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Summer Salads that Won’t Wilt in the Heat

When it comes to potlucks and other summer gatherings, I tend to gravitate toward the salads. Sure, whatever’s on the grill might be the main attraction, but filling my plate with leafy green-, grain- and fruit-based salads means I won’t be experiencing potluck regret later on.

Grilled Tomato and Romaine Salad

Grilled Tomato and Romaine Salad

When it comes to potlucks and other summer gatherings, I tend to gravitate toward the salads. Sure, whatever’s on the grill might be the main attraction, but filling my plate with leafy green-, grain- and fruit-based salads means I won’t be experiencing potluck regret later on. (You know, when you just can’t bear to not have another bratwurst and end up with a bellyache.)

If you’re making salads for summer gatherings, take care to keep them well-chilled or avoid dairy-based dressings altogether. For salads that have more delicate ingredients, such as arugula or soft fruits, consider keeping the dressing separate to avoid wilting or a mushy mess. Food safety is important, especially when temperatures are hot, so remove leftovers promptly after everyone grabs a plate.

Try these salad recipes for your next cookout!

Grilled Corn Salad with Green Beans and Tomatoes
No-Cook Zucchini "Noodle" Salad
Watermelon and Arugula Salad
Summer Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Herbs
Heirloom Tomato and Basil Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Three-Bean Salad with Quinoa
Carrot Salad with Almond Butter Dressing
Honeydew and Poblano Salad with Smoked Salt and Mint

Honeydew and Poblano Salad with Smoked Salt and Mint

Share your favorite summer salads in the comments!

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