101 Summer Salads

July 3rd, 2012 at 11:11 am

Get ready to scroll, people, because I hereby declare this post as the most comprehensive collection of gluten- and dairy-free salad recipes you’ll find on the web! After a lot of browsing, oohing and aahing, and copying/pasting until my wrists hurt, I present you with 101 delicious and nutritious recipes for healthy and seasonal salads, salsas, and dressings.

I was planning to share a different recipe with you today, but if I’m being totally honest, I never got around to making it. The oppressive heat in the Midwest has zapped my desire to cook anything that requires the oven or even an extended amount of time on the stove. It’s salads, smoothies, raw veggies and fruits, and a whole lot of almond butter around here lately.

If you’re battling the heat these days, too, then fear not. I’ve got you covered. Pull up a chair, grab a cool beverage, and relax as you peruse these sensational salads.

Stay cool!

Fresh & Fruity

Cabbage & Apple Slaw with Tahini Dressing from Daily Bites

Arugula Mango Avo Mac Salad from The Lunchbox Bunch

Radicchio Salad with Frisee & Apples from Elana’s Pantry

Pineapple, Bacon & Arugula Salad from Cook IT Allergy Free

Blueberry Corn Salad from Two Peas & Their Pod

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Easy Jicama, Papaya & Carrot Salad from Real Sustenance

Quinoa Salad with Berries & Watermelon from Gluten-Free Goddess

Simple Berry Salad from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Citrus Beet Salad with Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing from Oh She Glows

Roasted Beets with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction from Life as a Plate

Cucumber Watermelon Salad from Lexie’s Kitchen

Mango Avocado Salad from Jenn Cuisine

Mint & Apple Chickpea Salad from Manifest Vegan

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Cilantro Honey Dressing from Gluten Free Cat

Blackberry Lemon Salad from The Healthy Apple

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing from Two Peas & Their Pod

Kale & Cabbage Creations

Shredded Balsamic Beet & Kale Salad from Daily Bites

Rainbow Slaw with Sweet Tahini Dressing from The Lunchbox Bunch

Asian Slaw from Elana’s Pantry

Baby Kale Greek Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen (omit cheese for dairy-free)

Kale Salad, Fully Loaded from Diet, Dessert and Dogs

Jalapeno Kale Salad from City Life Eats

Triple Berry Kale Salad from How Sweet It Is

Raw Mediterranean Kale Salad from Whole Life Nutrition

Raw Kale Salad with Apples, Carrots & Cabbage from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Wild Salmon & Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing from A Harmony Healing

Raw Kale, Apple & Avocado Salad from Cookie & Kate

Ridiculously Easy Southwestern Coleslaw from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Endive, Kale & Smoked Salmon Salad with Grapefruit from Healthy Green Kitchen

Citrus Salmon & Red Cabbage Salad from Daily Bites

Picnic Perfect

Roasted Carrot, Lentil & Sunflower Salad from Daily Bites

Creamy Vegan Potato Salad from Healthy Blender Recipes

Sweet & Creamy Broccoli Salad from Healthful Pursuit

Raw Summer Beet Slaw from Tasty Eats at Home

Summer Corn Salad from 101 Cookbooks

Cool as a Cucumber Salad from Gluten-Free Goddess

Carrot, Broccoli & Bean Shoot Salad from Healthy Blender Recipes

Moroccan Carrot & Raisin Slaw from Healthful Pursuit

Detox Salad from Queen of Quinoa

Southwest Chickpea Salad from Jenn Cuisine

Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette from Simply Recipes

Old Fashioned Potato Salad from Eat Live Run

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad from Go Dairy Free

Creamy Cucumber Salad from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

Classic Carrot Salad from Simply Recipes

Fresh Pea, Radish & Carrot Salad from Jenn Cuisine (omit cheese for dairy-free)

Three Potato Salad with Arugula from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Cashew Carrot Salad from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Grilled Goodness

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Fresh Tarragon Dressing from Diet, Dessert and Dogs

Kale Waldorf Salad with Grilled Apples from Tasty Eats at Home

Warm Brown Rice & Grilled Vegetable Salad from Gluten Free Girl

Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad from Queen of Quinoa

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from Aggie’s Kitchen

Grilled Radicchio Salad from Simply Recipes (omit cheese for dairy-free)

Tapas Salad with Grilled Peppers, Olives & Capers from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cherry Salsa from The First Mess

Grilled Salad Nicoise from Three Many Cooks

Grilled Veggie Quinoa Salad from Gluten-Free Goddess

Grilled Zucchini & Tomato Salad from Skinny Taste

Grain Salads

Red Rice, Cucumber & Avocado Salad from Daily Bites

Black Rice Sesame Salad from My New Roots

Quinoa & Avocado Tabbouleh Terrines from Healthful Pursuit

Curried Quinoa Mango Kale Salad from Gluten Free Cat

African Black Eyed Pea Salad (with brown rice) from Cookie & Kate

Chilled Quinoa Pilaf with Fresh Herbs from Daily Bites

Black Quinoa Salad with Mango, Avocado & Tomatoes from Two Peas & Their Pod

Rice & Garbanzo Bean Salad from Whole Life Nutrition

BLT-A Quinoa Salad from Family Fresh Cooking (omit cheese for dairy-free)

Black Rice Salad with Mango & Peanuts from Prevention RD

Balsamic Shiitake Rice Salad from The Healthy Apple

Entree Salads

Roasted Asparagus, Grape & Chicken Salad from Daily Bites

Chicken & Avocado Salad with Lime & Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Allergy-Friendly Chopped Salad from Cook IT Allergy Free

Easy Peasy Crunchy Chopped Salad from She Let Them Eat Cake

Crunchy Peanut Chicken Salad from Simply…Gluten-Free

Honey Balsamic Bean Salad from 101 Cookbooks

Asian Chicken Salad with Soy-Free Dressing from Whole Life Nutrition

Layered Raw Vegan Taco Salad from Oh She Glows

Moroccan Chicken Salad from Against All Grain

Thai Crunch Salad from Against All Grain

Summer Berry, Salmon & Greens Salad from Cannelle et Vanille

Hummus Chicken Salad from Aggie’s Kitchen

Fresh Thai Shrimp & Carrot Salad from Go Dairy Free

Pulled Chicken Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing from Gluten Free Easily

Red Lentil, Salmon, Fennel & Radish Salad from Cannelle et Vanille

Salsas & Dressings

Portuguese Orange, Tomato & Olive Relish from Daily Bites

Warm Roasted Corn Salsa from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Cherry Salsa from Simply Recipes

Tropical Fruit Salsa from Simply…Gluten-Free

Grilled Poblano Salsa from Two Peas & Their Pod

Salsa Picante Roja from Skinny Taste

Vermont Inspired Salsa from Healthy Green Kitchen

Spicy Stone Fruit Salsa from Daily Bites

Cherry Chipotle Salsa from Simply…Gluten-Free

Oil-Free Sweet Dijon Salad Dressing from The Balanced Platter

Creamy Carrot Salad Dressing from She Let Them Eat Cake

Strawberry Orange Vinaigrette from Cara’s Cravings

Caesar Salad Dressing from Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom

Creamy Onion Dill Dressing from Daily Bites

Hummus Salad Dressing – 3 Ways from Cara’s Cravings




  1. Wow, so many amazing salad recipes. Thanks for including me!

  2. Hallie, thanks for putting this together! What a great list.

  3. Wow, what an awesome list! Thanks so much for compiling this together!

  4. Stephanie said on July 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks, Hallie! This is awesome!

  5. Love this! I have really been trying to eat a salad every day for lunch. This will carry me through the Summer with tasty lunches every day (and no boring salad!)

  6. I love it when you do these massive round-up posts, Hallie! My desire for cooking waxes and wanes during this epic heat, too. Salads always seem right though, so this post is perfect for right now. :-) Thanks so much for including my Pulled Chicken Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing! I still love that recipe, but it looks like I’ll find a few more loves from this listing. ;-)


  7. Wow what a list!! That is really time consuming! Thank you for including me. Everything sounds so good!

  8. So many salad recipes – so little time! Thanks for the list!

  9. I am adding one more thank you to the chorus of thank you’s you will hear for your effort in compiling this remarkable list. I will appreciate this list all summer long, especially on those hot summer nights when the only possible meal is a great salad.

  10. Holy moly!! This is incredible. Thanks so much for including my recipes–and all the other ones! Enough salads to last a lifetime (and it will take me that long to make all the ones I’d like to try!). :D

  11. This is definitely getting pinned! Hello one-stop salad spot! I love it, and thank you for sharing mine Hallie!

  12. Awesome post; I’m definitely bookmarking it for frequent use for the rest of this (unusually hot) summer, when all I want is salads!

  13. Great salad round up! I eat salad every day for lunch and I love trying new ones all the time. I’m so excited to work my way through this list, thanks for putting it together.

  14. What an amazing roundup. Thank you for linking one of my recipes.

  15. Amazing collection!! Thanks for all your time and effort!

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