7 Summer Salads To See You Through A Summer Of Sunshine

When it comes to the summertime our cravings tend to shift in direction of light and refreshing meals. No longer are our bodies craving the warmth of soup or the comfort of a stew. At this time of the year, it’s all salads and finger foods, BBQ and anything that will keep us away from the heat of an oven. 

If you find yourself in a foodie rut and looking for some healthy, summer-inspired dishes check out these recipes for summer salads that will see you through the summer sunshine. 

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger Vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps by Half Baked Harvest

This recipe is ideal for those still dipping their toes into the world of sushi and raw fish. With flavours that are heavy on the tropics, this salad is super fresh, nutritious and screams summer sunshine as the perfect meal to make on those warm evenings. It’s the perfect way to brighten up your day even if it doesn’t include real sunshine. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Sesame Crusted Tuna & Buckwheat Salad with Cucumber Yogurt Dressing by The Original Dish

Speaking of tuna…

We’ve got so much time for this tuna and buckwheat salad this summer. The fresh flavours are the perfect dose of light-hearted protein we need this summer plus the buckwheat base of this salad is bursting with nutrition to keep us full throughout the rest of the day. We may sound like a broken record, but trust us on this one. Your tastebuds will thank you for all the tuna goodness. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Summer Loving All-In Salad by Stuck In The Kitchen

Sticking with the pescetarian theme, this salmon salad is described by the author as “summer on a plate” and we couldn’t agree more. 

“The salad creates an entire meal, complete with leafy greens, crunchy freshly blanched beans, creamy avocado, starchy new potatoes and rich hot smoked salmon, and the  dressing is all zingy with plenty of capers, lemon and dill and a little bit of garlic grunt.”

And for those not so keen on salmon, simply switch it out for marinated chicken of your choice. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Avocado, Grapefruit and Fennel Salad by Foodie Crush 

Top up your barbecue offering with this Sicilian-inspired salad with the ideal summer flavour combination of sweet liquorice from the fennel with the juicy, tart grapefruit and the smoothness of the avocado. As a finishing touch, we’ve heard a helping of salty Parmesan is the way to go with this one. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Shrimp Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa by Joyful Healthy Eats

Although not technically a salad, all that avocado and lettuce wraps is enough to convince us to include it in this roundup of delicious summer feeds. Ready in the space of 30 minutes, these flavour bursting tacos will have all your family begging for more. Gluten-free, low-carb and complete with a mango shrimp combination that has our mouths watering just typing this, we’re close to crowning these shrimp tacos the ultimate summer dish of 2019. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad by Creme De La Crumb

According to Tiffany, the foodie blogger behind this recipe, “This Mango Chipotle Chicken Salad is full of fresh ingredients, topped with fresh mangoes, red onions and cilantro will leave your taste buds screaming for more!” And honestly, with a statement like that she has us sold. Plus it’s the kind of recipe to keep up your sleeve for picnic or beach day – serves plenty and is easily stored and transported in containers. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Easy Greek Pasta Salad by Spend with Pennies

Last but not least, a salad bowl filled with healthy goodness and the dose of carbs we’ve all been waiting for. It’s an easy solution for a summer side dish and ideal for when bringing along your foodie contribution for a family gathering this summer. Rumour has it, this recipe gets even better when you throw in a helping of marinated chicken, made with a Greek dressing similar to that used for the salad. 

Check out the full recipe here.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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