Quick, what's your favorite component of a salad? The croutons? The dressing? The heirloom tomatoes? Or is it that delicious lettuce?
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Ha! We're 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, that lettuce is just acting as a filler, or a medium to deliver other, more flavorful ingredients to our mouths. Lucikly, there's no law in the books stating that salads need to be made with lettuce.
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.
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So without further ado, here are 10 lettuce-free salad ideas to try:
(Feasting At Home)
Shaved Fennel, Dill and Cucumber 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
(The First Mess)
Asparagus Salad With Sesame Chili Lime Dressing
(Healthy. Happy. Life.)
Tahini Curried Carrot Salad
(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
(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.