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.
Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers
Happy desk lunch, here we come.
Crunchy Cauliflower Salad
This salad is a meal-prep dream—the flavor actually improves the longer it sits in the fridge.
Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Chèvre Ranch
Uh, we’re gonna need more dressing.
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.
Quinoa Asparagus Salad with Herbed Meyer Lemon Pasta
Have you tried Ayurvedic cooking yet? Time to start.
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.
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.