The lunchtime salad can get a bit, well, boring. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with the same container of limp lettuce, leftover protein, shredded cheese and bottled dressing. Switch up your salad game with one of these lettuceless salads. Bonus benefit – you can pack these fully dressed and they won’t get soggy!
Healthy Summer Squash Salad from Luvo
Sick of the same old side salad? Swap lettuce for julienned summer squash tossed with toasted almonds and a bright lemon dressing, the perfect way to use up this season’s squash bounty. Serve alongside a Luvo frozen meal to squeeze in extra veggies at lunch.
Vegan Vietnamese Brown Rice Noodle Salad by Avocado A Day Nutrition
Brown rice noodles make the perfect base for crunchy raw vegetables, fresh herbs, marinated tempeh and a citrusy Asian dressing. Look for thin brown rice noodles or cellophane noodles in the Asian section or swap soba noodles if you can’t find them.
Shrimp, Cucumber and Feta Orzo Salad by fANNEtastic Food
Forget the mayo-laden pasta salad of your youth! This orzo pasta salad with shrimp, crunchy cucumbers, feta and lots of dill is packed with fresh flavors. For extra fiber, swap whole grain orzo.
Orange Lentil Salad with Avocado by Delish Knowledge
This salad uses budget friendly and fiber-full lentils as a base. Made with just 8 ingredients, it’s the perfect pantry salad, especially in winter when citrus is in season. Just toss in fresh avocado and dinner is served!
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad by Hummusapien
This veggie packed quinoa salad makes a great make-ahead lunch! It’s a real crowd pleaser too – bring a big batch to parties, showers or even tailgates. And if you must have your lettuce, feel free to serve it over a bed of crunchy greens.
Sweet Pepper Panzanella by Regan Jones c/o Healthy Aperture
It’s a bread salad! I mean, come on, what’s not to love? Panzanella is traditionally made with extra ripe tomatoes, onion and cucumber but this version uses sweet peppers and toasted pecans for a southern spin. And while Regan doesn’t specify what type of bread to use, you’ll score extra nutrition points if you go for a whole grain version.
Mexican Sweet Potato Brunch Salad by Yeah…Imma Eat That
Not your usual potato salad! This recipe combines roasted sweet potatoes, black beans and corn with a lime dressing. For freshness, instead of using lettuce this recipe uses tons of fresh herbs like cilantro, green onions, and mint for a bright flavor.
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