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Potato, Pasta, Chicken — Every Kind of Salad Recipe to Try This Summer

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Not sure what to bring to the summer barbecue your neighbor invited you to? It's always easy to throw together some kind of salad — but you don't want to bring the same classic Caesar you do every year. So how can you mix it up?

Well, that answer is actually pretty easy, because we rounded up the most delicious summer salad recipes the internet has to offer. And we've got all different kinds, from pasta salad to chicken salad, potato salad to tuna salad, and, of course, fruit salad. Plus, of course, your classic staple salads — just in case. These summer recipes have everything you need.

Pasta Salad Recipes

From left to right: Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad, Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad, Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad, and BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad.

Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad

Want something a little sweet but not ready to go full fruit salad? The strawberries and balsamic vinegar dressing are a surprisingly perfect pair, and the pasta base with the feta crumble on top bring it all together.

Get the full recipe on Yellow Bliss Road.

Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad

Ever tried pasta salad with tortellini? It's a total game changer, and you'll never want to go back. Add in corn, black beans, red pepper, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro to taste.

Get the full recipe on Tastes Better From Scratch.

Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad

This salad is a two-in-one special, combining pasta salad with cucumber salad. The crispness of the cucumber goes nicely with the hearty pasta, and the creamy dill sauce ties them together nicely.

Get the full recipe on Spend With Pennies.

BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad

Need a little crunch in your pasta salad? These corn chips add some texture, and the honey BBQ sauce makes the whole thing delicious. Add some protein if you're bringing this as a main course.

Get the full recipe on Spicy Southern Kitchen.

Chicken Salad Recipes

From left to right: BLT Chicken Salad, Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados, and Skinny Cowgirl Chicken Salad.

BLT Chicken Salad

What isn't better with bacon? Whether you're eating it plain or on a sandwich, this BLT chicken salad is to die for, and the grape tomatoes give it great flavor.

Get the full recipe on Lemon Tree Dwelling.

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

With grapes and pecans in the mix, this chicken salad is something else. And the three-step recipe is all too easy to follow.

Get the full recipe on Delish.

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

Avocados are in — which means bringing these chicken salad stuffed avocados will make you the life of any party. Even better? Eat them all yourself. Who could resist?

Get the full recipe on Delish.

Skinny Cowgirl Chicken Salad

Give your chicken salad a Tex-Mex twist with this recipe, then roll it up in some romaine lettuce and eat it like a refreshing taco.

Get the full recipe on Delish.

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Potato Salad Recipes

From left to right: Potato Salad with Old Bay and Potato Chips, Crispy Potato Salad with Celery and Peanuts, German Potato Salad with Dill, and Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs.

Potato Salad with Old Bay and Potato Chips

Get double the potato by adding potato chips for crunch — and that Old Bay will give it that East Coast ocean flavor. And unlike most potato salads, this recipe is mayo-free.

Get the full recipe on Bon Appétit.

Crispy Potato Salad with Celery and Peanuts

Celeries and peanuts give this salad some serious texture — and with chiles and Thai seasonings, it's also got a good kick to it.

Get the full recipe on Bon Appétit.

German Potato Salad with Dill

Scallions and dill bring a refreshing flavor to this hearty potato salad, and it's just as easy as any other to prepare.

Get the full recipe on Bon Appétit.

Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs

Love egg salad? This recipe combines the two in one amazing dish, and the mustard vinaigrette mixes them perfectly.

Get the full recipe on Bon Appétit.

Tuna Salad Recipes

From left to right: Refreshing Mint and Tuna Salad, Summer Tuna Salad, Grilled Tuna and Marinated Cucumber Salad, and Classic Tuna Salad.

Refreshing Mint and Tuna Salad

The mint keeps this recipe light while the feta cheese and garlic add in some stronger flavors.

Get the full recipe on All Recipes.

Summer Tuna Salad

This summer salad is perfect for those with restrictive diets. It's gluten-free, low-carb, and even paleo-friendly. And these artichoke hearts are everything.

Get the full recipe on I'd Rather Be A Chef.

Grilled Tuna and Marinated Cucumber Salad

Change up your old standards with grilled tuna instead of canned. The marinated cucumbers will keep it light and refreshing.

Get the full recipe on Delish.

Classic Tuna Salad

Love to keep it old-school? Classic tuna salad is the way to go — but add in a little Dijon mustard and sweet pickle relish for variety.

Get the full recipe on The Food Network.

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Fruit Salad Recipes

From left to right: Tropical Fruit Salad, Mojito Fruit Salad, Blueberry Watermelon Mint Fruit Salad, and Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Fruit Salad.

Tropical Fruit Salad

This recipe is dubbed the "best ever" tropical fruit salad, and we have to say, it lives up to its name. The mangoes, mandarin oranges, and pineapple are what make it perfect.

Get the full recipe on The Slow Roasted Italian.

Mojito Fruit Salad

There's no alcohol included, but if you wanted to pair it with your favorite cocktail, we bet it'd go pretty well. That mint and lime are just the thing this summer.

Get the full recipe on Iowa Girl Eats.

Blueberry Watermelon Mint Fruit Salad

Just looking at this gorgeous salad has our mouths watering — and that savory feta cheese takes it to the next level.

Get the full recipe on She Wears Many Hats.

Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Fruit Salad

From The Love and Lemons Cookbook, this sweet treat keeps things original with an Asian-inspired dressing. And that mango? Amazing.

Get the full recipe on Foodie Crush.

Classic Salad Recipes

From left to right: Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad, Peach Salad with Grilled Basil Chicken, Cucumber Celery and Sweet-Onion Salad, and Cucumber Tomato Salad.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

A poppyseed dressing elevates this salad beyond your average mix. And those toasted almonds with avocado and berries are awesome.

Get the full recipe on Gimme Some Oven.

Peach Salad with Grilled Basil Chicken

Peaches are perfect for summer salads, and the white balsamic-honey vinaigrette is the dressing you've been dreaming of.

Get the full recipe on Cooking Class.

Cucumber Celery and Sweet-Onion Salad

This light, refreshing salad is incredibly easy to make. Just whisk together your sour cream dressing, combine the rest of your ingredients, and you're ready to go.

Get the full recipe on Country Living.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cider vinegar and cumin seeds mean this isn't your ordinary cucumber tomato salad. It's got a little kick to it — one we think you're gonna like.

Get the full recipe on Country Living.