20 Summer Salad Recipes You Need Now

Here are all the summer salad recipes you need! These classic salads are perfect for cookouts and barbecues all season…

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Here are all the summer salad recipes you need! These classic salads are perfect for cookouts and barbecues all season long.

Summer salad recipes

Once the weather is finally warm, summer salad recipes are where it’s at! Salads are ideal for highlighting the fresh produce of season: and perfect side dishes for cookouts and barbecues. Here are a few of our very favorite summer salads for all your summery occasions. This list includes only side salads: perfect for pairing with burgers, a grilled meal, or to round out the pitch in table. Looking for main dish salads instead? Keep reading: we’ve got something for everyone!

And now…our top summer salad recipes!

Want more summer salads?

Don’t worry: we have lots more salads where those came from! Outside of these summer salad recipes, try these main dish salad concepts that are perfect for the season. Here are a few more summer recipes we enjoy:

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Peach Salad

20 Summer Salad Recipes You Need Now


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This peach salad recipe is irresistibly fresh! Pair the juicy fruit with cheese crumbles, toasted nuts, and a balsamic vinaigrette.


Ingredients

For the salad

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 6 to 8 cups mixed greens (we like a mix of butter lettuce and other greens)
  • 3 small (or 2 large) ripe peaches
  • 1 handful red onion slices
  • ½ cup canned corn, drained (or fresh corn or grilled corn)
  • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled (or feta cheese; omit for vegan)

For the dressing

  • 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Toast the almonds: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Prep the fresh ingredients: Slice the peaches. Thinly slice the onion.
  3. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper until thick and emulsified.
  4. Serve: To serve, top the greens with the peaches, almonds, red onion, goat cheese, and corn, then drizzle with the dressing. Serve immediately. 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Summer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Summer Salads, Summer Salad Recipes

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20 Summer Desserts Everyone Should Try

Here are the best summer desserts to end a meal! These easy classic dessert recipes feature the fruits of the…

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Here are the best summer desserts to end a meal! These easy classic dessert recipes feature the fruits of the season.

Summer desserts

Need to end your summer meal on a sweet note? You’ve come to the right place. Here are our top summer desserts that end a meal in style, featuring all the best fruits the summer has to offer! There are the classics like strawberry shortcake, with tender flaky biscuits and sweet red berries. Then there are unique treats like grilled apples, tender from the grill and topped with melty vanilla ice cream. Really, there’s something for everyone, with every type of sweet summer fruit. Ready to give them a taste?

And now…the best summer desserts to try!

Even more summer dessert recipes

Those were our top tier summer dessert recipes: but we’ve got lots more to choose from! Here are a few more that stand out in our favorites:

  • Easy Apple Crumble This easy recipe fills a 9 x 13 inch pan with crunchy topping and a gingery apple filling.
  • Chewy Cookie Cake This chewy chocolate chip cookie cake recipe is a serious crowd pleaser: the perfect treat for pitch ins!
  • Easy Applesauce Cake Perfectly moist, scented with cinnamon and brown sugar. And you mix the entire dough in the cake pan! No mixing bowls required.
  • Blueberry Banana Ice Cream Bananas and berries blended into a healthy spin on ice cream! Sometimes called “banana nice cream,” it’s oh so good.
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20 Easy Summer Desserts: Strawberry Pie & More!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2.5 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8

Description

This strawberry pie recipe has incredible flavor: an elevated take on the classic! Serve it to impress and everyone will ask for the recipe.


Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust*: Homemade Pie Crust, purchased crust, or Vegan Pie Crust
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • ⅓ cup honey (or agave syrup or maple syrup for vegan)
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • ¼ cup cornstarch**
  • ¼ cup water
  • Homemade whipped cream, to serve

Instructions

  1. Make the crust: Follow the directions in the Homemade Quiche Crust recipe to make the dough and shape it into a 9-inch pie plate. You can do either a fork pressed edge or a fluted edge. Then freeze the crust in the pie pan for 30 minutes (this helps to avoid shrinkage; you can skip the freezing portion for a purchased pastry crust).
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Blind bake*: Remove the dough from the freezer. Crumble a sheet of parchment paper, then place it gently on top of the crust. Fill the dough with pie weights (we used two sets of these), dry beans, or dry rice. Bake for 15 minutes, then carefully remove the parchment and weights and bake an additional 14 to 15 minutes until the bottom is golden brown (note that the timing may vary if you use store-bought pastry dough). Remove from the oven and allow the crust to cool completely before adding the strawberry filling. To cool it quickly, you can very gently slide it into another pie pan of the same size and place it on a cooling rack; this should cool it in about 10 to 15 minutes while you make the filling. (Or, the baked crust can be wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.)
  4. Make strawberry filling: Wash, destem and quarter the strawberries lengthwise, cutting very large berries into smaller pieces. Take 1 cup of the quartered strawberries (reserve the rest), place them in a bowl, and smash them with a fork until each one is mashed. Add the smashed berries and their juices to a large saucepan. Add the sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbling, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Then in a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with ¼ cup water and whisk until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and cook, stirring often while it bubbles, for 1 to 2 minutes until very thick and glossy. Turn off the heat. Add the remaining fresh strawberries to the pan and turn with spatula until they are fully coated with the very thick sauce. 
  6. Immediately scoop the strawberry filling into the cooled pie crust. Use clean fingers to arrange the strawberries in the top layer (you may need to flip some over to make it look nice). Allow to cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving until it sets. Serve topped with homemade whipped cream. Lasts up to 3 days refrigerated.

Notes

*Blind baking the pie crust shrinks it a bit. For a larger puffy crust, you can make 1.5 times the recipe and cut scraps to reinforce the sides. Go to How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust.

**Arrowroot may work as a substitute, but we have not tested it. Try at your own risk!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Summer desserts

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Frozen Daiquiri

If there’s one great rum drink, it’s the daiquiri. This classic combination of lime, sweetener and white rum was born in Cuba in the 1800’s, and it’s just as popular today! While today’s daiquiri drinkers often assume a frozen puree, the classic version of this drink is shaken and strained, served straight up in a cocktail glass. Add ice and blend it together for endless variations of frozen daiquiris, which rose to popularity in the US in the 1990’s.

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Frozen Daiquiri

Best Daiquiri Recipe (Classic or Frozen)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink (classic) or 2 drinks (frozen)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here are all the best daiquiri recipes to try, from classic to frozen! Try all the fruity variations on this classic cocktail.


Ingredients

For the classic daiquiri

  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) best quality light or white rum
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup
  • Lime slice, for garnish

For the frozen daiquiri

  • 4 ounces (½ cup) best quality light or white rum
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) simple syrup
  • 2 ½ cups ice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Lime slice, for garnish

Instructions

  1. For the classic daiquiri: Add the rum, lime juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass. Serve garnished with a lime slice.
  2. For the frozen daiquiri: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately, garnished with a lime wheel if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken or Blender
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Daiquiri recipe

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