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The best grilled salads for summer

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Once you taste a grilled salad, you'll never go back

Nothing says summer more than busting out the grill and spending the weekend outside, cooking up a storm. But grilled meals don't have to be heavy with meats. Here are the best ways to use your grill to create delicious, healthy salads.

We've always grilled meats, fish and chicken. But the art of grilling vegetables — especially salad greens like romaine — has become trendy only in the past five years. Here's our list of the best grilled summer salads, so get that grill fired up.

1. Grilled red potato salad with sausage and ranch dressing recipe

Grilled red potato salad with sausage and ranch dressing recipe

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This grilled red potato salad with sausage and ranch dressing is the perfect twist on the traditional potato salad. The char left on the potatoes gives it that summer flavor.

2. Grilled peach salad with baby arugula recipe

Grilled peach salad with baby arugula

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We're loving the sweet-savory combination of this grilled peach salad with baby arugula.

3. Grilled romaine hearts with Caesar vinaigrette recipe

Grilled romaine hearts with Caesar vinaigrette

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Grilled romaine hearts with Caesar vinaigrette is what started it all. Romaine hearts are hearty and easy to grill.

4. Grilled vegetable quinoa salad recipe

Grilled vegetable quinoa salad

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Satisfy the vegetarians and the meat eaters alike with this delicious grilled vegetable quinoa salad.

5. Grilled pineapple salad recipe

Grilled pineapple salad

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One of our favorite fruits to grill is pineapple, and this grilled pineapple salad looks like the perfect way to dive into the trend of grilled salads.

6. Grilled fruit salad with lime recipe

Grilled fruit salad with lime

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This grilled fruit salad with lime is the perfect way to enjoy dessert on a hot summer day without having to turn on the oven.

7. Grilled corn salad with nonfat chili-lime dressing recipe

Grilled corn salad with non-fat chili lime dressing
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If possible, wait for your local summer corn to make this grilled corn salad with nonfat chili-lime dressing. Well worth the wait — we promise.

8. Grilled salad recipe

Grilled salad

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A basic, this grilled salad is the perfect canvas for a grilled protein or to serve as a side dish to your meal.

9. Grilled Caesar salad with homemade croutons recipe

Grilled Caesar salad with homemade croutons

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Take it to the next level by making this grilled Caesar salad with homemade croutons. Homemade croutons are the perfect touch of crunch your salads need.

10. Grilled panzanella salad recipe

Grilled panzanella salad

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Any salad that has its main ingredient as fresh baguette bread is a winner in our book. Try this grilled panzanella salad, using the ripest tomatoes around.

11. Grilled asparagus spring salad with Meyer lemon-shallot vinaigrette recipe

Grilled asparagus spring salad with Meyer lemon shallot vinaigrette

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Try this grilled asparagus spring salad with Meyer lemon-shallot vinaigrette as a side to your grilled seafood or steaks.

12. Grilled romaine salad with IPA Caesar dressing recipe

Grilled romaine salad with IPA Caesar dressing

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Like we mentioned above, romaine was probably the lettuce that started the grilled salads trend. We're loving the dressing in this grilled romaine salad with IPA Caesar dressing.

13. Grilled halloumi, roasted tomatoes and apricots with honey wine vinegar recipe

Grilled halloumi, roasted tomatoes and apricots with honey wine vinegar recipe

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This grilled halloumi, roasted tomatoes and apricots with honey wine vinegar is packed with texture, color and flavor.

14. Grilled sweet potato and wilted kale salad recipe

Grilled sweet potato and wilted kale salad

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A nutritious and hearty summer salad, this grilled sweet potato and wilted kale salad will become a favorite.

15. Grilled vegetable salad with olive oil and feta recipe

Grilled vegetable salad with olive oil and feta

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This grilled vegetable salad with olive oil and feta is said to be a healthy, flavorful and satisfying summer side dish, and we agree.

16. Char-grilled corn salad recipe

Char-grilled corn salad

Photo credit: The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Make sure to get a good char on your corn before making this char-grilled corn salad. It makes all the difference.

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