Ten Best Summer Salads for Entertaining

Raspberry Mint Turkey Salad. Linda Larsen

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.

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    Raspberry Turkey Mint Salad

    Raspberry Mint Turkey Salad. Linda Larsen

    This gorgeous salad is full of flavor, texture, and color. You can use chicken instead of the turkey if you'd like, but the asparagus, strawberries, and raspberries are crucial to this recipe. I like to add the raspberries just before serving.

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    Chicken Cordon Bleu Salad

     Linda Larsen

    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

    Shrimp and Fruit Salad.

     Linda Larsen

    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.

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    Waldorf Chicken Salad

    Waldorf Chicken Salad. Linda Larsen

     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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    Chicken Pecan Pasta Salad

    Chicken Pecan Pasta Salad. Linda Larsen

    This is one of my favorites salads. I always use tiny whole pecan halves because of the wonderful crunch they add. If you love pecans, this is the salad for you!

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    Honey Mustard Salmon Salad

    Honey Mustard Salmon Salad
    Honey Mustard Salmon Salad. Linda Larsen

    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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    Grilled Sirloin Steak and Corn Salad

    Sirloin Steak and Corn Salad
    Sirloin Steak and Corn Salad. Linda Larsen

    Salads don't have to be made of chicken, turkey, or seafood! Grill a sirloin steak and place it on a delicious corn salad. Add some fresh greens for a hearty and satisfying dinner. 

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    Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

    Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad. Linda Larsen

    This is one of the simplest salads around, but it tastes like something from a fancy restaurant. The strawberries, almonds, tender spinach, and chicken are such a perfect combination. 

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    Chicken Melon Salad

    Chicken Melon Salad. Linda Larsen

    This simple five ingredient salad tastes like summer in a bowl. Make sure the melon is juicy and ripe, and the chicken perfectly tender. It's luscious. 

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    Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

    Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad. Linda Larsen

    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.