Summer Cookout Salad Recipes

Whether you’re hosting a small backyard barbecue or a big end-of-summer bash, these classic cookout salads are a must. From tried-and-true favorites like potato salad and coleslaw to seasonal sides like grilled corn salad and tomato panzanella — these are our best recipes.

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Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad

This classic salad 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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Summer Squash and Tomato Salad

This light and refreshing salad will help you start your summer right — with all your favorite veggies! It features juicy cherry tomatoes, tender zucchini and sweet yellow squash.

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Strawberry, Cucumber and Melon Salad

Sweeten up your greens with chopped fruit and a tasty mustard vinaigrette.

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Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Creamy potato salad gets a little Southwestern heat from chipotle pepper puree and a pop of cayenne.

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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.

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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.

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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

Every backyard barbecue deserves a bowl of this dressed-up pasta salad.

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Tyler's Texas Coleslaw

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

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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.

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Smashed Cucumber Salad

Trisha uses a handful of Asian staples (like rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic) to flavor her cucumbers in this quick and simple salad. The red pepper flakes are optional but we consider them a must; they add a nice pop of spiciness to this sweet-and-savory side dish.

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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.

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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

Bobby's classic coleslaw is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser — and it'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 the perfect side dish.

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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.

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Guy's Black Bean and Corn Salad

Guy whips up a hearty summer salad with grilled sweet corn, black beans and lots of 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

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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Creamy Cucumber Salad

This cool, creamy salad is one of our favorites alongside burgers or grilled chicken. Dill and sour cream give the sliced cukes plenty of flavor.

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Tomato-Potato Salad with Olive Vinaigrette

You say tomato, we say potato! An olive-and-celery vinaigrette takes the veggies to the next level in this simple summer salad.

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Super-Zesty Potato Salad

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

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Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad

A medley of colorful vegetables come together for this chef-worthy summer salad.

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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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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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Creamy Cauliflower "Potato" Salad

You won't miss the potatoes in this light and tangy take on potato salad, which gains crunch from celery and a little kick from horseradish.

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Summer Wheat Berry Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

The zesty combination of parsley, cilantro and garlic livens up the earthy flavor of wheat berries, while the crisp cucumbers, sweet corn and juicy cherry tomatoes make the whole dish extra refreshing.

Get the Recipe: Summer Wheat Berry Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

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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Cucumber Salad

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

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Tomato and Grilled Corn Salad with Almond Vinaigrette

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

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Peach Salad

Ripe summer peaches are made even better when topped with red onion, candied walnuts, fresh herbs and a honey-mustard vinaigrette.

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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

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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Italian Deli Pasta Salad

If you love pasta salad as much as you love deli favorites, you are in for a treat with this easy side.

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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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Creamy Parmesan Pasta Salad with White Beans and Sun-dried Tomatoes

A pantry-inspired salad that uses cannellini beans, sun-dried tomatoes and pasta. What's not to love about that?

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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.

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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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Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad

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

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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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Pasta Salad with Asparagus, Corn and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

You can prep the mix-ins and dressing for this salad a day ahead. Then all you need to do on the day of your cookout is boil the pasta and toss everything together.

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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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Creamy Asparagus Potato Salad

Trying to eat more green veggies? Add them to potato salad. We like tossing tender asparagus stalks into ours.

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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.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon-Cucumber Salad