So many salads! A very big list of delicious recipes to turn to all summer long

Loaded with legumes, cold noodle salads, creamy slaws — there’s a salad here to meet any of your cravings.

Loaded with legumes, cold noodle salads, creamy slaws — there’s a salad here to meet any of your cravings

(Photography, left: Michael Gozum; middle: David Bagosy; right: David Loftus)

While we wholeheartedly believe that salads are a year-round food we get why the warmer months really bring on 'salad season'. All that fresh in-season produce to eat raw, plus many of them are quick, light and ideal for when the heat waves hit. If you're already cramming your crisper, this roundup is for you. Here are 36 salads to enjoy this season: vivid and crisp, leafy, loaded with legumes and grains, grilled to perfection, and some full of fruit too.

Legume and grain goodness

Farro and Mushroom Salad

Sweet Potato and Lentil Salad in a Lime Vinaigrette

(Photo: Shayma Owaise Saadat)

Mustard Seed Roasted Vegetable, Barley, and Bean Salad

(Photography by Allison Day)

Summer Mango Black Rice Salad with Broiled Tofu

(Photography by Marcella DiLonardo)

Charoset Quinoa

(Photography by David Loftus)

Brown Rice, Chicken and Butternut Squash Salad with Roasted Garlic Tahini Dressing

(Photography by Gabriel Cabrera)

Loaded with leafy greens

Lawn Weed Salad

A Really Good Kale Salad

(Photo credit: Jackson Roy)

Superfood Salad

(Credit, photography: Jack Roy; Prop styling: Nikole Rutherford; Food styling: Carol Dano)

Kale Salad with Tahini Ranch Dressing

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Trout & Popcorn Salad with Creamy Apple Dressing

(Photography by Alexandre Champagne)

Kale Cobb Salad

Steak Salad with Quick Pickles 

Lobster and Avocado Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Chiffonade Salad

Noodle salads!

Soba Salad with Tahini Dressing and Roasted Cauliflower

(Photography by Betty Binon)


(Photography by Leela Ceed)

Salads with creamy bases

Jacket Potatoes w/ Shaved Vegetable Salad and Tuna Mayo

(Photography by EE Berger)

Spiced Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

(Photography by Gabriel Cabrera)

Broccoli Walnut Slaw with Ginger Lemon Tahini Dressing

(Photography by Debi Traub)

Salads to serve warm 

Grilled Radicchio Salad with Tahini & Chive Dressing

Crispy Chicken, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Shaved Root Vegetables

(Image: Dennis The Prescott)

Charred Whole Romaine w/ Hard-Boiled Egg, Anchovy Vinaigrette, and Garlic Bread Crumbs

(Photography by EE Berger)

Winter Citrus Niçoise Salad 

(Image: Dennis The Prescott)

Grilled Potato Salad

Warm Winter Salad

Jamie Oliver's Griddled Tuna Kinda Niçoise Salad

(Credit: David Loftus)

Roasted vegetable salads

Romanesco Broccoli Salad

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Fennel and Asian Pear Salad

(Photography by Jennifer May)

Big Roasted Delicata Squash Dinner Salad

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Citrusy and fruit-forward favourites

A (mostly!) make-ahead Citrus Salad

Nadiya's Fruit Salad Fattoush

(Credit: Hungry Gap Productions Ltd.)

Orange-Basil Watermelon Salad with Grilled Calamari

(Photography by Michael Gozum)

Sarosh's Mango Chaat

The most fabulous fruit salad

Deconstructed Ambrosia Salad 

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