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10 Summertime Side Dish Salads That Aren’t Boring

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Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Bacon Pasta Salad-7

I love all of the barbecues, picnics, and rooftop parties that fill my calendar during the summer. My mother taught me to never arrive at a party empty-handed, and I just happen to love bringing fun summer side dish salads to parties. These are unique enough to stand out, but also reliable crowdpleasers that are simple to prepare.

Mexican Corn Pasta Salad

Let’s kick things off with my favorite salad recipe: Mexican Corn Pasta Salad! The crunch of the corn and the smokey heat from the peppers makes this extra special.

Orzo Salad-4

Short on time? You can whip up this Strawberry, Blueberry, and Goat Cheese Orzo Salad in under 15 minutes.

Curry Chicken Salad-3

Packing a picnic? This Curry Chicken Salad packs up well and can be served over lettuce or in a sandwich. It also makes a great bring-to-work lunch.


Lemon Garlic Chicken and Pasta Salad also fits nicely into to category of perfect work week lunches. It has chicken, arugula, and pasta, making it a hybrid of chicken salad, pasta salad, and green salad.


Love potato salad? Kale Caesar Potato Salad with Bacon is a fun twist on the classic, and bacon does make everything better, right?

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon and Parmesan

I can eat this Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad everyday for lunch, and sometimes I add a poached or fried egg on top and call it dinner.

Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil and Bacon Pasta Salad 10

Not into pasta salads with a mayonnaise based dressing? Me neither. Make this Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, and Bacon Pasta Salad instead. It has uses a salad dressing instead, and it has classic ingredients that everyone loves.

Farro Salad with Goat Cheese, Chicken, and Spinach

You can serve this Farro Salad with Spinach, Chicken, and Goat Cheese warm or cold. It’s a bit heartier than the other salads too.

Couscous Salad-3

Couscous Salad is another really quick and easy recipe. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare and it’s easy to make in large batches. It’s got goat cheese, tomatoes, pesto, and sugar snap peas, and you can serve it warm or cold.

Melon Salad

Melon Salad is a bright colorful salad loaded with summertime taste. The saltiness from the crispy prosciutto and feta contrasts with the sweet melon, and you will want to go back for a second helping.

Do you have a favor summer salad recipe? Feel free to share it in the comments!

Pam List

Tuesday 9th of August 2016

These all look fantastic!

Susanne Leggett Stewart

Monday 8th of August 2016

oh my!!! Tomato, basil, mozzarella, bacon and pasta all together?!!! Can't wait to try this recipe!! Pinning and sharing :) Thank you for sharing with us at TaDa Thursday!!!

Kit Graham

Monday 8th of August 2016

Haha - I know, it's all the best things combined :)

Melony Gaudlip

Sunday 7th of August 2016

Oh, my goodness! All of your side dishes look so delicious!!

Kit Graham

Sunday 7th of August 2016

Thanks Melony!!

Debbie Stolle

Saturday 6th of August 2016

Hmmm, I thought my favorite was the tomato basil pasta salad until I saw BACON! But to be honest that melon salad is also calling my name. What a great collection of recipes to share! I will share them as well :). Thanks for joining the party.

Kit Graham

Saturday 6th of August 2016

Thanks so much Debbie!

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