25 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, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker

    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.
  • Tuna and White Bean Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Tuna and White Bean Salad

    Serve Tuna and White Bean Salad over mixed greens, or make this tasty salad into sandwiches! Simply mash the beans and spread them inside 4 whole-grain pitas, then stuff in the remaining ingredients
  • Antipasto Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Antipasto Salad

    There's something for everyone in this one-dish Antipasto Salad meal.
  • Tomato-and-Shrimp Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder

    Tomato-and-Shrimp Salad

    When the day calls for a dish that’s light and simple, try Tomato-and-Shrimp Salad. This make-ahead meal combines fresh foods from land and sea.
  • <p>Salmon Salad</p>
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Salmon Salad

    For a heart-healthy dish ready in minutes, try this portable salmon salad that’s packed into half of a creamy avocado.
  • Chicken Taco Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Ginny Branch  

    Chicken Taco Salad

    Using rotisserie chicken helps you pull this convenient dish together in a flash.
  • <p>Healthy Taco Salad</p>
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com

    Healthy Taco Salad

    Make a batch of quinoa over the weekend for a great protein-packed, wholegrain salad.
  • Tuna and White Bean Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Tuna and White Bean Salad

    "This no-fuss dish also works great as an appetizer on slices of toasted crusty bread." -Maureen Sullivan, 28, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Chopped Chicken Cashew Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps  

    Chopped Chicken Cashew Salad

    At only $2.60 per serving and ready in less than 25 minutes, this Asian-inspired salad is sure to make it on your weekly rotation this summer.
  • Chicken Salad with Orange-Pistachio Vinaigrette
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken Salad with Orange-Pistachio Vinaigrette

    If you can't find precooked quinoa and brown rice together, substitute a package of precooked brown rice.
  • BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, 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.
  • Chicken-Mango Chopped Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Chicken-Mango Chopped Salad

    Add tropical flair to a main dish chicken salad with chopped fresh mango and a creamy dressing spiced up with ginger and curry powder.
  • Quick Cobb Salad with Yogurt Dressing
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Susan Vajaranant

    Quick Cobb Salad with Yogurt Dressing

    Quick Cobb Salad with Yogurt Dressing is ready in just 15 minutes. A rotisserie chicken from the deli and pre-cooked bacon both aid in the preparation of this quick and easy weeknight meal.
  • Chopped Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Oxmoor House

    Chopped Salad

    Kids will go for chopped salads with lots of color, such as this one with edamame, chopped apple, and candied nuts. Most kids like the crunch of romaine lettuce, and letting them toss the ingredients in the bowl helps, too.
  • Chicken-Avocado Salad
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Kang Kim; Styling: Tiziana Agnello

    Chicken-Avocado Salad

    With a light and refreshing dressing, Chicken-Avocado Salad is full of great flavors while being a filling main-dish meal.
  • Bloody Mary Tomato Salad with Quick Pickled Shrimp
    By Holley Johnson, M.S., R.D. Food Editor, MyRecipes.com, Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett

    Bloody Mary Tomato Salad with Quick Pickled Shrimp

    Mix and match colorful assorted tomatoes, such as 'Beefsteak,' 'Brandywine,' and 'Cherokee Purple.' Their rich, meaty flavor counters the dressing's tang and zip. Don't overlook the tender inside leaves of the celery bunch--they're quite delicious, and they add an herbal note to the dish.
  • 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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