Gorgeous in presentation and taste, these quick-cooking entrées feature fresh, fast protein-packed salads that are perfect for busy summer nights.
Watermelon and Arugula Chicken Salad
If watermelon wedges are a mainstay at your summer cookouts, try dicing for this instant, gorgeous salad.
Tomato Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Sliced heirloom tomatoes are wow-worthy on their own--a simple vinaigrette and dollops of basil-flecked ricotta take them over the top. Serve with toasted baguette slices to sop up any tomato juices.
Shrimp, Snap Pea, and Chervil SaladThis 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 CheeseFast-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 SaladQuick 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.
Herbed Shrimp with Tomato-Spinach SaladAdd heartiness to a simple spinach salad by serving herbed shrimp and tomatoes over greens.
Smoky Chopped Salad with AvocadoThis smoky salad combines both grilled lettuce and avocado (yep, you can grill that), peppery radishes, crumbled blue cheese, and a creamy buttermilk dressing.
Grilled Tuna Over Green Bean, Tomato, and Chickpea SaladThis easy, high-protein meal comes together quickly following an after-work workout or summer activity.
Steak Salad with Nectarines, Radicchio, and Blue CheesePetite sirloin filets are healthfully lean, and they're also surprisingly full-flavored and meltingly tender--making them an ideal choice for this easy steak salad.
Grilled Chicken and Bulgur SaladThis 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.
Golden Beet Salad with Avocado and Feta
Simple, bright, and balanced, this salad pairs perfectly with grilled fish or chicken. To cook the beets in the oven, wrap in foil and bake at 400° for 45 to 50 minutes.
Grilled Lemon-Dijon Chicken Thighs with Arugula SaladThis 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.
Porcini, Artichoke, and Parsley SaladWild porcini mushrooms and artichokes are in season from late spring to early summer and again in early fall in the Pacific Northwest. Fresh porcini are sweet, woodsy, and delicious when thinly sliced and served raw.
Summer Veggie SaladBeautiful 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 ShrimpCaesar 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 VinaigretteTangy 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 DressingThe 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 SaladSteak 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 DressingThe 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 FetaThis 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 SaladQuick-Pickled Cukes add a punch of garlic and a hit of salt to this delicious grilled and healthy flank steak.
Grilled Corn, Crab, and Asparagus SaladGrilled corn and asparagus add smoky summertime flavor to this easy salad. Lumb crabmeat provides protein, making this salad worthy of the main course.
Shrimp, Chorizo, and Corn SaladPrepping the ingredients takes less than 10 minutes, and dinner is on the table in less than 20.
Grilled Chicken-and-Strawberry SaladTake advantage of summer's bountiful crop of strawberries with this light and refreshing meal of Grilled Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad.
Scallop, Prosciutto, and Mâche SaladServe this party-worthy salad as soon as you make it--the tender mâche wilts fast.
Roasted Shrimp, Avocado and White Bean SaladA 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 DressingPineapple, 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.
Summer Hoppin' John SaladA New Year's tradition, Hoppin' John is usually served hot, but this cool salad is perfect for a summer picnic or lunch, or as a side salad for grilled meats.
Lemony Grilled Shrimp SaladCombine citrusy grilled shrimp with arugula, avocado, and jicama to make a Mexican-inspired main dish salad
Tomato Salad with Grilled ShrimpLook for beautiful and tasty heirloom tomatoes in a rainbow of colors at your local farmers' market, and keep them at room temperature until you're ready to slice and serve.
Grilled Chicken Greek SaladSunset 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 DressingServe 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 SaladDinner'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"In warmer weather I grill the shrimp, but this refreshing salad satisfies year-round." -Yusuan Smithson, 54, Annapolis, Md.
BLT Salad with Olive VinaigretteChockful of fresh ingredients and topped with savory bacon and Gorgonzola cheese, BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette is a crowd favorite.
Halibut and Peach Salad with Lemon-Mint VinaigretteThis easy, breezy salad has been described as "restaurant-quality" by several of our reviewers. You can substitute another sustainable white fish (such as tilapia or striped bass) for the halibut, and pecans or hazelnuts for the almonds.
Easy Summer SaladBoth delightfully healthy and easy, this salad takes just 10 minutes to put together. Using a precooked rotisserie chicken shaves off some time, while adding substance to this light dish.
Lobster Salad with Mango and Red OnionElegance meets simplicity in this speedy summer salad, featuring lobster meat, jicama, red onion, and mango. Simply refreshing and delicious!
Summer Bread SaladPanzanella is Italian salad made with cubes of stale bread and fresh vegetables, usually tomatoes. This speedy version features cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and green bell peppers.
Wax Bean and Radish Salad with Creamy Parsley DressingHere is a salad that will hold, creamy buttermilk dressing and all, for several hours, so it's a great make-ahead or take-to-picnic dish. Just sprinkle the blue cheese and bacon on right before serving.
Crab and Heirloom Tomato SaladColorful heirloom tomatoes and mini bell peppers shine in this gorgeous salad, while lump crabmeat adds heft.