Now that summer is officially here, let's kick it off with some healthy summer salads. Yeah, you were probably supposed to be eating these before summer actually got here, but it's never too late to join in.
I'm arming you with 15 summer salads, plus a salad dressing and even some spicy slaw that I originally layered on my chicken tacos, but that you can also enjoy as a side. They're all gluten free recipes with dairy free and vegan options as well. Pick a new recipe each week of summer so you can stay healthy at lunch and also have lots of good sides to bring to picnics and barbecues.
Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments what salads you'll be eating this summer.
This raw rainbow detox veggie salad will energize your body with all of the cleansing, fiber-rich cruciferous vegetables. Add your favorite protein for a complete meal.
This avocado artichoke lentil salad is packed full of protein and fiber. It makes for a great take to work lunch or side with dinner.
This Thai Chicken Salad is great for allergy sufferers as it's nut-free, gluten free and dairy free. Enjoy this crisp, crunchy salad that you can prep in advance for lunch or dinner!
This dairy free hemp lime cream is a great tangy topper for vegetables, burgers, chili or even your favorite salad. It's vegan and gluten free and full of great nutritional benefits.
Cooked and cooled, crisp asparagus combines with creamy avocado and a lemon mint walnut vinaigrette for a great summer salad that travels well to the office or your outdoor parties.
Hearts of palm, avocado, cucumber and fresh strawberries combine for the perfect, light, summer salad that's gluten free and dairy free.
Summer comes together in this strawberry lemon poppy seed vinaigrette to enjoy all season long on fresh greens with crisp fruits and vegetables.
3 easy ingredients come together in this crisp and refreshing cucumber dill ribbon salad. It's gluten free and dairy free and the presentation makes it perfect for parties and BBQs.
Crunchy raw celery root and fennel come together in this fresh, healthy salad that gets a flavor pop from a lemon vinaigrette. It's topped with dill and avocado slices for a complete gluten free, vegan meal.
Make this healthy green superfood salad and soak up all of the beneficial nutrients of both kale and seaweed, in addition to avocados, lemon, cucumber and sesame seeds. It's a multi-vitamin in a bowl!
This vegan caesar dressing has a cashew base, making for a thick and creamy texture with no dairy added. Throw it on fresh salad greens or use it as a dip with raw vegetables.
This raw broccoli salad uses no mayonnaise or dairy. A cashew curry dressing gives it some creaminess while adding a nice kick of spice.
Throwing Napa cabbage on the grill with a little olive oil and seasoning brings out the natural sweetness. An Asian infused lime, cilantro dressing boosts and brightens the flavor even further.
Spruce up your salad dressing with some avocado, cilantro and lime. It's great for a taco salad or even drizzled over a piece of fresh grilled fish or chicken.
You can easily pull this salad together using canned beans or throw in some fresh green beans for added flavor. Mexican spices bump up the taste and make for a quick and tasty side dish.
Fresh vegetables need little manipulation when preparing. Throwing them on the grill with just a dash of olive oil and seasoning makes for a perfect and easy summer meal.
Move a few simple side ingredients front and center to create this fresh and easy fennel, radish and citrus salad.
This vinaigrette is fresh and bright with juice from ripe, in season oranges, mixed with honey and walnut oil. Perfect on top of zucchini noodles or any vegetable laden salad.
Swap your animal protein for edamame in this cool zucchini noodle salad, topped with a honey walnut vinaigrette. Great for all your summer picnics!
These adorable Zululand Queen baby pineapples are super sweet with an edible core. Their compact size makes them perfect for a single serving of shrimp salad tossed with pineapple salsa.