5 light salad recipes for hot days

Whether as a main meal in the evening, lunch in the office or a delicious barbecue side dish: a summer salad is always a good choice. Thanks to countless possible combinations of different ingredients and lots of dressing variations, it never gets boring.

Which ingredients belong in a summer salad?

You can be creative in your choice of ingredients, because basically everything that tastes good is allowed. The only thing that is important is that you reach for seasonal vegetables – and fruit! Because the name summer salad would simply not make sense if you mainly use ingredients that are available all year round anyway.

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But which fruits and vegetables are in season in summer and can be combined well with hearty ingredients such as feta, chicken or beef strips? This one:

  • Melon
  • Berries
  • Nectarines and peaches
  • Grapes
  • Radish
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes

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You are also spoilt for choice when it comes to the “basis”: Are you more in the mood for rocket, iceberg or leaf salad today? A ready-made salad mix is ideal for the undecided.

Obst im Salat? Unbedingt! In summer, fresh fruit should not be missing in salads © Valeria-Aksakova / Shutterstock.com

In addition to the vegetables (and fruit) mentioned above, your summer salad should not lack a high-quality protein source. Because protein saturates for a long time and at the same time boosts the metabolism. Protein-rich salad ingredients include chicken or turkey, beef, feta, shrimp, tuna, egg or tofu. A few nuts or seeds on top make the mix perfect.

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5 recipes for delicious summer salads

So much for theory, now it’s time for practice: Which ingredients harmonize best with summer salad ingredients and which dressing goes with them? Just try and combine them right away! It’s best to decide on just one type of fruit at a time, then the aroma will come across perfectly and the salad will not look overloaded.

The following summer salad recipes should serve as additional inspiration. You can vary the ingredients according to your mood – and above all your preferences. For the complete recipe simply click on the respective picture.

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1. melon salad with cucumber and feta

This lettuce is already a visual impact in itself and thanks to melon, cucumber and mint it provides the perfect refreshment on hot days. Why? According to traditional Chinese medicine, these three foods have cooling properties and thus provide cooling from within.

2. summer salad with grilled nectarine

Nectarines are wonderfully sweet and caramelise even more on the grill. This harmonises perfectly with feta, but also with hearty goat cheese. A few pistachios (alternatively walnuts) round off the taste experience.

3. pasta salad with radishes and tuna

Noodle and potato salads are among the classics among barbecue side dishes. Unfortunately they are often served with a greasy mayo dressing. Not so this light pasta salad with fresh radishes and protein-rich tuna. Instead of mayonnaise, the dressing here consists of vegetable broth, mustard and herb vinegar.

4. tomato and chickpea salad

Tomatoes are available all year round, but between June and September the red fruit vegetables are in high season. So now you can buy regional produce from Germany. The salad is ideal as a Meal Prep meal for the office – even for vegans.

5. berry salad with mango dressing

Now it’s getting fruity: In this salad, four different berry varieties have been combined with an Asian-influenced dressing of mango, coconut milk and peanut butter. If that’s too much for you, leave out a few berries and add some turkey strips or prawns instead.

A salad is simply the perfect meal in summer. Let your creativity run free when choosing the ingredients. Even if a combination should go wrong: try a different recipe next time!