8 Fresh And Light Summer Salad Recipes

Salads are best eaten on hot days — especially light and fresh summer salads that are full of ripe fruits and vegetables. With so much seasonal produce to choose from, summer salads can be full of rich color, crunchy textures, and sweet fruit. From adding grilled meats atop your greens to using summer vegetables as the base for your salad, there are dozens of ways to highlight salads for summer.

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With so many recipes for summer salads, we decided it would be the ideal theme for this week's SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). We put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with salad recipes, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Rebecca Winkler of A Calculated Whisk shared with us her recipe for a fruit salad made with ripe strawberries, kiwi, and jicama mixed together in a spicy chili and citrus dressing.
  • Kristie Collado, the Cook editor at The Daily Meal, made a healthy lemon and garlic pasta salad, which is perfect to kick-start any barbecue.
  • The winner this week is Christine Ma of Cherry on My Sundae and her recipe for barbecue steak salad with spinach and artichokes. It's healthy, hearty, and full of that summer grill flavor.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Barbecue Steak Salad Recipe

Adding grilled steak on top of a bed of greens is a great way to add flavor and protein to any light salad dish.

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Blueberry and Cucumber Salad Recipe

Use two of summer favorites to make a fun and festive salad that is healthy and picnic ready.

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Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.