12 Spicy and Peppery Salads to Eat Before Summer is Over

These Light Summer Salads Will Fill Your Belly and Leave You Refreshed

There is nothing quite like a light salad with ingredients that use the best of what summer has to offer. All of the twelve recipes do so and they will all leave you feeling light and refreshed after eating them. Hurry up don't let the fruits of summers go out of season without tasting these salads. 

  • 01 of 10
    Thai Inspired Kohlrabi Coleslaw
    A Light Summer Salad That is Refreshing and Full of Flavour. SpicieFoodie.com

    This refreshing salad was inspired by coleslaw and the flavours of Thai cuisine. The taste is spicy, savoury and it has a nice crispness to it since the vegetables are left raw. It makes a great side-dish to a fried rice or meat based main. 

  • 02 of 10
    Beautiful Thai Summer Grapefruit Salad
    Thai Summer Grapefruit Salad. Darlene Schmidt

    A refreshing and fruity salad by Darlene Schmidt, The Spruce's Thai Food Expert, that it a must try this summer.  There are so many wonderful ingredients and flavours in her recipe that my mouth waters just looking at her photo and recipe. 

  • 03 of 10
    Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberries and Red Pepper
    A stupendous summer salad your whole family will love. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    A raw salad recipe bursting with the flavours of summer. It's easy to prepare, healthy, light, and perfect for hot days when you don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

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    Curried Carrot Salad with Jalapenos. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Carrots are actually available all year-long, but they are at their juiciest, sweetest, and freshest in the summer. This raw salad is light enough for warm days and it's the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats at cook outs. 

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  • 05 of 10
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    Delicious side dish to serve warm or cold. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Keep firing up the grill, before it gets too cold, and grill eggplant to make this simple yet flavourful salad. 

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    Grilled Zucchini, Tomato, and Grilled Serrano Peppers Salad
    Grilled Zucchini, Tomato, and Grilled Serrano Peppers Salad. SpicieFoodie.com

    A very light and refreshing summer salad that is delicious and easy to prepare. It's the perfect summer-time meal.

  • 07 of 10
    Arugula, Maché Strawberry Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
    Arugula, Maché Strawberry Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette. SpicieFoodie.com

    This is one of my favourite summertime salads. It has peppery arugula greens which compliment the sweet, juicy strawberries perfectly. To dress the salad a slightly spicy mustard vinaigrette is drizzled over them. The result is a fresh and light salad that is always very satisfying. 

  • 08 of 10
    Nectarine Tomato Basil Salad With A Little Kick
    Light and Fruity Summer Salad. SpicieFoodie.com

    There is nothing like a juicy tomato and stone fruit on a hot summer day, and this salad has both. Though the recipe doesn't call for lettuce or salad greens to be added, they would compliment the nectarines and tomatoes. 

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  • 09 of 10
    Gourmet Greens with Tangerine Oranges
    Gourmet Greens with Tangerine Oranges. SpicieFoodie

    This light green salad uses arugula greens to give the dish a piquant, peppery taste. Toss in some juicy summer cherry tomatoes and orange wedges, serve a glass of Rosé for a wonderful summer meal. 

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    Spicy Grilled Corn Salad
    Spicy Grilled Corn Salad. Molly Watson

    Summer is when fresh, juicy corn on the cobb is finally available. This delicious corn salad by Molly Watson is another great way to enjoy corn and summer to the fullest -- don't forget the chile!