Delicious and refreshing summer salad recipes and tips


As summer approaches, restaurants and health-conscious eateries must adapt to meet the rising demand for fresh, light, nutritious dishes. Summer salads are not just a delightful addition to your menu; they offer significant health benefits and economic advantages.

In this post, we'll explore why summer salads are essential for your business and provide creative recipes and presentation tips to make your summer salad offerings a hit.

Benefits of serving summer salads

Serving fresh salads comes with a range of benefits. Not only are they healthy and in demand during the warmer months, they’re also inexpensive to make.

Health benefits

Summer salads are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making them an excellent choice for health enthusiasts and those looking to maintain a balanced diet. They are typically low in calories but high in fibre, which aids digestion and promotes satiety. Incorporating a variety of colourful vegetables and fruits ensures that your customers receive a wide range of nutrients essential for optimal health.

Economic advantages

Offering summer salads can be profitable for restaurants, cafes and salad bars. These dishes often require minimal cooking, reducing kitchen energy costs and preparation time. Salads made from seasonal produce can be more cost-effective, as they are readily available and usually less expensive in peak season. With the growing trend towards healthy eating, summer salads can attract a broader customer base and increase overall sales.


Summer salads are versatile, making them popular for various meals and occasions. They can be adapted to suit any dietary preference, whether vegan, vegetarian or meat lover. The abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients available during the summer allows endless combinations of fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains.

This versatility not only caters to diverse taste preferences but also ensures that summer salads can be a delightful accompaniment to any main dish or stand alone as a nutritious, satisfying meal on their own

Creative summer salad ideas

Here are some unique and refreshing summer salad recipes that are easy to prepare and versatile enough to cater to various tastes and dietary preferences:

Watermelon and feta salad

  • Ingredients: Watermelon cubes, crumbled feta cheese, mint leaves, arugula, balsamic glaze.
  • Instructions: Combine watermelon, feta and mint in a bowl. Toss with arugula and drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.

Quinoa and mango salad

  • Ingredients: Cooked quinoa, diced mango, red bell pepper, black beans, chopped cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Instructions: In a large bowl, mix quinoa, mango, bell pepper, and black beans. Add cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss well to combine.

Beetroot and goat cheese salad

  • Ingredients: Roasted beetroot slices, crumbled goat cheese, baby spinach, walnuts, honey mustard dressing.
  • Instructions: Arrange beetroot slices on a plate and top with goat cheese and spinach. Sprinkle with walnuts and drizzle with honey mustard dressing.

Avocado and citrus salad

  • Ingredients: Sliced avocado, orange segments, grapefruit segments, red onion, mixed greens, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Instructions: Layer avocado, orange, and grapefruit over mixed greens. Add red onion and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Tropical fruit and prawn salad

  • Ingredients: Cooked prawns, mango, pineapple, avocado, lime and chili, coriander coconut flakes.
  • Instructions: Mix the cooked prawns, mango, pineapple, and avocado in a large bowl. Add the lime, chili and coriander and sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Maxima equipment for salad preparation

Salad bars and restaurants can benefit from using high-quality equipment for their salad preparation. Maxima offers various vegetable cutters with five different cutting discs to quickly and easily cut, shred or grate multiple vegetables. You can also order additional julienne cutting discs for finely slicing food like carrots and apples.

No salad is complete without a fresh and tasty dressing. Maxima’s food processors seamlessly blend ingredients to create smooth and well-mixed dressings or sauces. Additionally, it can prepare finely chopped salad elements like nuts or cheese. Stick blenders are also ideal for making homemade mayonnaise and other emulsified sauces.

Furthermore, Maxima’s saladettes and prep fridges maintain the freshness and organisation of ingredients. These provide optimal storage conditions for salad elements, keeping them crisp, vibrant and easily accessible for staff.

Tips for presentation

The visual appeal of your summer salads can significantly enhance their desirability and perceived value. Here are some tips to make your salads taste as well as look delicious:

  • Use colour: Incorporate various colourful ingredients to make your salads visually striking.
  • Layer ingredients: Create depth and texture by layering ingredients rather than mixing them.
  • Add garnishes: Fresh herbs, edible flowers and seeds can add a touch of elegance and sophistication.
  • Serve in unique vessels: To present your salads creatively, use bowls, mason jars or hollowed-out fruits.

Seasonal ingredients to use

Using seasonal produce ensures that your salads are fresh, flavourful and cost-effective. Some of the best seasonal ingredients for summer salads include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Bell Peppers
  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Herbs (basil, mint, coriander)
  • Leafy Greens (arugula, spinach, kale)
  • Stone Fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums)

Incorporating summer salads into your menu is an innovative, strategic move that caters to the growing demand for healthy and refreshing meals. They offer a range of health benefits and present economic advantages by utilising seasonal produce and reducing preparation time.

By experimenting with creative recipes and ensuring visually appealing presentations, you can attract a broader customer base and stand out in a competitive market.

Prepare your salad bar or restaurant for a successful summer with these Maxima recipes and tips!