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What comes to mind when you think of a salad? Is it a leafy green base mixed with chopped veggies and dressing? Chances are, it is. And while we love a Caesar salad or something packed with kale, the truth is that some of our favorite “salads” are more mayonnaise than vegetables — and we’re OK with that. Here are some of our favorite salads … that aren’t really “salad.”
This tuna salad recipe is super easy to make and perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner. This recipe swaps out mayonnaise with healthier fats like avocado and yogurt. You can choose to eat this tuna salad with some crackers or in a sandwich worthy of the dinner table.
This isn’t just your everyday pasta salad. Mandarin oranges add a bright citrusy flavor and ground ginger gives your salad a sweet, peppery taste. This pasta salad is a great way to make use of that leftover turkey or leftover chicken in your fridge.
This grain salad recipe calls for you to assemble your salad in a mason jar instead of a plate or bowl, making it the perfect thing to prep for a workday, whether you're remote or in-person. Pearled farro and chickpeas covered in a garlicky vinaigrette are layered with arugula in the jar and then topped with sunflower seeds.
This tuna salad is jam-packed with Southwestern flavors thanks to lime juice, chipotle peppers and fresh cilantro mixed with white rice and canned tuna. It’s one of the best quick dinner dishes you can make using canned food.
For the Southwestern Tuna and Rice Salad recipe, click here.
Brighten up your meals with this out-of-this-world vegan dish filled with fresh and colorful ingredients. Roasted cauliflower florets are chopped up in a food processor to create a play on couscous. The vegetable is then paired with tangy pickled apricot, protein-packed chickpeas and a bright carrot top salsa verde.
Make use of those cans of corn in your kitchen pantry by making this simple corn salad recipe with a zesty kick. Create a corn mixture by combining corn, cucumber and onion with cheese, mayonnaise, lime juice and other seasonings. Have this salad with your favorite grilled meats.
Grilled pineapple adds tons of smokiness and sweetness to this carrot salad, which is complemented with a citrus mayo dressing. The walnuts give this salad an extra crunch factor.
Enjoy this whitefish salad spread on your favorite bagel for a light lunch. This recipe doesn’t require a lot of mayonnaise or lemon juice, so you can truly savor the smoky flavors from the whitefish.
This is no need for lettuce in this fresh tomato and cucumber salad recipe. All you need is chopped tomatoes, cucumber, onions and grated carrots covered in a sweet yet tangy dressing. Make tasty homemade dressing by combining olive oil, lime juice, honey and garlic powder. This refreshing salad is perfect for taking to a barbecue or on a romantic picnic date with your partner.
This pasta salad is a good option for both seafood fans and land lovers. We like to serve it with shrimp, but the orzo, olives and tomatoes in a zesty vinaigrette can also be paired with grilled chicken, salmon or lamb.
Swap your boring chicken salad recipe for this more flavorful version. Diced apples add sweetness while curry powder dressing helps create a spicy, earthy flavor.
This fresh, healthy salad provides a delicious way to fit veggies into your day. All you need is fresh broccoli florets. Then blend mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar to create a creamy dressing.
This refreshing bean salad recipe is easy to make. This recipe calls to cook white or navy beans and mix them with cubed tomatoes, onions and red and yellow peppers. Everything in this salad comes together with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette.
This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of effort to make. All you need to know is how to hard boil eggs and peel them perfectly every time. Once you manage that, cut up the eggs, mix them with yogurt, herbs and spices, and you have a yummy egg salad.
This cauliflower salad is the perfect replacement for potato salad if you’re trying to keep a low-carb diet. Cauliflower cooks faster than potatoes, so it comes together quickly, too. If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate side salads into your meals, try making more easy, satisfying salads for any day of the week.
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