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25 Easy Summer Salads That Are Kid-Friendly

Easy summer salads that are kid-friendly and refreshing for a hot summer day!

Summer Salad Ideas

When the warm weather starts, it’s natural to crave fresh foods from the garden. 

We grow a small garden every year, but we still visit the farmer’s market every Thursday to grab some local veggies. 

When it’s hot outside there is nothing better than having a cool, refreshing salad for dinner or even as a side dish several days a week. 

Summer salads are the best because they incorporate all those robust flavors of greens, berries, citrus, grilled meat, and fresh homemade salad dressing. 

The awesome part about tossing all these fresh, ripe ingredients together is they require NO COOKING for moms!

Well, unless you add some grilled meat, but then you can always let dad be the grill-master.

And let’s not forget, most of these healthy ingredients are cheaper in the summer.

Kid-Friendly Salads

Keep in mind, when adding berries or melon, you are instantly making a kid-friendly salad. 

Thankfully, my kids love eating salads. Not to say it was always that easy.

They started out picking out all their favorite ingredients to eat and would usually leave the greens behind.

Throughout the years, they eventually found out that when it is all mixed together it tastes delicious. 

The key to getting your kids to be salad-eaters is to let them add their favorite ingredients.

Who knows, tossing in some mini-marshmallows may sound disgusting, but it could be the key to getting your child to eat fresh spinach leaves. 

Let them use their imaginations and try different salad concoctions.

Kid-friendly salads

Best Summer Dinner Salads

Here is a roundup of some of most refreshing summer salad recipes. The best part is, these are all kid-approved! 

These mouth-watering recipes have the most delicious summer veggies and fruits that the whole family will devour.

25 Refreshing Summer Dinner Salads

Having a delicious summer salad for dinner is the perfect mom hack! The ingredients are cheap, healthy, and in season.

Let your kids add their favorite summer fruits to make the perfect kid-friendly salad.

For more easy dinner recipes check out this list of 25 meals that can be made in 15 minutes or less using store-bought rotisserie chicken. 

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Let me know what you think of these recipes in the comments or if you have any summer salad recipes that your family loves!

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  1. Amelia says

    Ok my mouth watered reading all these ideas! They look delicious-unfortunately my oldest is super picky so even with fruit she wouldn’t eat it but they still look amazing!

  2. Gwen says

    This is a great collection of salads! I can’t wait to try several of them! Staring with the watermelon salad. Thanks so much for putting this together!

  3. Beth says

    There are so many delicious looking salads, I don’t know where to start, but that Trail Mix Salad may be the winner! Yum! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Robyn Jones says

    Thank you for rounding up these creative salad ideas. I do not like mixing fruit with veggies, but these are all very adaptable and I especially like the salad dressing ideas. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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