No-Cook Summer Salads
Keep your kitchen cool and your stomach full with these nutrient-packed main-dish salad recipes.
Summer Melon Salad with Ham and Mint Vinaigrette
Find the freshest and sweetest melons to slice into a picturesque salad. The ham balances the sweetness of the fruit, while the vibrant mint brings everything together.
Pomegranate, Avocado, and Citrus Brussels Sprouts Salad
Be sure to toss the salad gently so the pieces of orange and avocado keep their shape. Pair with a fall chili or tacos.
Copycat Olive Garden Salad
Summer Fig and Watermelon Salad with Feta
Balsamic glaze is a syrup of concentrated, cooked-down, sweetened balsamic vinegar; it adds a sweet and tangy element to this refreshing salad. Look for it near the vinegar.
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.
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.
Lump Crabmeat Salad
With lime juice, basil, cilantro, and jalapeño, this fresh crab salad is definitely not lacking in the flavor department!
Tangy Red Cabbage Slaw
Fruit juices, oil, and sugar combine to make a delicious and flavorful dressing for red cabbage and shredded carrots.
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
There's something for everyone in this one-dish Antipasto Salad meal.
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.
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
Using rotisserie chicken helps you pull this convenient dish together in a flash.
Healthy Taco Salad
Make a batch of quinoa over the weekend for a great protein-packed, wholegrain salad.
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
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
If you can't find precooked quinoa and brown rice together, substitute a package of precooked brown rice.
Grated Carrot Salad (Carottes Râpées)
Other possible herbs to sprinkle are dill, tarragon, and chervil. To make the salad more of a meal, garnish with thin slices of jambon de pays (thinly sliced, dry-cured ham) or prosciutto, some watercress, and an 8-minute hard-cooked egg.
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
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
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.
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.
Kale-and-Blueberry Slaw with Buttermilk Dressing
We like fresh tarragon in this creamy, zippy dressing, but other herbs work just as well.
With a light and refreshing dressing, Chicken-Avocado Salad is full of great flavors while being a filling main-dish meal.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Toss the cabbage and cilantro in the olive oil mixture to coat as desired.
Mango and Jicama Salad
You'll find jicama with the root vegetables at most supermarkets; if you can't find it, use green apple.
This coleslaw is a bright and flavorful addition to any Summer spread.
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.
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
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.