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18 Summery, Not-Just-Green Salads To Make All Season

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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.

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Fruits

Melon and Watercress Salad with Honey-Marcona Almond Dressing
Melon and Watercress Salad with Honey-Marcona Almond Dressing
Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad
Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad
Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel by Amanda Hesser

 Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigr... by em-i-lis

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad
Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad
Crunchy Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad
Crunchy Creamy Cucumber Avocado Salad

Vegetables

Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Walnuts
Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Walnuts
Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette
Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette
Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad

Poached Tuna with Warm Squash, Corn, and Potato Salad by Amanda Hesser

Grilled Eggplant Agrodolce with Mint and Fresno Pepper

Grilled Eggplant Agrodolce with Mint and Fresno Pepper by Sarah Fioritto

Grains + Noodles

Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas
Farro, Kale, and Strawberry Salad with Bacon and Chili-Dusted Pepitas
Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Summer Cold Noodle Salad

Summer Cold Noodle Salad by Kendra Vaculin

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad by MollyandBrandon

Greens

Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette
Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette
Potato Salad with Arugula and Dijon Vinaigrette

Potato Salad with Arugula and Dijon Vinaigrette by Merrill Stubbs

April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing

April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing by Genius Recipes

Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette
Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

What salads will you make this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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