Who wants to turn on the oven when it is over 100 degrees out? Try one of these delicious salads using lots of fresh produce – corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, and even fresh strawberries. Find a new favorite salad to try this summer.

Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.
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This Easy Cucumber Salad Recipe is a frequent summer side dish at our house and is one of our favorite recipes. Thinly sliced cucumbers and red onion are quickly pickled to make an easy salad that is a little sweet and a little tangy.

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Southern Potato Salad

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This Southern Potato Salad is made with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Pickles and is a summertime favorite. It has a creamy, flavorful mayonnaise dressing and is topped with Creole Seasoning for a perfect finishing touch. It’s the star of every cookout.

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Blue Cheese & Bacon Salad

Royal Street Salad. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

With crispy romaine lettuce, crunchy bacon, and blue cheese in a flavorful, zesty homemade dressing, this Royal Street Salad is a perfect summer side dish!

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Greek Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dressing

Greek Salad. Photo Credit: Butter & Baggage.

Get ready to transport yourself to the sunny shores of Greece with this refreshing and vibrant Greek Salad Recipe! Crisp romaine lettuce, juicy cucumbers, tangy Greek olives, and creamy feta cheese come together in perfect harmony, all drizzled with a zesty lemon dressing. Bursting with Mediterranean flavors, this salad is not only light and fresh, but also a breeze to whip up, making it the ideal dish for busy weeknights or entertaining friends and family.

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Cowboy Caviar

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Cowboy Caviar is a Southern Dip and Side Dish made with fresh vegetables, flavorful beans, & a delicious vinegar dressing. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a party because it can sit out at room temperature (at least for a little while) without spoiling.

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Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Pasta Salad. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Pasta Salad is a bite from my childhood. It is overflowing with vegetables and reminds me of summer and grilling with my parents. It is light enough for a hot day, goes great with burgers, and is bursting with so much flavor.

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Taco Salad

Taco Salad. Photo Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

Looking for a delicious for your family? How about you make this Taco Salad? It is a great recipe that you can serve up pretty quickly. It is a great dinner for when you don’t have a lot of time.

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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Antipasto Pasta Salad. Photo Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

Antipasto Pasta Salad combines all of our favorite antipasto ingredients with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette, some pasta, and some fresh greens to make a perfect summer salad.

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Mango Avocado Salsa

Mango Avocado Salsa. Photo Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

Made with juicy ripe mangoes, creamy avocados, and a little bit of bell pepper crunch – this Mango & Avocado Salsa is sweet, tangy, and so refreshing. It is a great dip for tortilla chips, a perfect topping on salads, or a filling in burritos.

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Chicken Garden Pasta Salad

Chicken Garden Pasta Salad. Photo Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

Looking for a quick and easy dinner? This Chicken Garden Pasta Salad is one that is sure to please! Cheese, chicken, veggies, and pasta – what’s not to love?

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Creamy Southern-Style Coleslaw

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This Creamy Southern Coleslaw recipe is one of my favorite side dishes. The sweet, tangy dressing combined with the fresh, crunchy cabbage is so simple yet so flavorful. It reminds me of the coleslaw from Raising Cane’s or KFC!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sesame Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad. Photo Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

This Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh summer strawberries and is topped with a delicious Sesame Poppyseed dressing. It is perfect for a healthy lunch or a side salad for dinner. It also makes a great salad to take to a party.

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Corn Pico de Gallo

Corn Pico de Gallo. Photo Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

This Sweet Corn Pico de Gallo Recipe is perfect for tacos, taco salads, enchiladas, or just as a flavorful salsa. Grilled or roasted corn adds a tasty twist to this corn salsa!

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Panera’s Fuji Apple Salad

Panera’s Fuji Apple Salad. Photo Credit: Jeannie’s Tried and True Recipes.

Panera’s Fuji Apple Salad is a popular choice for salad lovers and haters alike. With its sweet and crunchy combination of salad greens, gorgonzola cheese, crisp apple chips, tender chicken, and candied pecans, it will please even the toughest critics.

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Strawberry Cucumber Salad with Feta and Fresh Mint

Strawberry Cucumber Salad. Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal.

What says fresh and flavorful like a Strawberry Cucumber Salad? Sweet, juicy strawberries, cool cucumber slices, tangy red onion, and zesty feta crumbles are all made even more flavorful with a hint of fresh mint. This salad recipe is everything you love about summer in one beautiful bowl. 

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Tomato & Cucumber Pasta Salad

Tomato and Cucumber Pasta Salad. Photo Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

This Whole Wheat Pasta Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh summer vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes and is coated in a deliciously zesty Italian dressing. Made with whole wheat pasta, it is a filling summer side dish.

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Zucchini Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Zucchini Caprese Salad. Photo Credit: Butter and Baggage.

Pull out the spiralizer and make a refreshing Zucchini Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar. With cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and zoodles, it’s a twist on a classic caprese salad. Just a few ingredients and you’ll have a healthy delicious salad to add to any meal.

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Avocado Corn Salad Recipe

Avocado Corn Salad Recipe. Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal

As invigorating as summer itself, this Avocado Corn Salad Recipe is everything wonderful about a gorgeous sunny day all in a bowl. Fresh yellow corn kernels, diced avocado chunks, red onion, bell pepper, and a simple homemade lime dressing make this a bright and tangy salad recipe you’ll be making as often as you can find corn on the cob.

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Creamy Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad. Photo Credit: Butter & Baggage.

This is one of those summer BBQ dishes that will have everyone asking you for the recipe! With all the classic flavors of creamy ranch dressing, salty bacon, and sharp cheddar cheese, this pasta salad is a refreshing crowd-pleaser that can be thrown together in less than 20 minutes.

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I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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