15 Simple Salads To Make When It’s Way Too Hot To Cook

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Summer is here, which means your cravings generally switch from warm, comforting plates of stick-to-your-ribs food to dishes that are crisp, refreshing, and don’t make you feel like a slug for hours after you eat them.

The natural solution? A salad a day. The natural reaction of most people to the suggestion of a salad a day is one that goes over about as well as a toaster in a bathtub (do not try that at home).

But trust me on this one: Salads can taste amazing, they don’t require much work, include fresh and accessible ingredients, and are generally inexpensive.

Need more proof? Check out the suggestions below. (And don’t worry — some still have bacon.)

Thai Crunch Brussels Salad

Tons of vegetables covered in crushed peanuts and cashews and drizzled with Thai dressing. Yes, please.

Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Five ingredients — including store bought tortellini — create this dish that can be easily doubled to feed a crowd (or you, multiple times).

Cruciferous Crunch Salad with Avocado Dressing

Grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and throw it together with a bunch of cancer-fighting veggies and a simple avocado yogurt dressing — with hot sauce to spice things up.

Strawberry, Avocado and Bacon Spinach Salad

This easy salad is packed with the strawberries, avocado, turkey bacon, feta cheese, pecans, almonds, and cucumbers over a bed of spinach.

Southwest Chipotle Salad with Tortilla Strips

A quick, easy, colorful salad topped with fresh cilantro, queso fresco, crisp tortilla strips, and drizzled with creamy chipotle sauce.

Glowing Grilled Summer Detox Salad

Get out the grill and stock up on summer produce, because Detox Salad days are upon us! With tons of fresh tomatoes, grilled romaine, shrimp, avocado and cilantro and lime, you’re good to go.

Chickpea, Spring Onion, and Kale Panzanella

The perfect dish to transition to summer — the comfort of bread with the crunch and color of fresh summer flavors. And honestly, any time you add bread, it’s automatically a win.

Spring Cleaning Salad

It says “spring,” but don’t let that fool you. This vibrant salad with kale, carrots, bell pepper, radishes, cucumber, avocado, walnuts, beets, and lemon-parsley vinaigrette packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fat, and protein can be eaten any season.

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad with Grilled Garlic Croutons

Fire up the grill, throw on some chicken and bread and combine them with a myriad of veggies for a salad that makes a great meal — any meal.

Healthy Nicoise Salad

This version is packed is with fresh veggies and roasted potatoes and beets for a filling but healthy meal perfect for lunch or dinner — or breakfast. We won’t judge.

Mango, Crab, and Avocado Salad

Do you have five minutes? One bowl? Then this salad with lump crab, mango, avocado, red pepper, olive oil, and onion can be on your table for lunch.

BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta, and Avocado

Lettuce, veggies, bacon, cheese — what more could you want? Maybe a second or third helping…

Milestones California Spring Salad

Do you have fifteen minutes? That’s all it takes to bring together the tastes of greens strawberries, goat cheese, and an easy white wine vinegar dressing.

Five Ingredient Pasta Salad

It doesn’t get much easier than pasta, pesto, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, and greens. It also doesn’t get more delicious.

Black Bean and Cornbread Panzanella Salad

This looks complicated, but it’s really just beans, greens, cornbread, salsa, avocado, tomatoes, and dressing. Did I mention cornbread croutons? So there you go! Now if only they could deliver…