Sharing 21 Mediterranean Diet inspired Summer Salads that are full of fresh, summer ingredients and are perfect when it’s just too hot to cook.
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Mediterranean Diet Inspired Salads
I love using a salad as a way to pack in a bunch of delicious ingredients that fit well into the Mediterranean Diet recommendations. Step aside plain old lettuce and tomato, because these are some of my favorite salad additions –
- Fruit – watermelon, berries, cantaloupe, peaches, apricot, plums all add great flavor, natural sweetness along with fiber & vitamins to salads
- Nuts & Seeds – sprinkling salads with things like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, walnuts, pistachios or pine nuts is great way to add heart healthy fats, flavors, crunch and fiber
- Veggies Galore – there are so many salads that don’t have any lettuce but are packed with amazing veggies like bell peppers, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, scallions, eggplant, zucchini and squash
- Beans and Lentils – adding things like black beans, chickpeas, lentils, or edamame to salads is a great way to add fiber, protein and help make it super filling
- Fresh Herbs – cilantro, basil, parsley and chives are some of my favorite herbs to add to salads for a burst of fresh flavor
In case you were wondering, you can check out this June Seasonal Produce Guide to find out which fruits and veggies are currently in season.
Sharing some of my favorite Mediterranean Diet inspired Summer Salads. These salads not only pack a delicious & nutritious punch but are also great to make when it’s so warm out that the last thing you want to do is cook or turn on the oven.
The perfect way to use all those garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs.
Refreshing Summer Watermelon Salad
So easy, juicy and makes a great addition to many meals.
Spicy Chopped Salad
Easy to throw together and drizzled with a little hot sauce to kick it up a notch.
Air Fryer Salmon Greek Salad
Deliciously cooked air fryer salmon with all the favorite Greek Salad flavors.
Chopped Lentil Salad with Easy Vinaigrette Dressing
This salad is amazing for a meal prepped lunch during the summer. It’s fresh and full of great flavors and the lentils make it filling without being too heavy.
White Bean and Artichoke Antipasto
I love this salad because it’s so easy to pull together, thanks to the pantry staples like canned beans, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts.
Summer Corn Salad
Is it even summer if you haven’t had sweet, summer corn? This salad is bright and fresh and goes well with everything.
Grilled Caesar Salad
This is the summer salad of our dreams! Everything from the croutons, to the lettuce, even the lemon is thrown on the grill. The homemade dressing is zesty and delicious.
Full of hearty farro and fresh, summer fruit, it’s filling and packed with flavor.
Watermelon Panzanella Salad
Just a few ingredients stand between you and this bowl of summer goodness. Great way to use up juicy watermelon and leftover crusty bread.
Greek Farro with Fresh Herbs
The typical flavors of greek salad, with a bit of toasty flavored farro added. Making it rich in in flavor and oh so filling.
Mediterranean Tuna Pasta Salad
A flavor packed pasta salad that makes great leftovers or lunch on the go.
Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad with Za’atar
Fresh melon and crispy cucumber get seasoned with aromatic za’atar for this refreshing summer salad.
Summer Peach Salad with Couscous and Pistachios
You can’t get much more summer than ripe, juicy peaches which are the star of this salad.
Tuscan Arugula Salad
Inspired by one of my favorite, simple dishes from a trip to Italy. This salad is light, refreshing and so easy.
Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad
Featuring garden fresh heirloom tomatoes and ripe summer peaches, this salad has it all and is a summer favorite.
Blueberry Watermelon Salad
This salad is simple but features summer fresh berries, a hint of feta cheese and juicy watermelon for a light and refreshing summer side.
Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh
This refreshing side salad is a hit all summer long because it features fresh herbs but also goes great with grilled shrimp or chicken.
Lemon Ginger Potato Salad
This mayo free potato salad is full of zesty lemon and ginger flavors and topped with fresh herbs. Meet your new summer bbq dish.
Easy and Delicious Summer Slaw
This summer slaw is perfect for summer. It’s light, fresh and full of the perfect balance of crunch…thanks to some sliced almonds.
Quick and Vibrant Nicoise Salad
This easy salad comes together quickly thanks to the use of lots of pantry staples like canned tuna, jarred artichoke hearts and olives.
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Even More Mediterranean Diet Summer Salads
Our cookbook, The Mediterranean Diet Made Easy has a great collection of summer salad recipes. We rounded up some of our favorite Mediterranean diet summer recipes from the cookbook in this collection…
Summer Recipes from The Mediterranean Diet Made Easy Cookbook
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Tags: salad, summer recipes Last modified: June 27, 2022