Summer Cookout Salad Recipes

Make classic summer salads from Food Network chefs, like potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw or macaroni salad, for all your summer cookouts.

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Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad

The Neelys whip up a classic salad that goes great with barbecue ribs. Elbow macaroni and ham are mixed with hard-boiled eggs, celery, relish and mayo for a creamy taste of summer.

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Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Bobby's creamy potato salad gets a little Southwestern heat from chipotle pepper puree and a little cayenne.

Get the Recipe: Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija

Bobby grills corn in its own husks to protect it before taking the smoky kernels off the cob and tossing them with Cotija cheese, lime juice, lime zest, ancho chile powder and creme fraiche.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija

Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella

"I love my Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella," says Giada. "It is a great go-to recipe because I always have the ingredients in my pantry. All the colors and flavors of the tomatoes, artichokes, basil and olives make this a tasty and vibrant dish."

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Broccoli Salad

Trisha packs a ton of flavors and textures into this one salad. Coating the broccoli in a mayonnaise-vinegar mixture allows the diced bacon, onion, raisins and sunflower seeds to adhere, so you get a bit of salt, crunch and sweetness in every bite.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli Salad

Giada's Roman Summer Salad

Giada tops fresh summer tomatoes with briny olives and capers, then dresses the salad with a syrupy balsamic reduction.

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Giada's Tri-Colore Orzo

Giada dresses up barbecue with this beautiful and delicious Italian take on pasta salad.

Get the Recipe: Tri-Colore Orzo

Tyler's Texas Coleslaw

This slaw is savory and sweet, with apples mixed in with the cabbage, along with mint and pecans. It's all tossed with an orange-chili dressing.

Get the Recipe: Texas Coleslaw

Bobby's German Potato Salad

German potato salad is dressed with a vinaigrette instead of mayo, and it usually has a little bacon added in. Bobby cooks the dressing for his potato salad in bacon drippings, then he dresses the cooked potatoes while they're hot so they soak in all the flavor.

Get the Recipe: German Potato Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

Transform the classic sandwich into a picnic-perfect pasta salad: Crispy bacon, ripe summer tomatoes and fresh lettuce pop against the creamy pasta spirals.

Get the Recipe: BLT Pasta Salad

Bobby's Texas-Style Potato Salad with Mustard and Pickled Red Onions

Homemade pickled red onions, along with their liquid, are Bobby's secret ingredient for this potato salad. He also adds lots of mustard to the dressing for a pop of flavor.

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Bobby's Creamy Cole Slaw

This is Bobby's basic, classic coleslaw, a sure crowd-pleaser that's on the table in 10 minutes.

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Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette and Shaved Romano and Toasted Pine Nuts

Zucchini sliced lengthwise grills up beautifully. Just toss it with some Romano cheese, crunchy pine nuts and a tangy vinaigrette to create a grill-master side dish.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette and Shaved Romano and Toasted Pine Nuts

Rachael's Easy Grilled Potato Salad

Grilled potatoes can be dry, but Rachael tosses them with an herby vinaigrette right off the grill so they soak in the moisture and flavor.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Potato Salad

Guy's Black Bean and Corn Salad

Guy whips up a hearty summer salad with grilled sweet corn, black beans and more veggies.

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Bobby's Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Instead of pasta salad, Bobby mixes up a cool simple salad of quinoa, grilled asparagus and aged goat cheese dressed with a red wine vinaigrette. Go ahead and make it ahead and serve at room temperature.

Get the Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Bobby's Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous Salad

Israeli couscous has a bigger pearl than regular couscous, and it's cooked like pasta. Bobby tosses it with grilled vegetables, along with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, dressing it all with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous with Ratatouille, Mozzarella and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Super-Zesty Potato Salad

Anne's secrets to standout potato salad? Tender red bliss potatoes, garlic, bacon and homemade mayonnaise.

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Aaron's Classic Potato Salad

Aaron adds boiled eggs to his potato salad and dresses it with a hot Worcestershire-mayo mixture for a creamy side dish with a kick.

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Asian Style Slaw

This easy coleslaw uses pre-shredded coleslaw mix from the grocery store. A few Asian ingredients give it a unique spin.

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Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad

Fresh roasted bell peppers and cute bite-sized balls of mozzarella make this a standout summer salad.

Get the Recipe: Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad

50 Potato Salad Recipes

Bring a different potato salad to every barbecue, picnic and potluck this summer.

Garden Bean Salad

Mix together garden-fresh beans with canned white beans for a hearty summer side flavored with fresh herbs and tangy apple cider vinegar.

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This cheerful salad uses tricolor bowtie pasta and a slew of fresh Mediterranean ingredients — feta, oregano and black olives, to name a few — for a side dish bursting with bright flavor.

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Cucumber Salad

Cool down your summer cookout with this quick and easy side salad.

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Mix-and-Match Pasta Salad

Design your own perfect picnic salad with this guide from Food Network Magazine.

Tomato and Grilled Corn Salad with Almond Vinaigrette

Showcase the two seasonal favorites, tomatoes and corn, by dressing them with an almond vinaigrette and topping with crumbled goat cheese.

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Pasta Salad with Steak, Bell Pepper, Green Beans and Bacon

Put a hearty spin on this summer staple by adding steak and bacon to pasta shells. Mayonnaise and sour cream combine for the ultimate creamy dressing with Parmesan cheese.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Salad With Steak, Bell Pepper, Green Beans and Bacon

Pasta Salad with Tuna, Celery, White Beans and Olives

Try a new take on pasta salad by adding tuna, wagon wheels, white beans and a creamy dressing with lemon juice, sour cream and mixed herbs.

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Pasta Salad with Salami, Carrots, Peas and Roasted Red Peppers

Toss savory cubed salami with tortellini, peas, carrots and roasted red peppers for a picnic treat.

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Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Corn and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

You can prep the mix-ins and dressing for this salad a day ahead, then just cook the pasta and toss before serving.

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Melissa's Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon-Scallion Vinaigrette

Cook the potatoes on the grill just long enough to achieve grill marks and a smoky flavor. Then gently toss them with Dijon mustard, parsley and bacon vinaigrette.

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Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

Turn diced watermelon into a savory side salad by tossing it with cucumber, scalions, minced jalapeno and feta cheese.

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Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta

Toss orzo pasta with shrimp, lemon zest, feta and olives for a salad ready in just 25 minutes.

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Marinated Tomato Salad with Herbs

Ree's summer salad allows the flavors of ripe tomatoes to shine with the addition of a simple balsamic dressing and fresh herbs. Prepare in 10 minutes, then let chill until serving.

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Bacon-and-Egg Potato Salad

Robert Irvine mixes red-skinned potatoes with a creamy mayo, then tops them with crisp bacon and crumbled hard-boiled eggs.

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Creamy Potato and Prosciutto Salad

Sunny's tri-color potato salad gets a contrasting texture from crispy prosciutto combined with creamy mayo.

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Grilled Sweet Potato and Scallion Salad

Bobby bakes sweet potatoes until they are just soft, then grills them to finish cooking. A mustard vinaigrette brings all of the salad's flavors together.

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String Bean and Potato Salad

The secret to Anne's potato salad is to add the garlic, salt, olive oil and vinegar to the potatoes while they are still warm, allowing them to absorb the seasoning all the way through. Once finished, let the salad sit for an hour to let the flavors develop further.

Get the Recipe: String Bean and Potato Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad with Blue Cheese

Romaine lettuce leaves are an unexpectedly delicious ingredient to grill. Alex cooks them for 3 minutes on each side until slightly warm and tender, then dresses them up with a vinaigrette and crumbled blue cheese.

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Garden Potato Salad

This lightened-up version of classic potato salad is dressed with a light mayo-yogurt mixture and is brimming with fresh cilantro and parsley. Carrots and cucumber add crunch to the mix.

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Crunchy Avocado Salad

Bobby tosses avocados, tomatoes, olives and chickpeas with an olive oil and vinegar dressing that's filled with cumin, paprika and parsley. Serve with tortilla chips for a crunchy finish.

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Kale and Farro Salad with Aged Goat Cheese

Toss together an easy salad of Tuscan kale, hearty farro, aged goat cheese and a handful of pomegranate seeds for a satisfying lunch or first course for a summer party.

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Arugula and Strawberry Salad

Alex showcases how delicious strawberries can be when used in a savory salad.

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