11 Best Salads to Make with Summer Fruit

From bright avocado-mango to juicy fig, these 11 amazing salads take advantage of summer's freshest fruit.


Cool, crisp summertime salads provide a welcome reprieve from the day's heat. The bright, savory salads showcased here feature peak-of-season summer fruits basking in all their raw, juicy deliciousness. Melons, berries, mangos, figs, and stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries combine with other fresh, seasonal produce to create vibrant medleys of texture and flavor. Here are 11 ways to incorporate fruit into your summer salad.

Peach, Tomato, and Fried Farro Salad with Burrata

Peach, Tomato, and Fried Farro Salad with Burrata
© Jen Causey

This elegant summer salad highlights the season's juiciest peaches and tomatoes, luxuriously creamy burrata, and a sprinkle of fantastically crunchy fried farro.

Baby Lettuces with Feta, Strawberries, and Almonds

Baby Lettuces with Feta, Strawberries and Almonds
© Peden + Munk

The fresh strawberries in this delicious salad make it a great match for a bright, berry-scented rosé.

Black Rice Salad with Cherries and Plums

Cherry Plum Black Rice Salad
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

Ripe plums and cherries add pops of juicy sweetness to this hearty summer salad; black rice provides a dark, moody hue and an extra textural bite.

Mission Fig, Elderberry, and Mixed Greens Salad

Mission Fig, Elderberry and Mixed Greens Salad
Photo by Greg Dupree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

This salad of seasonal fruits, herbs, and flowers is balanced with bold leafy greens and a simple, bright lemon dressing.

Kohlrabi, Fennel, and Blueberry Salad

Kohlrabi, Fennel and Blueberry Salad
© Anna Williams

Top Chef alum Stephanie Izard's blueberry-laden salad features kohlrabi, which tastes like a milder, sweeter, and crisper version of broccoli stem.

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Thom Driver

Watermelon and mint add plenty of refreshing flavor to this easy summer salad from chef Jacques Pépin, while briny olives and feta offer the perfect counterpoint.

Stone Fruit Salad with Collard-Peanut Pesto

Stone Fruit Salad with Collard Peanut Pesto
Photo by Jessica Pettway / Food Styling by Micah Morton / Prop Styling by Paola Andrea

In this savory fruit salad, roasted peanuts, collard greens, and Parmesan yield a hearty pesto that's an ideal partner for honey-dressed wedges of plums and nectarines.

Avocado and Mango Salad

Avocado and Mango Salad
© Emily Farris

This Mexican-inspired mango and avocado salad comes together in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a summery weeknight meal.

Summer Fruit Salad with Arugula and Almonds

Summer Fruit Salad with Arugula and Almonds
© Reed Davis

Chef Suzanne Goin typically makes this savory and sweet salad with blackberries and whatever fruit looks best at the market. Figs make a lovely stand-in for nectarines in the dressing.

Watermelon Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Watermelon Salad with Grilled Shrimp
© Richard Jung

"I think shellfish benefits from a little sweetness," says chef Grant Achatz of this vibrant, fresh salad.

Spinach, Basil, and Plum Salad

Spinach, Basil and Plum Salad
© John Kernick

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi likes using tangy yuzu (a sour Asian citrus fruit) in the vinaigrette for this simple salad.

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