10 summer salads perfect for cookouts

The spotlight usually shines on hamburgers, hot dogs and whatever else is on the grill during Memorial Day cookouts — or any cookout for that matter. This weekend, make the salad the star of the show for once. These 10 refreshing recipes prove that salad doesn’t have to be boring and bland.

 

Photo: ThisMamaCooks.com

Photo: ThisMamaCooks.com

Watermelon, mint & basil salad with feta

You can’t have a barbecue without watermelon. In this recipe from This Mama Cooks, summer’s favorite fruit is tossed with basil, fresh mint, lime juice, crumbled feta and rice vinegar for a flavor-packed salad that will help you beat the heat.

 

Cauliflower “couscous” Greek salad

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Once again proving it’s one of the most versatile vegetables in existence, cauliflower subs for couscous in this delicious recipe from The Vintage Mixer. Every bite is refreshing thanks to the myriad of fresh ingredients: cucumber, red bell pepper, romaine, olives, onion, pine nuts and feta.

 

Photo: All You

Photo: All You

Potato & green bean salad

Add some color and crunch to your potato salad with green beans! This recipe from All You combines red potatoes, green beans, mayo (use low-fat), white-wine vinegar, scallions, tarragon and parsley for a fresh take on a cookout staple.

 

Brussels sprout pomegranate citrus salad

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Lettuce can get boring sometimes. Switch it up by using Brussels sprouts for your salad’s green foundation, like this recipe from Two Peas And Their Pod. Topped with avocado, oranges, pomegranate and a citrus dressing, this salad practically screams summer.

 

 

Photo: CheriosAndLattes.com

Photo: CheeriosAndLattes.com

Quick strawberry spring salad

This salad from Cheerios & Lattes brings together both sweet and salty flavors, thanks to the strawberries and candied walnuts. It’s served on a bed of fresh spinach and romaine lettuce, and topped with feta and poppyseed dressing.

 

Heirloom tomatoes & peach salad

Photo: TheHighHeeledHostess.com

Photo: TheHighHeeledHostess.com

One of the best things about summer is heirloom tomatoes. Interestingly, they’re mixed with peaches, goat cheese, pecans and basil in this unique recipe from Southern Living. A sweet balsamic dressing puts the finishing touches on this colorful dish.

 

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Photo: ATouchOfZest.com

Quinoa salad

We couldn’t resist including a quinoa salad. This recipe from A Touch of Zest is a perfect example of how to use the pseudograin in cold summer dishes. The colorful combination of ingredients — black beans, corn, onions, lime, cherry tomatoes, red pepper and cucumber — make for a nutritious side dish that’s as pretty as it is tasty.

 

Crunchy Greek yogurt vegetable salad

Photo: NatalieParamore.com

Photo: NatalieParamore.com

Everyone loves Mom’s old-fashioned cold broccoli salad during the warmer months, but the traditional recipe is loaded with high-fat ingredients like mayonnaise and bacon. This recipe from Food Fetish gives the old version a much needed makeover, without sacrificing taste. Broccoli, cucumbers, green bell pepper and carrots are tossed in a mixture of Greek yogurt, lemon juice, fresh dill and other seasonings for a crunchy, light side dish that goes with just about anything.

 

Candy-stripe beet and carrot slaw

Photo: Maren Caruso; Epicurious.com

Photo: Maren Caruso; Epicurious.com

Every barbecue needs a good slaw — and it doesn’t have to be made out of cabbage. The Bon Appetit Test Kitchen got creative with this recipe, using julienned beets and carrots instead of the usual cabbage, and coating the brightly colored strands in a dressing made from Greek yogurt, orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice and dill.

 

Grilled corn salad

Photo: TheHealthyFoodie.com

Photo: TheHealthyFoodie.com

They should have called this salad “Summer In A Bowl.” The Healthy Foodie recipe calls for fresh corn, haricots verts, grape tomatoes, red bell pepper, goat cheese, walnuts, jalapeno, lime juice and parsley. Every bite is filled with crunchy goodness and a whole lotta good-for-you nutrients!

 

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