No-Cook Main Dish Salads (for when it’s too hot to cook!)

Here are some salad ideas for summer meals that won’t require you to turn the oven on! Light and easy recipes the whole family will love and will keep your weekday easy and fast!

Easy salad recipes that are good for main dishes and don't require any cooking! Don't turn the oven on when it is too hot! #salad #maindish #nocook

Salad’s can be a main-dish and require zero cooking, perfect for hot summer nights!

Some of these recipes, however, require a bit of grilling time (get hubby on that!). But none of these have pasta or noodles or anything that means stove top time. Just easy to prepare salad’s perfect for a meal and perfect for a hot summer day! I’ve sorted them into categories to keep it easy for you to find your fave.

watermelon onion salad

However, can I recommend the Easy Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad, the Big Mac Salad, or the Watermelon Red Onion Salad (seen above)?

Seafood (shrimp, crab, tuna, etc)

Seafood is my personal favorite for summer salads. I’ll usually buy shrimp already cooked and ready to be used. But, it takes zero time to throw them on the grill and blacken them. So good!

Teriyaki Shrimp Salad
Easy Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad
Skinny Chicken Taco Salad
Salmon Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad
Shrimp Avocado Grapefruit Salad
Shrimp Panzanella Spinach Salad
Poached Shrimp Avocado Salad
Roasted Shrimp and Asparagus Salad
Tuna Egg Salad


Keep it easy on yourself and use rotisserie chicken or already cooked chicken (found in the frozen section). You don’t have to turn the grill OR the oven on!

Chinese Chicken Salad
Grilled Lemon & Herb Chicken Salad
Easy Mexican Layer Salad
Chicken and Strawberry Salad with Avocado dressing

Paleo/Whole 30/Keto

Those of you with dietary restrictions already love salads because you know they make it easier to get tasty food that stay within your restrictions. These salads are some of the best!

Keto Broccoli Salad (with bacon)
Keto Big Mac Salad
Vegan BBQ Chickpea Salad
Lentil Salad (Vegan)
Mexican Chopped Salad (Vegan) Blackened Steak Salad (Keto)
Chopped Chicken Salad (Whole 30)
Copycat Chick-fil-a Market Salad (Paleo)
Mediterranean Chicken Salad (Paleo/Whole 30)
Summer Moscato Strawberry Salad (Paleo)
Keto Easy Crab Salad


Throw a steak on the grill for a few minutes and then slice it up and add it to one of these salads. You’ll have a delicious, nutritious meal with little effort, fuss, and clean-up.

Bacon Blue Cheese Burger Salad
Cheeseburger Salad
Grilled Steak Salad
Avocado Steak Salad
Frito Taco Salad
Layered Taco Salad

Everything Else:

There are so many delicious salads that utilize lentil’s, sandwich meat, and boiled eggs to give protein. These salads are absolutely delicious and you’ll find a new favorite, for sure!

Apple Craisin Walnut Salad
Avocado BLT Salad
Italian Antipasto Salad
Italian Proscuitto Sub Salad
Chickpea and Pea Shoot Salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Grilled Eggplant and Heirloom Tomato Salad
Cobb Green Goddess Salad
Strawberry Cobb Salad
Italian Cobb Salad
Grilled Asparagus Salad
Buffalo Chickpea Salad
Easy Greek Salad
Grilled Halloumi and Avocado Salad
Grilled Paneer Salad
California Cobb Salad
Italian Marinated Artichoke Salad
Southwest Salad

I wanted to give you a couple of dessert recipes that are all made in the slow-cooker, as well. Right!?! Who knew!

Ultimate Chocolate Cake (with stout beer and Nutella. And yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds!)
CrockPot Strawberry Dump Cake
And, a huge list of 17 Slow-Cooker Dessert Recipes from other great sites!

Start going through this list of recipes and printing the ones you like. You’ll be set for the summer!

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