The best part of a picnic is the food…right? These delicious picnic salads are perfect for a picnic in the park with friends, a weeknight dinner at home or add them to the kids’ lunchbox. We’ve included everything from classic picnic pasta salads to amazing potato salads and everything in between. We’ve shared lots of great family-friendly meatless Monday recipes over the years and these delicious summer picnic salads are another great option for families who are looking to cut back on their meat consumption.
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When I think of a summer party I think of all the side salads. Whether you’re hosting a potluck barbecue or are simply meal planning for your family – these salad recipes are going to become your favourite go-to dishes.
20+ Easy Summer Salads – Perfect for Picnics
20+ Easy Summer Picnic Salad Recipes
You'll find a wide variety of easy summer picnic salads in this collection - from potato and pasta to corn and broccoli. Make these amazing summer salads and bring them along on your next picnic or summer barbecue.
This Greek pasta salad makes a great family-friendly addition to any picnic. The classic combination of Greek flavours come together with the use of delicate orzo pasta.
Everyone loves a big bowl of creamy coleslaw. A simple, tangy and sweet coleslaw dressing brings this salad to life.
We based this kale salad off a favourite salad from a local restaurant. It's an amazing mixture of flavours and textures. Kale is great to dress ahead and it won't get soggy...perfect salad for picnics.
I'm Canadian, which means that I must have maple syrup in everything. Maple Syrup is the magical ingredient in this delightfully simple salad.
Bring on more peaches! When peaches are in season we add them to every dinner. This peach salad brings in tart goat cheese and a smooth balsamic vinaigrette.
A new twist on a traditional potato salad. You might not think to add kale and brussel sprouts to a potato salad, but the flavor combination is amazing. A real crowd-pleaser.
Kids won't eat broccoli? What about broccoli salad...topped with bacon? Trust me you're gonna want to give this recipe a try.
Sweet and savoury come together in this delightfully summery mango couscous salad. You cannot go wrong with in-season mangoes.
A chickpea salad is ideal for a picnic because it doesn't get soggy and can be made in advance. This chickpea salad packs a flavourful punch.
Here's a salad that is an entire meal in one bowl. Great for the kid's lunch box. Strawberries and spinach are a classic combination. There's a lot going on in this salad and when you give it a toss all the flavours come together beautifully.
This fruit salad is totally kid-approved. Packed with goodness, this fruit salad is a refreshing picnic salad idea. Bring all your favourite fruits together with a light and sweet dressing.
Surprise your guests with this light potato salad. Instead of the traditional creamy potato salad, this grainy mustard vinaigrette will become a family fave.
If you have never had tabouleh before then you are in for a real treat. Parsley and lemon dominate this super simple summery salad that makes a great side dish for chicken and beef.
Another potato salad option. This potato salad recipe brings together all the flavours of summer in one big bowl. Throw everything on the grill and bring it together with a light vinaigrette... a total potluck pleaser.
Whether you use this green goddess dressing on a salad or use it to dip your veggies into, no picnic is complete without green goddess dressing. As easy as throwing everything into a blender and ta-da you are done!
Here's another deliciously simple dressing to make for a pasta salad, potato salad or green salad...combine kale and garlic to make fresh pesto. You really cannot beat fresh pesto.
Caprese Pasta Salad
This Caprese pasta salad is packed full of fresh summer flavors. Whether you are serving it as a side dish or the main event, the mix of tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and pasta is a great way to enjoy the fresh tastes of summer.
How to Make Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
A super delicious and easy dish to take to your next summer gathering or barbecue here is how to make Mexican street corn pasta salad.
Chickpea Pasta Salad
This chickpea pasta salad is made with pasta, cucumber, pepper, tomatoes, chickpeas, and feta cheese. Topped with a simple Greek salad dressing.
Greek Pasta Salad
Greek pasta salad is the perfect side dish for any occasion, made with cooked pasta, fresh veggies, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and homemade a Greek salad dressing.
Easy Mexican Coleslaw
This Mexican coleslaw is perfect to use as a side dish for your summer barbecue or makes for a great topping on any kind of pulled or shredded sandwiches.
Pear and Fennel Salad
Light and refreshing, this pear fennel salad combines crisp fruit and vegetables with a flavorful mint dressing. Very easy to make with no cook time, and perfect as a side or light lunch.
Vegan Pasta Salad
Delicious, quick and easy Vegan Pasta Salad that takes less than 20 minutes to make start to finish. It’s made with simple ingredients that are healthy, colorful, and tasty.
Classic Broccoli Salad
Classic Broccoli Salad is a quick and easy dish made with fresh broccoli, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, red onions, and a tangy dressing. This is tossed together in a large bowl and served cold as a side dish or appetizer at your next gathering.
We pulled this one out of an old cookbook and gave it a modern update. You can't beat a creamy pasta salad for a picnic.
Did your favourite summer picnic salad make the list? If not, share it with us in the comments below. I’d love to add it to our list.
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