15 Sensational Salads Without Lettuce

No Lettuce Required

Hot Asparagus and Tomato Salad

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Bored of your usual rotation of salad recipes? Step away from the lettuce and take a walk on the wild side, with our collection of the best delicious, healthy, and craving-worthy salads without lettuce that will make you think about salad in a whole new way! Say goodbye to soggy lettuce leaves, and say hello to creative salad recipes that are perfect for enjoying for lunch, as side dishes at dinner, or bringing to potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. We're not telling you to give up lettuce...MORE completely — we're all about lettuce, too — but when you're craving something different and healthy, we've got you covered with this amazing compilation of delicious, nutritious salads, with not a lettuce leaf in sight.


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    Moroccan Beet Salad With Yogurt Dressing
    Elaine Lemm 

    What could be easier or more delicious and nutritious than a salad with sweet and delectable beets drizzled with a homemade creamy yogurt dressing? Moroccan spices and fresh mint leaves add something special to this cooling beet salad that can be enjoyed at any time of year.


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    Warm Halloumi, Green Bean, and Potato Salad
    British Peas and Beans 

    Halloumi is a salty, semi-soft, deeply savory Greek cheese that takes beautifully to grilling and frying. This quick and easy fried cheese salad recipe with plenty of crunchy, bright vegetables is one of our favorite salads without lettuce. Enjoy it as a satisfying vegetarian lunch anytime, or a hearty first course at dinner.


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    Cold Soba Noodle Salad
    Laurel Randolph 

    Sometimes you want to switch gears from hot dishes, especially when the weather warms up. That's where cold salads come into play. This fantastic, cool and crunchy noodle salad is sure to become a go-to in your cooking repertoire. Perfect for packed lunches and picnics, with its bright and zesty-sweet lime, honey, and ginger dressing, the fresh and crunchy vegetables add brightness and texture to chewy buckwheat noodles.

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    Spiralized Village Greek Salad
    Stephanie Kirkos 

    You may think of Greek salads as including lettuce, but in Greece, the favorite salad recipe is horiatiki, or village salad. This naturally gluten-free recipe is a fun twist on village salad, because it uses a spiralizer cooking tool (or a julienne peeler) to create long, thin strips of cucumber, instead of chunky slices. The rest of this Greek salad recipe is just like the original, with sliced fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, kalamata olives, and salty feta cheese, drizzled with a...MORE simple oregano vinaigrette. Opa!


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    Vegetarian Ceviche Salad
    Marian Blazes 

    The exciting flavors of a traditional ceviche marinade work just as well for vegetables as they do for seafood, as you'll experience when you toss together this super amazing and crunchy salad. Fresh mozzarella cheese replaces raw fish in this healthy and colorful salad, which includes marinated onions, hot chili peppers, corn, and heart-healthy avocado.


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    Thai Grapefruit Salad
    D. Schmidt

    This fresh and lively citrus salad makes a beautiful addition to any summer picnic. The pink grapefruit has a tangy, sparkling, refreshing flavor that combines perfectly with lime juice, brown sugar, and traditional Thai dressing ingredients, for a unique and healthy summer lunch or side dish your family or guests will love.

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    Ramen Noodle Cole Slaw
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    This ramen noodle cole slaw recipe requires no cooking — the Chinese noodles are crushed and tossed in raw — so you can avoid the oven when the heat becomes too much. This slaw goes great with everything from burgers to fried chicken, making it a favorite for picnics and cookouts.

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    Hot Asparagus and Tomato Salad
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    Here's a beautiful warm salad dish that makes a fabulous side dish for hamburgers, chicken or steaks on the grill. Asparagus and tomatoes are lightly grilled on the barbecue to bring out their depth of flavor, then tossed in a simple mustard vinaigrette, for a yummy lunch salad or side that you can cook in just 5 minutes.


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  • 09 of 15
    Vanilla Citrus Fruit Salad
    Leah Mahoney 

    Heavenly vanilla-scented citrus fruit salad has to be tasted to be believed! You'll be amazed at how a few simple ingredients, including vanilla extract, elevate a simple, low-calorie salad of pineapple and citrus fruits.

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    Asian Coleslaw With Rice Vinegar Dressing
    Alexandra Grablewski 

    Liven up your usual coleslaw, with this Asian slaw recipe that adds shredded bok choy, bean sprouts, and a tangy rice vinegar dressing to the usual coleslaw with cabbage. Try it once, and it's sure to become a family favorite for all your dinners and cookouts this year.


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    Cucumber Salad
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    What could be a simpler or more refreshing first course or side dish, than a cooling cucumber salad? Sliced cucumbers are marinated in a spicy-sweet, Asian-inspired dressing, in this easy recipe.

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    Thai Rice Noodle Salad
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    Thai food lovers will go crazy for this fresh, flavorful Thai rice noodle salad that's surprisingly quick and easy to make. Fresh summer vegetables, aromatic herbs and crunchy peanuts are combined with vermicelli rice noodles in a delicious and simple chili-lime vinaigrette.


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    Vegan Papaya Salad
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    This fun and spicy salad without lettuce puts a tasty vegan spin on a traditional Thai salad recipe. It's packed with plenty of flavor, thanks to a garden's worth of fresh chopped vegetables, including firm green papaya slices, crunchy and salty roasted peanuts, and an awesome savory-sweet dressing.


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    Easy Vegetarian Couscous Salad
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    Couscous salads are always welcome for picnics and buffet tables, and this delicious, vegetarian and vegan-friendly couscous salad is just about perfect. Bursting with chickpeas, green onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers, and tossed in light lemon Dijon dressing, this fresh sans-lettuce salad is the perfect side dish or healthy vegetarian lunch.

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    Broccoli Slaw With Raisins
    Diana Rattray 

    Broccoli adds welcome texture and flavor to this crunchy, delicious slaw recipe that's great for enjoying at any time of year, from potlucks and picnics to holiday dinner celebrations. Shredded broccoli is tossed with optional red onion, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and raisins in a beautifully creamy cole slaw dressing.