7 summer salads you'll actually want to eat

Summer is upon us, as is salad season. The time when it’s too hot out to contemplate cooking a hearty meal so you crave lightness, freshness and simplicity instead. But there’s one issue… Salads can be a little bit boring, to put it bluntly.

It can be tough to be imaginative when it comes to salads. Wilted lettuce isn’t a good look. And how many variations can there really be on the leaf-tomato combo? Luckily, lots! We’ve trawled the internet to find seven of the most appetising summer salads you’ll actually want to eat this season. Give them a go and let us know what you think!

1. Grilled pineapple, chicken and avocado salad

Throw some pineapple into the mix and your salad is sure to feel like a tropical treat of a meal. Grab the below ingredients and click the link above for the full recipe.

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced into 1-inch thick rings
  • 1800g baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 115g crumbled feta cheese
  • quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • honey garlic vinaigrette

2. Sliced fennel, orange and almond salad

This flavoursome salad takes only 15 minutes to prepare – perfect for those hot summer evenings after work when you’d much rather spend your time eating something delicious than making it.

  • 3 bulbs of fennel
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 3 oranges
  • a few springs of fresh mint
  • 2 handfuls of rocket
  • sherry vinegar
  • extra virgin olive oil

3. Lentil tabbouleh

A salad doesn’t need to contain meat in order to fill you up. Lentils are a great protein source, and hearty, too. Give this tabbouleh a try.

  • 200g puy lentils
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 200g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon

4. BLT salad

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic bacon-lettuce-tomato combo. Bring this one to life with a delicious buttermilk and parmesan dressing.

  • 565g cubed white bread
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 60ml cider vinegar
  • 120ml buttermilk
  • 180ml mayonnaise
  • 115g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 340g romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
  • 680g assorted fresh tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • Flat-leaf parsley and torn basil leaves to garnish

5. Roasted potato salad with mustard-walnut vinaigrette

The flavours in this recipe make it an irresistible take on the timeless potato salad. Shake things up and let us know how it goes!

  • 1800g mixed marble potatoes, or other small potatoes
  • 225g walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch basil, leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bunch spring onions, white and green parts thinly sliced crosswise

6. Grilled peach and apricot salad

Fruits do belong in salads – and the proof lies right here in this recipe, with juicy, grilled peaches and apricots. Bring the below ingredients together for a summery taste sensation.

  • 1 bunch kale, destemmed
  • 4 apricots, halved
  • 4 peaches, halved
  • 110g prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 55g feta cheese
  • 55g olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice

7. Halloumi with griddled vegetables

Halloumi is one of our favourite cheeses, and it works so well in this light, easy-to-make salad. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • 100g frozen broad beans
  • 225g halloumi cheese
  • 1 small bunch of asparagus
  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots
  • 200g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • ½ a bunch of fresh sweet marjoram or oregano
  • ½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley


Got any no-fail summer salads of your own to share? We’re always on the hunt for new taste ideas, so do let us know in the comments below!


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