That time of year when last minute get-togethers to just “hang out” actually happen. And road trips create life-long memories. And hours spent relaxing by the lake or the pool or the seaside (or the sprinkler) are truly relished.
Whether you're taking a minimal approach to summer or are packing in the activities, summer is the perfect time to create simple meals, and specifically meals that can be safely packed for hours on end to go with you wherever you go and provide a simple, no-fuss meal anytime of day.
Thus, today we're diving into summer-safe salads that can confidently be brought to picnics, beach-outings, and barbecues and that provide nourishing sustenance without much work – and most importantly, don't require chilling.
Picnic Perfect Summer Salads
Gwyneth Paltrow's Cold Soba Noodle Salad
Simple Potato Salad with Thyme and Olive Oil
Quinoa Salad with Greek Flavors
Thai Mango Salad with a Cashew Ginger Dressing
Lee's Asian Slaw
Easy Summer Herb & Chickpea Chopped Salad with Goat Cheese
Lemony Quinoa Salad
Sugar Snap Pea and Fennel Salad
Garbanzo Bean and Roasted Corn Salad
Simple Party Salad: Black Bean & Avocado Starter
Primavera Potato Salad
Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Salad Recipe with Feta, Chickpeas & Mint
Roasted Moroccan Carrot Salad
BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta + Avocado
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
Super Simple Tomato Salad
Strawberry Watermelon Basil Salad
Chickpea, Avocado, and Feta Salad
Greek Sweet Potato Salad
The Best Broccoli Bacon Salad (Really Truly!)
Roasted Beet and Watermelon Salad
Quinoa Garden Salad (just leave the chicken out of this salad if leaving it out!)
Tangy Carrot Slaw
Apple Walnut Kale Salad with a Citrus Vinaigrette
Lentil Sprout Salad
Sorry…. I know I said 25 Summer Salad Recipes, but I keep finding great recipes! 🙂 So here are a few more summer salads I think you should absolutely try….!
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
Cool as a Cucumber Chickpea Salad
Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes
Mexican Fiesta Salad
Berry Avocado Quinoa and Kale Salad with Honey-Lime Poppy Seed Dressing
Want more summer meals that won't heat up the house?
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So here's to summer – may this year this season be deeply refreshing, delightful, and full of good things. 🙂