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Summer time, the living’s easy… Yes friends, it is Memorial Day Weekend and the start of the official BBQ season. To be honest, I thought we had one more week until the holiday until the other day, so you almost got this post a week late. Oops. But don’t worry, I am on track now and bringing you a quick fresh list 10 Simple Summer Salads + Sides from the blog! These will be perfect for any potluck, graduation party, or BBQ you hit up all summer!

I was going through all of my old recipes on here, (trust me, some of these are ANCIENT, but still totally delicious even if the photo is a bit outdated) and realized I had a lot of salads and dips that I completely forgot about. The funny part is when most recipes go live here, they are my current favorite so I can’t even imagine not making it every other day, but then it somehow fades with the next craze.

This list is a perfect place to keep them all in one place as a reminder to make them more often versus finding them randomly in the archives. You will find simple tossed salads, pasta salads, dips and more. While I didn’t order them in any specific way, the Tomato Basil Pasta Salad is my absolute favorite so it did make the cut for first recipe. The keyword on all of these is SIMPLE. No one wants to spend any extra time in the kitchen where there is a pool to be dipping in, right??

Aaaaand, there’s a little bonus recipe to throw on the grill as well this summer. So get ready for splashing in the pool, sips of lemonade, ice cream cones, flip flops, and so much more! And while you are at it, always show up to the party with something really good to share!

In no particular order (aside from the pasta salad), here they are:

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Tomato basil pasta salad in bowl.
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Mango Avocado Salsa


Strawberry Feta Quinoa Salad

Summer strawberry quinoa salad in white bowl.

Caprese Farro Salad

Tomato, basil and mozzarella farro salad in bowl.

Cucumber Dill Quinoa Salad

Cucumber Feta salad in white bowl.

Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad in white bowl with shredded parmesan.

3 Bean Cowboy Caviar

Chip scooping up bean and veggie dip.

Black Bean + Cauliflower Rice Salad

Avocado Peach Caprese Salad

Peach salad with quinoa, basil and mozzarella.

Vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Salad

(This one may seem like it’s far from a BBQ side recipe, but I bring this to EVERY potluck I go to and put it on top of crackers and never come home with a single leftover. It’s a fan favorite!)

vegan chickpea tuna on cracker.

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Cilantro Lime Black Bean Burgers

These are my FAVORITE all summer. I make a double batch and then freeze them uncooked so they are ready to toss on the grill anytime.

black bean burger on bun.

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  1. Bree says:

    Pinning this! These would be so easy for me to make in our tiny trailer, thank you for sharing!

    1. Lorie says:

      You bet! And simple is key for you I’m sure!

  2. Eco Friendly Mama says:

    Um, I want to make ALL of these salads…immediately! They all look so delicious and definitely not boring. And that Vegan Chickpea Mock Tuna salad is very intriguing. I think I’ll try to make that one first. Thanks for the yummy ideas!

    1. Lorie says:

      The mock tuna is my fave. I make it and spread it on crackers to bring as an app to parties and they always go so fast!

  3. Kendall Swenson says:

    These look AMAZING! I think I just broke the pin it button on my computer, I saved so many!

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  4. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups says:

    They look delicious! I love cold summer salad, can’t wait to try the strawberry one.

    1. Lorie says:

      Strawberries for the win!! Thanks!

  5. Heather says:

    Ooh! I love caprese salad! I wonder if it would work with quinoa to make it GF?

    1. Lorie says:

      I’m sure it would!

  6. Lara says:

    I would love to try all of these! The strawberry feta quinoa one sounds amazing!

    1. Lorie says:

      That’s one of my FAVES!!!

  7. Jen says:

    That avocado peach caprese is speaking to me! What a smart combo! Adding to my menu, for sure!

    1. Lorie says:

      Yesssss. Gotta grab some peaches this week!

  8. Andrea@SharingMyFavorites says:

    There are some really unique recipes in this list! I have a bunch of summer picnics coming up. I’d like to try some of these salads.

    1. Lorie says:

      Great to hear!! Enjoy!

  9. Julie says:

    The Tomato Basil Pasta Salad looks great! I need different options to take to picnics so this will come in handy.

    1. Lorie says:

      I bring it to so many picnics and it’s such a hit.

  10. candy says:

    Always looking for new side dishes to serve. These can become full meals or for sides which works really well.

    1. Lorie says:

      Yes, exactly!