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25 Summer Salad Recipes

Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and every outdoor get together in between. These 25 Summer Salad recipes will give you a lot of inspiration for your next get together.

Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and every outdoor get together in between. These 25 Summer Salad recipes will give you a lot of inspiration for your next get together.

May is National Salad Month and with Memorial Day literally right around the corner, there’s no better time than to kick off the summer with fresh, summer salads. Today, I’ll be sharing the Top 25 Summer Salad Recipes from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen.

There are so many more recipes to choose from, so if you don’t find any you like here on this list, check out the Salads Category under Recipe Index. Though many prefer vinegar based salads during the warm summer months, mayonnaise based salads can also be safe if you follow the proper guidelines.

Summer Food Safety Tips:

  • Wash and dry vegetables before adding them to any salad, use separate cutting boards for meat and produce, and be sure your hands and work surface are clean before making sandwiches.  Store bought mayonnaise can actually slow the growth of food borne bacteria as it contains lemon juice and salt; however, homemade mayonnaise does not contain preservatives and should be used only in foods that will remain refrigerated.
  • As a good rule of thumb, if your salad contains mayonnaise, keep it cool by sitting the bowl in some ice. If serving salads for a large quantity of people, consider using chafing dishes and instead of adding hot water like you would to heat your food, add ice to the bottom instead and place your salads in an aluminum half/full pan on top of the ice to keep cool.
  •  Transport raw meat to your picnic site in an insulated, well-chilled cooler, take along extra plates so you’ll have one for raw foods and another for cooked foods, and discard any used marinade. Be sure to defrost meat in the refrigerator before you leave home, not at the picnic site. When you defrost outdoors in the summer the surface of the meat gets warm enough for harmful bacteria to multiply by the time the inside has thawed.
  • Experts agree that burgers should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees. According to the latest, recently updated guidelines from the USDA, whole chickens and turkeys as well as pieces and ground poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of a minimum of 165 degrees.
  • Food can be kept safely at room temperature for up to two hours or one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees. That means two hours TOTAL, so be sure you count the time the sandwiches will be out in the sun.
  • To ensure safe temperatures, stock your cooler with plenty of ice or ice packs, freeze bottles of water and pack them around the foods, and always keep the cooler in the shadiest areas or the air-conditioned backseat of your car, not in the trunk.

For more food safety information, visit  Food Safety.gov or the U.S. Dept of Agriculture.

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And now on to our Top 25 Summer Salad Recipes which I have broken out into categories: Bean Salads, Pasta Salads, Vinaigrette Salads, Grain Salads and Potato Salads. Click on the title to be taken to the original recipe post. ~Enjoy!

BEAN SALADS

Black Bean & Corn Salad-Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

Black Bean & Corn 

Chick Pea Salad with Artichokes and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Chick Pea Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Three Bean Salad with Feta

Three Bean Salad with Feta

Mediterranean Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad-Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

Mediterranean Garbanzo & Green Bean Salad

Lemon-Basil Three Bean Salad|Carrie'sExperimentalKitchen

Lemon-Basil Three Bean Salad

PASTA SALADS

Pasta salad with avocado and black beans

Pasta Salad with Avocado & Black Beans in a Goat Cheese Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad-CarriesExpKtchn

Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Kalamata Olives, Capers & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Mediterranean Pasta Salad closeup blog-Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Asiago, Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad-2

Sun Dried Tomato & Asiago Cheese Pasta Salad

Basil Pearled Cous Cous Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Basil Pearled CousCous Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes 

Farfalle with Vegetables in a Pomegranite Balsamic Vinaigrette

Vegetable Pasta Salad with a Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette

VINAIGRETTE SALADS

Mediterranean Tomato, Mozzarella & Celery Salad

Mediterranean Tomato, Mozzarella & Celery Salad

corn and cherry tomato salad

Corn & Cherry Tomato Salad

greek salad

Greek Salad

Ciliegine Tomato & Mozzarella Salad-2

Ciliegine Caprese Salad

Pickled Beets Closeup

Pickled Beets

ratatouille panzanella salad

Ratatouille Panzanella Salad

Corn and Peach Salad

Corn & Peach Salad

Dilled Cucumber Salad

Dilled Cucumber Salad

GRAIN SALADS

Avocado Quinoa Salad-Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

Avocado Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Grilled Squash Quinoa Salad | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

Grilled Squash Quinoa Salad 

Greek Farro Salad-Carrie's Experimental Kitchen Blog

Greek Farro Salad

POTATO SALADS

Red Bliss Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette2-Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

Red Bliss Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Red Potato Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette

Red Potato Salad with Sriracha Vinaigrette

Visit the recipe index to search for more recipes by category.

Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and every outdoor get together in between. These 25 Summer Salad recipes will give you a lot of inspiration for your next get together.

 

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*Updated May 2017


One Comment

  1. Healthy Recipe Roundup for Memorial Day Weekend
    May 23, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    […] 25 Summer Salad Recipes from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen – there is no such thing as having too many salad recipes. I like to offer two salads on my buffet tables, that way guests are sure to find one they like. […]

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