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16 Salad Ideas With No Lettuce At All

Who needs lettuce anyways?


If you're anything like me, you know that the best part of salads is everything BUT the greens.


Because, let's be honest, lettuce just gets in the way and slows you down from eating the stuff you actually want to eat. So here are 16 delicious salads made without greens:

1. Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

Taking advantage of rotisserie chicken makes this salad completely no-cook. Get the recipe.

2. Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

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Nothing screams summer quite like a watermelon salad served in an actual watermelon. Get the recipe.

3. Mediterranean Farro Salad With Spiced Chickpeas

Farro can be found in the grain section of most grocery stores, but feel free to use quinoa or couscous if you can't find it. Get the recipe.

4. Crunchy Thai Peanut and Quinoa Salad

Peanuts, cabbage, peas, and carrots give this colorful salad a ton of crunchy texture. Get the recipe.

5. Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

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Another delicious avocado salad — this time completely vegetarian and made in a matter of minutes. Get the recipe.

6. Citrus, Fennel, and Avocado Salad

Don't like oranges? Swap them out for grapefruit, kumquats, or any other citrus you can find. Get the recipe.

7. Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad

Using a melon baller to cut the cantaloupe makes this salad look extra fancy, but simple chunks will be just as delicious. Get the recipe.

8. Citrus, Avocado, Quinoa, and Blackened Salmon Salad

Blackened salmon makes this vibrant salad feel super hearty, but feel free to leave it out or swap a plant-based protein in to make it veg. Get the recipe.

9. Greek Panzanella Salad With Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette

Make sure to use a nice crusty bread (such as ciabatta) to make sure this salad doesn't get too soggy. Get the recipe.

10. Mediterranean Three-Bean and Quinoa Salad

White beans, chickpeas, and quinoa give this salad a ton of protein that'll keep you energized all day. Get the recipe.

11. Roasted Sweet Potato Rainbow Salad With Lime Crema

A bright lime crema makes this colorful veggie salad feel decadent without being heavy. Get the recipe.

12. Vegan Pasta Salad With Chickpeas

This pasta salad is tossed in a vibrant green pesto so you can get your greens in without having to actually eat them. Get the recipe.

13. Mexican Street Corn Salad With Avocado

Feel free to add a can of black beans to give this bright summer salad a pop of protein. Get the recipe.

14. Three Bean Salad

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After chopping some onions, cucumber, and parsley, all you have to do is toss everything together and this simple salad is done. Get the recipe.

15. Chipotle Sweet Potato Noodle Salad With Roasted Corn

Sweet potato noodles keep this salad low(er)-carb, but feel free to use actual pasta. Get the recipe.

16. Couscous Salad With Basil Vinaigrette

A homemade basil vinaigrette gives this salad a bright summery flavor and beautiful green color. Get the recipe.

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