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13 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!

BROILED SUMMER SALAD

Image Source: Jaime Richardson
Image Source: Jaime Richardson

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

CLASSIC PICNIC MACARONI SALAD

Classic Macaroni Salad
Image Source: Laura Levy

Sometimes you just need a good, classic macaroni salad for your summer picnic the quintessential lettuceless salad!

Make Classic Picnic Macaroni Salad

COUSCOUS SALAD

Image Source: This Week for Dinner
Image Source: This Week for Dinner

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

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Image Source: Jaime Richardson

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

Image Source: Julie Van Rosendaal
Image Source: Julie Van Rosendaal

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

Image Source: Elizabeth Stark
Image Source: Elizabeth Stark

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

LAYERED FIESTA RICE SALAD

Image Source: Julie Van Rosendaal
Image Source: Julie Van Rosendaal

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

Image Source: Angie McGowan
Image Source: Angie McGowan

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

LAYERED FRUIT AND YOGURT SALAD

Image Source: Angie McGowan
Image Source: Angie McGowan

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

Image Source: This Week for Dinner
Image Source: This Week for Dinner

This salad is all about the grains, a great side dish with just about any summer meal.

Make Lots-O-Grains Salad

ORANGE CUBE TOFU SALAD

Image Source: Kathy Patalsky
Image Source: Kathy Patalsky

This orange cube tofu salad is fun to construct and can be served as a meal.

Make Orange Cube Tofu Salad

ORZO SALAD

Image Source: This Week for Dinner
Image Source: This Week for Dinner

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

WATERMELON CAPRESE SALAD

Image Source: Julie Van Rosendaal
Image Source: Julie Van Rosendaal

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

 

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