This salad comes together in just a few minutes and can be customized to make use of random vegetables and other ingredients you have in your fridge.Summery kitchen sink salad recipe with creamy BBQ dressing

I have a love/hate relationship with summer. On one hand, I love the long days this time of the year in Minnesota. There’s something about being out until 10:00 and still seeing a sliver of light in the sky.

On the other hand, I hate having to slather my arms, legs, face, and other exposed skin with sunscreen anytime I go outside at midday – just to avoid getting sunburned. Tending to extreme paleness can be exhausting this time of the year.

When the weather is hot, I don’t feel like spending a lot of time cooking – and I certainly don’t want to turn on the stove. Which is why this salad is so great.

The Perfect Cheap Summer Salad

Summery kitchen sink salad with creamy BBQ dressing

In an effort to clean out my fridge – and to make a tasty lunch – I came up with this mismatch of a salad.

The base is garbanzo beans. Different veggies are added plus Feta cheese – and everything is brought together with a creamy bbq sauce-based dressing.

It’s completely customizable, so feel free to add or substitute any fresh vegetables you have on hand. It’s also the perfect summer salad.

Simple, light, cheap, and healthy. A salad that you don’t need to plan for. It just kind of happens.

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Summery kitchen sink salad recipe with creamy BBQ dressing

Summery Kitchen Sink Salad With Creamy BBQ Dressing

Yield: 2 large or 4 small servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

As noted above, feel free to add whatever vegetables you have on hand. To make this more of a main-course salad, add some grilled chicken and serve with sliced baguette.


For salad

  • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fire-roasted sweet corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 10 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped

For dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Assemble salad ingredients in a serving bowl.
  2. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad. You may have extra. Serve chilled.

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