The weather is starting to warm up, and your inbox is filling up with invitations to all the best summer cookouts and barbecues. Head to your local farmers market for fresh produce that will make these summer salad recipes pop at your next picnic.
Decorate your summer picnic with every color of the rainbow with this Barbecue Chicken Cobb Salad. This recipe takes the traditional cobb salad to the next level with the addition of barbecue chicken, red peppers, and sliced carrots. Save space on your grill and prepare the chicken in advance by placing it in a slow cooker with a mix of brown sugar and barbecue sauce.
Forget the mayo-laden pea salad recipes you used to know. Substitute mayo for a bacon vinaigrette and crumbled feta cheese for this fresh take on a classic recipe that’s perfect for your next picnic. Radish slices and chunks of bacon make this a savory salad that will have everybody coming back for seconds.
For a quick and easy summer salad recipe, look no further than this Fresh Corn and Chickpea Salad. With only a few ingredients, this recipe takes under 20 minutes to prepare, so you can get out of the kitchen and back to enjoying the summer sun. This salad is dressed with fresh lime juice and cilantro, making it a light option for guests at your next summer barbecue.
Strawberry season is in full swing during early summer. Make the most of your summer harvest by combining sweet strawberries with creamy avocados in this Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad. This flexible recipe allows you to customize your salad with your choice of greens and nuts. Finish this light salad with everything tossed in a sweet and simple poppyseed dressing.
If you prefer a sweeter dressing for your salads, this is the recipe for you. This salad uses broccoli as its base and gives you a delicious dose of your daily vitamins, so you can keep enjoying your favorite summer activities. Mix in mandarin oranges, cranberries, and sunflower seeds for sweetness and a little crunch. Finish with a drizzle of cherry chia seed dressing for a salad that’s so tasty you won’t believe it’s good for you.
Switch up your typical chopped salad with quick-pickled vegetables that add a pop of tangy flavor. The pickling process takes under 30 minutes in this simple recipe and uses celery, carrots, and bell peppers to give it a burst of flavor and color. Top this salad with cucumber, egg slices, goat cheese, and peaches to make the most of all your favorite summer produce.