Ya’ll, summer is upon us.
Hello, staying way too late at the pool to cook a real meal kind of evenings. I’ve missed you dearly.
Goodbye oven. You make me too hot in the summer. See you next fall.
My favorite go-to summer dinners always include a delicious salad that double duties the next day as lunch. Lunch salads and mason jars really are a match made in cutsie food heaven, are they not?
So, if you too want to give your oven (and yourself) a hiatus for the summer, here are my all time favorite summer salads. Make them. Eat them. Thank me later.
And if your family turns up their noses to salad for dinner, tell them that’s fine, you’ll just need to leave the pool earlier tomorrow. Works every time. A good crusty piece of bread on the side never hurts either.
Ultimate Greek Chopped Salad from the Garden Grazer
This has quickly become our hands down favorite salad. I like to add Greek olives and feta, because you should add olives and cheese to any recipe whenever possible. Sometimes I even get really
lazy efficient and use bottled Aldi Greek dressing instead of making the dressing from the recipe. You are going to love this one!
Mozzarella, Tomato, and Avocado Salad by Everything Fabulous
You can see how the delicious avocado coats everything in this salad. Be still my heart.
Kale Salad with Warm Cranberry Vinagarette by Gimme Some Oven
I do realize this salad is going to require you to use a pan (gasp) and turn on the stove (no, not that!), but trust me, people. It will all be worth it! I can’t get this salad into my mouth fast enough.
Curried Couscous by Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network
Again, a small amount of cooking is required for this one but let me tell you, make A LOT because you are going to want it. I usually substitute craisins for the currants. This salad only gets better the longer it sits and even if you don’t love curry, try this one. You’ll be glad you did.
Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
We really enjoyed this salad the other night. I omitted the avocado (didn’t have one) and added mango, blueberries, and strawberries. Delicious!
Texas Caviar by The Comfort of Cooking
This really shouldn’t be classified as a “salad” but what’evs. We eat this with tortilla chips pretty much non-stop all summer. It travels well (in a mason jar of course), gets better with age, and in a pinch, can be passed off as a main course. (Yes, you can do that, my friend!)
How about you? Do you have any favorite summer salads? You can follow my (I don’t want to cook for real) salad obsession over on my recipe board on Pinterest!