10 salads that scream summer

Forgo those heavy comfort meals of the colder months in favour of these fresh, light summer salads.

10 salads that scream summer

10 salads that scream summer

Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

Beat the heat with this super-hydrating salad. Crisp watermelon and cucumber do a little dance in a light dressing, while chopped pistachios and fresh mint add yet more texture and flavour. Can you hear that crunch? It’s summer shouting with joy. Get the recipe: Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

wedges of watermelon with cucumber and mint in a light oil-based dressingPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Quinoa, Corn and Lentil Salad

It’s corn season, holla back! Quinoa and lentils pack this salad with protein, so it eats like a meal. But, like, add some grilled sausage if that’s your thing #protein. Get the recipe: Quinoa, Corn and Lentil Salad

bowl of quinoa salad with corn, mint and lentils


Salad in a Jar

A simple concept, so many possibilities. Our easy-breezy version layers red quinoa, plump shrimp, cucumber, tomatoes and baby kale with Dijon dressing. Perfect for beach hangs and road trips all summer long. Get the recipe: Salad in a Jar

pregnant woman holding mason jar filled with red quinoa, shrimp, cherry tomatoes and spring mixPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Grilled Chicken and Veg Chopped Salad

Say hello to this summer’s go-to salad. On the table in 30 min, it’s a fun way to present a salad to the ones you know and love—those who aren’t too keen on foods getting up in each other’s buisness (aka: touching). Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken and Veg Chopped Salad

plate with grilled chicken, zucchini, red onion, mushrooms and lettuce and tomato

Island Chicken and Mango Salad

Add mango, cucumber and a rotisserie chicken to your grocery list because you’re going to make this fresh, sweet and spiced salad for dinner this week. Get the recipe: Island Chicken and Mango Salad

plate of salad with romaine hearts, shredded chicken, cucumber, red onion and mango


Grated Carrot Salad

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Gather your helpers and set them to work whisking dressing and peeling veg. Those carrots aren’t going to grate themselves. Get the recipe: Grated Carrot Salad

bowl of grated carrot with mint and a light dressingPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Summery Bean Salad

This salad has all the delicious things: Creamy avocado, sweet and crunchy yellow peppers, protein-packed beans and fresh greens. Get the recipe: Summery Bean Salad

bean and spring mix salad with yellow pepper and avocadoPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Creamy Macaroni Salad

No picnic-blanket feast is complete without creamy macaroni salad. This one has plain yogurt for zip, along with all the classic ingredients: Chopped sweet pickle and celery, grated carrot and plenty of mayo. Pass the cold chicken. Get the recipe: Creamy Macaroni Salad

three dixie cups filled with macaroni salad on a picnic blanketPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Thai Grilled Chicken

Use this sweet-savoury chicken marinade all summer long and switch up the salad underneath—this one taps the crunch of thinly sliced cukes, radish and sweet peppers. Get the recipe: Thai Grilled Chicken

salad with grilled chicken, sliced radishes, cucumbers and yellow peppersPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Corn and Squash Succotash

Our definition of salad is pretty flexible where leafy things are concerned. What this dish lacks in greens it makes up for in beans—edamame, to be more specific, plus plum tomatoes, sweet summer corn and zucchini, too. This salad stands alone, but also goes great with grilled meat. Get the recipe: Corn and Squash Succotash

plate of fresh corn, edamame and chopped veggiesPhoto: Erik Putz

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