the summer for parties or meal prep, it only gets better the longer it’s in the fridge!
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Cabbage Salad Recipes

Hearty and crunchy, cabbage salads are a fun way to change things up from a traditional green salad. Use a mix of green and purple cabbage for a salad that looks just as good as it tastes!

Easy Thai Beef Salad
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A colorful veggie packed meal, this easy-to-make Thai beef salad will be a new favorite! It's made with skirt steak, but flank steak will work great too, fresh veggies and cashew butter based sauce.
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Rich and Creamy Keto Coleslaw
A creamy low carb coleslaw with only 7 ingredients! A simple homemade keto coleslaw dressing pairs with crunchy cabbage, broccoli and jicama.
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Chopped Thai Shrimp Salad (Paleo + Whole30)
This chopped Thai shrimp salad is like eating the rainbow! It's packed with fruit, veggies and fresh herbs! Plus, it's super easy and quick to make!
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Fruit Salad Recipes

I can never decide which fruits to use in a fruit salad, so I usually end up with a HUGE salad made up of 10 different fruits. Does anyone else do this? These fruit salad recipes are more on the simple side, but just as delicious.

Easy, Fresh Tomato Watermelon Salad
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This tomato watermelon salad is like a watermelon salad met a caprese salad and had a baby. Skip the cheese or use a plant-based cheese for dairy-free.
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Grilled Fruit Salad (Paleo + Whole30)
Have you tried grilling fruit yet? It is so delicious! Bring this Paleo + Whole30 grilled fruit salad to your next gathering to make you look like a pro!
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Watermelon Salad (Paleo + Whole30 options)
This Paleo + Whole30 watermelon salad is the perfect way to mix things up a bit and enjoy fresh, seasonal produce! It's a great healthy summer side dish!
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Broccoli Salad Recipes

Broccoli is often overlooked for salads, but it can add the best crunch and texture. These salads put broccoli front and center, so you can enjoy this amazing veggie as the star of the show.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
An easy low carb side dish, the flavor of this broccoli cauliflower salad with bacon will amaze you. With bacon bits, red onion and a creamy sauce, it's sure to be a hit!
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Whole30 Broccoli Salad – The Defined Dish
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This Whole30 Broccoli Salad is a cleaner, rendition of a classic broccoli salad that is still really delicious. It is the perfect summer side dish!
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Paleo Broccoli Salad
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This paleo broccoli salad is the best! With a creamy, delicious dressing and the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch. It’s also Whole30 and dairy-free!
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Chicken Salad Recipes

Although chicken salad can be made year-round, I find myself craving it more in the summer. I usually serve it on top of greens or in a tortilla/wrap, but it’s also a great for meal prep and can be used for quick and easy lunches.

Homemade Keto Chicken Salad Recipe
This low-carb, keto-friendly chicken salad recipe uses chicken breast, 1/2 cup of avocado oil mayo, plus bacon and olives. Ready in 15 min!
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Pear and Almond Chicken Salad Wraps (Paleo + Whole30)
These Paleo and Whole30 pear and almond chicken salad wraps are perfect for packing along for a day trip or lunch during the busy week! 
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Chicken Avocado Salad with Bacon (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This chicken avocado salad with bacon is creamy, flavorful and satisfying! You can make it ahead of time or whip it up in 20 minutes. You will be amazed by just how fast it all comes together! 
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Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad
This crunchy Whole30 and Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad is packed with veggies and textures. 
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Quick + Easy BLT Chicken Salad (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
We’ve got all the flavors of a BLT wrapped up in this Paleo + Whole30 BLT chicken salad! We love to eat it in lettuce shells or as an easy snack + dip.
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Cucumber Salad Recipes

Cucumber is my absolute favorite summer vegetable. I eat pickling cucumbers straight out of the garden whenever I can. They also make the best crunchy and simple salads when paired with a few other fresh ingredients.

Asian Cucumber Salad (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
A simple and flavorful summer salad, this Asian cucumber salad is THE easy side dish for your next BBQ! A healthy Paleo, Whole30 + Keto cucumber salad recipe with a light and easy sauce.
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Tomato Cucumber Salad – Real Food with Jessica
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This Paleo and Whole30 Tomato Cucumber Salad is quick to make and so delicious! A great, light and refreshing side dish. It’s gluten free, dairy free, low carb and low FODMAP.
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Refreshing Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Option) – What Great Grandma Ate
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This Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad comes together in 5 minutes, and it’s a crunchy and refreshing side dish to any meal! Whole30 and AIP options available.
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Steak Salad Recipes

Summer steak salads are where it’s at! Throw a steak on the grill, mix up some greens and dressing and you are all set for a savory and fresh meal. Any grilled steak will work with these recipes, but I prefer flank or skirt steak.

Beef Shawarma Bowl (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto beef shawarma bowl is uniquely flavored and full of all the goods – seasoned beef, spinach, cauliflower rice, cucumbers, red onion and tomatoes all topped with a creamy, dairy-free tzatziki sauce!
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Grilled Steak Salad (Paleo + Whole30)
All the summer vibes are settling in! You know….grilling, hanging out on patios, soaking up the sunshine and breeze. This Paleo and Whole30 grilled steak salad is full of fresh, seasonal summer produce and a tasty green dressing to drizzle over everything!
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Simple Steak Salad (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-Free)
We love this simple steak salad because there are just a handful of ingredients, nothing flashy or obscure. A simple and delicious Paleo + Whole30 dish!
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Caesar Salad Recipes

Finding a healthy caesar salad dressing can be hard, but you’ve come to the right place! These caesar salad options give you some great homemade dressing options so they are a healthy take on the classic caesar.

Kale Caesar Burger Bowl (Paleo, GF + Whole30)
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This kale caesar burger bowl is so satisfying with a Paleo + Whole30 caesar dressing and optional cheese topping. Quick, easy and great any meal of the day.
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Loaded Whole30 Chicken Caesar Salad – Sunkissed Kitchen
Chopped chicken caesar salad in bowl with tomato, egg, tomato, purple onion and avocado
This is a salad the whole family will enjoy eating. Made Whole30 by adding a creamy vegan caesar salad dressing, and using chopped, toasted and salted pecans instead of parmesan cheese and croutons.
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Kale Chicken Caesar Salad – Paleo Running Momma
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This Paleo and Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad is an easy, healthy lunch or dinner packed with so much flavor! Dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, low carb.
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Spinach Salad Recipes

Spinach is the perfect base for a summer salad. Although you can get spinach year-round, I like it best when it’s mixed with other fresh summer ingredients – especially fresh berries.

Spinach Blueberry Salad
This Paleo + Whole30 spinach blueberry salad has seasonal produce and the blueberry dressing has no added sugar. It’s a quick and easy weeknight meal.
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Apple Walnut Spinach Salad (GF, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free)
This apple walnut spinach salad is a great way to make lunches during the week a breeze by adding your favorite proteins to make it a complete meal!
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Strawberry Spinach Salad – The Wooden Skillet
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Strawberry Spinach Salad – An amazing summer salad with the BEST homemade balsamic dressing!! (Whole30 Paleo GF DF)
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Vertical overhead image of thai chicken salad in a large serving bowl with all the ingredients separated out - cabbage, cucumber, cashews, red bell pepper, cilantro, mango, carrots, chicken and a peanut sauce.

35+ Sensational Summer Salad Recipes: Thai Chicken Salad

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
When people say eat the rainbow, they mean eat this amazing Thai chicken salad! Plus we have rounded up all the summer salads you need to try this year. Recipes for every type of healthy salad from green to fruit salad, potato salad and more!
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Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced (one small or half of a larger one)
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt

For the sauce:

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Instructions 

  • Prep all of the salad ingredients as noted, and place in a large bowl and toss.
  • Prep ginger and garlic as noted and make sauce. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.
  • Pour the sauce over the salad and toss again. Serve and enjoy!
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