5 Fresh & Easy 5 ingredient Summer Salad Recipes

Watermelon Feta Mint Arugula Summer Salad

There comes a point during the summer where slaving away in front of a hot stove or oven has ZERO appeal. With a bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables in season and bikini season also in full effect, the desire of a refreshing salad skyrockets and the stars basically align for producing some kick-ass spring and summer salads. In order to maximize your time in the sun instead of prepping food in the kitchen, I did some experimenting of my own to come up with these 5 summer salad recipes that are insanely easy and delicious and take advantage of just a few simple, quality ingredients.

Each of these spring and summer salads can be made with just the 5 ingredients listed, but you can easily throw in the suggested optional add-ons if you’re an overachiever or depending on your diet (as in, go for the jalapenos if you can take the heat, skip the prosciutto if you’re vegetarian). They’re perfect for a picnic, as a side for your summer BBQ, and on their own as a healthy meal depending on how big you make each serving. Just adjust the ingredients depending on your own tastes (I know people are particular about their salads!)

Here are 5 Fresh & Easy 5 Ingredient Spring & Summer Salads:

1. Strawberry & Arugula Salad

  1. Fresh strawberry halves
  2. Arugula
  3. Crumbled goat, blue, or feta cheese
  4. Olive oil
  5. Balsamic Vinegar

Optional add ons: Blueberries, cantaloupe, prosciutto, halved walnuts or slivered almonds, grilled chicken

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

2. Caprese Salad

  1. Vine-ripe tomatoes sliced into 1/4″ thick rounds, or halved grape/cherry tomatoes
  2. Fresh mozzarella sliced into 1/4″ thick rounds, or baby mozzarella balls
  3. Fresh basil
  4. Good quality olive oil
  5. Salt & pepper

Optional add-ons: Balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, spinach, grilled chicken
Full recipe here

Easy Caprese Salad Recipe

3. Mango & Avocado Salad

  1. Diced or sliced ripe mango
  2. Diced or sliced ripe avocado
  3. Sliced red onion or shallots
  4. Lime or lemon juice
  5. Small pinch of salt

Optional add ons: Cilantro, diced red or orange bell pepper, cotija or feta cheese, yogurt, tuna, corn, tabasco sauce or jalapeno (seeds removed, unless you like it really spicy)

Photo via Brooklyn Kitchen

Photo via Brooklyn Kitchen because mine all turned out crummy =/

4. Esquites Mexican Corn Salad

  1. Grilled corn
  2. Greek yogurt or mayonnaise
  3. Cotija or crumbled feta cheese
  4. Lime juice
  5. Mexican chili powder

Optional add ons: Cilantro, diced avocado, jalapeno (seeds removed)
Full recipe here

Esquites Mexican Grilled Corn Salad with Avocado BW

5. Watermelon & Feta Salad

  1. Fresh cubed watermelon
  2. Crumbled feta cheese
  3. Chopped fresh mint or basil leaves
  4. Lime or lemon juice, or balsamic vinegar
  5. Tiny pinch of salt

Optional add ons: Olive oil, cherry tomatoes, avocado, strawberries, arugula, tabasco sauce or jalapeno (seeds removed, unless you like it really spicy), grilled pork belly or pork loin (trust me!)

Watermelon Feta Mint 5 Ingredient Summer Salad

If you make any of these, I’d love to see the final product. Just tag @indulgenteats and #moderateindulgence on your Instagrams!