There’s something about summer that makes us want to eat light, healthy, fresh dishes – we say goodbye to the stodgy winter warmers and embrace the fruits of the summer. If you’re considering a lunchtime salad, or something delicious to accompany your BBQ, why not whip up one of these salads-with-a-difference to wow your friends and family with?

Cumin Roasted Carrots Salad, With Avocado and Pomegranate Dressing

This cumin roasted carrot salad is a cut above most, and is perfect for a classy side dish at a gathering. Making your own labneh – (drained yoghurt with a cheesy consistency) – is easy, it just requires a little forethought. As a bonus it’s low fat and yummy, so cheese dodgers will be satisfied. The sweet and spicy dressing really carries off all of the flavours for a wholesome summer salad.

Recipe here: http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/recipes/salads/cumin-coriander-roasted-carrots-labneh-avocado-pomegranate-dressing

Green Papaya Salad

A Thai favourite, you can actually find this dish in many restaurants – it’s very popular. Like all good Thai dishes, this salad is crunchy and fresh while still filling you up, making it the perfect light meal for a warm summer’s day.

Recipe here: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-green-papaya-salad-99519

Sesame Crispy Tofu Salad

This incredibly healthy Eastern dish comes with tofu made the way it should be – marinated and crispy. Nut fans will love this salad, with its gorgeous, spicy peanut dressing. This recipe is just what the doctor ordered for a light summer lunch.

Recipe here: http://www.savorysimple.net/sesame-crusted-tofu-salad-with-spicy-peanut-dressing/

Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad

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Mango is a surprisingly great addition to a summer salad as it adds a sweet zing to any dish. Add fresh prawns, soft avocado and leafy coriander and you’ve got a delicious salad to tantalise your taste buds. Serve with a chilled glass of white wine, and you’re set for a lovely summer’s evening in the garden.

Recipe here: http://tasteofsummer.3663.co.uk/recipe_products/prawn-mango-and-avaocado-salad/

Avocado and Cucumber Salad

Simple. Effective. Refreshing. But most of all, delicious. This salad is packed with goodness and is the perfect cooling accompaniment to any summer meal. Avocado is still having its moment, after all!

Recipe here: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/04/obsessively-good-avocado-cucumber-salad/

Superfood Salad

Feeling low on energy? This salad will sort you out. Packed with superfoods, it should give you the boost you need to seize the day. It’s also super filling, so you won’t be snacking before your next meal. Win-win.

Recipe here: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/12/30/superfood-crunch-salad-with-homemade-balsamic-apple-vinaigrette/

Halloumi Cous Cous Salad

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Fact: halloumi makes everything – even the plainest of salads – taste amazing. Teamed with grilled vegetables, chickpeas, and cous cous, though, you’ve got a mouth-watering salad dish that will fully satisfy your appetite, too. Perfect.

Recipe here: http://tasteofsummer.3663.co.uk/recipe_products/halloumi-cous-cous/

Quinoa Caesar Salad

Have you ever wondered “what’s the vegan answer to Caesar salad”? Well, you’re in for a treat. Isa, from the Post Punk Kitchen, has a range of Caesar salad recipes for vegans, but we picked this one for its quinoa addition, because who doesn’t love quinoa? Better yet, it comes with its own breaded tofu and creamy cashew dressing. Mmmmm.

Recipe here: http://www.theppk.com/2013/11/quinoa-caesar-salad/

What’s your favourite summer salad? Let us know if you try any of these delicious recipes!