Summer is quite possibly the tastiest time of the year because there are so many fruits and vegetables that are in season. You can see the rise in fresh goods when you wander into the grocery store and pick out produce from the overflowing crates of peaches, watermelon, tomatoes, corn on the cob, cucumbers, blueberries, and zucchini. Bringing bags of these goods home and following along with all the summer salad TikTok recipes on your lunch breaks becomes #necessary.
You don't want to miss out on the bold flavors — or skip a delicious beet, if you will — and these salad recipes know how to make citrus notes stand out among the others on your tastebuds. They combine chunks of avocado with spring mix, quinoa, nuts, and crunchy croutons, and coach you on what kind of dressing to drizzle over the top. Whoever said salads were boring was totally wrong. Some of the recipes you can watch even suggest herbs you can add to your salad, like basil or a dash of chives.
To say the least, when you check out these hot girl summer salad recipes, and then try them out for yourself, you may have a lot of trouble romaine-ing calm. If you have time on your lunch break, post a video on your own TikTok about your fabulous creation. From a Hot Girl Summer salad to an Asian cucumber salad, these TikTok recipes are a must. Without further ado, here are the summer salad recipes on TikTok you should watch and try in the next few months.
Chicken is a welcome addition to any salad. Not only does it add a kick of protein to your meal, but it also pairs really nicely with fruit. Take a look at this recipe from TikToker @foodietarsiidae which mixes chicken with romaine lettuce, mango slices, and avocado. The sweet and savory flavors pair perfectly together. There’s also a mango chicken salad with cashews for added protein.
Pull out your biggest bowl for this lentil salad recipe from TikToker @healthygirlkitchen. Combine a few different ingredients, such as lentils, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, yellow peppers, cucumber, roasted beets, red onion, and pine nuts. Add a few different herbs, a creamy homemade dressing, and mix up to create a nutritious salad you’ll want on repeat.
You'll need a variety of ingredients in order to put together this sesame noodle salad from TikToker @sashafolgoas. However, your efforts to track down soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil in the grocery store will be so worth it. Add some ahi tuna on top for more protein, like this wasabi and sesame salad.
Dwight Schrute from The Office would be proud of this salad because it uses beets and other colorful ingredients in it. You’ll also be proud of it after putting it together because it's an Instagram-worthy meal to its core. TikToker @thicknsaucy teaches you how to spread out each part so that your followers will say, "Wow!"
If you've ever seen a watermelon and feta salad on a restaurant menu and thought, "I wonder what that tastes like," now is your time to find out. TikToker @cassyeungmoney breaks down the yummy ingredients and how to mix them together for the meal you've always been curious about. She even says it gets better the longer it sits out, so it’s perfect for a backyard BBQ or picnic. For a twist on this salad, try adding in blueberries and mint leaves as well.
Meal prepping is your jam. It allows you to always have a tasty meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This bean salad will be a new item to add to your weekly menu. The recipe from TikToker @gabriellaquille uses chickpeas, different types of beans, onion, and cilantro (among other ingredients), and can be served over and over again. A way to mix up this salad is to make it Mexican style with ingredients like cilantro and corn.
There's no doubt that summer can come with some extremely hot days. On those days when you feel like you're burning up in your apartment, make this Asian cucumber salad from TikToker @myhealthydish. What makes this salad so Insta-worthy is how she cuts up the cucumber accordion-like. Of course, you can also just make a regular asian cucumber salad by mixing up ginger, garlic, sea salt, cilantro, maple syrup, and more with a couple of cucumbers.
The flavors in this Malaysian-style salad from TikToker @theimperfectnutritionist are undoubtedly delicious. If you've never mixed pineapple, nuts, carrots, and Thai basil into a bowl, then you're in for a memorable afternoon treat. Be sure to watch this recipe a few times over before making it so you don't miss out on any of the ingredients within the salad or the dressing. When you have mangoes instead of pineapple, try this Malaysian-style mango salad.
A summer salad doesn't need to have a million ingredients in it to be delicious. This salad on TikTok from @sammcgraww is a prime example, and is mainly made with a mix of greens, salt, and a protein of your choice. On shorter lunch breaks or busy days, make this your go-to. You could even quickly whip up this three-ingredient salad dressing.
Don't sleep on the quinoa in your cabinet when you're putting together a summer salad. It can be a great base in your bowl — which is also filled with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, avocado, onion, and a splash of olive oil. TikToker @cookingwithayeh adds the array of tasty ingredients to pack her lunch with nutrients and color. At the end of the video, she mixes it all up. You really can add whatever you want, like this quinoa salad with 19 ingredients.
Pickles and honey mustard? That may sound like an interesting combination, but this salad recipe from TikToker @fedbysab will inspire you to grab your cutting board and get chopping. Gather your avocados, mushrooms, bell pepper, and more for this meal that won't disappoint. Pickle lovers may also want to try this dill pickle chopped salad from Yummly.
Some salads are made to be in front of your camera as well as in your mouth. This is one of those salads from TikToker @alicevheather, as it sits on a dab of hummus with various layers of greens, roasted vegetables, and a touch of crunch. The result is a well-rounded lunch experience that you'll tell your friends about on the reg.
Fans of Sweet Green will want to head straight for this recipe on TikTok that recreates the spot's delicious Harvest Bowl. If you decide to make this dupe from TikToker @lahbco for lunch, be sure to pencil out some extra time to let the sweet potatoes roast and prep the apple. You'll need it to create this masterpiece. With any extra sweet potatoes, make this chili lime sweet potato salad.
If you’ve been on TikTok for a while now, you might remember when this Green Goddess Salad by Baked by Melissa went totally viral. Using the creamiest homemade pesto dressing and finely chopped cabbage and cucumbers, the flavors of this crunchy salad are out of this world. It stays good in the refrigerator for up to a week, but the best part? It’s recommended to eat this salad like chips and salsa. You can even make your own homemade chips.
As Bella Hadid’s favorite salad, this salad is pretty simple to make at home — and it might just be the ultimate hot girl salad recipe. Featuring arugula, red bell pepper, cucumbers, avocado, and parmesan tossed in an olive oil dressing, we can already picture this salad at our next summer dinner party.
Using dairy-free yogurt, this pasta salad from TikToker @healthygirlkitchen is next level and great for meal prepping. Mixing noodles, chickpeas, tomatoes, black olives, and other delicious ingredients, this salad is so good you have to taste it to believe it. Ideal at a summer BBQ or eating during your lunch break, make sure to save this recipe. If you happen to have penne instead of rotini, make this summer noodle salad from Yummly instead.
TikToker @herdresscode has quite a few good summer salad recipes to follow, but this Japanese-inspired shrimp salad is great if you’re planning a barbecue. Just add some Japanese BBQ seasoning to your shrimp on the grill, and toss on top of your mixed greens. For a fresh take on a shrimp summer salad, try this one with watermelon, too.
Another barbecue-ready salad is this one from TikToker @everything_delish. It uses a barbecue chicken ranch dressing as the star of the show, and everything can be thrown into a large bowl for sharing. By adding some hard boiled eggs leftover from your deviled eggs, you can make this barbecue chicken Cobb salad as well.
For those lazy days of summer, you might want to meal prep this salad from TikToker @nutritiouslyeasy that doesn’t have any lettuce. Just make a big bowl at the start of the week and enjoy whenever you’re hungry. Switch up how you enjoy it by eating it with chips or in a bowl, so it doesn’t get boring.
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