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Here Are A Bunch Of Dinner-Worthy Salads With No Lettuce At All

Less lettuce and more of the good stuff.

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1. Strawberry Caprese Farro Salad

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Farro takes the place of greens in this summer salad, tossed with pesto, strawberries, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Get the recipe.

2. Citrus, Avocado, and Blackened Salmon Salad

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This blackened salmon comes together in just ten minutes, and it's the perfect protein-packed summer salad topper. Get the recipe.

3. Cajun Roasted Cauliflower Salad

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Whether you're cutting back on meat or you just want to mix things up, this spicy cajun cauliflower is a great substitute for your typical salad protein like chicken or shrimp. Get the recipe.

4. Ahi Tuna Poke & Mango Salad

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You could also nix the lettuce all together and throw this poke mix over rice, zucchini noodles, or soba noodles. Get the recipe.

5. Couscous Salad with Feta and Mint

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Pearl couscous forms the base of this Israeli salad. For some extra protein, top it with anything from tuna fish to falafel. Get the recipe.

6. Roasted Wheat Berry Salad with Arugula Pistachio Pesto

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You could swap wheat berries for pretty much any grain, like farro or bulgur wheat. But it's the homemade pesto that really takes this dish to the next level. Get the recipe.

7. Rainbow Soba Noodle Salad

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For some quick, extra protein, add some shredded rotisserie chicken to this Asian-inspired bowl. Get the recipe.

8. Grilled Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri

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Covered in chimichurri sauce and goat cheese, you won't feel like you're eating veggies. Top this plate with some grilled skirt steak to make it even more filling. Get the recipe.

9. Moroccan Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Pistachio

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Behold: Summer on a plate. Get the recipe.

10. Grilled Halloumi Salad With Eggplant and Mint Dressing

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Next meatless Monday (or any day), grab some Halloumi cheese, some eggplant,

and throw it all on the grill. Get the recipe.

11. Steak Fajita Salad

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You could do the healthy thing and throw some romaine under this fajita bowl...or do the tasty thing and opt for rice. Get the recipe.

12. Kale and Quinoa Pesto Bowls with Poached Egg

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Eggs for dinner? Yup. Get the recipe.

13. Mediterranean Salad Bowls with Lebanese BBQ Meatballs

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This 30-minute meal features quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, feta cheese,

and tender meatballs spiced with cinnamon, allspice, and crushed red pepper. Get the recipe.

14. Peach Caprese Salad

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This refreshing meal comes together in 15 minutes with just a few simple ingredients-- peaches, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese-- and a garnish of fresh basil olive oil, balsamic, salt, and pepper. Get the recipe.

15. Asian Ramen Noodle Salad

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Here's an easy way to eat cheap ramen like the sophisticated adult you are. Get the recipe.

16. Chili Lime Shrimp & Scallops with Corn, Zucchini Noodles, and Avocado Crema

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Despite how #fancy this recipe might look, it comes together in no time. And creamy zucchini noodles are far more satisfying than a bowl of lettuce. Get the recipe.

17. Summer Grain Bowls

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To make this farro and quinoa base even more flavorful, cook it in chicken broth. Then, the grains get topped with a medley of fruits and veggies, marinated in lemon juice and olive oil. Get the recipe.

18. Sesame Crusted Salmon Niçoise Salad

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Bring this bistro favorite right to the comfort of your own kitchen. And if sesame crusted salmon isn't your thing, you can swap it for tuna steaks or even the canned version. Get the recipe.

19. Spring Orzo with Asparagus, Lemon, and Dill

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Pasta > Kale. Always. Get the recipe.

20. Greek Panzanella Salad

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I'll take croutons over kale any day. Get the recipe.

21. Mediterranean Three-Bean and Quinoa Salad

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You'll be suprised how quickly this quinoa and bean medley fills you up, but you can also serve this salad with anything from charred chicken to grilled veggie burger. Get the recipe.

22. Toasted Freekah and Salmon Salad

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Got leftover salmon? Toss it with some freekah (or any grain) and dress it with this zesty yet creamy dressing made with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil. Get the recipe.

23. Roasted Carrot Lentil Salad with Tahini Dressing

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This Middle Eastern inspired salad is almost too pretty to eat...but I'm sure you won't let that stop you. Get the recipe.

24. Charred Zucchini and Mexican Street Corn Salad

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To add even more flavor, top this veggie-loaded bowl with queso fresco. Get the recipe.


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Hey, it's lobster season after all, and this is a summer dinner worth splurging on.

Get the recipe.

26. Spiced Eggplant, Chicken, and Chickpea Salad

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Cooked bulgur wheat forms the base of this protein-packed salad, loaded with spiced chicken and pan-seared eggplant. Get the recipe.

27. Pesto Salad with Pesto and Roasted Veggies

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Get your daily dose of veggies and carbs at the same time. Get the recipe.

28. Thai Shrimp Salad

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Hello, 15-minute dinner. P.S.: This shrimp, marinated in lemon, lime, fish sauce, sugar, and chili paste just might be your favorite new recipe. Get the recipe.