11 Summery Italian Salads Perfect for the Poolside

11 Summery Italian Salads Perfect for the Poolside, like Caprese and Tortellini salad
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Seasonal Salads

Italians know their way around a salad. The country's abundance of fresh produce and emphasis on cooking seasonally means there are a ton of refreshing salad options for every summer party and gathering. So this summer, take your cue from Italy and prepare some of these amazing and filling salads that celebrate juicy, garden-fresh tomatoes, all kinds of cheeses, and even seafood.

delicious fresh classic italian salad panzanella with tomatoes, croutons basil and onion rings on a white plate on an old wooden table with ingredients, view from above, flat lay, close-up

1. Panzanella

Panzanella is a tomato lover's dream. Use the best farmers market tomatoes — or ones you grow yourself — you can get, because they're central to this salad. Salting the tomatoes brings out some of their liquid, which is then used in the dressing for more tomato flavor. Big chunks of crusty ciabatta croutons soak up the dressing.

Recipe: Serious Eats

Related: 25 Recipes That Make the Most of Summer Produce

Italian antipasto salad with vegetables, salami, artichoke hearts and olives

2. Antipasto Salad

Take all of the best parts of an antipasto platter and throw them together for this wonderful salad. It's full of briny, salty, and rich things like artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and salami. A creamy lemon and parmesan dressing brings it all together.

Recipe: Modern Proper

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Classic Caprese Salad with Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

3. Caprese Salad

Caprese is one of the joys of summer for anyone who loves tomatoes. Thick slices of tomato (heirloom are the best and most beautiful!) are layered with creamy fresh mozzarella and drizzled with olive oil and an easy balsamic vinegar reduction. Don't skimp on the fresh basil.

Recipe: Allrecipes

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Vegetable salad with cottage cheese and toasted bread on wooden board

4. Big Italian Salad

If a huge green salad is what you're after to impress your guests at a dinner party, this aptly named Big Italian Salad is perfect. It's got thousands of great reviews, and it's super easy to clean up because you make the creamy vinaigrette dressing right in the salad bowl.

Recipe: Food & Wine

Close up of Italian mixed seafood salad. Insalata di mare. Calamari, shrimp, clams, tomatoes, bell pepper, parsley and olives.
Olga Mazyarkina/istockphoto

5. Insalata de Mare

This seafood salad is a show stopper. Scallops, shrimp, mussels, and squid are prepared separately so as not to overcook them, then combined with a bright and tangy lemon and garlic dressing. Celery and fennel give it crunch, but the seafood is the star.

Recipe: Serious Eats

Tomato, chicory and goat's cheese salad with toasted bread

6. Pizza Panzanella

This is a substantial version of panzanella that takes a cue from traditional pizza flavors. Parmesan, oregano, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and both black and green olives all mingle together into a very familiar pizzeria flavor. Fresh arugula makes it a little more like a typical salad than traditional panzanella.

Recipe: Giadzy

Related: 22 Quick and Easy Cold Salads for People Who Hate Lettuce

Traditional Italian antipasti mortadella on a wooden plate, served with olives
Elena Katkova/istockphoto

7. Celery, Artichoke, and Mortadella Salad

Mortadella is like amazing, rich and flavorful Italian-style boloney. It's cut into strips in this salad, along with celery and artichoke hearts for a unique combination. It also gets a hefty squeeze of lemon juice and a liberal amount of Grana Padano cheese.

Recipe: Lidia's Italy

Mediterranean salad with tuna fish, borlotti beans, cherry tomatoes, lettuce close-up on a plate on the table. horizontal

8. Italian Tuna Salad

Forget everything you know about American-style tuna salad. This one is a green salad with olive oil-packed tuna and cannellini beans mixed in. Capers give a salty pop, while fennel gives it a slight licorice flavor.

Recipe: Giadzy

Mediterranean-style tomato sald with feta, red onion and capers

9. Summer Tomato Salad with Anchovies and Capers

Here's an interesting recipe for when you're inundated with garden tomatoes but sick of BLTs and caprese. Chunked tomatoes are dressed in a caper, anchovy, and shallot vinaigrette that packs tons of salty, briny flavor. Since you whisk the anchovies into the dressing, even avowed anchovy haters might enjoy this.

Recipe: Lidia's Italy

Italian pasta salad with spinach ricotta tortellini, mozzarella, tomatoes and basil

10. Summer Tortellini Pasta Salad

For a hearty Italian salad, reach for tortellini. Once you've cooked it, you're done with the hard part of this recipe. Mix them with chicken, mozzarella pearls, cherry tomatoes, and lots of your favorite prepared pesto.

Recipe: Modern Proper

Related: 16 Easy Pasta Salad Recipes for Summer

Italian antipasto on a plate with Olives, Cheese, dried tomatoes, and salami. Clipping path.

11. Italian Chopped Salad

Who doesn't love a good chopped salad for a summer dinner? This one is kind of an Italian-style kitchen sink salad, with a little bit of everything, but you can use your favorites or what you have on hand. The tangy dressing is made with red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and oregano.

Recipe: Modern Proper

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11 Summery Italian Salads Perfect for the Poolside, like Caprese and Tortellini salad
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