9 Easy Summer Salads Perfect for Your BBQ

Whether it’s a healthy salad loaded with vegetables and protein or a zesty pasta salad these summer salads have you covered for all your events this season. Bring them as a side dish for a BBQ, enjoy for your family dinner, or simply make a lot so you have amazing leftovers for lunch!

Homemade vinaigrette being poured over summer salads.

Summer Salads

From the main event to side dishes, these easy recipes for summer salad are incredible!

My personal favorites are the Santa Fe Chicken Salad, Moroccan Carrot Salad, and the Pesto Pasta Salad.

What makes a summer salad so incredible? The salad dressings! I love homemade salad dressings and recipes like the homemade greek vinaigrette, Mediterranean vinaigrette, pesto vinaigrette, and honey mustard dressing are all top recipes here on The Bewitchin’ Kitchen.

Summer Salad Recipes

Santa Fe Chicken Salad. Inspired by the Earl's menu, this copycat salad recipe grilled blackened chicken, feta, peanuts, dates, tortilla strips, avocado, and topped with a peanut lime vinaigrette.

Santa Fe Chicken Salad – This is one of my favorite recipes! Inspired by the famous salad at Earls, this summer salad is enjoyed year round in our home.

3 Pepper Salad - A no fuss BBQ side dish that's simple and easy to throw together. Three pepper salad is barbecue favorite!

Three Pepper Salad – Our family whips up this simple side dish almost every Friday, with steak dinners. Tip: make it ahead of time to let the vinegar do its thing.

Pesto Pasta Salad - this tangy twist on a macaroni salad is my new favorite summer salad recipe. Sundried tomatoes, smart veggie pasta, spinach, feta cheese, red pepper, and olives tossed in a homemade honey pesto vinaigrette. Also makes a delicious and nutritious addition to a school lunch.

Pesto Pasta Salad – This pasta salad never lasts long, it’s a fan favorite.

Moroccan Carrot Salad. This healthy side dish recipe is perfect for bringing to a BBQ. | The Bewitchin Kitchen

Moroccan Carrot Salad – I’m a big fan of cumin, so this recipe is something I crave during the summers.

Super Salad - a great recipe for people who don't love salads. This clean eating mason jar salad is easy easy to prepare and is super yummy with the tangy vinaigrette. | thebewitchinkitchen.com

Clean and Green Super Salad – Easy to customize to whatever you have for leftovers in your fridge. It’s a great clean out recipe.

Fajita Pasta Salad. A delicious vegetable filled salad recipe that's high in protein and makes a great BBQ side dish.

Fajita Pasta Salad – This makes a lot of pasta salad, perfect as a bbq side dish.

Disneyland Coleslaw Recipe. This summer coleslaw recipe is direct from Disneyland. Cabbage, carrots, apples and a sweet and tangy coleslaw dressing. Yum!

Disneyland’s Coleslaw Recipe – I love Disneyland’s coleslaw. Not only is this great as a side, but also brightens up chicken tacos!

Spicy asian pasta salad recipe - a delicious cold pasta salad recipe with an asian dressing with sesame oil, chili flakes, chili paste, garlic and more.

Spicy Asian Noodle Salad – This side dish could also be used as a main dish, thanks to the added chicken.

The Glory Bowl: one of my favorites! Healthy meal idea that's great for nutritious lunch or dinner recipe.

Healthy Glory Bowl – One of my favorite lunch/dinners EVER. This glory bowl dressing from Whitewater Cooks is money.

Not only are these salads perfect for lunch, dinner, side dishes but they’re great recipes to use as a base or switch up to make your own. Add different seasonings, proteins, nuts, seeds to add a new spin on what are classic recipes here at my home.

Don’t forget to pin these recipes to save for later!

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3 comments on “9 Easy Summer Salads Perfect for Your BBQ”

  1. I absolutely adore your blog posts! They’re so inspirational! I love what you do, and the things you post is exactly the kind of things I’m interested in.

  2. Aren’t summer salads the best? I simply love preparing (and eating, of course) them!

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