Best ever Asian salads for summer

Try one of our best Asian salads for summer. The hot weather makes us crave the fresh, punchy flavours of South East Asia - try our Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese salads

Try one of our 18 summer salad recipes. Our quick and easy Asian salads are ideal for summer as they’re healthy, punchy and vibrant. Serve as part of a BBQ spread. Fan of Thai food? Our Thai salads will keep you going, from cauliflower Thai salad, to shredded chicken, to Thai prawn salad with noodles. Craving the light and fresh flavours of Vietnam? Bun cha is a classic Vietnamese salad using sizzling marinated pork skewers. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for summer eating here, bring on al fresco dining!


Thai watermelon salad recipe

Watermelon is this year’s trendy ingredient and stands in for green papaya in this update of a Thai classic. It’s best to buy a whole watermelon and use the flesh closest to the skin as this tends to be a bit firmer. 

Thai Watermelon salad

Bun cha

Bun cha is a typical salad in Vietnam. This is very easy to prepare as the sizzling pork is served with a make-ahead salad of cold noodles, herbs and beansprouts and a punchy dipping sauce.

Cauli Thai salad

This recipe takes the textures and flavours of a larb salad (usually made with minced chicken or pork) but gives it a veggie twist with cauliflower and some red chilli thrown in for an extra kick of flavour. You can also swap the fish sauce for soy to make it vegan, if you like. We have plenty more Thai recipes here to create the ultimate Thai spread.

cauli salad

Seared sesame tofu with noodle salad

A great vegetarian alternative to a Chinese takeaway, the sesame seeds and red chilli liven up this tofu dish. According to the Chinese, the noodles give longevity, bonus! We’ve chosen our favourite healthy vegetarian recipes here, take a look.

Miso aubergine, green tea noodle and cucumber salad

This Asian-inspired miso aubergine, green tea noodle and cucumber salad is packed full of delicious, fresh flavours, plus miso and aubergine is a match made in heaven. This is perfect for lunch or a lighter supper – ready in just 30 minutes.

Sushi rice and hot smoked salmon salad

This recipe for sushi rice and hot-smoked salmon salad is easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and under 500 calories – great for lunch or a healthy dinner.

Sushi rice salad

Tamarind-glazed tuna with sugar snap and mango salad

Adding tamarind to tuna brings out delicious flavours in this simple but impressive dish. Serve on a a bed of sugar snap and mango salad for a healthy lunch or dinner.

tamarind tuna

Vietnamese steak salad

Low-calorie, high protein and gluten free, this Vietnamese steak salad makes an ideal midweek meal, plus, it’s really simple to make.

Prawn, cucumber and avocado salad with miso dressing

This dish is a healthy combination of prawns, cucumber, avocado, fresh salad and miso seasoning all mixed together in a delicious salad. Ready in less than 20 minutes and perfect for a lighter lunch or dinner.

prawn, cucumber and avocado salad

Rainbow veg noodle salad

Forget that store-bought sandwich, make lunch more interesting by packing this rainbow veg noodle salad. Packed full of fresh, crunchy veg with a zesty peanut dressing and under 300 calories, you’ll be loving lunch again in no time.

Sea bass Thai noodle salad

This light, fragrant, Thai-inspired noodle salad with sea bass is a delicious lighter meal. Sea bass has a superb slight sweet, meatier texture which works really well in this dish.

Japanese-style beef salad

Steak doesn’t have to be high-calorie. This Japanese-style beef salad is full of fresh, zesty Asian-inspired flavours, is ready in 20 minutes and comes in at under 250 calories. It tastes so good, you’ll forget you’re being virtuous. Try our top Japanese recipes here.

Sesame chicken, pickled red cabbage and sushi rice salad

If you love sushi but have never made it, try this easy salad version first. We’ve made it with pickled red cabbage, sesame chicken, soya beans and sushi rice.

Thai prawn salad

Super quick Asian-inspired meal for one. With noodles and prawns, it can be made in a flash. Add green beans and cucumber for crunch and serve on top of avocado slices. Drizzle with yogurt dressing.


Anything goes on this deconstructed sushi salad, so mix and match your toppings depending on what you have. Slices of omelette, avocado and shredded carrot would all go well.

Thai-stye shredded chicken salad

You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to get authentic Asian flavours. This Thai-style shredded chicken salad is ready in just 15 minutes – perfect for a midweek meal.

Asian noodle and pork salad with mint and peanuts

Looking for a hit of real Thai flavours? This fresh, zesty pork and noodle salad will be ready in less time than it takes to order in a takeaway. Finish with roasted peanuts for extra crunch.

Summer sashimi salad

Quick and easy recipe for sashimi salmon. Buy the freshest fish you can find for this simple salad, you don’t cook the fish. Avacado and beetroot make it a healthy meal.


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