Back to school is in the air but there are a few more weeks of summer left on the calendar. If we’re lucky there will be many more weeks of beautiful weather into the fall. Why not extend the feeling of summer by making a recipe or two from my Round Up of Summer Salads.

I’ve included some of my favourite big bowl salads, the kind you can take to a Pot Luck or serve at a late summer barbecue. Of course I couldn’t leave out some lettuce salads and at the end I added a few main course salads for good measure.

A Round Up of Summer Salads
A Round Up of Summer Salads -photo credit Jim Little

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Big Bowl Summer Salads

This California Roll Salad has all the elements of a California Roll put together in a big bowl and it brings rave reviews at every Pot Luck.

California Roll Salad
California Roll Salad -photo credit Jim Little

For noodle lovers this Spicy Sesame Noodle Salad has and Asian flare and a little zing from some chili oil.

A bowl full of a gluten free Spicy Sesame Noodle Salad
Gluten Free Spicy Sesame Noodle Salad -photo credit Jim Little

If you like tuna this simple Summer Rice Salad is greater than the sum of its’ parts. Actually a Spanish tapa recipe it must be made to be appreciated.

A cold tapa, Summer Rice Salad.
Summer Rice Salad -photo credit Jim Little

This Apple Quinoa Salad with Feta is perfect for Pot Lucks and lunches too.

Individual dishes of Gluten Free Apple Quinoa Salad
Apple Quinoa Salad -photo credit Jim Little

Or a Southwestern Quinoa Salad, possibly drizzled with some chipotle mayo.

A close up of a gluten free southwestern quinoa salad.
Southwestern Quinoa Salad -photo credit Jim Little

Some would say a Canadian Potato Salad, or your grandmothers’ version of potato salad is essential at every family barbecue.

Canadian Potato Salad
Canadian Potato Salad -photo credit Jim Little

Leafy Green Summer Salads

In my house we only eat homemade salad dressing and these dressings all start with the basic recipe of oil and vinegar that makes a vinaigrette. Variations of the recipe are included in the post but for this salad of Garden Greens with Edible Flowers I simply sprinkled on some colourful petals for a dynamite presentation.

Garden Greens with Edible Flowers

Garden greens that have just been tossed with a homemade salad dressing and sprinkled with colourful edible flower petals, wow!
Homemade Salad Dressing or Basic Vinaigrette -photo credit Jim Little

This green Salad with Beets, Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts highlights roasted beets which are plentiful in gardens and at Farmers Markets now.

Salad with Beets, Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts
Salad with Beets, Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts -photo credit Jim Little

No matter what the weather this Warm Spinach Basil Salad is not to be missed. It includes all the ingredients of basil pesto so be sure to use top quality oil and your best Parmesan cheese.

Warm Spinach Basil Salad
Warm Spinach Basil Salad -photo credit Jim Little

I make my Greek Summer Salad all year long but with tomatoes at their peak this is the time of year to enjoy vine ripened tomatoes in as many dishes as you can.

A plate of the classic Greek Summer Salad combo
Greek Summer Salad -photo credit Jim Little

Main Course Summer Salads

Mediterranean Salad Nicoise

A composed Salad Nicoise ready to enjoy.
Salad Nicoise -photo credit Jim Little

Sesame Salmon on Greens

Sesame Salmon on Greens with red pepper, asparagus and orange segments.
Sesame Salmon on Greens -photo credit Jim Little

And finally, the premiere salad of Indonesia, Gado Gado.

Gluten Free Gado Gado, the premiere Indonesian salad with peanut sauce.
Gado Gado Salad -photo credit Jim Little

What’s one of your favourite salads or did you make one of these? Let me know in the comments below.

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