Fresh, easy, and pretty enough for a party–these colorful salads top our list of go-to recipes for summer meals.
Sweet, juicy blueberries are the stars of this quick-toss salad, but it’s equally good (and even more colorful) served with
a mix of summer berries. Creamy gorgonzola cheese and walnuts complement the perfect mix of leafy greens. Pair with grilled
beef, pork, or chicken for a simple but elegant menu that’s easy enough to serve anytime.
Shaped in a cake pan and trimmed with a festive border of fresh herbs and berries, Cha-Cha Chicken Salad doubles as a quick
and easy centerpiece for summer entertaining. Serve it as a luncheon entrée or as an appetizer with assorted crackers and
Instead of being tossed together in a bowl, the ingredients for this colorful side salad are arranged on a platter. The potatoes
can be cooked and marinated overnight – ready to assemble just before serving.
Fresh basil and lemon zest add a summery twist to our favorite marinated shrimp. Easy-to-make Parmesan cheese baskets double
as crisp and stylish serving dishes.
These festive party pick-ups get a quick start with refrigerated cheese tortellini. If you’re short on time, simply toss the
ingredients together in a pretty bowl and set out some forks.
Fresh peaches replace tomatoes in this Southern twist on Insalata Caprese. A drizzle of cilantro vinaigrette spiked with tequila
adds the finishing touch.
Broccoli salad fans will love the mix of green beans and grapes in this colorful new pasta salad. It’s not a combination you
see often, but one that’s a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Cook the pasta al dente, so it’s firm enough to hold its own when tossed
with the tangy-sweet salad dressing.
Toss chopped fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese with still-warm pasta shells and a flavorful garlic vinaigrette
– and you’ve got the perfect side dish for a summer sandwich.
A favorite at backyard cookouts, this colorful confetti of crisp and tender vegetables is marinated in a sweet and tangy homemade
A make-ahead recipe for great chicken salad is like money in the bank when it comes to easy entertaining – and this is one
the best. A wreath of pencil-thin green beans creates a simple but striking garnish.
Chopped salads are all the rage. The fact that this irresistible combo is super healthy and light is just an added bonus.
Turn it into an entrée by topping with grilled flank steak or steamed shrimp.
It’s a simple but unexpected combination of flavors – and absolutely delicious. You’ll taste how special it is with the very
Light and brightly flavored with fresh ginger, this Asian-inspired medley of fresh and frozen peas takes just minutes to toss
Spiked with the sweet-sharp heat of a pepper-jelly vinaigrette, ice-cold cubes of watermelon team up with buttery crumbles
of Gorgonzola cheese and toasted pecans. Mâche is a tender, heirloom variety of lamb’s lettuce, but the salad is equally good
prepared with a mix of baby lettuces.
Tossed with blue cheese, walnuts, and toasted ramen noodles this crisp green salad is the perfect partner for anything grilled.
Lightly dressed with the salty snap of roasted peanuts, fresh ginger, and wasabi paste, this crisp coleslaw stands out from
Entertaining is easy with this elegant trio of simple-to-fix party salads. Make-ahead tart shells dress up individual servings
of Honey-Chicken Salad. Use refrigerated piecrusts, or take a super-shortcut and bake off a package of frozen tart shells.
This rainbow of summer fruit makes an elegant presentation and a refreshing side for a luncheon, brunch, or dinner. Layer
and chill the salad up to eight hours in advance.
Ripe orange nectarines add a colorful layer of flavor to this refreshing salad. Layers of greens, strawberries, feta cheese,
green tomato, fresh basil, and glazed pecans make for an unbeatable summer salad.
Cheese-filled tortellini pasta is complemented by salty green and black olives and crunchy red bell peppers and onions. A
tangy vinegar-based dressing is loaded with herbes de Provence to coat all of the ingredients with a variety of aromatic flavors.
Grapefruit adds sweet-tart flair to this salad of Belgian endive. Flavorful Cumin-Dijon Vinaigrette finishes off the fruity,
A festive basket made from refrigerated breadstick dough turns this simple-to-fix salad into a showstopping centerpiece.
Bring a heaping bowl of comfort to your warm-weather table with this terrific potato salad recipe. Though your family favorite
may be the traditional mayonnaise-and-sweet pickle variety, try one of this recipe for a fresh twist. Jazz up your presentation
by serving this salad in paprika-rimmed glasses. (Simply dip the rims in lemon or lime juice, then into paprika.)
Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad is a combination of flavors and textures that complement each other perfectly.
Red and green grapes make the perfect sweet addition to this chicken salad. If you aren’t a fan of nuts, substitute celery
for the pecans to ensure a crunchy bite.
This simple yet elegant salad makes for a beautiful presentation when served in individual glasses atop of beds of fresh baby
lettuces. Add basil, peach slices, and plump blackberries to complement this savory salad with a hint of sweetness.
This salad includes just about everything but the kitchen sink, but feel free to add any extra vegetables or herbs of your
choice. Artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, smoked mozzarella chunks, and chopped green chiles create a great mix of flavors
while pine nuts add a finishing crunch. The rotini pasta is perfect for holding the dressing, but substitute the pasta of
your choice if desired.
Watermelon-Prosciutto Salad, drizzled with a super-simple homemade vinaigrette, becomes a light summer meal when paired with
your favorite appetizer.
Try a refreshing spin on tuna salad with cannellini beans, lemon juice, oregano, parsley, and green onions. Serve over lettuce
with crusty bread and fresh fruit for a home picnic meal.
Add some heat to the chicken with prepared horseradish. Horseradish is a pungent herb that is hot to the taste buds but is
not spicy like jalapeños. Add more or less of the sauce depending on your preference.
A mixture of Yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes provides a refreshing twist on potato salad. A lemon-garlic vinaigrette,
chopped pecans, and fresh basil finish off the salad. Choose small to medium-size potatoes of similar diameter for this colorful
Even salads get dressed for Easter. Try this version with a Zesty Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing to start the meal.
This updated Southern classic is made with a creamy herb mixture that has fewer fat grams but still all the flavor of the
heavier traditional recipes.
From the kitchen of Paula Jones, bellalimento.com, Youngsville, NC "Being originally from Georgia, I love a good peach!"
Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the
vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, the salad is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.