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Top 10 Summer Salads

Updated on June 5, 2013

Quick, Healthy & Tasty

A handful of leaves bundled onto the side of a plate? If this is your idea of a salad think again. There are so many good recipes which are cheap, quick and easy but don't hold back on flavor. You can make all of these 10 amazing tasting salads in less than 30 minutes (and one of them in only 2!) and not only are they great for body but you'll enjoy eating them too.

To keep things simple, you won't find any long complicated instructions here. Every step is only a single line, and everything you need to do for all of these recipes is written out in eight steps or less! (most a lot less)

Crunchy Wholewheat Noodle Salad

Serves: 2, Time: 20 mins

What You Need:

150g dried wholewheat noodles

300g pack of stir-fry veg (mixed pepper works best)

50g pea shoots (if you don't have these bean shoots or lentils are just as good)

Half a cucumber

1 avocado

1 small chilli

Half a clove of garlic

1 lime (just the juice)

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of sesame oil (olive oil works fine too)

What to do:

1. Drop the noodles into a pan of boiling water, cook for 5 minutes

2. Drain the noodles, rinse with cold water (stops them cooking any more) and then drain again.

3. De-seed the chilli then chop finely along with the garlic and put them into a small bowl.

4. Add the lime juice, soy sauce and sesame oil to the chilli and garlic. (give it a good stir)

5. Chop up the cucumber and avocado

6. Mix the cucumber and avocado together with the stir fry veg, the pea shoots and the noodles.

7. Split your salad into two bowls and pour over the dressing.

Moroccan Turkey and Chickpea Salad

Serves: 2, Time: 20 mins

What You Need:

2 lean turkey breast steaks

1 tin chickpeas

1 Little Gem lettuce (or any small lettuce will do)

40g radishes

20g radish shoots (if you can't find these cress is a good alternative)

1 lemon (juice & zest)

2 tablespoons of fresh parsley

1 clove of garlic

1 tablespoon of olive oil

What to do:

1. Put the turkey steaks into a bowl and cover with the lemon zest (not the juice), garlic and olive oil. Leave it to soak in while you get on with step 2

2. Chop up the parsley lettuce and radishes, then mix them together with the chickpeas in a bowl.

3. Heat up a frying pan and fry your turkey steaks (2-3 minutes on each side)

4. Split your bowl of salad onto two plates then put your turkey steaks on top.

5. Add the lemon juice to the juices in the frying pan and pour over your turkey

6. Add a small handful of radish shoots on top of each steak (for a professional presentation without the effort!)

Spinach, Pear & Walnut Salad

Serves: 2, Time: 5 mins!

What you need:

100g baby leaf spinach

2 ripe pears

25g walnuts (chopped to make this recipe even faster)

85g soft blue cheese

2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (don't sweat it if you only have regular)

Pinch of salt & pepper (yes, a pinch is a technical definition)

What to do:

1. Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar together in a bowl, season with a pinch of salt and pepper

2. Put your spinach leaves into a bowl and pour over about half the dressing to coat the leaves.

3. Chop your pears into slices (and chop your walnuts too if you didn't buy pre-chopped)

4. Add the pears and walnuts to the spinach and toss until evenly mixed

5. Split onto two plates, and pour over the rest of the dressing

6. Crumble the blue cheese on top.

Roasted Tomato Bulgar Salad

Serves: 4, Time: 30 mins

What you need:

125g bulgar wheat

450g cherry tomatoes

1 bunch of spring onions

Small handful of mint and basil

5 tablespoons of olive oil

3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

Salt & Pepper

What to do:

1. Put the bulgar wheat into a bowl and add boiling water, leave it soak.

2. Put the tomatoes into a roasting tin, drizzle over half the olive oil, add the mint and season with salt and pepper.

3. Put the tomatoes into the oven at 200 degree for 15 minutes

4. Mix the juices from the roasting tin with the rest of the olive oil and vinegar, then mix it into the bulgar wheat.

5. Chop the spring onions and stir in to the bulgar wheat along with the rest of the herbs

6. Split into 4 bowls and add the tomatoes.

Fennel, Avocado and Orange Salad

Serves: 4, Time: 25 mins

What you need:

1 bulb of fennel

3 oranges

2 avocados

100g sweet chilli peppers

1 bunch watercress

1 handful of pistachios

1 orange

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

What to do:

1. Finely chop the fennel, put into a bowl of ice water and leave in the fridge.

2. Peel the orange and avocado and cut both into segments

3. Mix the orange, avocado and watercress into a bowl.

4. Drain the fennel and add it to the bowl.

5. Chop the peppers and mix with the orange juice, zest, vinegar, and oil.

6. Pour the dressing over the salad and split onto four plates.

7. Sprinkle with pistachios.

Blueberry & Blue Cheese Salad

Serves: 4, Time: 2 mins!

What you need:

1 bag of mixed salad

100g blueberries

100g blue cheese

50g chopped pecan nuts

4 tablespoons of vinaigrette

What to do:

1. Add the leaves, blueberries, crumbled up cheese and pecan nuts into a bowl

2. Toss together until evenly mixed

3. Split onto four plates, and pour over the vinaigrette

Chickpea, roast shallot & feta salad

Serves: 4, Time: 30 minutes

What you need:

12 Shallots

1 can chickpeas

200g feta cheese

100g lettuce

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoonssherry vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1 small bunch parsley

2 cloves garlic

25g butter

Salt & pepper

What to do:

1. Cut the shallots in half and put in a roasting tin along with both garlic cloves.

2. Add in the butter, salt and pepper and roast at 200 degrees for 15 minutes

3. Once cooked mash up the garlic into the shallot juices and mix together with the oil, vinegar, parsely and honey.

4. Coat the chickpeas in the dressing.

5. Arrange the lettuce on four plates and add the shallots, then pour over the chickpeas and dressing.

6. Finally top the salads with the crumbled feta

Tuna & Green Bean Salad

Serves: 4, Time: 15 mins

What you need:

250g green beans

100g arugula (you can use rocket instead, if you can't find this)

1 tin of tuna

2 medium shallots

2 piquillo peppers

1 can chickpeas

1 clove of garlic

3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (light is fine if you're watching those calories)

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

What to do:

1. Cut the ends off your green beans and boil for 4 minutes, then rinse with cold water and drain.

2. Chop the shallots finely, chop the peppers (not so finely) and crush the garlic.

3. Mix everything in step 2 together with the chickpeas and green beans in a large bowl.

4. Find another bowl and mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar and paprika.

5. Mix the bean mixture and dressing together.

6. Divide your arugula onto four plates, and then add the bean mixture..

7. Finally artistically (or not) flake the tuna on top.

Farro, Lentil and Goats Cheese Salad

Serves: 4, Time: 25 mins

What you need:

150g farro (or if you can't find any barley will do)

150g lentils

200g goat's cheese

100g natural yoghurt

100g flaked almonds

80g sour cream

1/2 avocado

1 lemon

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 handful of rocket

1 bunch of chives

What to do:

1. Simmer the farro for 15 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Do exactly the same with your lentils (do 1 & 2 together to save time)

3. Grate the lemon, and squeeze out the juice. Chop the avocado finely.

4. Add both parts of the lemon and mix together with the avocado, yoghurt, and sour cream.

5. Keep mixing the above until it's smooth (a lot quicker if you've got a food processor)

6. Put your farro and lentils into four bowls, then sprinkle the almonds, rocket and goats cheese on top.

7. Chop the chives, and use to season the salads along with salt and pepper.

8. Finally add the dressing (or leave in a jug so people can help themselves)

Mexican Bean Salad

Serves: 8, Time:10 mins

What you need:

1 tin black beans

1 tin kidney beans

1 tin cannellini beans

1 tin sweetcorn

2 peppers (different colours tastes better)

1 red onion

8 tablespoons of olive oil

8 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

1 squeeze of lime juice

1 squeeze of lemon juice

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 tablespoon of salt

1 clove of garlic

Handful of fresh cilantro

1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin

1/2 tablespoon of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

What to do:

1. Chop your peppers and onion so they're about bean sized pieces.

2. Tip all your beans, and sweetcorn into a bowl with your chopped peppers and onion.

3. Chop up your cilantro and garlic as finely as you can

4. In a different bowl to your beans mix together the; olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon, lime, garlic, cilantro, cumin, sugar, chili powder, salt and pepper. (in short everything else!)

5. To get the mixture nice and smooth a whisk works best

6. Split your bean mixture into 8 bowls and pour over the dressing.

Summer Salad Cookbooks

It's not just us squidoo amateurs with creative, tasty summer salad recipes, these days even the top chef's and professionals are having a go. Here's a taste of the best:

So....which one deserves the number 1 spot

These are my top ten quick, easy and tasty summer salads, but which one deserves top spot. Well squidoo is all about community so it's up to you. Vote for your favorite, and at the end of month i'll add in place numbers and update the order of the top ten.

But hey, you don't have to be boxed in, if you know a better choice than anything that made it onto my list, share it in the comments below!

Which is your favorite?

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We're not done yet!

That might be the top 10 but check back soon for more salady goodness

- See a couple of great salads that didn't' quite make the 30 minute cut off time for the top 10 but are well worth the extra effort

Love to hear from you!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Summer is finally here in Tokyo! Ready to make a few of these. Thanks!

    • Aster56 profile image

      Aster56 4 years ago

      Great summer salads. Will try some of them. Thank you.

    • dbitterman profile image

      dbitterman 4 years ago

      I shall have to try these sometime -- you have certainly made them seem very delicious!

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      These are wonderful recipes and certainly perfect for the heat of the summer. I can't wait to try them for my family.

    • Arod17 profile image

      Arod17 4 years ago

      These salads look so good!!!

    • Palitra27 profile image

      Palitra27 4 years ago

      Great salads, I love your recipes!

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      yoheb15 4 years ago

      Great healthy options that also look very tasty. I'm looking forward to testing out a few of them. Thanks for the info!

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      mcajaclyn 4 years ago

      They all look so yummy:)