I wouldn’t classify myself as a salad fanatic, but in the summer I love to load up on the various fresh veggies that catch my eye at the farmer’s market and top them all with a tangy vinaigrette. Plus, meals that don’t require turning on the oven always get bonus points this time of year. And while summer salad recipes are abundant this time of year, I like to kick it up a notch in terms of my creativity.

Recently I’ve been jazzing up my market haul and perfecting the art of a big salad that contains no greens. You heard me right: not a lettuce leaf in sight. 

These salads are a celebration of summer, with unique fruit and veggie pairings that are sure to spice up your salad game!

Hearty, no-lettuce salads are having a major moment, so I’ve rounded up 10 simple, tasty recipes I’ve currently got my eye on. These summer salad recipes make meal planning a total breeze! They’re delicious, filling, and insanely nutritious. I just can’t seem to get enough of the big salad lifestyle.

Canteloupe With Sugar Snap Peas and Ricotta Salata from Bon Appetit

Take a refreshing bite out of this sweet and salty salad courtesy of Bon Appetit. The crispness of canteloupe paired with the clean taste of sugar snap peas and the creamy ricotta makes for a flavorful and satisfying, yet light, salad.

Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad from FoodieCrush

Aside from the fact that this salad is a beautiful sight to behold, it’s a delicious juxtaposition of fresh, bold flavors. You’ll come back to this one again and again.

Mexican Street Corn Salad from Camille Styles

Love Mexican street corn but don’t want to be digging kernels out of your teeth for the next hour? Try Camille’s take on this classic dish in salad form. It’s insanely tasty, capturing all the delicious flavors of this traditional street dish.

Tomato, Peach, Chevré, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette from Food52

Put a spin on your everyday Caprese salad with this gussied up, summery take. Can’t you just see this gorgeous platter on your table?

Honeydew Salad with Ginger Dressing and Peanuts from Bon Appetit

I’m obsessed with the salty crunch of the peanuts in this simple, yet flavorful salad. Whether you make it as a side dish or main, it’s a great addition to any meal.

Green Bean Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Bitters Vinaigrette from Brooklyn Supper Vinaigrette by Brooklyn Supper

Green beans are the shining star of this lush, colorful, and tasty salad. The tangy vinaigrette brings it all together for a truly sensational flavor profile.

Marinated Feta-Beet Salad from TheKitchn

Few things pair as perfectly as beets and feta cheese. This salad puts a spin on this classic combo by including marinated feta and a handful of herbs. Yum!

Tomato-Watermelon Salad With Turmeric Oil from Healthyish

The unexpected addition of turmeric oil to this summery salad makes it a special addition to any meal.

White Bean and Avocado Salad With Garlic Oil from New York Times Cooking

This mouthwatering, aromatic salad is as easy to t throw together as it is tasty. Creamy, savory, and ultra-fragrant in the very best way.

Roasted Tomato Panzanella Salad from Taste.com

Turn those stale bread ends into an elegant panzanella salad. Bookmark this summer salad recipe so you can whip it up all summer long.

This post was originally published on June 16, 2019, and has since been updated.

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  1. 1
    Kaelen Van Cura July 16, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    These look amazing! I’m definitely going to try some of these. I am trying to have at least one dinner salad night every week with my husband, so I am always on the look out for healthy but not-boring salads.

    xoKaelen | https://darlingmarcelle.com

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    Sarah July 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I am someone who doesn’t like salad, but that mexican street corn salad may have just changed my mind – looks yummy!

    Sarah xo Oomph London