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The 7 Best Healthy Summer Salad Recipes (To Eat Right Now)

It’s always easier to eat healthy food for weight loss in the summer. Fresh local produce arrives in the supermarkets and when it’s hot, healthy summer salad recipes are a simple option.

Who wants to slave over a stove in the heat?

The only problem is it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, turning out the same salad every time. It’s boring for your taste buds and your body’s missing out on the benefits of variety.

Instead, make the most of all the different nutritious food available by trying out these healthy summer salad recipes. Your body will thank you…

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watermelon feta salad with cajun shrimp

Watermelon Feta Salad With Cajun Shrimp

This wonderful salad by Taylor Kiser combines all my favourite summer salad ingredients. I can never get enough watermelon. Fortunately it’s one of those foods where no matter how much you eat, you’ll never put on any weight. (Just don’t start drinking watermelon juice),

Watermelon, blueberries and juicy cajun shrimps, (known in the UK as prawns), are combined with feta and green leaves for a tangy, tasty dish. You’ll definitely be hitting your health targets, nevermind just 5-a-day.

Check out how to make the recipe here.

Ranch Chicken Quinoa Salad

This recipe from Natasha at Salt & Lavender is a top choice for when you’re in a hurry. It’s also a good pick for using up leftover chicken.

It’s packed with fresh ingredients (quinoa, cooked chicken, red onions, tomatoes, spinach. cucumber and avocado). For maximum impact make your own homemade ranch dressing .

The quinoa and chicken make this a filling dish, just right for feeding hungry people.

Check out how to make the recipe here.

Spinach Lentil Beet Salad With Balsamic Dressing

I’m really into my beetroot at the moment. It’s high nitrate content is excellent for exercise endurance. This recipe by Brenda at Sugar-Free Mom ticks all the boxes for a filling and incredibly healthy recipe.

If you don’t have access to fresh beets, you could use pickled beetroot instead. (It’s best to pickle your own if you want the power of all those probiotics).

This recipe is super quick to make, just 5 minutes if you have all the ingredients to hand.

Check out how to make the recipe here.

Spiralized Vegetable Salad With Roasted Chickpeas

Looking to up your salad game? This recipe is bound to impress. Roasted chickpeas lend a wonderful crunch to the salad and vegetable noodles are so much fun!

This menu from Jessica Gavin takes a little more effort but in my view it’s worth the trouble.

Check out how to make the recipe here.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad With Seared Scallops

I always wondered how to cook scallops and thanks to Caroline from Taste Love & Nourish, now I know. This dish may take you out of your comfort zone, but the end result is delicious.

The salad itself packs some bold flavours with kalamata olives, red onion and feta, tossed with green leaves. It’s all topped off with a zesty olive oil dressing.

Check out how to make the recipe here.

Greek Pasta Salad With Cucumbers And Artichoke Hearts

If you’re following a low carb diet, look away. This pasta salad from Heidi at Foodie Crush is easy to make and stores well overnight. If anything, the flavours improve if you leave the dish to rest before eating.

The artichokes elevate this dish so make sure you don’t leave them out. You can use just about any type of pasta from egg noodles to whole wheat or gluten-free. It’s a terrific dish for pot-lucks.

Check out how to make the recipe here.

Our Favourite Picnic Salad

This last recipe comes from Laura at The First Mess. This wonderful recipe makes the most of summer green beans, new potatoes, radishes and asparagus.

Capers, herbs and a little sherry vinegar add some punch to a versatile dish you can make the night before.

Check out how to make the recipe here.


I can live off healthy summer salad recipes for days at a time and recipes like these make it even easier. For me it’s a good excuse to eat healthily and avoid the temptations of heavy rich foods. I’d love to hear if you give these recipes a try!

It's always easier to eat healthy food in the summer and summer salad recipes are a simple option. My 7 favourite recipes are some of the best. #healthyeating #summersalads
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