5 Summer Salad Recipes: Light, Fresh, Easy

CortneyJuly 14, 2020

Summer is in full swing and that means the southern heat is here to stay! I love an easy meal, that is also quick, healthy and delicious. One of our week night faves is a light and refreshing Summer salad. Today I’m sharing five easy Summer salad recipes for you to add to your menu this season!

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There are a million great Summer salad recipes out there, but my favorites always include fresh greens, in season fruits and veggies, a yummy protein and a light dressing. Throw in some creamy cheese and I’m hooked!

Some nights I’ll make a giant bowl for the family to serve themselves from and sometimes I’ll prep all the options and let the family have a DIY salad bar. Often the kids like to pick their own toppings and by putting out 90% healthy options – I know they’re eating a delicious and well balanced dinner. While chicken is often my protein of choice, grilled shrimp is a great alternative. It’s light, fresh and adds the perfect crunch to any salad. Lately, I love adding it to this Balsamic Fruit Salad.

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5 from 1 vote

Grilled Shrimp Balsamic Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 Package Greens of Choice
  • 2 lbs Shrimp thawed, raw, tail off
  • 4 Wood Skewers
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Cups Fruit of Choice, washed & cut I recommend watermelon and blueberries
  • 2 Avocados diced
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese or cheese of choice
  • Balsamic Dressing of Choice


  • Heat grill to medium heat, soak skewers in cold water
  • Combine all spices, wash shrimp & pat dry, coat in seasoning mixture and place on skewers
  • Place skewers on grill and cook about 2 minutes per side, until no longer pink
  • In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients and top with cooked shrimp
  • Toss in dressing or serve on the side, enjoy!

See! So simple and yet so delicious. You can really make this recipe your own as well – change out the fruit, add in some grilled corn, onions or fresh tomatoes, the possibilities are endless! We love this balsamic dressing. I like to throw some french bread in the oven, it’s the perfect crust, warm side.

If you’re not a shrimp fan, you can easily swap out the protein or check out these delicious salad ideas below:

1. Thai Crunch Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing

2. Balsamic Steak Gorgonzola Salad with Grilled Corn

3. Cobb Salad with Homemade Dressing

4. Avocado Salad with Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil Pesto 

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Which one do you want to try first? A salad is also a great meal to prep for a cookout or dinner party. You can chop and cook most things ahead of time, then just assemble right before your guests arrive! A salad doesn’t always include lettuce – check out number four. This avocado heavy dish is like a fresh taste on guacamole!

If you try any of these recipes, tag me on social media so I can see how they turn out! You can find more easy meals here.

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Comments (3)

  • Amanda Parker

    July 14, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    5 stars
    Love all the recipes, keep them coming!! Also, I would like one of your new arrivals to be called the Amanda Kimono!! LOL

    1. Cortney

      July 29, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Lol!! I’ll keep that in mind 😉

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