16 Salads to Celebrate the Fruits of Summer

Ann Dunaway Teh

A round up of 16 summer salads to celebrate the fruits of summer

I’ll admit it, salads are not necessarily something I make for or with dinner often. My family just doesn’t seem to enjoy them as much as I do. My youngest won’t even touch anything leafy or green (yes, it happens to dietitian moms too!) though I still offer and hold out hope that one day she’ll change her mind.

When I do serve salad with dinner, it almost always contains fruit to make it more appealing to my family. And with all of the fresh fruits of summer readily available, I do serve salads at dinner more frequently  with fruit as a key ingredient. This way everyone is happy. My youngest, who could live off fruit, will gladly eat the fruit portions of the salad and everyone else tolerates the leafy greens better it seems. Win-win! 

Adding fresh fruit to salads has   several advantages, especially for picky palates:

  • adds natural sweetness in contrast to sometimes bitter greens
  • adds vibrant color to make the salad more appealing
  • makes salads more kid-friendly – pairing with crispy, crunchy greens helps even more
  • helps you fill half your plate with fruits   and    veggies  (i.e., follow MyPlate)  

While we have our favorite green salads starring fruit here on My Menu Pal, which are included below, I also asked our dietitian colleagues for their favorite summer salads featuring fresh fruit. Maybe you’ll find a new family favorite, and possibly just in time for a Father’s Day celebration this weekend! 

Salads with Berries

Strawberry and Blueberry Kale Power Salad

Strawberry and Blueberry Kale Power Salad  by Lesley and Ann

Kale and Strawberry Salad with Kefir Buttermilk Dressing by Kara at The Foodie Dietitian

Strawberry Cucumber Arugula Salad  by Lesley and Ann

Kale, Berry and Sorghum Salad by Tracee  at Triad to Wellness

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, and Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette by Jessica at Nutritioulicious

Berry Avocado Salad + Maple Pecans & Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette by Dena at Back to the Book Nutrition

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette by Brittany at Your Choice Nutrition

Barbi Salad (aka Strawberry Salad) by Kaleigh at Lively Table

kale salad

Kale, Avocado and Raspberry Salad with Lemon & Honey Vinaigrette by Maria at Hälsa Nutrition

Berry and Herb Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette by Melanie @ Nutritious Eats


Salads with Melons, Mangos or PeachesSummer Panzanella Salad

Summer Panzanella Salad by Jamie at Dishing Out Health  

Mango Lime Quinoa Salad by Sarah at Bucket List Tummy

Mustard Greens Summer Salad with a Yogurt Honey Mustard Vinaigrette by Sarah at Bucket List Tummy

Peach Frisee Salad with Goat Cheese & Basil-2

Peach Frisee Salad with Goat Cheese & Basil by Erica Julson

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Entree Salads

Grilled Chicken Salad with Creamy Mango Vinaigrette is ready in 15 minutes and is full of flavor. Topped with fresh mango, strawberries and blueberries along with grilled chicken, onions and asparagus. www.nutritionistreviews.com


Grilled Chicken Salad with Creamy Mango Vinaigrette by Amanda at The Nutritionist Reviews

“Smoky Salmon” with Grilled Peach & Tomato Salad by Katie at Healthy Bites

What are your favorite salad and fresh fruit combos in summer?
A round up of 16 salads to celebrate the fruits of summer


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