07/08/2013 04:46 EDT | Updated 07/02/2014 10:59 EDT

Summer Salads: 45 Recipe Ideas For Your Next BBQ, Picnic Or Dinner


You don't make friends with salad...except possibly in the summertime.

Summer is in full swing and we all know how precious quality time outdoors can be these days. And if the warm weather, patio, barbecue and well, summer entertaining season makes you a little giddy, get out those salad tongs.

Celebrate the season by adding summer favourites like watermelon, strawberries or citrus fruits to any bed of greens. We've also rounded up some fun takes on traditional pasta salad, the best dishes with chicken and of course some seafood-infused salads for dinner.

Oh, and if you still have that summer grill on your mind, check out our 10 best grilling recipes while you're at it.

LOOK — 45 summer salad recipes to try at your next gathering:

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