10 Great Summer Salads

Summer is here and so is the heat! To celebrate, I thought I would round up some of my favorite summer salads to help cool you off.  Most of these are gluten-free friendly.  As far as I can tell, the only substitution you would need to make is to swap out the soy sauce for gluten-free tamari.  Enjoy!

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Green Onion, Basil, Thyme, and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado, & Tomatoes from Two Peas and Their Pod

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad from Oh She Glows

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad with Apricots & Pecans from Inspired RD

Armenian Cucumber Salad from Katherine Martinelli

Fresh Corn Salad from Recipe Girl

Edamame Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette from A Communal Table

Avocado Lime Fruit Salad from How Sweet it is

Lemony Kale, Pasta, and Pistachio Salad from The Spicy RD

Do you have any favorites from your blog to add? Leave a link in the comments!

  • Jillian {Her Split Ends} June 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    So yummy! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures! Perfect for summer time dining…Thanks!!

    ~ Jillian

  • Amber at Love, Laugh, Live Well June 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, so many fabulous ideas on this post! I don’t even know which one to try first. Really interested in the chickpea and cilantro and also the cucumber salad.

    I actually just wrote a post recently about a lot of my favorite salad ingredients as well: http://lovelaughlivewell.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-enjoy-salad.html

    • inspiredrd June 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

      Your salad tips and round up look great, thank you for sharing!!

  • Kalyn June 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This is such a tasty-looking assortment of salads. I would love to live somewhere that had summer all year, because I’d never get tired of salad!

    • inspiredrd June 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

      You know I love this one, and your site had so many good ones, it’s hard to choose!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet June 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you so much for including me! 🙂

    • inspiredrd June 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Of course Jessica!

  • Maria June 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for including our salad!

    • inspiredrd June 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Any time Maria! Love that quinoa salad, it’s one of our favorites!

  • EA-The Spicy RD June 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks so much for including my kale pasta salad in your round-up Alysa! They all look so good-I want to eat them all up now! Love your “noodle head” photo at the top too 🙂

    • inspiredrd June 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thanks EA! Glad you like the round up 🙂

  • Stormy @Maoomba June 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I love this round up! Especially now that the fresh produce and heat are on.

    Here’s a favorite of mine…I sometimes top it with cilantro-lime poached shrimp:
    Light and Easy Nectarine, Fresh Green, and Pistachio Salad: http://www.maoomba.com/light-and-easy-nectarine-fresh-green-and-pistachio-salad-gluten-free-dairy-free/

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    • inspiredrd June 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thanks for sharing, your salad looks delicious!

  • Trish June 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Excellent post. I’ll be referring my clients to this post who are in a rut and looking for salad-spiration. Thanks for sharing! Yum!

  • Deanna @ Teaspoon of Spice June 7, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Ooh, love this post! I want to make them all – esp. the chickpea one and your strawberry goat cheese salad. I recently did a Garlic Scape Green Goddess Dressing and used it over a simple Tomato Avocado Salad which is gluten-free.

    Ahh, summer!

  • Nancy June 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    My daughter Lindsey from Aquarian Media Group and Bent But Not Broken just showed me all of your recipes. I’m so excited to try them. I’ll have Lindsey take pics and put on all of your social sites that I’m not on. Thanks for the inspiration to make new food!
    P.S.- We actually met at Ken’s event at Fleming’s but wasn’t sure if you would remember me. Lindsey wasn’t feeling so great that night so she felt bad for not being able to talk more with you.

    • inspiredrd June 18, 2012 at 9:12 am

      I do remember meeting you! I hope to be able to make it out to Lindsay’s next event. She is doing great things!