7 Best Summer Salads for Entertaining

Summer is almost here - it's the season of bridal showers, graduation parties, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Picnics and dinners on the porch are all part of this wonderful season. For the easiest way to entertain, make a couple of these salads ahead of time. Then when your guests arrive, just pull them out of the fridge and let everyone help themselves. When you choose your salads, especially if you serve more than one, make sure that you think about picking a variety of meats, vegetables, and fruits, colors, and textures.

  • 01 of 07

    Chicken Cordon Bleu Salad

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    This wonderful salad tastes just like Chicken Cordon Bleu, but in salad form! The ham, veggies, tender pasta, and chicken are enveloped in a creamy mustard dressing. Yum. 

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    Shrimp and Fruit Salad

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    This has to be one of the most beautiful salads I have ever seen. The combination of shrimp, fruit, and pasta is absolutely luscious and decadent. Use the fruits that are in season for best results.

  • 03 of 07

    Blue Cheese Coleslaw

    Blue Cheese Coleslaw

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    Upgrade your summer slaw with this delicious blue cheese coleslaw recipe. It begins with a bag of coleslaw mix, to which you'll add the creamy mayonnaise and sour cream dressing. It's flavored with garlic, lemon, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and plenty of blue cheese. Add crumbled bacon if you like, or keep it vegetarian. This slaw is also a great topping for burgers and all sorts of sandwiches.

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    Creamy Potato Salad

    Creamy Potato Salad

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    This is a creamy potato salad that will impress. Capers, Dijon mustard, and fresh tarragon combine to give it a brilliant taste and make a familiar salad extraordinary.

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    Waldorf Chicken Salad

    Chicken Waldorf Salad
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     Waldorf salad was traditionally made of apples, walnuts, and celery. Add chicken for a wonderful main dish salad recipe that is refreshing and beautiful.

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    Honey Mustard Salmon Salad

    Honey Mustard Salmon Pasta Salad
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    This wonderful salad starts with cooked salmon fillets, and adds bell peppers, grape tomatoes, cheese, and avocados. It's rich and delicious and really good for you too.

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    Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

    Pesto pasta salad with chicken

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    This is one of the first main dish salads I ever made, and it remains a firm favorite. Make it in summer when basil and tomatoes are at their peak. You can make your own pesto or purchase some from the store.