13 Flavorful & Easy Side Dish Salad Recipes

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Fresh and crunchy or grilled and smoky, salads are a wonderful way to use seasonal produce and incorporate new and diverse flavors. In this post, we’ve rounded up our favorite & easy side dish salad recipes that can serve as the perfect compliment to your summer BBQ, or can stand alone as a light dinner meal.

grilled chicken salad
Use leftover Thanksgiving turkey, cranberries, and pecans to make this vibrant fall salad

We love to use seasonal ingredients in our cooking. We find it makes for the best flavor, price, and sustainability! What better way to use all those fresh fruits and veggies than a bright, crisp salad? But salads aren’t just for summer! Just ask Williams-Sonoma and their Salad of the Day calendar.

So what do you include in a seasonal salad? Everyone knows that tomatoes taste best in the summer. But in the fall, roast turkey, apples and cranberries make for great add-ins. Winter brings crunchy broccoli and kale. While in the spring, scan your farmer’s market for tender asparagus or top your salad with perfectly grilled salmon.

The salads listed below can be shared family style as a side dish to BBQ meat or a holiday roast. Or when topped with their own protein, can serve as a deliciously light dinner idea all on their own.

Delicious Side Salads Recipes

Serve alongside grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, or your Sunday roast.

Grilled Caesar Salad with Crispy Bacon
4.52 from 25 votes

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad Recipe

A simple and delicious grilled romaine Caesar salad elevated with some smoky crispy pancetta (or bacon), grilled lemon, and grilled baguette slices to sub for croutons, and instructions on how to grill romaine lettuce.
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Watermelon Salad
5 from 1 vote

Watermelon Salad with Basil and White Balsamic Vinegar

A simple, delicious, and savory watermelon salad tossed with basil and white balsamic vinegar.
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Creamy Cucumber Salad
5 from 1 vote

Cucumber Salad Recipe with Creamy Dill Dressing

White wine vinegar, dill, and Greek yogurt sauce balanced by fresh English cucumbers, red onions and peppers.
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close up of black bean salad
4.41 from 49 votes

Black Bean Salad Recipe With Lime and Pepper Dressing

The perfect BBQ side dish that can double as a relish and topping for a variety of dishes.
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Cold Lentil Salad with Smoked Sausage in a Bowl
5 from 4 votes

Cold Sausage Lentil Salad

A delicious and refreshing cold lentil salad with smoked sausage that can be served cold or hot. 
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Grilled Beet Salad with Rosé Infused Cranberries and Smoked Bacon
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Beet Salad with Rosé Infused Cranberries and Bacon

Beets are incredible cooked on the grill, and even better topped with rosé wine infused cranberries and smoked bacon. This will be your favorite salad all summer long! 
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Grilled Romaine Lettuce on a platter topped with Tomatoes and Basil and Balsamic
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Romaine Lettuce Recipe with Tomatoes and Basil

How to grill romaine lettuce, along with an easy tomato, basil, and balsamic topping.
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Dinner Salads

On hot summer days, all I crave is a cool, refreshing salad. These recipes are packed with protein, nutrients and flavor!

grilled salmon salad with wine
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Salmon Salad Recipe

Grilled salmon seasoned with blackening spices tossed with a homemade citrus vinaigrette dressing makes for a hearty salad.
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grilled chicken salad
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Chicken Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing

Candied Pecans for crunch, perfectly grilled chicken with a savory honey balsamic dressing makes this a grilled chicken salad with amazing flavor.
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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad in a large black serving bowl
5 from 5 votes

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

Healthy Grilled Buffalo Salad recipe that satisfies all your wing cravings, without the guilt. Keto friendly, gluten free, sugar free, low carb, and can easily be adjusted for Paleo and Whole 30.
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Grilled Flank Steak Salad
4.67 from 3 votes

Grilled Flank Steak Salad Recipe with Chimichurri

Grilled Flank Steak marinated in a savory soy and rosemary mix. Perfect for a hearty salad topped with a decadent chimichurri sauce.
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Grilled Acorn Squash over a bed of arugula.
5 from 1 vote

Grilled Acorn Squash Salad Recipe

Grilled Acorn Squash Salad is the perfect side dish or hearty main dish for your fall entertaining or family dinners. Grilling acorn squash is super easy, and adds incredible flavor to this easy salad!
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5 from 4 votes

Smoked Beets Recipe with Goat Cheese Ranch

Smoking beets adds incredible flavor to this earthy root vegetable. The smoked beets are slowly smoked until tender, and then served with a creamy goat cheese ranch dip. This recipe was inspired by a restaurant dish I had at the Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa, California.
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About Mary

I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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