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| May 10, 2014

Quick, what's your favorite component of a salad? The croutons? The dressing? The heirloom tomatoes? Or is it that delicious lettuce?

Ha! Just kidding. Lettuce is nobody's favorite part of a salad!

Don't get us wrong — we're not knocking those leafy greens. But sometimes, lettuce justs acts as a filler, or rather, a medium to deliver other, more flavorful ingredients to our mouths. Luckily, there's no law in the books stating that salads need to be made with lettuce.

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We're taking a look at the best salad recipes that call for no lettuce, or anything even resembling the stuff. That means no iceberg, no romaine, no kale, no arugula, no green leaf, no mesclun, no endive, no chicory, no bibb, no spinach — absolutely no broad leafy greens of any kind.

So without further ado, here are 10 lettuce-free salad ideas to try:

Feasting At Home
Shaved Fennel, Dill and Cucumber Salad

This recipe from Sylvia Fountaine at Feasting at Home has already been featured in Souvenir magazine, and for good reason: It's bright, crunchy and crowd-pleasing. Plus, it's tossed in a simple tangy dressing that really brings the veggies to life. Check out the full recipe here.

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No Recipes
Seaweed Salad

Marc Matsumoto prefers seaweed to lettuce, but he doesn't like the preservatives and MSG that he normally finds in store-bought seaweed salads. So, as an accomplished chef and food blogger (at both No Recipes and PBS's Fresh Tastes), he created his own recipe. Try it out here.

The Diva Dish
Strawberry Broccoli Salad

You might not think to put strawberries, broccoli, cashews and toasted coconut into a salad, but you should. This tasty recipe is the brainchild of Arielle at The Diva Dish, or more accurately, Arielle's daughter, who had final approval of each ingredient.

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The First Mess
Asparagus Salad With Sesame Chili Lime Dressing

Peanuts, green onions and fresh mint mingle with ribbons of asparagus in this salad from Laura at The First Mess. She also shares her recipe for a spicy dressing featuring sesame oil, chili paste, lime juice, minced garlic and grated ginger. Check it out here.

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Healthy. Happy. Life.
Tahini Curried Carrot Salad

Sorry, lettuce — this curried carrot salad satisfies in a way you never could. Dreamed up by Kathy Patalsky at Healthy Happy Life, this crunchy salad works as a side dish or a stand-alone meal. Learn the recipe here, along with Kathy's subsitution suggestions for raisin-haters.

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A Thought For Food
Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad With Walnuts

If children's cartoons are to be believed, Brussels sprouts are a polarizing food. But in real life, they're always delicious. They make a way better salad than lettuce, too. Try whipping up this recipe from Brian at A Thought For Food, complete with walnuts and a mustard/lemon dressing.

The Big Giant Food Basket
Limey Roasted Corn Salad

Being a registered nurse, Barbara Curran at The Big Giant Food Basket is all about healthy cooking. But as she proves with her roasted corn, black bean and cherry tomato salad recipe, she does it without sacrificing an ounce of taste.

Sesame Beet Salad With Chia Dressing

This beet salad from Melody at Melomeals is almost too pretty to eat, but we're going to recommend that you do anyway. Those beets are bathed in a sesame, ginger and chia seed dressing, along with a few splashes of homemade habanero sauce. Learn how to make them all right here.

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Love Food Eat
Tomato Watermelon Salad

Fresh ingredients are the secret to this salad from Chinmayie at Love Food Eat. Its baby tomatoes and watermelon cubes pack tons of juicy flavor, making it the perfect side for a summer soiree. Click here for the full recipe, which includes a tangy lime vinaigrette.

Fuss Free Cooking
Hasselback Caprese Salad

Don't worry, you don't have to eat that arugula in the background. Just focus on those hasselback-style roma tomatoes, which Emily at Fuss Free Cooking has stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil. Head to her recipe page to learn the technique.