Potluck-Perfect: 10 Spring and Summer Salad Recipes

By Jeanette Morelan on April 21, 2016

Stumped for this weekend’s potluck contribution? We’re here to help. We combed social media platforms for the most-shared side salads for spring and summer—and lucky us! The results range from sweet to savory and travel incredibly well, so no need to worry about wilted greens.


Secret Fruit Salad

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The "secret" to this delightful fruit salad? Vanilla pudding mix. It combines with the fruit's natural juices to create a decadent, syrupy dressing—great as a side, or served as dessert with whipped cream on top.

Rachel Schultz


Black Bean Salad with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

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Bring a taste of the Southwest to your picnic with this zesty side salad loaded with beans, corn, peppers and avocado. Serve with chips or alongside grilled meat and fish.

Once Upon A Chef


Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

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Satisfy any sweet tooth with this decadent combination of snickers, apples, whipped topping and caramel.

Chef In Training


Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

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This recipe is lightened up with Greek yogurt and has a good dose of healthy fats, thanks to rich avocado. Present with crackers or a stack of croissants, and watch it disappear.

Family Fresh Meals


Bacon and Avocado Macaroni Salad

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Bacon, pasta and avocado, tossed in a creamy lemon-thyme dressing for a pasta salad variation that's sure to please a crowd.

Damn Delicious


Fiesta Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

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This hearty salad is a meal unto itself. It's packed with pasta and protein, and finished with a spicy ranch dressing.

Butter With A Side Of Bread


Broccoli Apple Salad

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Filled with a plenty of contrasting flavors and textures, this side salad is anything but boring.

The Recipe Critic


Texas Style New Potato Salad

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The bold flavors in this potato salad make it a great pairing with your grilling favorites.

She Wears Many Hats


Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

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Grilled sweet potatoes and charred corn add sweetness to a classic picnic side.

Two Peas And Their Pod


No-Mayo Coleslaw

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Mayo-based salads don't always jive with direct sunlight. Opt to dress your next coleslaw blend with a simple mix of honey, lemon juice and olive oil.