Ahhh summer, the time to devour everything that's served on a bun: hot dogs, burgers, lobster rolls, even ice cream (in between actual buns). Fresh summer salads, too, are satisfying as sides or meals unto themselves when the temperatures are rising. With seasonal fruits and vegetables bursting from their crates at the market, there are many ways to highlight these ingredients in salad form, from grilled fruit accents to long ribbons of raw shaved vegetables. Remember, those luscious stone fruits, perfectly sun-ripened tomatoes, and sweet corn (to name a few) won't be around forever, feast on them while you can!
Here are 18 vibrant salads where leafy greens aren't the only stars (unless you want them to be). No matter which type of salad you choose, they're all approved for enjoyment at any of your favorite summer festivities.