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56 Cookout Salads You Need To Make This Summer

Updated on June 12, 2024

Whether you’re hosting a small backyard barbecue or a big end-of-summer bash, these recipes are a must.

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The Best Summer Cookout Salad Ideas

Sure, you’ve thrown some burgers on the grill and maybe you’re grilling up some chicken, but it’s not a cookout until you’ve added a few summery salads and sides to the menu, too. This time of year, we like to take advantage of the season's best by whipping up cucmber salads, refreshing watermelon salads and tomato-laden caprese. And, of course, we add plenty of tried-and-true cookout favorites to the menu, like potato salad, panzanella, pasta salad, crunchy coleslaw and more! When you're hosting, this roundup makes it easy to find exactly what you need to round out your menu, starting with a quintessential summer side: farro salad. Cantaloupe, cucumbers and fresh mint make a refreshing base while sweet cherry tomatoes add bright notes (and color!) and farro lends heft and nuttiness. Salty feta and a tart red wine vinaigrette are the perfect finish for this easy make-ahead salad.

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Creamy Vegan Macaroni Salad

Whether you follow a plant-based diet or are just looking for a dairy-free alternative, this creamy macaroni salad is the perfect dish for your next summer BBQ or weeknight meal. We kept the same components of a typical creamy macaroni salad–tender elbow pasta, crunchy celery, sweet bell pepper, a hint of mustard and splash of vinegar–but swapped in vegan mayonnaise and vegan sour cream. Everybody will go back for seconds.

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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.
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Greek Salad

Ina's classic Greek salad puts fresh summer produce in the spotlight — all you need is a simple vinaigrette to dress it (with good olive oil, of course).

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