Superfast Summer Salads

Gorgeous in presentation and taste, these quick-cooking entrées feature fresh, fast protein-packed salads that are perfect for busy summer nights.

  • Shrimp, Snap Pea, and Chervil Salad
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    Shrimp, Snap Pea, and Chervil Salad

    This salad is easy to vary depending on what you have on hand; crumbled fresh goat cheese, chicken, or smoked trout can all be subbed in for the shrimp. It's especially refreshing when the ingredients are cold.
  • Steak Salad with Tomato and Blue Cheese

    Steak Salad with Tomato and Blue Cheese

    Fast-cooking and flavorful, skirt steak is made for weeknight dinners. The steak starts out quite large; cutting it into three pieces before grilling helps it cook even more quickly.
  • Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad
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    Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad

    Quick and easy Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad (ready in less than 25 minutes and in only two steps!) is colorful, tasty, and healthy. Make the Lemony Caesar Dressing ahead of time to make this salad come together even more quickly.
  • Grilled Tuna Over Green Bean, Tomato, and Chickpea Salad

    Grilled Tuna Over Green Bean, Tomato, and Chickpea Salad

    This easy, high-protein meal comes together quickly following an after-work workout or summer activity.
  • Grilled Chicken and Bulgur Salad

    Grilled Chicken and Bulgur Salad

    This main-course salad is similar to the Middle Eastern pita salad called fattoush and is especially crisp if you use thin pita chips rather than thick ones. To save time, make a batch of bulgur on the weekends and use in your courses throughout the week.
  • Grilled Lemon-Dijon Chicken Thighs with Arugula Salad

    Grilled Lemon-Dijon Chicken Thighs with Arugula Salad

    This light, quick main is perfect for warmer months. If you have 5 extra minutes, grill some vegetables to toss into the salad; try asparagus or red onion.
  • Summer Veggie Salad

    Summer Veggie Salad

    Beautiful grilled summer vegetables lend an extra boost flavor and crispy texture in this 40-minute, vegetarian salad. To make it a budget-friendly dinner, swap out the pine nuts and Manchego for walnuts and Parmesan cheese.
  • Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Shrimp
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    Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Shrimp

    Caesar salad gets a healthy boost with nutritious kale and lightly marinated grilled shrimp. Serve with sliced baguette for a complete summer entrée in a no-time.
  • Grilled Portobello-Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
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    Grilled Portobello-Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

    Tangy blue cheese, spicy arugula, scrumptious steak, and portobellos make Grilled Portobello-Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette an undeniable winner.
  • Layered Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams  

    Layered Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    The various colors and textures of Layered Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing make for a pretty presentation in a clear glass bowl. You can even prepare this layered salad a few hours in advance up until the point at which you add the dressing.
  • Steak and Potato Salad
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps  

    Steak and Potato Salad

    Steak and potatoes get a new portfolio with crunchy radishes, blue cheese, and refreshing watercress in this delicious summer salad that will satisfy any meat lovers.
  • Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
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    Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

    The fresh herbs in the Green Goddess dressing add another dimension of flavor to this classic salad. This salad works great for a summer party appetizer as well when served with crackers or toast.
  • Warm Salad of Summer Squash with Swordfish and Feta
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Warm Salad of Summer Squash with Swordfish and Feta

    This recipe for Warm Salad of Summer Squash with Swordfish and Feta provides the perfect opportunity to use that bumper crop of summer squash.
  • Flank Steak and Cucumber Salad
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    Flank Steak and Cucumber Salad

    Quick-Pickled Cukes add a punch of garlic and a hit of salt to this delicious grilled and healthy flank steak.
  • Shrimp, Chorizo, and Corn Salad
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    Shrimp, Chorizo, and Corn Salad

    Prepping the ingredients takes less than 10 minutes, and dinner is on the table in less than 20.
  • Grilled Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad
    Photo: Christopher Baker; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Grilled Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad

    Take advantage of summer's bountiful crop of strawberries with this light and refreshing meal of Grilled Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad.
  • Scallop, Prosciutto, and Mâche Salad
    Photo: Erin Kunkel; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom

    Scallop, Prosciutto, and Mâche Salad

    Serve this party-worthy salad as soon as you make it--the tender mâche wilts fast.
  • Roasted Shrimp, Avocado and White Bean Salad
    Photo: Andrew McCaul; Stylist: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Roasted Shrimp, Avocado and White Bean Salad

    A terrific combination of flavors unite for Roasted Shrimp, Avocado and White Bean Salad. This one-dish meal is quick and easy and perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Grilled Chicken and Spinach Salad with Spicy Pineapple Dressing

    Pineapple, cilantro, orange juice, vinegar habanero peppers and garlic unite to create a tangy vinaigrette with a kick that pairs perfectly with grilled chicken and tropical fruit.
  • Lemony Grilled Shrimp Salad
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    Lemony Grilled Shrimp Salad

    Combine citrusy grilled shrimp with arugula, avocado, and jicama to make a Mexican-inspired main dish salad
  • Grilled Chicken Greek Salad
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

    Sunset reader Elena Burgeno-Berman, of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, created this dinner salad because she wanted to avoid simple carbs, like pasta, and eat more beans.
  • Seafood Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dressing
    Photo: Thomas J. Story; Food Styling: Robyn Valarik

    Seafood Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dressing

    Serve this seafood mix on a bed of watercress or butter lettuce, or as a sandwich in toasted brioche buns or on crusty bread.
  • BBQ Shrimp, Corn, and Zucchini Salad
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Stylist: Linda Hirst

    BBQ Shrimp, Corn, and Zucchini Salad

    Dinner's a breeze when BBQ Shrimp, Corn, and Zucchini Salad can be table-ready in 20 minutes. This grilled salad of fresh, seasonal veggies with juicy shrimp provides a meal that more than satisfies.
  • Asian Shrimp Salad
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Asian Shrimp Salad

    "In warmer weather I grill the shrimp, but this refreshing salad satisfies year-round." -Yusuan Smithson, 54, Annapolis, Md.
  • BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett

    BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette

    Chockful of fresh ingredients and topped with savory bacon and Gorgonzola cheese, BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette is a crowd favorite.
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