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Anything-but-Ordinary Salads: 12 Gluten Free Summer Salad Recipes

By: Adam Kaplan, Editor,

Quinoa Caprese Salad

When the summer temperatures start to rise, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven and heat your house even more.  Instead of spending time in your kitchen, you'll want time to go lay out by the pool or read a good book in the shade.  These Anything-but-Ordinary Salads: 12 Gluten Free Summer Salads will be perfect for you.  Because there are so many different types of salads and so many salad toppings, it is often difficult to create the perfect salad.  These summer salad recipes will help you with your dilemma.  No matter what mood you're in, these salad recipes will suit your every need. These dishes will be your go-to summer recipes when you want a nice, refreshing meal to counteract the sweltering heat outside.


You'll absolutely love these Anything-but-Ordinary Salads: 12 Gluten Free Summer Salads



Salad Recipes

Anything-but-Ordinary Salads:

12 Gluten Free Summer Salads

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Recipes For Chicken Salad

You'll fall in love with these chicken salads.  If you have leftover chicken, you can just pop a few bite-sized pieces in the microwave, and you'll be good to go.  Adding just one sliver of chicken to a salad immediately makes that salad taste much better. So if one piece of chicken can make a big difference to a salad, imagine what the ingredients in these recipes like bacon, avocado and garlic can do to it?

Southwestern Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado

  1. Garlicky Chicken Caesar Salad
  2. Southwestern Chicken Salad with Bacon and Avocado (shown above)


Need something to go with your delicious summer salads? Try these 9 Homemade Bread Recipes: Only the Best Gluten Free Bread


Recipes For Quinoa Salad

The use of quinoa in recipes has increased over the past several years. Since quinoa tastes so good, we're happy that it has. Quinoa is a great ingredient to use in these summer salads because it not only is extremely nutritious, it's very delicious as well!

Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Paprika Vinaigrette

  1. Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas and Paprika Vinaigrette (shown above)
  2. Quinoa Caprese Salad
  3. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
  4. Asian Quinoa Salad


Recipes For Kale Salad

Is there anything kale can not do? It's probably the healthiest food in the world. It's full of essential vitamins and nutrients, it is high in fiber, and it has zero fat. Not only that, but when it is used to make an incredible summer salad like these, you'll love it for its taste rather than its nutritional benefits. 

Kale Guacamole Salad

  1. Kale Wardorf Salad with Grilled Apples
  2. Heirloom BLT Salad
  3. Kale Guacamole Salad (shown above)


Want even more summer recipes? These 19 Light Summer Dinners would be perfect for you and your family. 


Recipes For Salad Dressing

Sometimes you have the exact salad you want, but you're missing the perfect dressing to put on top. Don't worry, these recipes have got you covered. These salad dressings will perfectly complement whichever gluten free salad you decide to make.  

Dairy Free Dressing

  1. Dairy Free Dressing (shown above):
  2. Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing
  3. Caesar Salad Dressing and Spicy Mustard Sauce


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Thank you for your collection of salads. I think what I am definitely going to make first is the Southwestern chicken salad. You have so many interesting ideas, like the kale salads. I am trying to get to like kale! I am also keen to try the quinoa caprese salad as I want to eat more of that too.


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