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Cold Summer Salads for Your Cookout
Cold Summer Salads for Your Cookout

Cold Summer Salads for Your Cookout

When paired with a grilled entrée, a cool side and dessert can make entertaining more manageable…and delicious! What’s a picnic without potato salad or a cookout without coleslaw? One reason we love these cold summer salads: We can whip them up ahead of time, then stick them in the fridge to chill until it’s time to eat. For better-for-you versions of these and other popular cookout foods, check out some of our Healthy Living Grilling recipes. (We like the Easy Potato Salad, Easy Apple Coleslaw, and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe.) And check out these stay-cool salad options you (and your guests) will love.

1. Best Creamy Potato Salad

Best Creamy Potato Salad

Potato salads simply scream, “Summer cookout!” Make the Best Creamy Potato Salad with hard-cooked eggs, creamy Yukon gold potatoes, and all your favorite potato salad mix-ins.

2. Garden Chopped Salad Recipe

Garden Chopped Salad Recipe

Keep it simple with this chopped salad! The bacon gives this cold summer recipe a little extra umami flavor that will have all your guests wanting the recipe!

3. Pineapple Fluff Salad

Pineapple Fluff Salad

Sweet and fruity salads made with JELL-O Gelatin are a great go-to treat for summer get-togethers, especially if there are kids around. This light and fluffy pineapple dish is sure to be a hit!

4. Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad

Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad

No cookout is complete without a delicious pasta salad. Grab all the veggies from your garden (or your nearest grocery store!) and combine them with farfalle pasta, vinaigrette and grated Parm for a super-simple cold summer salad.

5. Tangy Broccoli Salad

Tangy Broccoli Salad

Think beyond the usual lettuce-and-tomato, and impress your guests with Tangy Broccoli Salad. This recipe has a handful of simple ingredients with a sweet and tangy dressing that will get anyone to eat their broccoli.

6. BBQ Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

BBQ Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Mix up your usual pasta salad game with this barbecue-inspired recipe! You’ll dress this cold summer salad with a combination of ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, cilantro and more. The best part is the crunch the salad gets from barbecue-flavored corn chips on top.

7. Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

For a tomato season cold summer salad recipe, go for this one. A combination of simple ingredients means there’s hardly any prep work involved, and the rewards are delicious.

8. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

No pineapple in this Hawaii-inspired dish! But with macaroni, mayo, apple cider vinegar, celery, carrot and more, you’ll want this cold summer salad to accompany your next pig roast.

9. Southwestern Barley Salad

Southwestern Barley Salad

This recipe is another make-ahead favorite. Char the corn on your stovetop, then simply mix all the ingredients together. How easy is that?

10. Spinach Salad with Bacon & Watermelon

Spinach Salad with Bacon & Watermelon

Yes, more bacon! This time with a complementary fruity twist. The sweet and salty pairing of bacon and watermelon make this cold summer salad a delicious dream come true.

11. Mediterranean Marinated Vegetable Salad

Mediterranean Marinated Vegetable Salad

Try this recipe for lots of big flavor at your cookout. The veggies in this salad marinate in the dressing for at least an hour, enhancing their flavor, making it the perfect side for all your meaty main dishes.

12. Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad

We couldn’t forget the Watergate Salad! This classic recipe features crushed pineapple, pistachio flavor instant pudding, mini marshmallows, pecans and COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. If you’ve never tried it, now is your chance! It can be a great side salad or even dessert.

Be sure to explore our selection of other salad recipes and side salad recipes for all your cold summer salad needs!

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