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21 Lettuceless Salad Recipes for Summer!

Sure, when you think of salad you tend to think lettuce. And salads made with lettuce and other greens are wonderful, especially during summertime. But there is a whole world of salad out there with nary a lettuce leaf to be seen! These lettuceless salads will get your creative juices flowing and may even be better equipped to handle the summer heat than a traditional green salad. Here’s to lettuceless salad this summer!

  • LettuceLESS Salads for Summer! 1 of 22
    Lettuce-less Salads

    Don't have lettuce? No problem! Between grains, veggies, pasta, fruit and more, you can create a salad out of just about any summer food!

  • Broiled Summer Salad 2 of 22
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    I don't often think of broiling when I think of salad, but if you leave the lettuce out, broiling is a great option! This broiled summer salad is great because you get the same kind of flavor as roasted veggies, but broiling takes much less time (and heat!) to prepare, perfect for summer months. And pretty much any summer vegetable will work in this salad!

    Make Broiled Summer Salad

  • Carrot Ribbon Salad 3 of 22
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    This carrot ribbon salad is colorful, bright and slightly sweet, perfect as a summer side dish.

    Make Carrot Ribbon Salad

  • Classic Picnic Macaroni Salad 4 of 22
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    Sometimes you just need a good, classic macaroni salad for your summer picnic the quintessential lettuceless salad!

    Make Classic Picnic Macaroni Salad

  • Cranberry-Glazed Tempeh Avo-Slaw Salad 5 of 22
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    It's avocado season in California, so put those avocados to good use with this cranberry-glazed tempeh avo-slaw salad!

    Make Cranberry-Glazed Tempeh Avo-Slaw Salad

  • Couscous Salad 6 of 22
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    This couscous salad holds up to the heat and is packed with flavor, all while being simple to make!

    Make Couscous Salad

  • Tropical Fruit Salad 7 of 22
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    Not going to Hawaii this summer? No worries! Bring a bit of the islands home with this tropical fruit salad.

    Make Tropical Fruit Salad

  • Deconstructed Sushi Salad 8 of 22
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    This salad is a fun twist on sushi, taking the ingredients from a California roll and making them fork friendly!

    Make Deconstructed Sushi Salad

  • Green Bean and Tomato Salad 9 of 22
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    Green beans and tomatoes are some of the top veggies that come to mind when I think of summer. I love how this recipe pairs them together for a colorful salad.

    Make Green Bean and Tomato Salad

  • Grilled Salmon Salad 10 of 22
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    This grilled salmon salad is simple and versatile, a great summertime dinner option.

    Make Grilled Salmon Salad

  • Layered Fiesta Rice Salad 11 of 22
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    I love these adorable layered fiesta rice salads, which would do well as a light summer dinner!

    Make Layered Fiesta Rice Salad

  • Jamaican Rice Salad 12 of 22
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    A rice salad is a great way to serve hearty rice dishes in the summer but without the heat. This Jamaican rice salad is hearty and filled with all kinds of flavor!

    Make Jamaican Rice Salad

  • Heirloom Tomato Summer Salad 13 of 22
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    What's more summery than an heirloom tomato salad. Tomatoes play the starring role in this salad, complemented by basil and thyme.

    Make Heirloom Tomato Salad

  • Layered Fruit and Yogurt Salad 14 of 22
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    Fruit is in abundance in the summer and it always makes for a great salad. Served in pretty glasses like these, you can make the salad extra pretty as well as tasty!

    Make Layered Fruit and Yogurt Salad

  • Lots-O-Grains Salad 15 of 22
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    This salad is all about the grains, a great side dish with just about any summer meal.

    Make Lots-O-Grains Salad

  • Marinated Cucumber Salad 16 of 22
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    I love a good marinated cucumber salad, especially topped with crumbled feta cheese.

    Make Marinated Cucumber Salad

  • Orange Cube Tofu Salad 17 of 22
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    This orange cube tofu salad is fun to construct and can be served as a meal. 

    Make Orange Cube Tofu Salad

  • Perfect Barley Salad 18 of 22
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    Barley is another grain that is filling and nutritious but can be served cold on hot summer days. This "perfect" salad is also simple to throw together, another summertime plus!

    Make Perfect Barley Salad

  • Orzo Salad 19 of 22
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    My mother-in-law makes this orzo salad every summer and I love it. If there weren't other family members I had to share with, I would eat the whole bowl!

    Make Orzo Salad

  • Refreshing Watermelon Summer Salad 20 of 22
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    I love a good watermelon in the summertime, and it's especially refreshing when combined with a bit of savory flavor.

    Make Refreshing Watermelon Summer Salad

  • Watermelon Caprese Salad 21 of 22
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    Caprese salad is perhaps my favorite meal during the summer. Throw in some watermelon to make it extra summery and special!

    Make Watermelon Caprese Salad

  • Sausage and Peppers Salad 22 of 22
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    Who says sausage and peppers can't make a salad? Not us!

    Make Sausage and Peppers Salad

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