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Here’s Every Summer Salad Recipe You’ll Ever Need

These summer salad recipes—including leafy greens, pasta, potato and fruit salads—are so good, you can bet your family will come back for a second serving!

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Watermelon and Spinach Salad

Summer’s the perfect time to toss up this watermelon salad. You’d never expect it, but spinach is awesome here. Eat it and feel cool on even the hottest days. —Marjorie Au, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Summer Salad by the LakeTaste of Home

Summer Salad by the Lake

I came up with this recipe to show appreciation to all the teachers at my son’s school. The dish had to be as special as the teachers, who always go the extra mile for their students. I think this salad did the trick! It's hearty, earthy, sweet and loaded with nothing but good stuff. —Ramya Ramamurthy, Fremont, California

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Honey Poppy Seed Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Though fresh fruit steals the show in this morning medley, the subtle honey sauce makes it an especially sweet treat. Don't have those fruits on hand? Try blackberries, mangoes or peaches instead. —Dorothy Dinnean, Harrison, Arkansas

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Chicken and Spinach Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Salad

My family loves pasta salads, but usually they have too much mayonnaise or oily dressing. Using hummus gives this dish a great taste and texture, while also increasing its nutritional profile. Adding chicken (store-bought rotisserie chicken works well), makes this pasta salad a complete meal. —Jenny Lynch, Rock Island, Illinois

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Chicken Nectarine and Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Chicken, Nectarine and Avocado Salad

This salad is really summery and comes together very quickly. Using granola adds crunch and makes it different. I've tried using a various types of granola, and our favorites have been those that aren't overly sweet but have lots of nuts. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Two-Berry Fluff SaladTaste of Home

Two-Berry Fluff Salad

This fluffy salad is a welcome treat on warm Texas afternoons. Because there's a blueberry orchard near our home, we often pick up berries to use in this recipe and others. When blueberries and strawberries aren't in season, you can substitute frozen berries with equally good results. —Karen Wenzel, Conroe, Texas

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Zucchini Panzanella SaladTaste of Home

Zucchini Panzanella Salad

I learned how to make panzanella from my friend's grandmother. Once I discovered how to make the perfect vinaigrette, it became a dish I crave during the summer. It's also a great way to use day-old bread and your garden's bounty of zucchini. —Felicity Wolf, Kansas City, Missouri

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Honey Mustard Red Potato SaladTaste of Home

Honey Mustard Red Potato Salad

This summer cookout star is crunchy-delicious with a brilliant zesty dressing. —Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

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Ruby Raspberry SlawTaste of Home

Ruby Raspberry Slaw

Give ordinary coleslaw a “berry” tangy twist. It’s sure to get raves. —Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska

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Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon DressingTaste of Home

Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

When I’d meet former co-workers for lunch at our favorite restaurant, we’d always order this salad. I wanted to share it with my husband, so I made it my mission to re-create it. Mission accomplished! —Lisa Bynum, Brandon, Mississippi

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Turkey and Pasta Ranch SaladTaste of Home

Turkey and Pasta Ranch Salad

This easy pasta salad is loaded with fresh veggies, and the classic ranch dressing makes it appealing to kids. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Cran-Orange Couscous SaladTaste of Home

Cran-Orange Couscous Salad

I often create salads for summer using a variety of healthy, filling grains. This version with tender couscous is amped up by the bright flavors of oranges, cranberries, basil and a touch of fennel. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York

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Spicy Cajun Potato SaladTaste of Home

Spicy Cajun Potato Salad

Here in Louisiana, we love dishes that have a little kick! This one does the trick. —Amanda West, Sibley, Louisiana

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Berry Nectarine SaladTaste of Home

Berry Nectarine Salad

I’ve been making this recipe for years. The nectarines and berries look beautiful together, and the topping is the perfect accent. —Mindee Myers, Lincoln, Nebraska

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A neighbor once served this wonderful salad at a summer barbecue. I’ve since experimented with many ingredient combinations, but this one draws the most compliments. —Lisa Lesinski-Topp Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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Minted Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Minted Fruit Salad

Filled with the season’s best and freshest fruit, this salad shouts summer. The hint of mint adds a refreshing note to the colorful compote.—Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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Sicilian Potato SaladTaste of Home

Sicilian Potato Salad

Fresh basil is the star of this mayo-free, Italian-inspired take on potato salad. —Sue Falk, Warren, Michigan

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Bacon Pea SaladTaste of Home

Bacon Pea Salad

My husband absolutely loves peas. My middle son isn't the biggest fan, but he loves bacon. So, I combined the two, and it was perfect! This pea salad is an awesome side dish, especially for barbecue. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Tropical Sweet Potato SaladTaste of Home

Tropical Sweet Potato Salad

I had an abundance of sweet potatoes, so I put them to work and came up with this sweet and spicy salad. —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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Spinach Salad with Tortellini & Roasted OnionsTaste of Home

Spinach Salad with Tortellini & Roasted Onions

Spinach and tortellini go so well together, and this salad makes an easy meal with leftover cooked chicken. What really makes it special are the roasted onions that add oomph to bottled salad dressing. —Robin Haas, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

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Mint Watermelon SaladTaste of Home

Mint Watermelon Salad

I invented this refreshing fruit salad one sultry afternoon while my friends were gathered around my pool. It was quick and easy to prepare and disappeared from their plates even quicker. Even the kids loved it! —Antoinette DuBeck, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

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Colorful Quinoa SaladTaste of Home

Colorful Quinoa Salad

My youngest daughter recently learned she has to avoid gluten, dairy and eggs, which gave me a new challenge in the kitchen. I put this quinoa salad together as a side we could all share. We love it for leftovers, too. —Catherine Turnbull, Burlington, Ontario

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Simple Waldorf SaladTaste of Home

Simple Waldorf Salad

This is my go-to salad when I need a quick little something for a meal. When I want a sweeter taste, I use whipped cream instead of yogurt. —Wendy Masters, East Garafraxa, Ontario

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry VinaigretteTaste of Home

Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

We love adding grilled chicken to our salads in the summer, but the real star here is the vinaigrette made with blueberry preserves and maple syrup. It goes great with a fresh baguette and a frosty glass of minted lemonade. —Susan Gauthier, Falmouth, Maine

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Antipasto Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Antipasto Pasta Salad

I love trying new recipes, and this one for Italian pasta salad tops all other varieties I've tried. With beans, cheese, sausage and vegetables, it's a hearty complement to any meal. —Bernadette Nelson, Arcadia, California

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Strawberry Kale SaladTaste of Home

Strawberry Kale Salad

This fresh, zingy salad is super easy and always a crowd-pleaser! The sliced strawberries and fresh mint give it an extra summery feel, and crumbled bacon and toasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch. —Luanne Asta, East Hampton, New York

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Melon-Berry SaladTaste of Home

Melon-Berry Salad

The best way to cool down on a warm day is with a chilled fruit salad. Serve this one for breakfast, brunch or dessert. Yogurt and coconut milk make the creamy dressing even more decadent. Wait until just before serving to garnish the salad. Otherwise the toasted coconut will get soggy. —Carrie Hirsch, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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Southern Potato SaladTaste of Home

Southern Potato Salad

This potato salad recipe will be perfect for your supper. The sweet pickles add an extra sweetness to this special salad. —Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama

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Campers' ColeslawTaste of Home

Campers' Coleslaw

Crispy and crunchy, this old family slaw recipe makes a refreshing side dish. —Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

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Watermelon Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Watermelon Tomato Salad

Watermelon and tomatoes may seem an unlikely pair, but they team up to make a winning combination in this eye-catching salad. —Matthew Denton, Seattle, Washington

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Berry Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Berry Chicken Salad

Bright berries and creamy goat cheese make this one a winner! —Wendy Ball, Battle Creek, Michigan

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Fast Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Fast Macaroni Salad

Chopped veggies provide crunch, and cherry tomatoes add vibrant color to this refreshing and creamy pasta salad. —Frankiee Bush, Freedom, Indiana

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Skinny Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Skinny Cobb Salad

This "skinny" version of Cobb salad has all the taste and creaminess with half the fat and calories. You can skip the coleslaw mix and do all lettuce, but I like the crunch you get with cabbage. —Taylor Kiser, Brandon, Florida

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Avocado Fruit Salad with Tangerine VinaigretteTaste of Home

Avocado Fruit Salad with Tangerine Vinaigrette

On long summer days when we just want to relax, I make a cool salad with avocado, berries and mint. The tangerine dressing is refreshingly different. —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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Green Bean and Potato SaladTaste of Home

Green Bean and Potato Salad

For family reunions, my mom would make everybody’s favorite green bean and potato salad. Now I can’t stop making it. —Connie Dicavoli, Shawnee, Kansas

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Avocado & Artichoke Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Avocado & Artichoke Pasta Salad

A squeeze of lime, a sprinkle of cilantro and a little avocado make this a creamy and zingy pasta salad. —Carrie Farias, Oak Ridge, New Jersey

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Peach Mango Caprese SaladTaste of Home

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Summer in the Midwest offers a bounty of fresh produce. I wanted to come up with something new from the harvest, and this bright, flavorful salad is the refreshing end result. —Richard A Robinson, Park Forest, Illinois

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Creamy Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Creamy Fruit Salad

We first tried a cream cheese fruit salad like this at a local deli. Since I couldn’t get that recipe, I started mixing up different dressings until I hit on this one. It can be a snack, side dish or dessert. —Connie Osterhout, Napoleon, Ohio

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Cool & Crunchy Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Cool & Crunchy Chicken Salad

When the weather sizzles, get your chill on with a cool chicken salad. Mine uses grapes, pecans and celery for that signature crunch. —Sarah Smiley, Bangor, Maine

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Apricot FluffTaste of Home

Apricot Fluff

When we were young mothers, I asked my best friend if she had a recipe for an easy ambrosia salad that I could take to a cookout later that evening. She shared this recipe with me and now it’s become a must-have for my family. It’s sublime with peaches and peach gelatin, too. —Melissa Meinke, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania

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Garden Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Garden Tomato Salad

For as long as I can remember, Mom made a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers. Now I make it whenever beautiful tomatoes are in reach. —Shannon Arthur, Upper Arlington, Ohio

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Sparkling Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Sparkling Fruit Salad

Pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, strawberries and grapes are treated to a dressing of wine and sparkling club soda in this delightful salad. Serve in dessert dishes or set the whole bowl on the table for a fetching presentation. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Layered Cornbread SaladTaste of Home

Layered Cornbread Salad

When the garden comes in, we harvest the veggies and layer them with cornbread and sweet relish for this snappy salad. Everyone wants seconds. —Rebecca Clark, Warrior, Alabama

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Grilled Firecracker Potato SaladTaste of Home

Grilled Firecracker Potato Salad

I can eat potato salad like crazy. A little spice is nice, so I use cayenne and paprika in this grilled salad that comes with its own fireworks. —Ashley Armstrong, Kingsland, Georgia

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Salmon and Spud SaladTaste of Home

Salmon and Spud Salad

I headed straight for the kitchen when I decided to pick up a healthier lifestyle. This salmon with veggies proves that smart choices can be simple and satisfying. —Matthew Teixeira, Milton, Ontario

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Island Mango SlawTaste of Home

Island Mango Slaw

The cooling effect of mango and Greek yogurt meets jalapeno spice in this snappy take on a slaw. To ensure ripeness, you may want to buy your mango a day or two ahead. —Jenn Hall, Collingswood, New Jersey

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Pesto Corn Salad with ShrimpTaste of Home

Pesto Corn Salad with Shrimp

This recipe showcases the beautiful bounty of summer with its fresh corn, tomatoes and delicious basil. Prevent browning by placing plastic wrap directly on the salad or spritzing with lemon juice. —Deena Bowen, Chico, California

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Sesame Chicken Slaw SaladTaste of Home

Sesame Chicken Slaw Salad

I tasted many types of Asian chicken salad in California. When I moved back to Georgia, I wanted more. Here’s a gingery-sweet recipe using wonton strips. —Michelle Mulrain, Evans, Georgia

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Blueberry Cantaloupe SaladTaste of Home

Blueberry Cantaloupe Salad

The simple citrus and poppy seed dressing in this fruit medley really dresses up the refreshing mix of berries and melon. —R. Jean Rand, Edina, Minnesota

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Bacon and Broccoli SaladTaste of Home

Bacon and Broccoli Salad

You'll want to serve this family-friendly broccoli salad with bacon year-round. The broccoli gets a big-time flavor boost from bacon, toasted pecans, dried berries and a mayo dressing. —Cindi Read, Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Garden Pesto Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Garden Pesto Pasta Salad

My family and I live on a homestead in the Missouri Ozarks and produce much of our own food. In the summer, when the garden is bursting with fresh vegetables and it’s too hot to cook, I like to use the seasonal veggies for pasta salads and other cool meals. —Sarah Mathews, Ava, Missouri

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Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

For a fruit salad that’s delightful, we combine berries and citrus with a honey-lime dressing flecked with poppy seeds. —Carrie Howell, Lehi, Utah

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Summer Splash Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Summer Splash Chicken Salad

When it’s too hot to eat inside, I head out to the patio. Shred some rotisserie chicken and toss with mango, watermelon and grapes for an ooh-ahh healthy chicken salad. —Barbara Spitzer, Lodi, California

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Rosey Raspberry SaladTaste of Home

Rosey Raspberry Salad

Whenever I make this pretty raspberry salad, people talk! It’s a festive side dish that works well throughout the year. —Jane Vanderground, Macedonia, Ohio

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Shrimp & Nectarine SaladTaste of Home

Shrimp & Nectarine Salad

For a cool salad on a hot summer day, I combine shrimp, corn, tomatoes and nectarines with a drizzle of tarragon dressing. We love it chilled, but it's delectable served right away, too. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

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Refreshing Tropical Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Refreshing Tropical Fruit Salad

Want a family-friendly side dish? This colorful medley is kid-pleasing and a great way to encourage healthy eating. —Sharon Ricci, Spooner, Wisconsin

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Tropical Layered Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Tropical Layered Chicken Salad

This fresh and delicious recipe is always a big hit with my family! —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas

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Sour Cream CucumbersTaste of Home

Sour Cream Cucumbers

It’s been a tradition at our house to serve this cucumber onion salad with the other Hungarian specialties my mom learned to make from the women at church. It’s especially good during the summer when the cucumbers are fresh-picked from the garden. Cucumber salad with sour cream is the perfect summer dish. —Pamela Eaton, Monclova, Ohio

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Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea SaladTaste of Home

Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea Salad

My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it. —Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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Twisted Eggs Benedict SaladTaste of Home

Twisted Eggs Benedict Salad

Salad for breakfast? Absolutely. You can prep everything except the dressing and chill it overnight. In the morning, dress the salad and poach the eggs. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Southwestern Pasta Salad

I created this southwestern pasta salad for a friend who owns a catering business. I was told it was a hit at her events and it's now among the most-requested dishes. —Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California

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Salmon Caesar SaladTaste of Home

Salmon Caesar Salad

This main course was invented out of a need to serve my family a balanced meal when time was limited. Even my young son loves it! —Ann Bagdonas, Antioch, California

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White Bean Arugula SaladTaste of Home

White Bean Arugula Salad

My red, white and green salad is inspired by the Italian flag. Top it with shaved Parmesan. —Malia Estes, Allston, Massachusetts

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California Burger BowlsTaste of Home

California Burger Bowls

Burgers are a weekly staple at our house year-round. Skip the fries, chips and bun—you won't need them with these loaded veggie & fruit burgers. To spice up the mayo, add 1/2 tsp. of chipotle powder. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Mama's Potato SaladTaste of Home

Mama's Potato Salad

This old-fashioned potato salad recipe doesn't have many ingredients, so it isn't as colorful as many that you find nowadays. But Mama made it the way her mother did, and that's the way I still make it today. Try it and see if it isn't one of the best-tasting potato salads you have ever eaten! —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York

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Pina Colada Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Pina Colada Fruit Salad

Taste the tropics on warm summer days with this refreshing fruit blend. For a little extra punch, you might add a splash of coconut rum. —Carol Farnsworth, Greenwood, Indiana

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Ground Beef Taco SaladTaste of Home

Ground Beef Taco Salad

Everyone at our house loves this taco salad. In spring we look for something light and refreshing on the menu after the heavier comfort food of winter. —Muriel Bertrand, Shoreview, Minnesota

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Orange Chicken Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Orange Chicken Spinach Salad

For a salad with refreshing color and crunch, we toss chicken and spinach with mandarin oranges and red onion, then splash everything with a tangy vinaigrette. —Jean Murawski, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

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Strawberry-Turkey Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Strawberry-Turkey Spinach Salad

This light, refreshing salad is a true showstopper, visually and nutritionally, with fresh strawberries and yellow pepper strips tossed with fresh baby spinach. Serve with warm whole wheat rolls or flax or bran muffins. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Fluffed Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Fluffed Fruit Salad

I like this recipe since I can prepare it in advance. Even people who don’t care for cranberries usually like this treat. —Christine Halandras, Meeker, Colorado

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Mediterranean Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Mediterranean Cobb Salad

This salad combines some of our favorite ingredients in one dish…and with the hard-boiled eggs and kidney beans, it delivers enough protein to satisfy those who are skeptical of vegetarian fare. —Elizabeth Kelley, Chicago, Illinois

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Spinach & Bacon Salad with PeachesTaste of Home

Spinach & Bacon Salad with Peaches

Peaches and bacon? Oh, yeah. It’s easy to prep the parts separately, then toss it all together right before chow time. —Megan Riofski, Frankfort, Illinois

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Sunflower Strawberry SaladTaste of Home

Sunflower Strawberry Salad

We have an annual Strawberry Festival in our town, so recipes with strawberries are popular here. This salad always receives a lot of compliments. —Betty Malone, Humboldt, Tennessee

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Arugula & Brown Rice SaladTaste of Home

Arugula & Brown Rice Salad

This arugula with brown rice dish is always on the menu in my house. —Mindy Oswalt, Winnetka, California

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Coleslaw with Poppy Seed DressingTaste of Home

Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing

This is the kind of salad you can keep in the fridge for a couple days and it just gets better. I just add the sunflower seeds before serving to keep the crunch. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Sesame-Ginger Cucumber SaladTaste of Home

Sesame-Ginger Cucumber Salad

I love the marinated sides and salads that come with meals at Japanese restaurants and wanted to try some at home. After some research, I came up with this cool and crisp salad with a little Asian zing. We love it with meat hot off the grill! —Kimberly Ludvick, Newburgh, New York

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Everyone raves when I bring this refreshing, creamy salad. For a special finishing touch, sprinkle it with brown sugar and pecans. —Marge Elling, Jenison, Michigan

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Garden Chickpea SaladTaste of Home

Garden Chickpea Salad

Looking for a summer dish with a difference? Combine colorful crunchy veggies with soft feta cheese and good-for-you garbanzos. If you like, add sliced, cooked chicken or lamb. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan

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Khmer Pickled Vegetable SaladTaste of Home

Khmer Pickled Vegetable Salad

I grew up as a missionary kid in Cambodia, and most of my favorite foods have a Southeast Asian background. Locals love eating this pickled salad for breakfast, but I like it as a side for lunch or dinner, especially with chicken satay. —Hannah Heavener, Belton, Texas

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Strawberry-Blue Cheese Steak SaladTaste of Home

Strawberry-Blue Cheese Steak Salad

My family would eat it nonstop if we could. Can’t seem to get enough of that tangy dressing! —Alma Winberry, Great Falls, Montana

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Steak & New Potato TossTaste of Home

Steak & New Potato Toss

I usually use leftover barbecued steak to make this fabulous main dish salad. It's pretty, too, with the red pepper, green broccoli and white potatoes. —Deyanne Davies, Rossland, British Columbia

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Summer Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Summer Macaroni Salad

When we grill, my mother asks me to make this summer pasta salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland

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Citrus Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Citrus Fruit Salad

Fresh pineapple with yogurt and pecans is a merry update of the classic ambrosia salad. We stir it up for breakfast, a snack or as a bright side. —Heather Rivers, Boise, ID

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Swift Strawberry Salad

A simple blend of syrup, orange juice and caramel topping forms the light dressing for the fresh berries and the crunchy cashews found in this sensational salad. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Summertime SlawTaste of Home

Summertime Slaw

As a change from mayonnaise-laden slaw, I created this refreshing alternative. It uses many of the garden vegetables I grow, so it’s also economical. —Sharon Payne, Mayfield, Kentucky

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Potato Salad with Kalamata-Hazelnut VinaigretteTaste of Home

Potato Salad with Kalamata-Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Potato salad tossed with vinaigrette has a lighter taste than traditional mayo versions. I add velvety avocado and hazelnuts for cool texture and crunch. —Laurie Bock, Lynden, Washington

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Pistachio Mallow SaladTaste of Home

Pistachio Mallow Salad

This fluffy pistachio salad is a real treat since it’s creamy but not overly sweet. It’s easy to mix up, and the flavor gets better the longer it stands. —Pattie Ann Forssberg, Logan, Kansas

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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed DressingTaste of Home

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Cherry Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Cherry Tomato Salad

This recipe evolved from a need to use the bumper crops of delicious cherry tomatoes we grow. It's one of my favorite cherry tomato recipes, especially at cookouts. —Sally Sibley, St. Augustine, Florida

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Strawberry-Quinoa Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Strawberry-Quinoa Spinach Salad

We make quinoa with spinach and strawberries year-round, but it's most fun when we go to the farmers market to get the season’s first berries. —Sarah Johnson, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Orzo Vegetable SaladTaste of Home

Orzo Vegetable Salad

Tangy lemon dressing over cool orzo and vegetables is everything you want in a light side dish. —Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada

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Banana Split FluffTaste of Home

Banana Split Fluff

This pretty pink mixture, rich with yummy fruit and nuts, is sure to disappear in a hurry. It’s a sweet and speedy treat that can be served as a dessert or salad. —Anne Powers, Munford, Alabama

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Cucumber Salad BoatsTaste of Home

Cucumber Salad Boats

Scoop out the seeds and fill fresh cucumbers with your favorite salad for a crunchy and refreshing light lunch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Asian Barbecue Chicken SlawTaste of Home

Asian Barbecue Chicken Slaw

When it’s springtime in the South, cabbage is plentiful and we use it. One of our favorite recipes is this combo of Asian slaw and barbecued chicken. Plus, it's easy to halve or double the servings as needed. —Paula Todora, Maple Valley, Washington

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Berry-Beet SaladTaste of Home

Berry-Beet Salad

Here's a delightfully different salad that balances the earthy flavor of beets with the natural sweetness of berries. If you prefer, substitute crumbled feta for the goat cheese. —Amy Lyons, Mounds View, Minnesota

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Fresh Fruit BowlTaste of Home

Fresh Fruit Bowl

The glorious colors used here make this a great summer fruit bowl. Slightly sweet and chilled, it makes a nice accompaniment to a grilled entree. —Marlon Kirst, Troy, Michigan

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Macaroni ColeslawTaste of Home

Macaroni Coleslaw

My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. —Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota

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Thai-Style Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Thai-Style Cobb Salad

This veggie salad is like a mix of Cobb salad and my favorite summer rolls. If you have leftover chicken, toss it in. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Cashew-Chicken Rotini SaladTaste of Home

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

I’ve tried many chicken salad recipes over the years, but this is my very favorite. It’s fresh, fruity and refreshing, and the cashews add wonderful crunch. —Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah

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Honey-Lime Berry SaladTaste of Home

Honey-Lime Berry Salad

I picked up this dish a couple of years ago, and really like the mint and fruit combo. Cilantro is one of my summer favorites so sometimes I use it instead. Turns out, this recipe's really two in one! —Kayla Spence, Wilber, Nebraska

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Bacon Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Bacon Avocado Salad

Everyone in my family loves this bacon avocado salad—even the younger kids! —Noreen McCormick Danek, Cromwell, Connecticut

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I love all the colors and flavors of this quick and easy dish. I serve it often in the summer! You can’t beat the combination of Gorgonzola and bacon. —Terry McCarty, Oro Grande, California

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Vanilla Yogurt AmbrosiaTaste of Home

Vanilla Yogurt Ambrosia

This simple fruit salad is so yummy. I have served it many times, and it's always one of the first dishes to go. Fat-free vanilla yogurt also works well as the dressing. —Sherry Hulsman of Louisville, Kentucky

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Juicy Watermelon SaladTaste of Home

Juicy Watermelon Salad

This fruit salad has such a surprising yet fabulous mix of flavors that friends often ask for the recipe. Combine seedless watermelon varieties in yellow, red and pink for a colorful twist. —Heidi Haight, Macomb, Michigan

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Red, White & Blue Potato SaladTaste of Home

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Tossing the cooked potatoes with stock and wine right after you drain them infuses them with flavor. The liquid absorbs like magic. —George Levinthal, Goleta, California

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Farmers Market Orzo SaladTaste of Home

Farmers Market Orzo Salad

Orzo is a tiny pasta shaped like rice. We use it as a base for veggies, lemony vinaigrette and cheeses such as mozzarella, feta or smoked Gouda. —Heather Dezzutto, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Nectarine Arugula SaladTaste of Home

Nectarine Arugula Salad

Here's a summer salad that brightens any supper. The homemade dressing with a hint of berries is perfect with arugula, nectarines and blue cheese. —Christine Laba, Arlington, Virginia

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Dill Garden SaladTaste of Home

Dill Garden Salad

I love to cut up whatever fresh vegetables I have on hand and toss them with this delicious dressing and fresh dill. This salad shows up on our table regularly during the summer. —Bethany Martin, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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Overnight Layered Lettuce SaladTaste of Home

Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad

This classic is a family favorite from a church cookbook I've had for 40 years. The bacon adds a fabulous crunch. —Mary Brehm, Cape Coral, Florida

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Steak and Fries SaladTaste of Home

Steak and Fries Salad

This is a very popular dish at restaurants in central Pennsylvania. Prepared sweet-and-sour dressing is good on this salad, too. —Nancy Collins, Clearfield, Pennsylvania

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Garden-Fresh Chef SaladTaste of Home

Garden-Fresh Chef Salad

For a lot of the year, I can use my garden's produce when I make this cool salad. In spring, it's fresh greens and radishes, and in summer, we have tomatoes, cabbage and carrots. What a good feeling! —Evelyn Gubernath, Bucyrus, Ohio

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Ginger-Cashew Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Ginger-Cashew Chicken Salad

I revamped an Asian-style chicken salad recipe to create this gingery, crunchy salad. —Shelly Gramer, Long Beach, California

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Grilled Southwestern Potato SaladTaste of Home

Grilled Southwestern Potato Salad

This salad is great with a grilled steak for a Tex-Mex meal, and most of it can even be prepared out in the backyard. Poblanos and cayenne make it pop. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Pineapple Pretzel FluffTaste of Home

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Everyone goes crazy for the sweet and crunchy combination. Be sure to add the pretzel mixture right before serving to keep it crispy. —Beth Olby, Ashland, Wisconsin

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Vermicelli Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Vermicelli Pasta Salad

I started making this salad because it’s loaded with peppers, my husband’s favorite. Don’t be surprised when there are no leftovers. —Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas

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Minty Watermelon-Cucumber SaladTaste of Home

Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

This refreshing, beautiful watermelon-cucumber salad captures the fantastic flavors of summer. —Roblynn Hunnisett, Guelph, Ontario

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Mango and Jicama SaladTaste of Home

Mango and Jicama Salad

This pretty salad has become part of my regular summertime rotation because of its freshness and versatility—it's great with everything from grilled chicken to seafood! Try it with coconut-flavored vinegar for a fun tropical twist. —Carla Mendres, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Layered Veggie Tortellini SaladTaste of Home

Layered Veggie Tortellini Salad

Tortellini and a Parmesan dressing give this layered salad an unexpected twist. —Dennis Vitale, New Preston, Connecticut

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Bow Tie & Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

With pasta salad, it’s easy to change up ingredients. We like to add grilled chicken and pine nuts, and sometimes we substitute black beans for the garbanzo beans. —Julie Kirkpatrick, Billings, Montana

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Shrimp Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Shrimp Avocado Salad

This salad can be served as a cool and satisfying dinner or lunch. The delicious taste and smooth texture of avocados mixed with the crisp shrimp salad is heavenly. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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Creamy Pineapple Fluff SaladTaste of Home

Creamy Pineapple Fluff Salad

The whole family will gravitate to this traditional “fluff” salad, chock-full of pineapple, marshmallows and cherry bits. —Janice Hensley, Owingsville, Kentucky

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Veggie Steak SaladTaste of Home

Veggie Steak Salad

This salad just explodes with flavors. It's easy and quick to prepare, tastes delicious, and is a healthy dinner all on one plate. —Tiffany Martinez, Aliso Viejo, California

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Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini SaladTaste of Home

Heirloom Tomato & Zucchini Salad

Tomato wedges give this salad a juicy bite. It's a great use of fresh herbs and veggies from your own garden or the farmers market. —Matthew Hass, Franklin, Wisconsin

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Layered Garden Bean SaladTaste of Home

Layered Garden Bean Salad

To meal prep, cover and refrigerate the salad a few hours before serving. Turn it into a light lunch by adding sliced rotisserie chicken, salmon or tuna. —Melissa Wharton, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Orzo with Feta and ArugulaTaste of Home

Orzo with Feta and Arugula

In my family, we love salads because they’re an interesting way to blend many different flavors. This orzo salad is one of our favorites—it tastes delicious served either warm or cool. —Laura Adamsky, Decatur, Alabama

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco SaladTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Salad

We use this super duper chicken across several meals, including it in tacos, sandwiches, omelets and enchiladas. My little guys love helping measure seasonings. —Karie Houghton, Lynnwood, Washington

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Whole Wheat Orzo SaladTaste of Home

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

In less than 30 minutes, I can put together this hearty salad of pasta, white beans and veggies. —Mya Zeronis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Sweet & Sour Squash SaladTaste of Home

Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

This salad goes over really well with all ages, and it's a good way to get kids to eat summer squash. —Opal Shipman Levelland, Texas

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White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn and Feta SaladTaste of Home

White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn and Feta Salad

I'm not typically a huge fan of summer corn, but when it comes to this sweet, salty, refreshing salad, I can't put my fork down. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Minty Pineapple Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Minty Pineapple Fruit Salad

Fresh mint adds bright flavor to this easy, quick and low-fat pineapple salad. Give it a berry twist by using blueberries and raspberries in place of the grapes, but don't forget the secret dressing ingredient—lemonade! —Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas

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Bacon Chicken Chopped SaladTaste of Home

Bacon Chicken Chopped Salad

Here's one of many reasons we love tomato season. Chopped salads are so simple and such a fantastic way to eat fresh. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts