10 No-Cook Summer Salads

Keep your kitchen cool and your stomach full with these nutrient-packed main-dish salad recipes.

  • Mango, Avocado, Shrimp Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Mango, Avocado, Shrimp Salad

    This Caribbean-inspired salad is a snap to throw together for a quick lunch or for a fresh summertime starter because it uses pre-cooked shrimp. The low-fat shrimp, antioxidant-rich mango, and good fat from the avocado make this a heart-healthy salad.

    Recipe: Mango, Avocado, Shrimp Salad

  • Chopped Barbecue Chicken Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Chopped Barbecue Chicken Salad

    Simplify your supper by using convenience products such as cooked chicken, canned beans, frozen corn, and bottled barbecue sauce. The sauce acts as the base for the dressing but is jazzed up with lime juice and red wine vinegar. The addition of kidney beans, red bell pepper, baby greens, tomato, radishes and red onion not only adds color, but also helps you increase your fiber and fresh veggie intake for the day.

    Recipe: Chopped Barbecue Chicken Salad

  • Chicken and Strawberries over Mixed Greens
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Chicken and Strawberries over Mixed Greens

    Combining strawberries and fresh greens is a pleasing way to get both vitamin C and iron–which is good because vitamin C helps increase the absorption of iron. This homemade balsamic vinaigrette complements both the sweet strawberries and golden raisins that top the salad.

    Recipe: Chicken and Strawberries over Mixed Greens

  • Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

    The ingredients' textures and flavors combine beautifully to create a satisfying weeknight supper. Enjoy the combination of creamy white beans, tender and sweet shrimp, and crunchy, colorful veggies like fennel, carrot, and red onion. Serve over watercress for a peppery bite.

    Recipe: Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dill Dressing

  • Romaine and Turkey Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Romaine and Turkey Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

    Similar to a Caesar salad, this recipe's homemade, low-fat buttermilk-based dressing is smooth and creamy with just a little bit of zip. Use leftovers as a dip for carrots and celery.

    Recipe: Romaine and Turkey Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

  • Lump Crab Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Lump Crab Salad

    This refreshing salad also works well with chopped shrimp or flaked tuna. The lime dressing is the perfect balance of acidic and sweet with just a hint of heat from the ground red pepper. Best of all, most homemade salad dressings like this one are generally lower in sodium than bottled dressings.

    Recipe: Lump Crab Salad

  • Italian White Bean and Artichoke Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Italian White Bean and Artichoke Salad

    Packed with fiber and protein from the white beans, this satisfying, meat-free salad boasts healthy vegetables, creamy cheese, fresh herbs, and a tangy, tomato vinaigrette.

    Recipe: Italian White Bean and Artichoke Salad

  • Shrimp Caesar Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Shrimp Caesar Salad

    Make this restaurant favorite at home with just a few ingredients that can easily be purchased at the grocery store, including precooked shrimp. The dressing is lower in fat than a traditional Caesar salad dressing, and the Sriracha sauce gives it an updated flavor with a spicy kick.

    Recipe: Shrimp Caesar Salad

  • White Bean and Roasted Chicken Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    White Bean and Roasted Chicken Salad

    For a quick and easy way to use on-hand ingredients, give this salad a try. It's the perfect summer meal when you don't want to turn on the stove. Both the chicken and the beans are great sources of low-fat, high-quality protein, and with the beans you get fiber as well.

    Recipe: White Bean and Roasted Chicken Salad

  • Turkey and Blue Cheese Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Turkey and Blue Cheese Salad

    Similar in flavor to a chopped salad, this recipe features roasted turkey breast, crunchy veggies and creamy blue cheese tossed with Ranch dressing for only 232 calories.

    Recipe: Turkey and Blue Cheese Salad

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