Top 10 Summer Salad Recipes

When our weather app issues heat alerts practically daily and wearing pants isn’t even an option, we’re looking for dishes and sides that require little or no cooking. With fresh salads, you can’t go wrong. We enjoy meal salads for dinner and prepare crunchy salads to accompany our grilled meats. Each year, there are certain recipes that are among your favourites. Here are the 10 most popular summer salad recipes on our site, as chosen by you.

1. Greek Salad

This salad is so simple, you hardly need a recipe. Tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and feta cheese are the faithful companions of a vinaigrette made with olive oil, lemon juice and black olives. Serve the Greek salad with grilled pork tenderloin or for lunch with crackers and hummus.

2. Caesar Salad

This is the one that everyone loves, whether making it at home or ordering it over and over again in restaurants. Forget the store-bought dressing; make the classic at home with egg yolk, oil, garlic, capers, anchovies and Parmesan. Don’t forget to garnish it generously with crumbled bacon and croutons.

3. Creamy Coleslaw

There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who prefer traditional coleslaw and the ones who live only for the creamy kind. We’ll talk about the traditional version later. Creamy is chosen for its smooth dressing composed of mayonnaise and milk (our secret ingredient), as well as relish, for that hit of sweet that balances the acidity of the white vinegar. Enjoy with grilled chicken or hot dogs.

4. Broccoli Salad

Prepare this broccoli salad ahead of time and enjoy it for lunch all week long. But be sure to pour in the dressing at the last minute to keep the broccoli crunchy. With toasted almonds, raisins and chopped bacon, we’ve got a combination of sweet and savoury textures. 

5. Couscous Salad

Couscous and chickpeas make this salad a nourishing and flavourful lunch idea. Season with cumin and coriander for a spicy touch and garnish with peppers, cucumber and feta cheese.

6. Traditional Coleslaw

If creamy coleslaw has many followers, its traditional companion also has its ardent fans. After all, how can they resist its vinegary taste? Plus, the shredded cabbage and carrots are super crunchy. Pick your side!

7. Love Salad

With such a pretty name, how can you not fall in love with this salad that eats like a meal? It contains rice, bean sprouts, baby spinach, cashews and raisins, highlighted with an Asian-inspired dressing made with soy sauce and ginger.

8. Cold Ham and Mustard Macaroni Salad

Pasta salad is a summer picnic favourite. This one is so easy to prepare, it can accompany any meal, whether it’s on the grass or at the beach. Macaroni is mixed with cubed ham and celery, then coated in a creamy mayonnaise and Dijon mustard dressing.

9. Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas are the star of this easy-to-make salad. With this legume, we combine pepper, celery and a diced apple. With honey and Dijon mustard, its taste is both spicy and lightly sweet

10. Potato Salad with Bacon

We all have bad memories of gloopy potato salad from family buffets past. This recipe will make you look at it in a new light. The secret? After boiling the potatoes, they are browned in a pan with bacon and onions. Deglaze with vinegar and mix with old-fashioned mustard.