smoked salmon salad with buttermilk dressing

Easy summer salad recipes

Try one of our best salads to enjoy out in the sunshine, from healthy prawn and avocado to vibrant Thai chicken and a nourishing storecupboard salad

Try one of our summer salad recipes. As well as the classics – think potato salad, Greek salad and chicken salad – we have the likes of watermelon, quinoa and carrot salads, too. Next, try our healthy salad recipes and quinoa recipes for nourishing ideas.


Our salad ideas are inspired by cuisines from all over the world – from Moroccan to Thai, Vietnamese to Italian, and make great use of seasonal ingredients. So serve as part of a BBQ spread and escape to your favourite holiday destination.

Summer salad recipes

Courgette and chimichurri salad

Fresh beans, courgette ribbons and crunchy walnuts meet in this vibrant summer salad, perfect for an al fresco lunch for two.

Baked feta salad

Salty cheese, sweet fresh figs and nutty almonds meet in Rosie Birkett’s vibrant summer salad, perfect for an al fresco lunch.

Watermelon and halloumi salad

Juicy, refreshing watermelon pairs brilliantly with warm, salty halloumi and fresh mint for this zingy summer recipe – an ideal BBQ side dish.

Halloumi and watermelon salad

Pickled cherry, gorgonzola and rocket salad

Check out this colourful cherry salad for a dish singing with tangy, pickled flavours – it even uses the pickling liquid from the cherries in its dressing.

Fennel salad

A seriously simple fennel salad recipe, with a pomegranate molasses and sumac dressing. A great way to use this veg when it’s at its best over summer. Use a mandoline or sharp knife to slice the fennel as thinly as possible.

Fennel salad

Pad thai salad

In Hetty McKinnon’s salad, shredded cabbage and kale makes for a fresher, crunchy take on pad thai noodles, served with a warming chilli dressing.

A pad thai salad with sliced radishes

Thai ginger salad

A shredded cabbage, carrot, cucumber and edamame salad, made deliciously nutty with a peanut butter and lime juice dressing.

Thai ginger salad

Fattoush with crisp spiced chickpeas

A vibrant, summery salad that mixes chickpeas with herby pitta croutons, radishes, tomatoes, sumac and a pomegranate molasses dressing.

Fattoush with crisp spiced chickpeas

Potato salad with aïoli

Crisp, golden new potatoes are paired with fresh radish and zingy aïoli in this summery dish, which would make a great side for your next barbecue. You can find more easy potato salad recipes right here.

Smashed new potato and radish salad with aïoli

Greek salad with marinated feta

This fresh-tasting Greek salad with marinated feta is a great way to make use of broad beans while they’re in season throughout the summer. Serve as a side salad or with toasted pitta or flatbread for a light meal. We have more great vegetarian salad ideas over here.

Greek Salad Recipe

Thai chicken salad

This Thai chicken salad is a vibrant, zingy dish. The dressing is made from fresh herbs, fish sauce and lime juice, meaning this dish full of summer flavours while staying low in calories.

Finely chopped Thai Chicken Salad Recipe served in a large white bowl

Watermelon summer salad

Watermelon stands in for green papaya in this update of a classic summery Thai dish. 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 Recipe

Summer quinoa salad

A lovely light quinoa salad for summer, with sweet, juicy pomegranate and fresh herbs that also provides a bit of crunch. Add cooked shredded chicken if you want more protein. Dried apricots work well in this too.

Quinoa, Herb and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Vegan summer salad with watermelon and noodles

Ready in 20 minutes, this Thai-style vegan summer salad is packed with juicy watermelon and crunchy peanuts for a fresh dinner for two.

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad Recipe with Watermelon and Herbs

Caesar salad with bacon and parmesan croutons

If you don’t fancy a chicken caesar salad, try using smoky bacon rashers instead. An easy homemade dressing makes this a fast and simple midweek meal, and parmesan croutons are a great finishing touch. More ceasar salad recipes over here.

smoky bacon ceasar salad

Tomato salad with burrata and warm ‘nduja dressing

With the spice of the ‘nduja, the crunch and freshness of the vibrant tomatoes, and the creamy indulgent burrata, this fresh tomato salad is a great summer starter.

Tomato Salad Recipe with Burrata

Spanish-style prawn salad

Check out our quick and easy prawn aguachile salad recipe. Aguachile means ‘chilli water’ in Spanish, referring to the fiery dressing. Traditionally, it would be made with raw prawns but we’ve used cooked here to cut down on time.

Aguachile Recipe with Prawns

Carrot salad with herby carrot top yogurt

Check out this spiced roast carrot salad recipe with zesty yogurt using herby carrot tops. Serve this easy recipe as an impressive side dish at your next family dinner.

Middle Eastern Carrot Salad with Herb Yogurt

Moroccan summer salad with cauliflower

What a way to make cauliflower shine! Roast your florets with ras el hanout, dried cranberries, dates, nuts and pomegranate seeds, then drizzle the whole lot with a tahini and mint dressing for a colourful summer salad.

Moroccan Cauliflower Salad

Green superfood salad

Make a healthy green salad with superfoods: this quick one is packed with avocado, broccoli, quinoa and edamame beans. Seeds and herbs add even more goodness. A great meal for a sunny day.

superfood salad

Quick Japanese-style rice salad

Use a pack of ready-cooked or leftover rice to put a super fast (and low-calorie) prawn salad together. Make it green with edamame beans, cucumber and avocado. A light, fresh meal for warm days.

Quick Japanese Rice Salad

Goat’s cheese and beetroot citrus salad

If the sun’s not around enough to brighten up your days this summer, this colourful beetroot salad – bursting with citrusy flavours and creamy goat’s cheese – will do the job instead!

Beetroot Salad Recipe with Goat's Cheese

Farro, grilled peach and pecan salad

Grilled peaches (which are in season from July) deliver a satisfying sweetness here, balanced by the zing of lime-pickled shallots and the smoky nuttiness of toasted pecans. A vibrant vegan salad.

Grilled Peach Salad With Pecans and Farro

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing

This zesty carrot and spelt salad is fresh, colourful and super easy to make – great for lazy summer dining. The dukkah gives this salad a delightful nutty flavour, perfect for a meat-free Monday meal.

Roasted Carrot Salad With Spelt, Dukkah and Preserved Lemon Dressing

Roasted cauli and couscous salad with zhoug and crispy shallots

Giant couscous is great for making summer salads more filling, and it’s used here with cauliflower, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing to create an easy salad that’s vegan and low in calories, too.

Cauliflower Couscous Salad Recipe with Zhoug

Vegan coronation tofu salad

Check out our easy vegan coronation salad recipe. Using smoked tofu as opposed to chicken means it’s lighter than the classic version and is fragrant with madras curry powder and mango chutney.

Coronation Salad Recipe with Chickpea and Apple

Hot-smoked salmon salad with chive buttermilk dressing

This fresh, crunchy salad, topped with soft hunks of salmon, is finished off perfectly with a tangy buttermilk and chive dressing. A healthy summer salad recipe to whip up.

smoked salmon salad with buttermilk dressing

Prawn, cucumber and avocado salad with miso dressing

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

prawn, cucumber and avocado salad

Tuna, bean and pasta salad

Sunshine flavours of fresh green beans, sweet roasted red peppers and olives give this vibrant and nutritious orzo pasta salad a real summery edge. We have plenty more pasta salad ideas here.

Orzo, bean and tuna salad