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You’re in the mood for a quick, healthy lunch. There’s only one problem: lettuce, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette are not your thing. But before you denounce salads forever, we have 17 flavor-packed versions we promise you’ll be into. (And for more creative salad ideas, head to our Heathy Salad Recipes board on Pinterest.)

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

Sweet, salty perfection.

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Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Full permission to swap the fork for tortilla chips. 

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Caprese Salad with Grilled Zucchini

No lettuce for miles. 

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The Full Helping

Sweet Potato Bulgur Citrus Salad

Hearty, satisfying and packed with protein.

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The Delicious Life

Arugula Radicchio Salad with Figs, Humboldt Fog, Prosciutto

Throw on some lettuce and a charcuterie board totally counts as a salad.

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Citrus, Fennel and Avocado Salad

Exploding with flavor.

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Half Baked Harvest

Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad

Guys. This salad has a damn acorn squash in it. What more could you ask for?

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Fish Taco Salad

Close your eyes and you’re at the beach. 

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California Steak Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

Give lunch a new twist by serving it on a board instead of in a bowl. 

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Salmon Bowl with Farro, Black Beans and Tahini Dressing

Grain bowls = salad’s fancier, more filling cousin. 

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Sunflower Seed, Kale and Cherry Salad with Granola

Who needs croutons when you’ve got cereal?

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Cauliflower Potato Salad

Have we introduced you to our favorite veggie of all time?

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Pinch of Yum

Lemon Orzo Salad

A spoonful of pasta helps the vegetables go down. 

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Blackberry Balsamic Grilled Chicken Salad with Crispy Fried Goat Cheese

Taste the rainbow. (And if all else fails, taste the goat cheese.) 

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Watermelon Poke Bowls

The next best thing to a trip to Hawaii.

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Carlsbad Cravings

Pineapple Salad with Peanut-Coconut Dressing

Best eaten on the patio.

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The Healthful Ideas

Cajun Roasted Cauliflower Salad

See? Salad is awesome. Case closed.

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