Salads for summer? Groundbreaking. Yeah, we love a summer salad as much as the next person – and on a hot day it’s all pretty much we want to eat, possibly paired with a chilled glass of rosé. Perfect for evening barbecues or weekend lunches, these are a few of our favourite summer salads…

Buffalo mozzarella with peas, broad beans, mint, lemon and olive oil

Swap Caprese’s traditional tomatoes and basil for brighter, fresher flavours – adding in peas and beans offset with a little lemon and mint for a brilliantly zingy summer salad. Recipe via Great British Chefs.

Griddled Sweet Potatoes with Mint, Chilli and Smoked Garlic

A dish that looks complex but is actually super simple to make, this one works well as a side for barbecues too – or as the main event with a little feta sprinkled on top. Recipe creator and Masterchef champ Shelina Permalloo knows her stuff! Recipe via The Happy Foodie.

Vietnamese herb salad with tamarind and honey glazed beef

Steak salad somehow feels like a compromise – it’s healthy but still incredibly satisfying. This Viet-style salad has a lovely crunch thanks to fresh diced veggies and a handful of chopped peanuts – plus the exotic tang of tamarind, coriander, lime and mint. A new favourite. Recipe via Delicious Magazine.

Griddled Halloumi and Peach Salad with Lemon Pesto

A salad which you can make on the BBQ? Oh yes – and cooking outside’s always more fun, right? Juicy peaches add a sweet edge to this high summer salad, while asparagus, courgette and fresh herbs bring the green and crunch – finished with slices of rich, griddled halloumi. Recipe via Kitchen Sanctuary

Tumeric Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Sweet Tahini Dressing

The much-maligned cauliflower isn’t most peoples’ fave. But roasted? WOAH. Life-changing. With a sharp-sweet zing of pomegranate seeds and a beautifully creamy tahini dressing, this is insanely delicious. Served with some bbq-ed lamb and pitas? Dream meal. Recipe via Charley’s Health.

Easy Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Chicken, tzatiki, feta and olives – this is basically a trip to Santorini on a plate. Use a ready-made rotisserie chicken for speed and ease, or simply add leftovers from your Sunday roast. Done! Recipe via Host The Toast

Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad

Parma ham and melon? So far, so trad starter. Add in basil, mint and a sweet honey-balsamic dressing to finish and you’ve got a winner. This also looks impressive served on a big platter – great for a relaxed weekend dinner with friends. Recipe via Foodie Crush.

Superfood Salad

Broccoli, pomegranate, mixed sprouts and avocado bring the superfoods here – making this is great choice when your body’s craving something healthy. And sweet potatoes, quinoa, nuts and feta mean that you won’t be feeling hungry by 4pm. Recipe via Jamie Oliver.

Avocado, pancetta & pine nut salad

A feature about salads just isn’t legally permissible in this day and age without mentioning avocado, agreed? This is a very simple salad – only four ingredients plus a dressing – making it perfect for those lazy evenings when you can’t be bothered to cook, but REALLY don’t want to settle for cereal/toast/pasta… Recipe via Jamie Oliver.

Halloumi Rainbow Salad

A lovely weekend lunch salad – or great if you’re having a friend over and need to knock something up quickly. The rainbow colours of this salad brighten up your plate instantly, and it’s packed full of crunch and flavours too. Serve with crusty bread and perhaps some hummus on the side. Recipe via The Mother Cooker.