When the sun is out and the farmers market is overflowing with gorgeous seasonal produce, the last place you want to be is stuck inside with the oven blazing. Enter the summer salad: It’s healthy and refreshing and it won’t turn your kitchen into a sauna. With these summer salad recipes, you can take advantage of all those heirloom tomatoes, juicy stone fruits and sweet berries, and feel good about your dinner (or lunch). Triple berry chickpea crunch? We’ll be over in 20.

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1. Strawberry, Basil and Arugula Salad with Lots of Black Pepper (128 calories)

Think of this as an updated version of the ’90s spinach and strawberry staple. The dressing—a combination of strawberry juices, vinegar and pepper—practically makes itself.

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2. 20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus (372 calories)

It’s basically no-cook, feeds a crowd and won’t wilt when you set it out in the summer heat. That's what we call a triple threat.

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Henry Hargreaves/Avocaderia

3. Vegan Avocado Caesar Salad (315 calories)

We love a classic Caesar salad, but it’s not typically the healthiest option on the menu. This one is plant-based, so it’s lighter on calories but not on flavor.

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Healthfully Ever After

4. Sweet Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Grain Salad with Peach-Dijon Vinaigrette (260 calories)

When fruits and vegetables collide, they create this masterpiece worthy of the ’Gram.

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5. Sumac and Fennel Fattoush (275 calories)

Fattoush is a type of Levantine salad that involves toasty bits of pita bread and plenty of herbs and spices.

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Aubrie Pick/Kitchen Remix

6. Minty-Fresh Zucchini Salad with Marinated Feta (228 calories)

We were skeptical about raw zucchini too, but the way it soaks up the briny feta marinade is *chef’s kiss*

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Peter O’Sullivan and Simon Smith/Plants-Only Kitchen

7. Sweet and Spicy Plantain Salad (403 calories)

We like our salads the way we like our fro-yo: loaded with toppings.

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8. Greek Wedge Salad (401 calories)

A lightened-up version of a classic. Because sometimes we don’t need all that bacon and blue cheese. Sometimes.

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9. Corn and Tomato Salad with Feta and Lime (162 calories)

This one is more of a side dish, but if you add some crisp romaine, it transforms into a meal.

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Erin McDowell

10. Chilled Cucumber Salad (26 calories)

When the temperatures soar into the 90s, there’s nothing more appetizing than a crisp, cool cucumber. (Well, nothing but this salad.)

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Kristin Perers/Round Ours

11. Watermelon Salad with Almonds and Dill (299 calories)

It’s true: No barbecue, picnic or potluck is complete without watermelon.

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12. Summer Millet Salad (263 calories)

Lettuce need not apply.

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Aran Goyoaga/Cannelle et Vanille

13. Aran Goyoaga’s Niçoise Salad (435 calories)

There are a few moving parts to this beauty (boiling eggs, cooking potatoes, whipping up a vinaigrette), but it comes together surprisingly fast.

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Amanda Frederickson/Simple Beautiful Food

14. Melon Salad with Chili Powder, Mint, Lime and Flaky Sea Salt (87 calories)

Once you try chili powder on a ripe slice of cantaloupe, you’ll never look back.

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David Loftus/The Tinned Fish Cookbook

15. Mackerel Asparagus Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette (454 calories)

Tinned fish is a quick and low-effort way to give your salad a boost of protein. Mackerel is richer and milder than tuna, so it’s an ideal place to start.

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Gentl and Hyers/Open Kitchen

16. Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Strawberries (182 calories)

The juiciness of the berries adds a cool and sweet-tart contrast to the slight spiciness of the peppers and the salty miso dressing.

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Robert Billington/Cuidad de Mexico

17. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cacao and Agave Dressing (197 calories)

Bonus points if you grow the tomatoes yourself.

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Matt Russell/Provençal

18. Black Fig and Tomato Salad (159 calories)

It’s like a portrait of summer’s finest treats. Pair it with cheese—like fresh mozzarella or ricotta—to take it over the top.

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Allison Day/Modern Lunch

19. Citrus, Shrimp and Quinoa Salad with Feta (398 calories)

You can cook it ahead of time and it will hold in the fridge for up to two days. Genius.

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Ryland, Peters and Small/Cucina Siciliana

20. Black Fig, Mozzarella and Basil Salad (373 calories)

If we close our eyes and take a bite, it’s like we’re on vacation in Sicily.

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Aubrie Pick/Great Tastes

21. Tomato Salad with Grilled Halloumi and Herbs (196 calories)

Aka the best way to show off your farmers market haul. You’ll definitely want to go steady with this guy all summer long.

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Amy Neunsinger/The Magnolia Table

22. Peach Caprese Salad (379 calories)

For the ultimate salad experience, seek out the freshest, ripest peaches you can find.

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Power Plates

23. Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad (431 calories)

So what if it’s basically a bowl of guacamole masquerading as a salad?

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24. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board (415 calories)

Forget the bowl, serve this salad on a big cutting board so that you can see (and access) all of the gorgeous toppings.

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25. Roasted Peach and Arugula Salad (393 calories)

When you’re bored of croutons and iceberg, this should do the trick.

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The Modern Proper

26. Watermelon Cucumber Salad (157 calories)

Here, the sweetness of the watermelon is enhanced by all that salty feta.

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What's Gaby Cooking

27. Avocado Peach Summer Salad (338 calories)

The lemon Parmesan dressing really ties everything together.

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How Sweet Eats

28. Triple Berry Chickpea Crunch Salad (267 calories)

Is it really summer if you haven’t eaten your weight in blackberries, blueberries and strawberries? We didn’t think so.

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Pinch of Yum

29. Couscous Summer Salad (465 calories)

And before you know it, you’ll have made this four times in one week. It’s really that good.

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What’s Gaby Cooking

30. Ginger Soy Herb Salad (316 calories)

Serve it with grilled fish, shrimp, steak or chicken if you want a more substantial meal.

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Feasting at Home

31. Classic Greek Salad (250 calories)

This is how you let those seasonal vegetables really shine.

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Pinch of Yum

32. Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette (254 calories)

It looks really time-consuming, but the most involved step is mixing up the marinade for the chicken.

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How Sweet Eats

33. Loaded Summer House Salad (430 calories)

It’s so pretty, we think we have a crush.

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The Modern Proper

34. Mexican Street Corn Salad with Chipotle Crema (224 calories)

Called equites, this bowl takes the flavors of elotes—fresh corn, lime juice, cotija cheese, and a mayo-based chipotle crema—and turns them into a salad.

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Ambitious Kitchen

35. Italian Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad (358 calories)

It’s like the chopped salads you get at your favorite restaurant…but tastier (and better for you).

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Plays Well with Butter

36. Chopped Grilled Vegetable Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette (308 calories)

We bet you’ve never fired up the coals for a salad before.

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Half Baked Harvest

37. Pesto Chicken Caesar Salad with Tomatoes and Burrata (385 calories)

We were hooked at the first mention of burrata. The pesto and chicken are merely a bonus.

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Gimme Some Oven

38. Blueberry, Corn and Avocado Chopped Salad (362 calories)

Crunchy almonds, sweet corn, juicy blueberries and a little bit of feta all mingle together in a delicious lemon dressing. What could be bad about that?

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Spoon Fork Bacon

39. Loaded Salmon Summer Salad with Creamy Tahini Vinaigrette (456 calories)

This is a big salad that would make Elaine Benes proud.

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Pinch of Yum

40. Green Goddess Quinoa Summer Salad (152 calories)

Sure, you can use bottled dressing for a shortcut. But this homemade avocado-cilantro version is worth the extra effort.

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What’s Gaby Cooking

41. Summer Grain Bowl Salad with Green Goddess Feta Dressing (289 calories)

Part grain bowl, part salad, 100 percent what we want to eat on our patio.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

42. Summer Steak Salad (448 calories)

Make this for your next dinner soirée to wow the crowd. (FYI, it works with nearly any summer produce.)

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The Modern Proper

43. Shrimp Louie (436 calories)

This retro salad is best served with a glass of chilled rosé and a warm summer night.

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Cookie and Kate

44. Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Raw Squash and Feta (386 calories)

Or, what to do with that gigantic haul of zucchini.

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The Bojon Gourmet

45. Quinoa Cucumber Salad with Feta, Dill and Mint (378 calories)

It’s crunchy from the cukes and radishes, creamy and briny from the feta and wrapped up in a punchy lemon garlic dressing—yum.

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Minimalist Baker

46. Grilled Corn Salad with Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing (223 calories)

Hard to believe it’s all ready to eat in 30 minutes.

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Real and Vibrant

47. Heirloom Tomato Salad (204 calories)

Heirloom tomatoes aren’t just pretty to look at. The jewel-like treats are more flavorful than any grocery store tomato you’ve ever tasted.

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All the Healthy Things

48. Chicken Bacon Avocado Chopped Salad (488 calories)

It doesn’t taste like it’s healthy, and that’s a very high compliment.

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The Simple Veganista

49. Southwestern Salad (344 calories)

The creamy dressing suggests otherwise, but this one is vegan. (Thank you, cashews.)

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Ambitious Kitchen

50. Summer Glow Chopped Kale Salad (424 calories)

This chopped salad has it all: sweetness from the strawberries, creaminess from the avocado, saltiness from the feta, crunch from roasted pistachios. What more could you want?

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Ambitious Kitchen

51. Spicy Ranch Chopped Chicken Cabbage Salad (492 calories)

What can we say? We’re suckers for ranch (and corn, and tortilla strips).

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