8 Savory Summer Salad Recipes

by Margielynn

Best savory summer salad recipes, from cucumber, Mexican, layered,fried okra to a selection of salad fixin’.

Salad is a staple at the table for most meals. There are so many ways you can make a salad from lettuce, potatoes, beans, fried okra to pasta!

Some salads are healthy and some no so much, but they are all delicious! I am a country girl so most salads I make pack in the calories! Love me some Southern potato salad!

Follow a recipe or use your imagination! Check out these scrumptious recipes!

Happy cooking, make some extras, share with someone today!

Marinated Cucumber and Onion Salad Recipe

Marinated Cucumber and Onion Salad
Marinated Cucumber and Onion Salad

Cucumber and onions go together so deliciously. We go through many onions in our kitchen.
This is a delicious marinated salad and a great way to use abundance of cucumbers this summer.


  • 3 large cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced


  1. Slice the cucumber in a large bowl, add the salt and toss.
  2. Cover the bowl with a plate, laying directly on cucumbers, weight down with a one pound can.
  3. Set for two hours, drain and rinse well.
  4. In the serving bowl add the lemon juice, oil, sugar, and the dill mix.
  5. Mix in the cucumbers and red onions, place in a refrigerator overnight. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Basic Salad Fixin'

Basic Salad Fixin'
Basic Salad Fixin'

We eat a salad with almost every meal at our house. I have started using the Romaine lettuce hearts, they come in packages of three or six. When you just buy the single Romaine lettuce a lot of the outside leaves are not usable.
Use the lettuce that you prefer. So with that said here is my salad makings!


The basics I usually start with, then add topping and add-ins.
  • 1 Romaine lettuce heart or your favorite
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves or spring greens
  • 4 medium dice tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber
  • red onion rings or green onions
  • red or green bell pepper rings


Add In your favorite items!

I mix this all together feel free to add or delete any items you do not like, mix and match until you find your favorite salad.

Top with your favorite dressing. Many time I just salt and pepper mine, leave it naked and dig in!

  •  Croutons
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Raw squash
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Roasted corn
  • Cabbage, shreddeded
  • Carrots, shredded
  • Avocado
  • Boiled eggs
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Radishes
  • Mushroom
  • Beans
  • Olives
  • Meat, any type

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Mexican Taco Salad Recipe

Mexican Taco Salad
Mexican Taco Salad

Mexican Taco Salad take a lettuce and tomato salad to the next level. It is loaded with ground beef, cheese, pinto beans, crunched tortilla chip and avocado slices.
Your choice of French or Thousand Island dressing brings It together for a delicious salad that is a meal.
My husband likes for me to leave the dressing off and he uses salsa on his instead.


• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 3 tomatoes, diced
• 1 medium head lettuce, chopped
• 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
• 8 ounce bottle French Dressing
• 1-7 ounce bag tortilla chips, crunched ( I buy extra to eat along with salad)
• 1 avocado, sliced
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1-15 ounce can pinto beans, drained (I use the ranch style beans)
• ¼ teaspoon salt


Let's put this Mexican taco salad together!
  • Combine first seven ingredients and gently toss in a large bowl.
  • Brown hamburger meat, add pinto beans, salt, simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Toss hamburger mixture with salad mixture.
  • Garnish with extra chips

Tip from Margielynn

  • For added flavor you can add a package of taco seasoning mix to hamburger meat, follow direction on package.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad Recipe

Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Black-Eyed Pea Salad is made from canned black-eyed peas. It's filled with a mixture of tomatoes, avocado, green pepper, green onion and cilantro.
For spice you may add a jalapeno pepper or omit if you do not like spicy. It's brought together with Italian salad dressing.


• 1-15 ½ ounce can black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed
• 1 large tomato, diced
• 1 medium size avocado, diced
• 1/3 cup green or red pepper, diced
• 2 green onions, chopped
• 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
• 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped, optional
• 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing


1. Find a large clear glass bowl to mix this in, it makes a very pretty dish!
2. Combine all the ingredients and add Italian salad dressing and toss to coat mixture well.

Makes 4 servings

Scrumptious Layered Salad Recipe

Layered Salad
Layered Salad

A layered salad in my books is the king of salads. It has all the things we love in one bowl.
It's layered with spinach, lettuce, boiled eggs, onions, green peas, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, cheese, bacon, avocado and frosted with a dressing.
Wow so yummy! Allow for overnight refrigeration before serving.


½ head lettuce ( I like romaine, use any kind you like)
• 1 bunch fresh spinach
• 4 hard-boiled eggs, grated
• 1 bunch green onions, chopped (tops too)
• 1-16 ounce can green peas, drained
• ½ cup celery, chopped
• ½ cup bell pepper, chopped
• 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
• 1 ½ cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
• 2 teaspoons sugar
• Salt and black pepper
• 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
• 10 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled

Dressing Ingredients
• 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
• 1 ½ cups sour cream
• avocado (garnish)


1. Okay we are ready to layered, get a large glass bowl.
2. Wash, drain and tear lettuce and spinach into pieces.
3. In a very large glass bowl, layer half the lettuce, eggs, onions, peas, spinach, celery, bell pepper, mushrooms, Cheddar cheese and bacon.
4. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar, salt and black pepper.
5. Mix dressing, mayonnaise and sour cream, frost with half the dressing.
6. Repeat layers, sprinkle with remaining teaspoon sugar, salt and black pepper.
7. Frost with remaining dressing.
8. Cover with Monterey Jack cheese, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
9. Before serving garnish with avocado slices.

Tip From Margielynn

• If you desire, you may add a layer of chopped tomatoes.

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Fried Okra Salad Recipe

Here is a great recipe to use this summer when you have okra ready in your garden or you can buy it at the supermarket. Add your favorite meat, like fried chicken and corn on the cob for a delicious meal! 


• 4 to 6 cups fried okra
• 6 slices crisp fried bacon, crumbled
• 2 bunches green onions, chopped
• 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, diced
• 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
• ½ cup oil
• 1/3 cup sugar
• ¼ cup vinegar


  1. Fry the okra in cornmeal batter as usual, drain on paper towels.
  2. Mix these ingredients for the dressing together and shake making sure sugar dissolves.

• ¼ cup vinegar
• 1/3 cup sugar
• ½ cup oil

4. Add to cooled okra, bacon, green onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.
5. Pour vinegar, oil and sugar dressing over okra mixture, stir and serve immediately.

Serves 8-10.

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Turkey, Avocado And Pineapple Salad Recipe

This is a salad that will tingle your taste buds! Made with some of my favorite ingredients turkey, avocado and pineapple.
You could also use chicken if you like. Served in a hollowed out tomato or on lettuce leaf. Great for brunch or ladies’ night out.

  •  ½ cups pineapple tidbits
  • 1 avocado, diced ( see tip)
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken, cooked and cubed
  • ½ cup salad dressing
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix all ingredients together, refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Serve in a tomato or on lettuce leaf.

Tip From Margielynn

  • Slice avocado in half, remove seed. Then slice avocado lengthwise, turn and slice crosswise. You now have a diced avocado, remove by using a spoon.

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Ranch Cole Slaw Recipe

Ranch Cole Slaw
Ranch Cole Slaw

Ranch Cole Slaw is a quick and easy recipe. If you are looking for something different for a side dish, this recipe would fit in with just about any meal from sandwiches to pork Roast. It uses ranch salad dressing to add a different flavor to this delicious side.


  • ¼ cup prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 ¾ cups coleslaw mix


  1. In a small bowl whisk together salad dressing, mayonnaise, sugar and lemon juice.
  2. Put cole slaw in serving bowl; add dressing and toss to coat.

Make 4 servings.

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Updated: 07/16/2017, Margielynn
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