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Salad Recipes for When You're Just Tired of Lettuce

Pasta salad, cucumber salad, chicken salad and more
zesty-corn-and-cucumber-salad - Salad Recipes for When You're Just Tired of Lettuce
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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.”

Creamy Potato Salad

Creamy Potato Salad
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Need something to bring to the family barbecue? Go for this classic potato salad recipe that pairs perfectly with great grilled chicken recipes.

For the Creamy Potato Salad recipe, click here.

Healthy Tuna Salad

Healthy Tuna Salad
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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.

For the Healthy Tuna Salad recipe, click here.

Mandarin Turkey Pasta Salad

Mandarin Turkey Pasta Salad
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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.

For the Mandarin Turkey Pasta Salad recipe, click here.

Layered Mason Jar Farro and Chickpea Salad

Layered Mason Jar Farro and Chickpea Salad
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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.

For the Layered Mason Jar Farro and Chickpea Salad recipe, click here.

Southwestern Tuna and Rice Salad

Southwestern Tuna and Rice Salad
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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.

Roasted Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ Salad With Pickled Apricots and Carrot Top Salsa Verde

Roasted Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ Salad With Pickled Apricots and Carrot Top Salsa Verde
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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.

For the Roasted Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ Salad With Pickled Apricots and Carrot Top Salsa Verde recipe, click here.

Zesty Corn and Cucumber Salad

Zesty Corn and Cucumber Salad
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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.

For the Zesty Corn and Cucumber Salad recipe, click here.

Pineapple, Walnut and Carrot Salad

Pineapple, Walnut and Carrot Salad
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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.

For the Pineapple, Walnut and Carrot Salad recipe, click here.

Whitefish Salad

Whitefish Salad
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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.

For the Whitefish Salad recipe, click here.

Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad
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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.

For the Fresh Tomato and Cucumber Salad recipe, click here.

Greek Orzo Salad With Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes

Greek Orzo Salad With Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes
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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.

For the Greek Orzo Salad With Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes recipe, click here.

Apple and Curry Chicken Salad

Apple and Curry Chicken Salad
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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.

For the Apple and Curry Chicken Salad recipe, click here.

Creamy Broccoli Salad

Creamy Broccoli Salad
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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.

For the Creamy Broccoli Salad recipe, click here.

Deviled Ham Salad

Deviled Ham Salad
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When you don’t know what else to do with that leftover ham, try making this deviled ham salad recipe. Spread it on crackers, crusty French bread or make a simple yet satisfying sandwich.

For the Deviled Ham Salad recipe, click here.

Simple White Bean Salad

Simple White Bean Salad
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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.

For the Simple White Bean Salad recipe, click here.

Healthy Egg Salad

Healthy Egg Salad
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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.

For the Healthy Egg Salad recipe, click here.

Keto Cauliflower Salad

Keto Cauliflower Salad
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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.

For the Keto Cauliflower Salad recipe, click here.

 

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