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10 Fruity Summer Salads That Aren't Fruit Salad

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Salad shouldn't be an obligation or an afterthought—and it doesn't always have to be kale, either. 

Today, entirely green salads are boring! These 10 fruit-filled salads will give you something sweet to look forward to as you plow through a bowl of leaves.

Which salad experience do you prefer: leaf-leaf-leaf-leaf-leaf-leaf-nut-leaf or leaf-tomato-peach-cheese-nut-leaf-peach-tomato-cheese?

If you're tired of slogging through a leaf-heavy salad, fishing for the sad slivers of nuts that have gathered at the bottom of the bowl, there's an easy solution: Add more stuff to those greens (we've advocated for this before).

Mixing in chunks of ripe fruit will make the eating experience less monotonous—and more enjoyable. Each of these 10 salads, a mix of our favorites from our resident salad expert Elizabeth Stark and our recipe archive, contains something sweet (and fruity) to look forward to:

Fig and Manchego Salad with Herbed Croutons


Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad


Grilled Salad with Romaine, Peaches, Garlic Scapes, and Steak


Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad


Plum Avocado Summer Salad


Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas


Charred Corn Salad with Quick Pickles and Lime Dressing


Fig and Cantaloupe Salad with Watercress and Creamy Garlic-Lime Dressing


Grilled Watermelon and Donut Peach Salad with Balsamic Reduction


Green Bean Salad with Peaches and Balsamic Bitters Vinaigrette

What's your favorite salad to make in the summer? Share with us in the comments below!

Photos by Elizabeth Stark and James Ransom

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Tags: Fruit, Vegetable, Side, Summer