Best Summer Salad Recipes

Salads are ideal for sharing on a hot summer’s day and the perfect choice for an alfresco evening meal. Seasonal combinations of freshly prepared meat, vegetables and sauces make for vibrant recipes that are bursting with nutritious ingredients and you’ll love our pick of the best summer salads to serve friends and family.?

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Crispy egg with summer salad: Recipes

Whisk egg and Japanese breadcrumbs to create a crispy egg, the perfect comfort food for the summer months. Simply gorgeous served with a refreshing salad.

Try this crispy egg and summer salad recipe

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Grilled halloumi and roasted pepper salad: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

When the summer barbecue season is in full swing, this salad makes a great alternative for vegetarians, as the cheese doesn’t melt when it’s hot.

Try this grilled halloumi and roasted pepper salad recipe

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Gwyneth Paltrow lobster club salad: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

This decadent salad is perfect for a special summer lunch.

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Parsley and bulgar chilli salad: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

This super-healthy salad is delicious served with Lebanese flatbreads torn into large pieces and crisped in the oven for three minutes.

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Roasted vegetable salad: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

Toasting the cumin seeds takes seconds and gives them a tremendous depth of earthy flavour – perfect with the mint and yoghurt in the dressing for this colourful salad.

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salade nicoise: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

Nicoise Salad is perfect for warm days and balmy nights when only light, refreshing dishes will do. Try our classic recipe using fresh tuna, egg and anchovies.

Try this Salad Nicoise recipe

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Salad of chicken, cherries, watercress, almonds with tarragon: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

A gloriously summery, elegant chicken salad. You can make this with cold, leftover roast chicken if you prefer - it certainly makes it quicker.

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Smokey caesar salad: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

A new twist on a classic recipe that never disappoints. To get extra-crisp salad leaves, soak the separated leaves in cold water for at least 15 minutes before using. Then simply spin-dry in a salad spinner when you are ready to serve.

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Summer salad of radish, purple sprouting brocolli, asparagus and peas: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

This is a wonderful, healthy salad to try when the season for fresh British greens begins. The radish gives it a wonderful colour, flavour and crunch.

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Sweet roasted tomato salad with ricotta and mint: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

A beautiful-looking salad because of the colours - red, green and white. You could use basil instead of mint (or a mixture of both). It will look as though you have a lot of tomatoes when you start cooking, but they shrink a lot.

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Radish Garden Salad: Food: Recipe: Zvonko

Radishes are at their best during this time of year so make the most of them with this simple side dish.

Try this radish garden salad recipe

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Salad Menchouia: Recipes

Served with warm bread or crispy greens, salad menchouia can be adapted as you wish to make a light starter or filling main. Simply take out the egg and tuna to create a lighter version of this satisfying dish.

Try Sophie Grigson’s salad menchouia

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Smoked Salmon Salad with Sugar Snaps: Food: Recipe: Zvonko

Surprisingly simple to make, this quirky salad is guaranteed to get guests talking at your next dinner party.

Try this hot smoked salmon with sugar snaps recipe

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Yuki Sugiura

Chorizo sausage infuses the ingredients of this salad with a rich, spicy flavour that’s impossible to resist.

Try this chorizo tomato and chickpea salad recipe

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Warm Green Bean, Halloumi and Potato Salad with Olives

If you’re cooking for vegetarians, halloumi is a satisfying and incredibly versatile alternative to meat. Simply fry for one minute until golden brown before serving with warm new potatoes and green beans.

Try this warm green bean, halloumi and potato salad with olives

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Thai Style Beef Salad: Recipes

Annabel Langbein’s Thai style beef salad is great for a casual dinner for friends as it can be prepared in advance and served at room temperature, which means no more rushing around the kitchen.

Try Annabel Langbein’s Thai style beef salad

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Warm new potato, broad bean and chorizo salad: Recipes

Nothing says summer like warm new potatoes. Spicy chorizo and a large dollop of garlic mayonnaise add an air of decadence to this tasty dish, best served as a starter or side plate.

Try this warm new potato, broad bean and chorizo salad with garlic mayonnaise

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Laura Edwards

Cider vinegar and Dijon mustard taste wonderful paired with ripe, sweet tomatoes. Try this salad for a fuss-free lunch on a hot day or a simple mid-week starter.

Try this high-summer tomato and basil salad

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Gareth Morgans
Tabbouleh: Recipe

This classic Middle Eastern dish is perfect for a barbecue as it can easily be made in bulk using quinoa or bulgur wheat.

Try this tabbouleh salad

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Pea, broad bean, bacon and feta salad with mint: 10 best summer salads: recipes: food: Zvonko

Peas and broad beans are delicious with pork (you can try this with chorizo, too). There's something about fresh green flavours and fatty rich ones that is just gorgeous together. Try to get a feta which isn't too salty.

Try this pea, broad bean, bacon and feta salad with mint recipe

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Laura Edwards
Crisp Halloumi with a Trio of Peas & Gremolata: Recipes

This hearty summer dish is bursting with flavour. The contrast of the crunchy sugar snap peas and rich halloumi cheese is wonderfully unusual.

Try this crisp halloumi with a trio of peas and gremolata recipe

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Laura Edwards
asparagus tomato salad green sauce

Balsamic vinegar and rich anchovies add depth to this bright and zingy dish, which looks beautiful served on a white plate.

Try this asparagus and tomato salad with sweet and sour dressing recipes

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Salad of Avocado, Green Beans, Mango ans Raw Salmon, with Lime and Ginger dressing: Recipe

A weird and utterly wonderful combination of sweet, sour, salty and hot, this eclectic dish deserves only the freshest fish and ripe ingredients.

Try this salad of avocado, green beans, mango and raw salmon with lime and ginger dressing recipe

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Laura Edwards
Lettuce & Crouton Salad with Caesar Dressing: Recipes

It wouldn’t be summer without Caesar dressing so we love this lettuce salad recipe, served with a healthy drizzle of the stuff.

Try this lettuce and crouton salad with Caesar dressing

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