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17 Summer Salads To Bring To A Huge Summer Cookout

Because every cookout needs a bit of color.

Summer entertaining can be a handful. From shopping to cooking to keeping your guests entertained, it's easy to get overwhelmed.

So we rounded up some easy summer salads that'll take the load off – a mix of fresh veggies, delectable cheeses, and yummy add-ons, they're the perfect dishes to keep your guests healthy and happy, all summer long.

1. Fiesta Lime Chicken Salad with Chipotle Dressing

lecremedelacrumb.com

Nothing says "party" like a fiesta salad and with all its vibrant colors, this party'll spice up ANY summer cookout.

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2. Loaded Summer Cauliflower Salad

tasty.co

Cauliflower's having a bit of a moment right now – from buffalo cauliflower to cauliflower rice, it's hard to go wrong. Luckily, this salad proves that it can compliment the most unique of accompaniments and with a little bacon, anything can taste amazing.

3. Zucchini “Noodles” with Sesame-Peanut Sauce

blog.fatfreevegan.com

With all these big flavors, you won't even notice the missing carbs in this spiralized veggie bowl.

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4. Arugula, Kale, and Reggiano Salad

howsweeteats.com

This pretty plate pays homage to the most underrated of cheeses and the best of summer produce.

5. Panzanella With Marinated Chickpeas and Chimichurri

If you were looking for an excuse to eat some bread with your salad, this is it.

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6. Chicken Tikka Pasta Salad

dailywaffle.com

A little bit of spice never hurt anyone, ESPECIALLY in a summertime salad.

7. Roasted Chickpea Taco Salad

The roasted chickpeas and crispy taco strips add a double crunch that makes for the perfect bite.

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8. Summer Vegetable Ribbon Salad

gimmesomeoven.com

This simple salad might LOOK super fancy but as long as you have a vegetable peeler, you're good to go!

9. Mexican Street Corn Salad

This take on elote is the perfect, welcome change to all that corn-on-the-cob you've been eating. Feel free to throw in any other veggies that you like, change it up, and if you want to get a dose of traditional elote, add in a dollop of mayo to your dressing for good measure.

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10. Simple Greek Salad Skewers

ohsweetbasil.com

These flavor-packed skewers are the perfect, fresh bite for the messy eater.

11. Watermelon Cucumber Salad

smittenkitchen.com

This is literally all your summer favorites in one. You can't get any fresher than this watermelon-loaded plate, and you won't believe how easy it is to throw together.

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12. Snap Pea Salad With Buttermilk Dressing

alexandracooks.com

This burst of bright green will remind you why snap peas deserve a spot on your grocery list again.

13. Strawberry and Mango Chopped Quinoa Salad With Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette

ambitiouskitchen.com

There's no better way to celebrate mango season than with this star-studded salad.

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14. Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad With Cucumber and Feta

forkknifeswoon.com

This tangy bite will impress pasta and rice lovers alike.

15. Grilled Potato Arugula Salad

loveandlemons.com

Every barbecue needs a good potato salad. This one's MORE than good – it's downright amazing.

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16. Berry Caprese Salad

twopeasandtheirpod.com

Not everyone likes raw tomatoes. Luckily, with this twist on a classic, you don't have to.

17. Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

tasty.co

This loaded bowl is the perfect way to eat the rainbow and, well, enjoy it.

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