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!

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?

Try it – just trust me on this. You won’t regret it.

Wondering what to serve with your salad? Check out all of our healthy grilling recipes!

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)

4.70 from 13 ratings
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!
Get the recipe

Burger Salad With Pesto (Paleo + Whole30)

5 from 2 ratings
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. 
Get the recipe

Easy Paleo Salmon Salad Bowls (Whole30 + Keto)

4.21 from 78 ratings
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! 
Get the recipe

Easy Paleo Cobb Salad

4.60 from 5 ratings
This easy Paleo cobb salad is packed with all the flavors, like smoky bacon, creamy avocado, fresh tomatoes and a tangy balsamic dressing! 
Get the recipe

Mediterranean Chicken Salad (Paleo + Whole30)

5 from 5 ratings
This quick and easy mediterranean chicken salad is the perfect light meal for spring and summer.
Get the recipe

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)

4.59 from 12 ratings
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!
Get the recipe
pesto potato salad in bowl with a spoon and bacon sprinkled on top vertical image

Pesto Potato Salad

4.89 from 9 ratings
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.
Get the recipe
Mustard potato salad in a white bowl with diced green onions on top

Whole30 Mustard Potato Salad – Whole Kitchen Sink

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!
Get the recipe

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!

thai beef salad served in a bowl with cashew sauce drizzled on top.

Easy Thai Beef Salad

5 from 7 ratings
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.
Get the recipe

Rich and Creamy Keto Coleslaw

4.89 from 9 ratings
A creamy low carb coleslaw with only 7 ingredients! A simple homemade keto coleslaw dressing pairs with crunchy cabbage, broccoli and jicama.
Get the recipe

Chopped Thai Shrimp Salad (Paleo + Whole30)

5 from 2 ratings
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!
Get the recipe

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.

Close up image of tomato watermelon salad in a bowl with fresh chopped basil on top.

Easy, Fresh Tomato Watermelon Salad

4.84 from 18 ratings
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.
Get the recipe

Grilled Fruit Salad (Paleo + Whole30)

4.10 from 22 ratings
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!
Get the recipe

Watermelon Salad (Paleo + Whole30 options)

5 from 3 ratings
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!
Get the recipe
Summer citrus salad with arugula, oranges and sliced radishes

Summer Citrus Salad (GF, Refined Sugar-Free)

5 from 2 ratings
Get the recipe

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.

Overhead shot of creamy keto broccoli & cauliflower salad with bacon bits on top

20 Minute Keto Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad with Bacon

4.89 from 9 ratings
This easy, hearty keto salad recipe combines crispy bacon, red onion, and fresh broccoli and cauliflower florets with a creamy spiced aioli dressing that’s truly irresistible. It’s a terrific low-carb side dish that’s ready within 20 minutes.
Get the recipe
angle shot of broccoli salad in gray bowl

Whole30 Broccoli Salad – The Defined Dish

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!
Get the recipe
broccoli salad in a brown bowl with spoon coming out

Paleo Broccoli Salad

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!
Get the recipe

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

4.31 from 49 ratings
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!
Get the recipe

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! 
Get the recipe

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! 
Get the recipe

Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad

5 from 2 ratings
This crunchy Whole30 and Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad is packed with veggies and textures. 
Get the recipe

Quick + Easy BLT Chicken Salad (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

4.75 from 4 ratings
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.
Get the recipe

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)

3.97 from 64 ratings
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.
Get the recipe
tomato cucumber salad in a bowl with spoon

Tomato Cucumber Salad – Real Food with Jessica

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.
Get the recipe
cucumber dill salad in a glass bowl - overhead shot

Refreshing Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Option) – What Great Grandma Ate

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.
Get the recipe

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)

4.70 from 10 ratings
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!
Get the recipe

Grilled Steak Salad (Paleo + Whole30)

5 from 2 ratings
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!
Get the recipe

Simple Steak Salad (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-Free)

5 from 2 ratings
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!
Get the recipe

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.

3 bowls of caesar salads with burgers and parmesan cheese on top

Kale Caesar Burger Bowl (Paleo, GF + Whole30)

5 from 5 ratings
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.
Get the recipe
Chopped chicken caesar salad in bowl with tomato, egg, tomato, purple onion and avocado

Loaded Whole30 Chicken Caesar Salad – Sunkissed Kitchen

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.
Get the recipe
Kale chicken caesar salad in white bowl with pine nuts on top

Kale Chicken Caesar Salad – Paleo Running Momma

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.
Get the recipe

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

4.34 from 15 ratings
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.
Get the recipe

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad (GF, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free)

4.14 from 15 ratings
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!
Get the recipe
spinach salad with sliced strawberries, blueberries, walnuts and onion on top

Strawberry Spinach Salad – The Wooden Skillet

Strawberry Spinach Salad – An amazing summer salad with the BEST homemade balsamic dressing!! (Whole30 + Paleo + GF + DF)
Get the recipe

Like this Recipe?


Collage image of 4 salads with text in middle. Steak salad top left, spinach salad top right, chicken salad bottom left and pesto potato salad bottom right.

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.
5 from 2 ratings
Get the Recipe:

35+ Sensational Summer Salad Recipes: Thai Chicken Salad

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!


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:

  • 1/4 cup creamy cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, (or rice vinegar)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated on a microplane
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • water, to thin, (add 1 tbsp at a time until it reaches your desired consistency – we used about 2 tbsp)
  • Sea salt, to taste


  • 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!

Last Step:

Please leave a star rating and comment to let us know how you liked this recipe! Your ratings and reviews help our business grow, so we can continue to provide free healthy and delicious recipes for you.

Did you make this recipe?Tag @realsimplegood with hashtag #realsimplegood on Instagram. We love to see what you make!
Healthy Summer Salad RecipesHealthy Summer Salad Recipes