5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh And Delight You!

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5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh And Delight You!

Summer is that time of the year which brings freshness and lightness all around. You want to get outside and explore your surroundings. There’s so much to do and the air is buzzing with excitement. The last thing on your mind is having a heavy meal. I don’t know about you but I always crave lots of salads in the summer. They’re such a tasty and fresh addition to any meal or a fabulous dish all on their own. Today I’d like to share with you my 5 favorite and unique summer salads I guarantee you’ll salivate over.

5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh And Delight You!

Try These 5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh and Delight You

  1. Chickpea and Pepper Salad

This is one of my favorite summer salads because it’s very crunchy and refreshing. The combination of chickpeas and peppers brings a bit of sweetness and heartiness to this salad. Chickpeas are an awesome addition to any meal because they provide many great health benefits. Some of these include: control blood sugar, contain high fiber (which improves digestion and make you feel fuller), help weight loss, protect against heart disease and cancer, great source of protein and essential minerals. So they really do pack a punch in such a tiny little legume. To read more about the benefits of chickpeas check out this article.

Ingredients:

1 cup of chickpeas (canned or cooked)

1/4 of tsp of grapeseed oil

1/4 of a red onion finely chopped

1 whole pepper (red, yellow or orange) chopped into cubes

1/4 cup of cilantro finely chopped

Sprinkle of cayenne pepper or to taste

1/4 cup of lime juice

1/4 of tsp of salt or to taste

Directions

Mix all the ingredients well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or longer to marinate and let the juices get absorbed. Once ready to serve sprinkle a bit more lime juice over the salad and mix well. Serve cold. This recipe yields 2 servings.

5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh And Delight You!

2. Watermelon, Cucumber and Feta Salad

Here’s my second go-to summer salad. I absolutely love this unique flavor combination. Don’t be afraid to use watermelon in a salad. I know this might seem like unusual ingredients but once you try these flavors together you won’t be disappointed. I promise you. The sweetness of the watermelon combined with the freshness of the cucumber and the saltiness of the feta cheese compliment each other beautifully. This is like a medley of awesome flavour in your mouth.

Ingredients

1-2 quarters of a whole watermelon (depending on how large it is) chopped into small cubes

1/4 of a cucumber chopped into small cubes

4 thick slices of feta cheese cut or crumbled into small cubes

Black pepper to taste

Directions

Mix all the ingredients and sprinkle with black pepper to taste. Refrigerate until served. This salad doesn’t require any dressing because once the natural juices of the watermelon are released they act as salad dressing. It’s basically all you need to flavor this salad. Serve cold. This yields 2 servings.

5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh And Delight You!

3. Cucumber Salad

This is another one of my favorite summer salads that is going to refresh you and make your mouth water with delight. This cucumber salad is perfect for a spicy meal because of the cooling effect of the cucumber. I’ve made this salad to accompany Indian food dishes to cool my mouth after a spicy bite of such delicious dishes as chicken tikka or chana masala. To find out what’s my favorite spice to use in cooking check out my article here. But I also love this salad as a side dish to a signature Polish minced meat patty called ‘mielone’. A recipe of this awesome Polish delight is coming up on the blog soon so stay tuned.

Ingredients

1/4 of a whole large cucumber grated

5 tbsp of yogurt or sour cream

1 tsp of sugar (I use unrefined cane sugar)

Citric acid in powder form to taste (if you never used this and can’t find it in your grocery store look for it in a Polish food store or simply substitute with a bit of lemon juice).

Directions

Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate until serving. Serve cold. This yields 2 servings.

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4. Tuna, Tomatoes and Basil Salad

I have to admit I’ve never heard of this salad until my boyfriend made it for me. He’s Italian so this is a salad his mom used to make for him and since he’s a tuna lover it’s one of his favorite summer salads. I really dig this salad now. I love the fact that tuna packs a lot of protein (66%) and also a very healthy dose of Omega 3. Omega 3 may help lower the risk of heart disease, relieve arthritis, and reduce asthma. They also have the ability to regulate and lower blood cholesterol levels, and improve the ratio of good and bad cholesterol. Just make sure that you don’t eat too much tuna as there is a risk of high mercury levels. Also, try to find sustainable products and opt to buy Skipjack tuna to lower your risk of mercury exposure. To read more about what’s the best tuna to buy check out this article. If you’re not a fan of canned tuna this salad is delicious enough that you can just have it on its own.

Ingredients

2 cans of tuna

2 fresh tomatoes sliced

8-10 leaves of fresh basil chopped

1/4 of red onion finely sliced

Black pepper to taste

Dressing

1/4 cup of red vinegar

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp olive oil

Directions

Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate until serving. Pour dressing over salad when serving. Serve cold. This yields 2 servings.

Try These 5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh and Delight You

5. Simple Mixed Veggies Salad with Avocado

This last salad is a simple mixed veggie salad with avocado. The reason why this salad is so great is because you should have all or most of the ingredients in your fridge. This is a refreshing and crunchy salad that accompanies any meal very well. This salad goes great with a zesty homemade salad dressing and I’m sharing our favorite home recipe with you.

Ingredients

4-5 large leaves of your favorite lettuce (I prefer green leaf or Boston lettuce)

1/4 of cucumber thinly sliced or cubed

1 tomato chopped

1/2 of green pepper sliced

1/4 of red onion finely chopped

1 avocado sliced

Homemade Salad Dressing

1/4 cup of grapeseed oil

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1/4 cup of rice vinegar

1 tsp of fresh oregano

1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp of grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

Mix all ingredients well and refrigerate until serving. Pour dressing over salad. Serve cold. This yields 2 servings.

5 Unique Summer Salads To Refresh and Delight You

So here you have my 5 favorite summer salads that are super easy to make and very light and refreshing. What’s your favorite summer salad? Share with me in the comments below. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get other awesome recipes delivered straight to your inbox. You’ll also be entered into our upcoming giveaways and contests so don’t miss out!

47 Comments

  1. abhinav says:

    Have some of these in my meal plan and would love to add other suggestions too :), especially Avocado and Tuna ones

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s awesome Abhinav. Glad you enjoyed these ideas.

  2. Prajakta says:

    Nice recipes. I often make the chickpeas and the cucumber salad. Would love to try the tuna salad

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Yes, try the tuna salad. It’s delish!

  3. Niki Bozionelou says:

    I love them all!! Every night of the summer I have watermelon with Feta! It’s a Greek thing and so yummy! <3

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh yes, it’s definitely a Greek thing. The feta is just so yummy! I love it.

  4. Sara says:

    These look delicious! Excited to give the Chickpea and pepper salad a try (I may or may not be chickpea obsessed 😅💖)

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Ha ha ha Sara. I’m definitely chickpea obsessed 😍

  5. Tahnee says:

    Oooòoo I can’t wait to try the chick pea salad! Looks amazing xx

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you Tahnee. You’ll love it.

  6. chikumo says:

    I clearly need to eat more salads, these look amazing! The tuna one looks great!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Salads are definitely my thing in the summer. They’re so gooood!

  7. Lisa K says:

    Such fresh and summery flavors! I love chickpea salads and your picture makes yours look mouthwatering! The cucumber watermelon is the best of two watery fresh fruits! Thanks for the recipes, simple and easy (my favorite! Lol)

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying these recipe ideas Lisa. Thanks for visiting the blog. Take care 🙂

  8. Anna says:

    Yummy salads, perfect for the summer.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thanks Anna. Glad to know you like these salad ideas.

  9. Vipul Mahajan says:

    Tuna Salad! I don’t think I had it before. Looks good!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Glad you found the article interesting Vipul! Thanks for checking it out!

  10. hertraveltherapy says:

    I like the look of the chickpea and pepper salad (although in Australia we call them capsicums not peppers!) 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh wow, I didn’t know that about peppers in Australia. That’s brilliant!!! Love it!

  11. echoesofhervoice says:

    I love salads, so this post is perfect for me. The recipes are great….thanks for sharing!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      So happy to hear that. Thanks for checking it out.

  12. Globejamun says:

    I love feta and watermelon..need to try out the others 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh yes, try them for sure.

  13. Kirti Arora says:

    I love chickpea and pepper salad. Great options for salads to survive summers 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Glad to hear that Kirti! Cheers!

  14. marinebing says:

    this is PERFECT before leaving on holidays ! all look so yummy ! I will try them !

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Awesome. Glad you think so Marine!

  15. eclectickristal says:

    These all look so good. I will be meal prepping some of these this weekend. I will pin a these.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate that!

  16. wanderingbalt says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this salads recipe 😀

  17. TheCrimsonCardigan says:

    Oooh these are all looking super delicious! I’m not even a salad person, but I would eat all of these! So good! Thanks for sharing!

    Ashlynn | http://thecrimsoncardigan.com

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Glad you like these recipes Ashlynn! Thanks for checking them out.

  18. jenruizwriter says:

    The tuna salad looks great! Would love to try some of these!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh yes it’s definitely a good salad.

  19. The Globe Runners says:

    Chickpeas in salads are underrated.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      This is true. They’re so good for you.

  20. Brianna Lynn Hatcher says:

    I will definitely have to try these! That watermelon and cucumber salad looks amazing for summer!

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Oh yes Brianna. It’s one of my absolute favorites for the summer as it’s really refreshing.

  21. Chad Eljisr says:

    I’m going to try the Chickpea and Pepper Salad – It looks fresh and delicious 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      That’s awesome Chad. I’m sure you’ll love it. Thanks for checking out the blog.

  22. Jill says:

    These look SO good, it’s making me rethink the pizza I wanted to eat. lol.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Ha ha ha glad you’re re-thinking your idea!!! These are too good to pass up!

  23. celebratingwiththebug says:

    I definitely want to try the chickpea salad! 🙂

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Nice. I’m sure you’ll love it. I’m already craving it again!

  24. Andrei Iliescu says:

    Yess, the tuna, tomato and basil salad is my favorite. I almost want to prepare one right now, but I am missing some ingredients and it’s too late now to go and buy. But tomorrow or the day after I will. So, bookmarked for future reference.

    1. thesavvydreamer says:

      Happy to hear that Andrei. I’m sure you’ll love making and tasting it. Thanks for visiting the blog 🙂

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