Simple, fresh and pretty enough for a party, these delicious salads are perfect for summer meals at the cottage. From creamy potato salad to crunchy cabbage slaw, watch your guests devour these colourful dishes at your next cabin or cottage shindig.
Tomato Feta Pasta Salad
This delicious Greek-inspired pasta salad is packed with bold flavours, fresh vegetables and big chunks of feta cheese.
Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Dressing
This no-fuss dish can be made in just 15 minutes and is a delicious alternative to your typical Caesar salad.
Southwestern Potato Salad
Have you ever been to a barbecue that didn’t have potato salad? Neither have we, because it doesn’t happen. We’re fans of this refreshing recipe from Bobby Flay that features tomatoes, red onion and new potatoes.
Pasta Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing
Cold pasta salad is mixed with grape tomatoes, scallions, ricotta and a zesty lemon-pesto dressing.
Guacamole Bean Salad
All the delicious components of guacamole are packed into this nutritious and delicious salad that brings hearty canned black beans to the mix.
Grilled Nectarine Salad
If we had to guess, we’d imagine summer tasting a bit like this sweet and fresh salad.
Warm Potato Salad
This comforting dish filled with waxy potatoes, peas, bacon, onion and lots of garlic is the perfect way to kick-off the warmer weather.
Pinto Bean Salsa Salad
Creamy avocado, hearty pinto beans, fresh cilantro, corn and tomato make for a quick and healthy winning salad.
Giada’s Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Give life to your spinach salad with a fresh orange vinaigrette and crispy, crumbled prosciutto on top.
Mediterranean Orzo Salad
Loaded with red and yellow tomatoes, olives and sharp feta cheese, this salad will bring you back to barbecues and long summer nights. Round out this salad with a simple baked salmon and you’ve got a flavourful and colourful dinner.
Chicken Taco Salad
For a quick and easy meal the whole family will love, turn to this leftover chicken taco salad. Add fresh corn, tomatoes, grated cheese, avocados, green onions, cilantro, crushed tortilla chips and leftover shredded chicken to a bed of crisp lettuce, and you’re set.
Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables
The subtle nutty flavour of toasted couscous is highlighted in this eye-catching salad packed with summer veggies like zucchini, asparagus and cherry tomatoes.
Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad
Sweet watermelon pairs perfectly with salty feta and peppery arugula in this bright and fresh salad.
Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil
Hearty enough to eat as a meal, this spicy pasta salad is filled with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and delicious smoked gouda.
Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
A mouthwatering salad where sweet grilled zucchini and decadent pine nuts are accented with shavings of romano cheese and tossed in a light lemon herb vinaigrette.
Asian Noodle Salad
This salad from Ree Drummond is complete with thin spaghetti, cucumbers, two kinds of cabbage, kale and chopped peanuts.
Garlic-marinated grilled steak is topped over a bed of greens tossed in a light and spicy ginger and soy dressing.
Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs
Giada’s authentic Italian salad is a fantastic fresh and filling accompaniment to hot-off-the-grill juicy burgers or steaks.
Buffalo Chicken Salad
A healthier take on buffalo wings, this buffalo chicken salad is tossed in a tangy blue cheese dressing for the ultimate flavour combination.
Strawberry Arugula Salad
This simple summer salad features sweet strawberries, crumbly goat cheese, crunchy walnuts and arugula in a balsamic vinaigrette.
Seven Layer Pasta Salad
Made with fresh veggies, farfalle, ham and cheese, this kid-friendly pasta salad is practically screaming to be served at a summer picnic.
Summer strawberries are a wonderful addition to greens such as kale or baby spinach. This fast, fresh salad pairs sweet slices of ruby red berries with arugula, toasted almond slices, and shaved Gorgonzola dolce.
Ina Garten's Fresh Corn Salad
A quick blanch keeps the corn a sunny bright yellow, while red onion, fresh cilantro and a good glug of cider vinegar and olive oil balance out the sweetness.
Try the recipe for Ina Garten’s Fresh Corn Salad
Fregola Salad with Fresh Citrus and Red Onion
Tiny fregola or orzo are the best base for this pasta salad straight from Giada’s kitchen to yours. Add orange and grapefruit segments along with red onion for the perfect summer picnic salad.
Italian Chicken Pasta Salad
A simple chicken and pasta recipe that packs up well for lunch on a picnic blanket. And it only takes 25 minutes to whip together!
Carrot, Orange and Radish Salad
Tyler makes this simple Moroccan-inspired salad with sliced carrot and radish, fresh mint, cilantro, and orange segments. He dresses it with a mixture that includes delicate orange flower water and fragrant cinnamon.
Kale and Apple Salad
Cottage eats can be healthy eats with this antioxidant-rich salad featuring kale, apple, dates, almonds and pecorino cheese. Nutritious and delicious, it pairs well with grilled meats.
Giada’s orzo salad is a great dish if you want to get a head start on cottage meal prep. Best eaten at room temperature, make it at home before hitting so the flavours have time to meld on the drive to the cabin.
Red Rice Salad
If your cottage is short on kitchen space or has a small fridge, look for salads that are best served at room temperature. Giada combines red rice with orange, fennel, cucumber and radicchio in a light Champagne vinaigrette that can be served with everything from sandwiches to barbecued meats.