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17 Lettuce-Free Salads Even Picky Eaters Will Devour

So you’ve been trying to eat a little healthier. But a few weeks in, you just can’t look at another leaf of lettuce again. Trust us, we get it. Everyone falls victim to romaine (and kale and arugula) fatigue. But before you throw in the towel and run to the nearest Cinnabon, hear us out. Here are 17 of our favorite lettuce-free salad recipes that we promise will pull you out of your rut for good. 

17 Amazing Salad Recipes for People Who Really Hate Salad


Crunchy Cauliflower Salad

This salad is a meal-prep dream—the flavor actually improves the longer it sits in the fridge.

Autumn Glow Salad

With sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower, apples, freekeh and a lemony dressing, we promise you’ll never miss the greens.

Tomato Salad With Grilled Halloumi And Herbs

We love ultra-firm halloumi cheese, which gets warm and stretchy when you grill it, pairing fabulously with sliced tomatoes and plenty of herbs.

Avocado Chicken Salad

A hundred times healthier than the original stuff.

Bbq Chicken Quinoa Salad

Coterie member Gaby Dalkin is our go-to for gorgeous salads, with or without lettuce.

Roasted And Raw Carrot Salad With Avocado

We love the crunch of the raw carrots with the soft sweetness of the roasted ones. (Plus, a little avocado never hurts.)

Sweet Corn, Tomato And Zucchini Salad With Peach-dijon Vinaigrette

Light, refreshing and ready before you can even think about reaching for something unhealthy.

Curried Quinoa Salad

Tip: make a double batch of the tahini green curry dressing. It goes well on pretty much everything.

Moroccan Roasted Beet Salad With Almonds And Pomegranate Seeds

We’re all about this gorgeous salad from Coterie member Phoebe Lapine—it’s packed with vitamins and pretty enough that you’ll want to make it the centerpiece on your table.

Shredded Brussels Sprout Bacon Salad With Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Everything we love about a warm spinach salad, but with tons of extra texture from the shredded sprouts.

Mediterranean Couscous Salad

This version has cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and olives, but feel free to throw in whatever veggies you have in the fridge.