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
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!
CLASSIC PICNIC MACARONI SALAD
Sometimes you just need a good, classic macaroni salad for your summer picnic the quintessential lettuceless salad!
This couscous salad holds up to the heat and is packed with flavor, all while being simple to make!
TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD
Not going to Hawaii this summer? No worries! Bring a bit of the islands home with this tropical fruit salad.
DECONSTRUCTED SUSHI SALAD
This salad is a fun twist on sushi, taking the ingredients from a California roll and making them fork friendly!
GREEN BEAN AND TOMATO SALAD
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.
LAYERED FIESTA RICE SALAD
I love these adorable layered fiesta rice salads, which would do well as a light summer dinner!
JAMAICAN RICE SALAD
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!
LAYERED FRUIT AND YOGURT SALAD
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!
This salad is all about the grains, a great side dish with just about any summer meal.
ORANGE CUBE TOFU SALAD
This orange cube tofu salad is fun to construct and can be served as a meal.
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!
WATERMELON CAPRESE SALAD
Caprese salad is perhaps my favorite meal during the summer. Throw in some watermelon to make it extra summery and special!