Super Summer Salads {Cold Dinners for Busy Weeknights}

Super Summer Salads - roundup of easy, cold salad dinners for busy families - MoneywiseMoms
Summer swim team has started, which means lots of eating on the run–either out at away meets or spending hours at the home pool. Rather than spend lots of money at snack bars and overdo it on unhealthy foods, the kids and I searched on Pinterest for some new-to-us cold salad recipes that we can prep in the morning and pack to take for dinner. We love our old standby, the Spinach & Feta Pasta Salad, but we’re eager to try something new. These Super Summer Salads look great!

Summer Broccoli Salad from That's So Michelle | Super Summer Salads | MoneywiseMoms
Summer Broccoli Salad from That’s So Michelle

The sweet & sour dressing soaks in when you chill this salad ahead of time, so make it the night before or early in the morning for a crunchy, delicious dinner by the pool.

Fresh Summer Quinoa Salad from Hungry Couple | Super Summer Salads | MoneywiseMoms
Fresh Summer Quinoa Salad from Hungry Couple

This has all the flavors my kids love–chickpeas, cucumbers and salty feta cheese, with a light homemade dressing to pull it all together. Yum!

Summer Orzo Salad from Oh My Veggies | Super Summer Salads | MoneywiseMoms
Summer Orzo Salad from Oh My Veggies

So simple, and with kid-favorite green beans plus garden tomatoes and orzo pasta. This would be good both warm and cold. Can’t wait to try it!

Creamy Asian Slaw from Mommy Moment | Super Summer Salads | MoneywiseMoms
Creamy Asian Slaw from Mommy Moment

Love the pizzazz of the dressing, made with almond milk and apple cider vinegar. If you have leftover grilled chicken, put a few slices on top for protein.

BLT Chopped Salad from How Sweet It Is| Super Summer Salads | MoneywiseMoms
BLT Chopped Salad from How Sweet It Is

You had me at bacon. This chop salad also includes lettuce, arugula, corn and avocado–a fabulous medley of flavors–with a simple olive oil & lime dressing.

Summer Pasta Salad: Potluck Style from The Messy Baker| Super Summer Salads | MoneywiseMoms
Summer Pasta Salad: Potluck Style from The Messy Baker

I love this pasta salad recipe because it sets you up for many successful salads this summer. “Potluck style” means using whatever leftovers you have in the fridge–bits of meat, cheese, beans, veggies, etc.–and tossed with some salad dressing. If you need to, follow the recipe, but teach yourself to let go and experiment a bit.

 

For more easy family meals, read Get Dinner on the Table FAST. I also have more delicious salad recipes pinned to my Salads & Veggie Sides Pinterest Board.

 

Super Summer Salads is linked up to Pinterest Foodie at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, Fluster’s Creative Muster Party at Fluster Buster and Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou.

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  1. We just made a ranch pasta salad last night with dinner and I was telling DH we need to do more salads this summer – easy & cool. Thanks for sharing these. Pinning to find later. :) #typeaparent
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  2. The summer broccoli salad and the BLT chopped salad seems to be calling my name. Ideal for those muggy summer days. #typeaparent
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  3. Great Summer salad roundup!
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  4. This is a wonderful selection for summer! I am one huge fan of salads because it quickly becomes too hot to turn on the oven.
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  5. OH my gosh those look AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing them. Now- to get them made… STAT. Each one sounds delicious.
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  6. I made the “summer broccoli” salad tonight, and oh my it was so yummy! A new favorite for sure! Thanks for sharing! I’ll be sure to try some of the others as well.