If you’re planning on feasting under a summer sun this season, you’ll need an arsenal of easy summer salad recipes to complete your table.
Whether you’re having a cookout with friends and family, or a romantic summer’s evening dinner for two, summer salads are a simple way of bringing colour and flavour to the table.
With that in mind, here’s our roundup of 13 easy summer salads to put on the table this weekend, for each and every occasion.
First things first, learn how to take your salad game to the next level with our video packed full of salad tips and techniques: whether it’s the perfect ratios for salad dressing, and how to build and layer your salad, or our own experiment for fiery, fermented kimchi, you’re bound to pick up some new salad skills to put to use throughout the season.
This classic crowd-pleaser marries tangy mozzarella di bufala with creamy avocado and tangy seasonal tomatoes.
If you like crunch in your salad, this is a great way of injecting a taste of Tuscany into your table.
Hearty french lentils hold up this all-in-one salad. Great for vegetarians and for when you need a summer salad that can stand the heat.
Make a meal out of summer salads with this simple chicken, sweet mango and crunchy hazelnut salad.
This refreshing side-salad works well as an appetiser, or alongside grilled white meat or fish.
Refreshing and light, this watermelon and shrimp salad is designed for the hottest of days.
This robust and flavourful eggplant salad champions the flavours of the Middle East.
If summer’s all about the sweet and seasonal stone fruit for you, try this elegant starter with a citrus and coriander kick.
Sweet and seasonal cherries marry together with wonderful creamy burrata in this simple, unforgettable salad.
If you’re after an all-in-one easy summer salad, look no further than this pasta salad with tuna, rocket, onions and tomatoes for a satisfying light lunch.
Chef Mayet Cristobal, from the Getty Museum restaurant, shares his simple recipe for the ever-popular cobb salad, with chicken breast, blue cheese, vegetables and fruit, topped off with a creamy cider dressing.
This summery classic needs little introduction, so we’ll just say top quality ingredients are the secret to making this salad sing.
For a light, punchy side dish, try this peppery rocket and salty capers balanced out with heirloom tomatoes and shavings of parmesan.